Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 | 3:08 p.m.
Julian Jacobs, an incoming senior point guard at Desert Pines High and one of Las Vegas’ most sought after basketball recruits for the class of 2013, has de-committed from the Utah basketball program, confirmed Anthony Brown, his coach with the Las Vegas Prospects.
The 6-foot-3 Jacobs initially committed to Utah in March, picking the Utah over offers from Santa Clara and St. Mary’s. Verbal commitments are non-binding and don’t become official until an athlete signs a national letter of intent. The early signing period for basketball is in November.
Jacobs’ commitment was considered strong because Utah assistant DeMarlo Slocum was formerly the Prospects coach and played high school basketball at Eldorado with Mike Uzan, the Desert Pines coach. Utah was also the first school to recruit him.
He’s rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com on its scale of five evaluating stars. ESPN ranks him as the nation’s 36th best point guard and Nevada’s No. 3 overall recruit for 2013 — ranking that include players from national powerhouse Findlay Prep. Last year, he averaged 12.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game for Desert Pines.