Posted On: 09/6/18 12:00 PM
After a stellar sophomore season and an even better 16U campaign, Grinnell small forward Jake Hull is ready to make himself known as on of Iowa’s best inside/outside threats.
He put up some good numbers as a sophomore with the Tigers, but was was most eye-catching when he posted 40 points, or close to it, in nearly every game he played at the Hardwood Classic in July.
There were very few weaknesses in Hull’s game at that event, and the 3-ball is something that was especially working for the 6-foot-4 prospect.
“My 3-point game has gotten much much better. I focused on setting my feet and shooting the ball better than I did last year. I also have worked a lot on driving to the hoop and going up strong,” said Hull.
An Iowa Intensity guy, Hull was looking Garrett Sturtz-esque at times last summer. He says the team got better at the season wore on.
“My 16U year with Intensity was awesome. It gave me the opportunity to work with some amazing guys and unselfish players who would look for me to score,” said Hull. “I tried to work on my weaker skills to strengthen them for the winter season when I play for the Tigers.”
Now, he’ll switch gears and look ahead to a junior season with Grinnell. As a sophomore he got a taste of what it’s like to be top dog; he averaged team-bests 13.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
“This year, I’m very excited because we will be better than last year with the improvement I’m already seeing from the guys,” said Hull. “I’m looking at the three spot this year. It will allow me to handle the ball and take on some bigger guys to the basket.”
Also a standout on the diamond, Hull is still undecided on which sport he prefers between baseball and basketball, and which he might want to pursue at the next level.
He’s just hoping to see some recruitment come in for either, and he’ll make that decision later on.
“Basketball and baseball are equally in the mix for the collegiate level,” said Hull. “So far, no recruitment, but I’m hoping to see some soon. I’ve been working hard and trying to put myself out there.”
Another goal: get this Tigers squad to state. And, like so many other hoopsters are hopeful for, getting taller would be good.
“I would like to grow more hopefully,” said Hull. “I also would like to work with the younger class to develop them into better basketball players, and hopefully make it to state my senior year.”
Jake Hull is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 75 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2020 class, click here.