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Four-star 2019 PG Markese Jacobs Commits to DePaul

DePaul has a new commit in Markese Jacobs.

After decommitting from Kansas on Aug. 24, four-star 2019 point guard Markese Jacobs has found a new home, announcing his verbal commitment to DePaul. He broke the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Jacobs originally tied his finger to the Jayhawks in October 2016, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that the program was his dream school — at the time. The then-Uplift sophomore also received a scholarship offer from the Blue Demons four months before.

Jacobs was the No. 95 and No. 124 recruit on 247Sports and Rivals’ 2019 composite rankings, respectively. He slotted in at No. 12 and No. 20 among players at his position. Jacobs continued to bolster his stock over the spring and summer, suiting up for the Mac Irvin Fire — arguably the top AAU program in Illinois.

Assuming Jacobs signs his national letter of intent, DePaul should be much-improved next season with four-star 2019 forward Romeo Weems and three-star shooting guard Oscar Lopez in the fold. Guards Jalen Coleman-Lands and Darius Hall, transferring from Illinois and Arkansas, respectively, will be in the mix as well.

Following Jacobs’ commitment, DePaul’s 2019 recruiting class ranks No. 15 in the nation (247Sports) — its highest ranking since 2007 (No. 25). The Blue Demons are in the mix for four-star 2019 recruit Terrence Shannon, too. Shannon, a Lincoln Park graduate and current IMG Academy forward, committed to the program on Aug. 12 prior to decommitting a week later. Shannon and Jacobs played alongside one another with the Mac Irvin Fire.

The Chicago native even showcased his passion for the city’s storied basketball scene in a commercial he filmed with Nike — released on Sept. 22. Whether Jacobs aimed to foreshadow his commitment is unknown, but his decision would do wonders a program that hasn’t earned a NCAA tournament bid since the 2003-04 season.

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Eli is a producer at WSCR 670 The Score in Chicago, as well as the host of "Hersh on Hoops," a podcast on college basketball programs in Illinois. He also writes about college hoops at among other sites.

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