Each week, the Randolph College athletics department showcases a question and answer with our WildCat of the Week. This week is a senior guard from the men's basketball team Reid Jacoby.
Jacoby single-handedly lifted Randolph to its first win last Saturday against Southern Virginia. He scored a season high 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists. He saved his best shot for last as he nailed a three-point shot from well beyond the three-point arc at the buzzer for the game winner and gave the WildCats a 60-59 victory.
Talk about your shot on Saturday. What was going through your mind? Did you think you had a good look at it?
It was a just a great call by coach Hamilton. If you watch the video you see the two defenders kind of collide which got me open. He drew it up and had the confidence and trust in me to make a play for us. I knew when I caught it exactly how many dribbles I could take and had a pretty good idea where I could get to and it's a shot every basketball player dreams about taking and making. Definitely a special moment and glad I got to experience it with my teammates and coaches.
You have had struggles with injury and illness this season. How are you able to push through that?
The support of my parents, teammates, and coaches has allowed me to overcome and push through some less than ideal circumstances. It's never easy telling your coaches and teammates four months before the season starts that you don't know if you'll be able to ever play again. There have been many tough days but having a strong support group allows me to push through it.
What has been your most memorable moment with this team?
I got to go with the buzzer beater from Saturday afternoon. It's just memorable in so many ways. It also instilled some confidence and swagger that will only benefit us heading into the rest of the season.
What are your plans after graduation?
Definitely interested in getting into coaching or maybe some kind of sales job with my business degree.