Sam Jacobson

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Sam Jacobson
Personal information
Born (1975-07-22) July 22, 1975 (age 44)
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolPark (Cottage Grove, Minnesota)
CollegeMinnesota (1994–1998)
NBA draft1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1998–2007
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number7, 6
Career history
19981999Los Angeles Lakers
2000Golden State Warriors
2000–2001Minnesota Timberwolves
2007Cholet Basket
Career statistics
Points283 (4.2 ppg)
Rebounds80 (1.2 rpg)
Assists36 (0.5 apg)
Stats at

Samuel Ryan Jacobson (born July 22, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. He played professionally for the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Early life[edit]

Jacobson was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota and played for Park High School in Cottage Grove.[1] He was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball in his senior year.

College career[edit]

He attended the University of Minnesota and helped lead the Golden Gophers to the 1997 NCAA Final Four as a junior and a National Invitation Tournament title as a senior.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Jacobson was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round with the 26th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft.[3]

Legal issues[edit]

Jacobson, along with his wife Traci Jacobson, were charged in Dakota County Court with theft by false representation and theft by swindle in connection with the August 2011 short-sale of his Apple Valley, MN home. The charges state that Jacobson conspired with his then girlfriend Traci Quam to convince his lender, JPMorgan Chase, to "short sale" because Jacobson was in the process of declaring bankruptcy. Quam, who was his live-in girlfriend at the time, then purchased the home. Jacobson and his children still continued to live in the home even though the sale agreement with the lender required contained an "arm's length" condition that required the buyer and seller to be "unrelated parties ... acting in his or her own self-interest." Later in 2011 Quam sold the home for a $226,793.06 profit.[4]

On November 14, 2017, Jacobson plead guilty to residential mortgage fraud over $35,000 in a Dakota County court. Jacobson's wife, Traci, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting residential mortgage fraud. Count two against Sam Jacobson — theft by swindle over $35,000 — was amended to residential mortgage fraud, Ryan Garry said, and count one — theft by false representation over $35,000 — will be dismissed. Both Jacobsons will be sentenced January 27, 2018.[5]


  1. ^ "Sam Jacobson". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Sam Jacobson bio". Minnesota Golden Gophers. University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "1998 NBA Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Short sale prompts felony charges against ex-Gopher basketball star, wife". Star Tribune. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ex-University of Minnesota basketball player Sam Jacobson pleads guilty to mortgage fraud". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 25, 2017.

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