WAYNE – A former Wayne State College men’s basketball standout recently completed his inaugural professional season overseas in Portugal.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics Department, Kendall Jacks played this season for the Futebol Clube Barreirense in the Portugal Liga Placard League (top professional league in Portugal). The league, like nearly all other professional leagues, was suspended on March 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The graduate of Bettendorf High School in Iowa averaged 16.14 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.05 assists per game this season. He shot 46.8% (80-171) on two-point shots, 39.6% (38-96) from the three-point line and 86.5% (65-74) at the free throw line. Twice during the season Jacks was an Ideal 5 Member Player of the Week.
Jacks played all five positions while at Wayne State and focused on the point guard and two guard positions this season in Portugal. His team was two games out of the eighth playoff position in the 14-team league with four games left in the season when play was suspended for the year. The biggest adjustment playing in Portugal compared to the United States for Jacks was the extended three-point line and the way officials called the game.
Jacks has the opportunity to play for the same team next season but has not made a decision yet.
Jacks had a standout career at Wayne State from 2014-19, helping rebuild a Wildcat men’s basketball program from 5-24 to a 21-10 in his senior season. Jacks earned All-NSIC honors three times and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in NSIC games with 1,220 points in league play. All-time, Jacks ranks second in career scoring with 1,626 points, third in career field goals made (619) and eighth in assists (241).
As a senior in 2018-19, Jacks was a First Team All-NSIC selection averaging 16.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 81.8 percent at the free throw line. His senior year, WSC finished with a 21-10 record and a share of the NSIC South Division regular season title.