For Emerson College basketball player Jacob Forchheimer, playing basketball at Emerson is more than just about the game. It’s also becoming a family tradition.
Jacob’s father Ronnie graduated and played basketball at Emerson when he was a student there in the early 1980s.
“More than anything else, it’s just kind of cool,” Forchheimer said on playing at the same school as his father. “It doesn’t make that much of a difference except that my dad is probably a little more interested in the team than he has been before with the other team’s I’ve played for…but it is nice to think that my dad and I both played at the same college.”
Forchheimer enrolled at Emerson in the fall of 2012 as a marketing major. He said that if it weren’t for his father, Emerson would likely not have been an option for him.
“I probably wouldn’t have even heard of Emerson if he never went here, but I grew up meeting a lot of people that he was friends with or worked with that went to Emerson, so Emerson was always subconsciously in my mind,” Forchheimer said.
Despite his father being an Emerson alum, Forchheimer says he didn’t seriously consider the school until Jim O’Brien was hired as the head basketball coach in May of 2011.
“(During) my junior year of high school, I met with Stan Nance who was the A.D at the time,” Forchheimer said. “Because they (Emerson) didn’t have a coach, and the team wasn’t really that great, I still didn’t have much of an opinion (of Emerson). But then a few weeks later, my dad sent me a link to ESPN saying how Coach O’Brien was hired and that kind of put them on my radar.”
Now in his second year as a member of Emerson’s basketball team, coach O’Brien has given Forchheimer more of an opportunity to show what he can do. Forchheimer is averaging 5 minutes more per game as a sophomore than he had as a freshman. Its been during that time that Forchheimer says he’s grown as a player.
“I make less mistakes and understand where I need to be on the court,” Forchheimer said. “It’s also better to be another year detached from high school, where I was playing with a lot of bad habits that don’t fly in college.”
Along with playing, Forchheimer says he most enjoys the friendships he’s made with his teammates.
“My favorite part about being on the team is just having a big group of friends,” Forchheimer said. “I came to college and during freshman orientation, there were 9 of us, and we started hanging out right away.”
Jacob’s father Ronnie says he gets joy in seeing that his son is creating his own path.
“I’m happy that he’s doing what he wants to do, and coincidentally it happened,” the elder Forchheimer said. It’s funny for me and my friends when we came here a couple weeks ago. We all graduated in the class of ’81 and ’80 to see him come play here. And I think they got as much a kick out of it as I did.”