Varese Basketball is pleased to welcome back Ingus Jakovičs, who has signed an agreement until the end of the 2020-2021 season with an option for the following one. Point/guard, class of 1993, dynamic player Jakovičs is back with the Red and Whites following last year’s excellent performance where he put on a display of his excellent qualities both in terms of defence and offence.
Andrea Conti, General Manager, Openjobmetis Varese Basketball: «We are happy to sign Ingus because he is a lad who has always wanted to come back to Varese. He gave us a lot of pleasant surprises last year and we are well aware that he might be confirmed for next year’s roster. We continue with the philosophy of having very motivated players on our team».
Jakovičs was born in Madona, Latvia, and began his career when he was just sixteen and began to make a living in the second Latvian league wearing the jerseys of Gulbenes buki and BAA Riga. The performances were immediately convincing, so much so that, in the 2011-2012 season, he signed a biennial for Liepajas Lauvas, the highest team in the Latvian championship rankings with whom he totalled an average score of almost 11 points per game. From there, he transferred to VEF Riga and in 2016-2017, after a brief experience with Nižnij Novgorod (where he also played with Siim-Sander Vene), he went to Ventspils, where he stayed until the 2018-2019 season ended and where he managed to carve out a leading role both in the league (almost 10 points and 3 assists per game) and in the ultimate Basketball Champions League, where he scored 11.5 points on average because of the outstanding performance that he managed to achieve. He wore an Openjobmetis jersey last year turning out to be one of the best surprises of the year (9.8 points and 1.8 average assists per game).
Jakovičs has also worn his own country’s jersey, winning a silver medal at the Under 20s European Championships in 2013 and taking part, with the senior national team, in the recent World Cup qualifiers (8 points and 3 assists per game).