Concord’s Jacob Roark has stayed busy since graduating high school in 2014. Playing college basketball at Harding University, coaching up junior and senior high students during the summer in numerous AAU tournaments, getting married to his high school sweetheart Taylor and moving to Florida have been among the things Roark has accomplished following his days at Concord. But now the 22-year old has found a new home to play the game he fell in love with at a very young age. This new home is Florida College, located in Temple Terrace, Florida, and home of the Falcons.
Early on in his senior year of high school, Roark signed with the Searcy-based Harding University Bisons, a program that has a rich history in basketball, spending two seasons there while punching a ticket to the NCAA Tournament the second season. “I had played with a guy that goes to Florida College at Harding University,” said Roark. “It wasn’t really an option at first when I decided to transfer. Everything was set for me to go to Kansas City and play at William Jewell until I broke my knee. After that, I just focused on getting my knee healthy and when it came time to start looking at places again, it came down to Jewell and Florida College. My friend down here sold me on the idea of moving down to Florida to play here.”
Roark had quite the career at Concord, leading the Pirate basketball program to brand-new heights, racking up a 114-14 overall record and 40-0 conference record in three seasons that included back-to-back trips to the state finals and a state championship in 2014, the first in school history. Among personal accolades for Roark include: four All-District, All-Region, All-State, and All-State Tournament selections, as well as State Tournament MVP, an AHSCA Eastern All-Star selection and the Antony Dobbs Spirit Award. Roark can be also found in the Arkansas Activities Association record book as well, holding the all-time record for three-pointers made with 398, also second all-time in career points with 3,619. The 5’9” junior also excels in the classroom, spending just as much time on school work as he does on his overall game, which he would spend countless hours working on anytime he was back home in Concord.
Roark will join a Falcon squad that are members of the Southern States Athletic Conference, as well as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. “I think I’ll fit into the system fine. We run a ball screen offense as our base offense, which fits my game well,” exclaimed Roark. “The team is very athletic and have three or four guys that can shoot it consistently well.” The Falcons recently hosted a scrimmage game against a local school and Roark finished with 19 points.