Recruiting Report: Jalen Hodge (2018)


Posted On: 01/12/18 3:00 PM

O’Fallon 2018 point guard Jalen Hodge is one of the top handful of lead guards remaining on the board in the state of Illinois.  The point guard is a smooth floor general that always has his head up looking to make a play for himself or others.  Hodge plays well in the open floor weaving in and out of the defense.  In the half court he has a first step that allows him to get past the defense and to the rim where he is a quality layup maker scoring on acrobatic finishes consistently.  Also likes to use floaters over big men.  Streaky perimeter shooter.  As a distributor he makes crisp passes to teammates.  Doesn’t have a lot of scorers around him on his high school team.  Defensively he is a force pressuring the ball and cutting passing lanes.

How is the season going?

“We started really good.  A lot of teams are sleeping on us.  Every night we have something to prove.  We have guys that can shoot the ball so we try to move the ball.  I think I am playing really well.  I have to take on a scoring role.  I am trying to lead and be a point guard for the next level.”

He says one area of his game has improved significantly throughout his career.

“My shooting.  The last three years I wasn’t much of a shooter.  Now teams are focusing on how I can create inside and outside.”

What will the team that lands him at the college level be getting?

“A point guard that wants to win.  I can facilitate and am a good passer.  A guy that can get an offense going.”

He chatted with us about his recruitment.

“I have six D2 offers.  I have been talking to Drake, Illinois State, and Bradley some.”

Who is recruiting him the hardest at this stage?

“University of Indianapolis is on me a lot.”

Hodge discussed a timeline for his decision.

“I did want to decide around the end of December, but I am playing really well so I am going to wait it out a little bit more.”

He ran with Jets-Ramey United on the travel team circuit.