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.