Getting To Know Jalen Rucker (2019)

Grassroots
Maryland/D.C.

Posted On: 04/8/18 9:46 AM

2019 Gilman point guard Jalen Rucker had an impressive junior campaign that included a handful of explosive scoring performances. The 5-foot-11 floor general is the leader both on and off the court for the up and coming Hounds. As he prepares to play a big role for Team Melo 17U EYBL squad, we caught up with him and threw a bunch of random questions his way (rapid fire style) to find out more about him.

PH: Describe your junior season both as a team and individually.

JR: Well as a team, we had a new coach that set the tone right away. Coach Bartz had us working out at 5am in the fall. I think as a team we’re just working on getting a new identity as being a hardworking, scrappy team. My season was good, we made it to the independent school championship, but unfortunately came up short in that. I averaged 23 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals.

PH: What are some aspects of your game that you’re looking to improve on throughout this spring/summer?

JR: Just improve on being more vocal and being a better a leader. And now I’m playing with high-level players, so just improving my play making and passing.

PH: What NBA player do you model your game after the most?

JR: Probably Kyrie Irving. Just because his lay ups and the way he can finish around the basket and his mentality as a point guard.

PH: Who’s your favorite NBA Team?

JR: Uh, the Celtics. And yes, I’m hurt. (referring to the recent news of Kyrie Irving being ruled out the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery) I’m very hurt. I say we’re a second-round exit still in the playoffs, though.

PH: Who’s going to win the NBA Finals and why?

JR: The Warriors just because they’re too deep.

PH: No love for the Houston Rockets?

JR: I got no love for Houston.

PH: What’s your favorite food?

JR: Pizza.

PH: Who’s your favorite artist?

JR: Drake.

PH: Any pregame rituals or superstitions that you do before every game?

JR: I have a playlist that I listen to before every game I play, but nothing too serious.

PH: What’s the last song you have t0 listen to before you play?

JR: Leading scorer by 600breezy