Posted On: 04/12/18 3:52 PM
Minnetonka guard Jalen Dearring is a player that made a ton of progress as a junior, as much as just about anybody. Dearring spoke with NHR today about his junior year, recruiting, and the 17u level.
Galen gave the Skippers 17.2 points, 2.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals a game this season shooting 41 percent from the arc for the year. Tonka started the year strong but had a tough spot in the middle of the year resulting in a 14-13 finish. It was a year of growth overall.
“Things went good for me individually and can only get even better from here,” Jalen said. “I have made a huge leap from my previous years. My scoring, assists, rebounding, shooting percentages, etc have increased and a big impact on my team. As a team it didn’t go the way I would have liked it but our team has improved our record and changed from a losing to a winning (team).”
Dearring’s skill level, quickness, and ability to create for his team has grown along with his physical maturity. Everything is starting to come together for this talented prospect.
“I have definitely seen my jumshot take big strides in my game,” Jalen said. “I shoot the ball way more consistent taen I have ever have before, it has opened the floor for me. And along with my IQ. Knowing how to impact the game without scoring, like with defense, distribution to guys, or just directing traffic being that vocal leader.”
Jalen is playing with 44 Elite this 17u season both locally and around the country with a solid team that has some strong expectations.
“I am playing with 44 Elite new Adidas sponsored program, and the team looks great. We are real excited to compete against the best competition. We are a hungry set of kids ready to make noise.”
Jalen listed three schools that are in contact with him the most.
“UCF, LaSalle, Long Beach State, are showing the most interest,” Jalen said.