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Posted On: 07/11/18 10:00 AM
Prep Hoops caught up with Las Vegas Prospects Coach Chris Cook as we talked about 4 star Jalen Hill who was recently ranked 91st in the recent 2019 Prep Hoops national top 250.
Jalen is from Clark HSin Las Vegas, Nevada. The 180 pound small forward has received scholarship offers from Arizona, Oregon, Illinois, Arizona State, and USC in the last eight weeks to go with the double figure major conferences offers he’s already had.
The LV Prospects are an EYBL team littered with talented players but it’s Hill who has led the team in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounding (7.5). Hill is a relentless offensive rebounder, he has recorded 1.5 steals a game, and is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor, 75 percent from the foul line, and has made 6 of the 16 threes he’s taken.
Why is Jalen flying up the charts as one of the nation’s better forwards? Those numbers versus EYBL competition speak for themselves, but Coach Cook also elaborated on the talent that Hill possesses.
“If we were to reference Jalen Hill like a baseball player, we would say that he is a five tool player,” Coach Cook said. “He can handle the ball, Jalen can pass the ball really well, he can initiate offense, and he shoots the ball decently. Jalen is a two way player who rebounds, blocks shots, and gets his hand in passing lanes.
“Jalen does a good job of doing a lot of disruptive things on the defensive end. He’s probably undervalued a bit nationally but he is starting to come up a bit in evaluation rankings. Jalen plays on an EYBL team with four other five star guys but yet he’s the guy leading the team in scoring and in rebounds.
“Jalen can get better as a shooter. He’s done a good job of improving as a shooter and he’s got good shooting percentage numbers as he led the team in field goal percentage. Jalen is a high percentage shot maker. He doesn’t take bad shots but when he adds range to his jumper he’s going to be even better.”
The Prospects will be in Augusta, Georgia playing in an event called the Peach Invitational Tournament which is run across the South Carolina/Georgia border from the Peach Jam, the second weekend they will be in Los Angeles at the West Coast Elite event, and then of course finish up locally in Vegas as the high school basketball world comes to Nevada for the final open period weekend.
The list of schools that have offered Jalen is long. In addition to the programs previously mentioned, Jalen also has offers from Boston College, Missouri, Minnesota, San Diego State, DePaul, UNLV, TCU, St. John’s, and Florida State. Of that long list of schools several continue to be in regular contact.
“He’s definitely hearing a lot from Oregon, Arizona, and UNLV,” Clark said. “He’s talked about taking visits to St. John’s, Florida State, and Oregon. Those are three schools that I know he wants to visit.”