Posted On: 05/28/20 11:27 AM

The Garden State has a long history of churning out elite talent. Kyrie Irving, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyle Anderson and Scottie Lewis were all top 10 recruits from the past decade. J.R. Smith was another highly talented prospect who spent his high school days in New Jersey as he played for Lakewood and St. Benedict’s. The one-time NBA champion is not the only talented player from the state with a J name as New Jersey is flooded with them. Here are the top "J" name players from the Garden State.

PG: Jaylen BlakesJaylenBlakes6'1" | PGBlair Academy | 2021State#127NationNJ, 6’1 Blair Academy 2021

New Jersey is filled with talented point guards with "J" names, but Blakes gets the nod for running the Buccaneers’ offense. The 6’1 point guard is tough to contain off the bounce and can finish around the rim. Blakes is a natural scorer, but he is also capable of setting up his teammates. He is also a solid defender and is a good rebounder. Blakes is ready to lead Blair Academy this season as the Buccaneers look to be one of New Jersey’s best. Honorable Mentions: Jayden PierreJaydenPierre6'0" | PGLong Island Lutheran | 2022State#67NationNY, Jayden BrownJaydenBrown6'0" | PGMontclair Immaculate | 2021StateNJ, Spencer JoynerSpencerJoyner6'4" | PGArts | 2023State#65NationNJ, Elmarko JacksonElmarkoJackson6'3" | PGSt. Augustine | 2022#245NationPA

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