Hands building relationships

Jaylen Hands is one of the top point guards in 2017 and is building relationships with the schools recruiting him. Read on for an update on that recruitment, including his thoughts on Arizona.

Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei Catholic point guard Jaylen Hands is among the best in his class, especially when he is able to play to his strengths.

“I feel like I am at my best when I am getting others involved because that is something I can do no matter what,” Hands said.

“My jumper is not always going to fall, but I can always find others, so that is something I put my hat on.”

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound five-star had multiple high major coaches at each of his games and it certainly does not go unnoticed.

“I notice when coaches come to my games and it is something I appreciate a lot,” Hands said. “I love when I know there are coaches coming to my games to see me play.

“I know Arizona and UCLA are at every game, Cal and SDSU also, Stanford is at most. Kentucky comes once in a while. Those are probably the five most common schools.”

Hands is planning to visit Arizona on August 7 and it will be his second time on campus.

“I already have a good relationship with the coaches, so I just want to keep building on that and getting to meet some players and get more comfortable with the campus,” he said.

“The first time I went I saw everything and they did a great job of presenting it.”

One of Arizona’s strongest pitches deals with the people that would be watching him play.

“The fan base is crazy, just crazy,” Hands said. “It is something they bring up a lot and I definitely take note of it.”

Once Hands visits Arizona, he intends to see a few others as well.

“I am going to take a visit and get to know them better,” he said. “Arizona is always going to be up there and then I am going to visit other places. I want to get to know people and the schools recruiting me better.”

As far as a decision goes, Hands is unsure when his recruitment will come to an end.

“It can be early or late,” he said. “I am just going through it and when I feel the time is right I will decide. I don’t want to put a timetable on it.

“When I decide it will come down to fit and how comfortable I am. I want to know that the coaches are using me in the right way and I am picking a school that showcases my abilities the best and helps me get to the next level.”

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