Major interest in Nowell

College coaches are making Jaylen Nowell a priority in the 2017 class.

One of the top talents on the West Coast in the 2017 class is Seattle (Wash) Garfield standout Jaylen Nowell. The highly athletic guard showed major scoring ability this summer with Seattle Rotary on the AAU circuit, and college coaches are beginning to really take notice.

At near 6-foot-5 with a refined offensive game, Nowell is ready for a big sophomore season and has some big goals in mind.

“I’m hoping to win state again,” said Nowell. “Last year I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, and I want to contribute a lot more this year and be a leader on a team that wins a state championship.”

Known as a big time scorer and someone with the ability to be a complete player on offense given his feel for the game and ball handling, Nowell now is out to prove he can play on both ends of the floor.

“Definitely I have been working on my defense,” said Nowell. “That has been what my coaches have been telling me. Sure my offensive game is good, but you can’t be a great player until you play both ends of the floor, so I have been working on that.”

Recruiting wise Washington offered Nowell a scholarship before the completion of his freshman year, and since then a lot of other schools have joined in his recruitment. Schools such as DePaul, Arizona, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Seattle, Oregon State, and others are reaching out.

Nowell says all the recruiting attention has been great.

“It is a blessing to have all this attention,” said Nowell. “I understand that not a lot of kids have this experience. I am very thankful and just riding the wave.”

As the first school to offer, Washington has made a major impression on Nowell already.

“Washington is definitely a school I could see myself at,” said Nowell of the Huskies. “They are recruiting me hard, and the players are already treating me like family. Coach (Lorenzo) Romar has come to see me play a lot, so it is just great with Washington.”

One interesting factor with Nowell is that his father, Mike, was hired as an assistant this summer at Seattle University. However Nowell says there should be no assumption that he is going to Seattle.

“One of the first conversations we had when he got the job was that there is a chance I might not go there,” Nowell explained. “My dad understands, he is a supportive dad, and he wants me to have a great experience no matter where I choose to go to school.”

For now Nowell is taking everything in stride. However when the time does come for him to make a college decision, more than basketball will be in play.

“I want to major in sports medicine, so I am looking to go to a school that as a good sports medicine program,” said Nowell. “I want to go to a place where I would go even without basketball because I want to do more than just be a basketball player in my life.”

Currently Nowell is viewed as the No. 2 shooting guard and the No. 22 prospect overall in the class of 2017.

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