Hands could make early decision

Don't expected a long, drawn out process for Jaylen Hands. The five-star 2017 point guard could make an early decision.

One of the West Coast’s top point guard prospects comes from Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei in 6-foot-2, 155-pound Jaylen Hands.

The 2017 prospect is an electric athlete with a good frame who can create his own shot, score from all three levels or distribute to teammates.

Arizona, UCLA, San Diego State, USC, Stanford and California are amongst the schools currently doing a good job recruiting Jaylen, according to his father, Ronnie Hands.

The five-star prospect recently visited UCLA and will be on Arizona’s campus on March 7 to see the Wildcats play Stanford.

A decision may not take too long afterwards.

“I honestly think after he takes his visits, he’s going to make his mind up,” said Ronnie. “That’s just my perspective. I don’t really like the recruiting process and I don’t know if he does either.”

The elder Hands broke down a few of the schools seriously involved.

UCLA: “He loved his visit there; it went really well. He likes the fact that they let their guards play. They play more than one guard at a time and he likes that there’s so much freedom in the offense. He likes the proximity to San Diego.”

Arizona: “It’s a sold out event every time they have a game. They usually play one guard at a time but it’s always competitive. If you come in there and you can do it, you can do it. Parker Jackson-Cartwright is starting to pick up more minutes. Being that Jaylen can play on and off the ball, he can get in there. He likes the fact that kids are going to that school and going to the league. You can’t overlook that. It’s also pretty close to home.”

San Diego State: “The coaching staff is awesome. They’ve been around to see Jaylen, whether he plays bad or good; they’ve just been there, constantly. They play in a system where it’s pick and roll so the point guard can come off a pick and make decisions, and that’s what Jaylen is all about, him having the ball in his hands and wanting that responsibility.”

When it comes to what will be most important in a school, Ronnie and Jaylen have slightly different top priorities.

“For me, I’m looking at education,” Ronnie said. “I’ve been around long enough to see many D-I prospects working at Foot Locker. Nothing against that, but if you have your education paid for, you want to see it work for you.

“Jaylen likes the big stage; he wants to be under the bright lights. He wants to be in a situation where he can play, be seen and have fun. The places I mentioned have a little bit of both.”

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