Elfrid Payton Elite will hit the EYBL circuit this spring hoping to establish itself as one of the league’s stronger programs, and the club’s hopes will reside in part on the shoulders of DeJon Jarreau.
A 6-4 junior combo guard at New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35, Jarreau performed capably last weekend and reinforced his status as the country’s No. 66 junior prospect. He’s an outstanding, smooth dribbler and passer for a 6-4 guard, and he also can knock down shots on the move.
Albeit not among the most explosive players in the class, Jarreau certainly doesn’t operate at an athletic deficit. He projects as a ball control guard who should be able to defend either backcourt position in college.
Jarreau first emerged nationally in Las Vegas late last summer. He left a lingering impression and has continued to build his reputation, drawing multiple offers heading into the travel season.
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Jarreau’s extended family is no stranger to high-major hoops. His cousin, Jernard Jarreau, currently plays for Washington, so the Huskies’ offer is no surprise despite the lack of geographical proximity.
Geography appears it may be a factor in his ultimate college decision, but perhaps not in the way you think.
”My mom wants me to get away for college,” Jarreau said. “I’m just going to take my time and weigh my options.”
At the same time, what if LSU becomes seriously involved? Jarreau said that the Tigers haven’t reached out seriously to this point, but he added that it would “be tough to say no” if they were to offer. Only time will tell on that front, but clearly it’s monitoring whether the two sides become more closely linked.
From here, the quest will be to fully cement his long-range position and to solidify his status as a national talent.
”People are recruiting me as a point,” he said. “Coaches are telling me not to let up and don’t be satisfied.”
We’ll see Elfrid Payton Elite again this weekend at the opening EYBL event in Hampton, Va.