COC: Jules Bernard
One of the West Coast’s top wings in 2018 belongs to Los Angeles Windward in 6-foot-5, 185-pound Jules Bernard. The rising sophomore, who plays AAU with the Compton Magic, has good size and ball skills, which make him tough to stop off the dribble. “I’m a slasher that can hit the outside shot,” Bernard said. “I have a pull-up game and I attack the basket most of the time. I’m working my stamina, my conditioning and my dribble moves to create space for my jump shot.” Bernard listed offers from Colorado State, USC, SMU and Utah before breaking down what he likes about each of those schools. Colorado State: “I like their coach; he’s a great person to talk to. That was my first offer and it’s always humbling to get your first offer. That was a great moment for me.” USC: “My dad went to USC and I used to always watch all their football and basketball games. I was always a fan of USC.” Utah: “I watched a lot of them last year. I talked to their coach and he’s a really great guy. Basketball is basically his life and he’s a great person to talk to. I like the school; they have a great program and I’m excited to explore more into it.” SMU: “I like their coach Larry Brown. He’s a Hall of Famer and great coach. He has a national championship in both college and the NBA. I like their coaching staff and one of my Compton Magic teammates, Sedrick Barefield, went there and he told me that it’s a good school.” Bernard listed interest from UCLA, Notre Dame, Stanford and Virginia and grew up watching a few elite programs. “I’ve always watched the big time schools like Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina,” he said. “Those are the schools I watched a lot.” Bernard already has a pretty good idea of what he’ll be looking for in a school. “I’d like a great academic program because you never know what will happen with basketball; you always have to have a backup plan,” Bernard said. “Also, you have to like the coaching staff and pick a style of play that fits you best.”
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