For those located in North Carolina, Jaylen Fornes has been a respected, seemingly long-time presence on the grassroots circuit. He has participated in huge games both on the high school and travel team levels, including with Team Loaded NC this past spring and summer.
Always tough and now increasingly athletic, Fornes is an excellent corner shooter who buries threes from that space on the court. He’s also an explosive leaper off two feet, a tough defender and can play on or off the ball.
UNC-Wilmington head coach Kevin Keatts observed Fornes at Word of God’s workout last week and was able to seal the deal this evening.
”Honestly, I just believe in Coach Keatts,” Fornes told Scout. “He has a spreadsheet of history he can show. He came from being the associate head coach at Louisville and has coached at all levels, high and mid-major.”
Fornes projects to continue along the path of being a combo guard. He will share the ball this year with Rawle Alkins, J.J. Smith and Jalen Harris on the perimeter, so he’s accustomed to playing alongside very talented teammates.
The Seahawks have made a conscious effort to recruit the state more effectively since Keatts’ arrival on campus, and getting a talented player from one of the state’s best high school and travel team programs serves notice that they’ll continue to be a factor on the trail.