College coaches that made their way to Spain for the FIBA u17 World Championship had an opportunity to evaluate 2018 Frenchman Jaylen Hoard this past week.
Soon it will be a little easier to see the 6-foot-8 long, lanky wing prospect.
Hoard, whose father played at Murray State and overseas for many years, spent the first two years of high school in France, but will transfer to High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian for his upcoming junior season.
“My parents happen to know Keith Gatlin, the coach, and I happen to know the school as well,” Hoard said. “It’s a good program so I decided to make a move over there.”
Why make the move to the United States?
“Just playing against different competition in the U.S.,” he said. “There’s a lot of good players, so matching up against them is going to help.”
The transition to the U.S. for high school will help prepare for college basketball as well.
“Playing in the US, I’m going to get more looks for colleges,” Hoard said. “I’m trying to go to college so that’ll be good for me.”
Hoard should make a splash when he gets to North Carolina. Through three games playing for France in the World Championships, he’s averaging 25.3 points, including a 41-point outburst in the first game of the event.
“I think I’m paying pretty well,” Hoard said. “I’ve had three good games."
“I can do a little bit of everything,” he added about his game. “I like to attack the rim, that’s one of my strong points and staff. I can shoot it a little bit, get shots for my teammates, rebound, push it in transition, stuff like that.”
Hoard and his family have received calls of interest from a host of schools and that is sure to rise after this event.
“I think Arizona reached out to my parents,” Hoard said. “I don’t know a lot of the schools, but I think Arizona is one of them. That’s pretty much it. That’s the only one I can think of.”
According to Hoard's father, Antwon, his son will arrive in the United States in the fall.