Jules Bernard has long been one of the west’s top wings in 2018 and he’s taken a step forward as a junior.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing from Los Angeles Windward entered the season as Scout’s 54th ranked prospect and has done nothing to discredit that ranking, showing an improved aggression and skill set, while consistently scoring and rebounding.
“I think I’ve played well,” Bernard said. “I’ve definitely progressed since last year. I’m more of a leader on the team.
“I’ve been playing aggressive and crashing the boards, which has opened up more of my game; I push the ball and make plays for my team. Being aggressive and confident has helped a lot.”
The four-star prospect discussed what he likes about each of the aforementioned programs.
Alabama: “I like their coaching staff. They’re very into it and do a good job reaching out to their players and show they care. They always ask how my family is.”
Cal: “I know coach Wyking (Jones) and we can talk about literally anything. We talk on the phone about school, family, the holidays, basketball and anything.”
Stanford: “I like the coaching staff; their assistant coach Adam Cohen is really cool and I can talk to him about anything. They’re open minded coaches and I like them.”
UCLA: “I’ve been to a lot of their games since they’re nearby. I’ve talked a lot to their coaches and have a good relationship with them. They offered me over a year ago so I’ve built a relationship with them over the years.”
USC: “I talk to coach (Jason) Hart a lot and he’s a really cool person. I think he’s a great recruiter and my relationship is really good; I can talk to him about anything.”
Utah: “I like the coaching staff a lot. They’re very family oriented. I went there not too long ago and I liked the atmosphere at practice. They have a confident group of players and coaching staff.”
At this point, there aren’t any leaders for the four-star prospect.
“Not really, I think all of them have their unique qualities and have shown what they bring to the table,” he said. “They’re all showing great interest. There’s no frontrunner; they’re all doing a good job.”
There will be a number of qualities which Bernard will be looking for in the schools recruiting him.
“I want to go to a school with a good competitive program where I can show and express my game,” Bernard said. “The coaching staff is really important; I have to have a good relationship with them.”