Four-star combo guard Jalen Carey put on a show at the Primetime Shootout. He had 25 points in the first half, and continued that with a strong second half to finish just shy of 40 points. For Carey it was an improved jumper that really stole the show, and college coaches continue to take notice.
“I am just working on getting stronger and working on my body,” said Carey about his improvement as a junior. “Also I am working to become a better leader so I can continue to take over games.”
On the recruiting trail Carey has offers from Seton Hall, Connecticut, Minnesota, Rutgers, Penn State, Temple and others, while interest is beginning to come in from Villanova, Kansas, and Notre Dame.
One of the schools that has been recruiting Carey the longest is Seton Hall.
About the Pirates, Carey said, “I saw their first home game of the year, and it was a good atmosphere. I like the coaches, they are great guys, and it is just really great to have them recruiting me so hard.”
Also in the state of New Jersey, Rutgers is showing Carey significant attention.
When it comes to the Scarlet Knights, Carey said, “I love their program. Coach (Steve) Pikiell hits me up a lot and shows me a lot of interest. I like how he lets his guards play, and I think I can be someone who helps them get over the hump as a program.”
The Connecticut Huskies are also beginning to make Carey a major priority recruit, and Kevin Ollie personally has been very engaged in this recruitment.
“They’ve been hitting me up often,” said Carey of Connecticut. “Coach (Kevin) Ollie offered me, and he is a great coach. I’ve been to their campus and I loved it. I saw the facilities which are great. I hope to get up there again and get more familiar with the coaches.”
While the recruiting interest is really picking up, Carey says he is no hurry to come to any decision. He plans to play out the spring and summer with the Playaz Basketball Club before making any commitment.