2017 Four-Star Jalen Hill Talks Cal Offer

After scouting Jalen Hill this summer, the Cal basketball staff came through with an offer for the dynamic 6-foot-8 sophomore out of Corona (Calif.) Centennial, and he talks about how it all went down with BearTerritory.

The California basketball staff has been on Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2017 prospect Jalen Hill ever since the summer, and on Wednesday, Hill received a scholarship offer from Cuonzo Martin himself.

“My dad called the assistant coach, coach [Yanni] Hufnagel, and he talked for a little bit, and then my dad called the head coach, and then we talked, and then he offered me,” Hill said. “I was so surprised.”

Over the last several months, Hill has exploded, scoring offers from Arizona State, New Mexico State and Oregon, but the Cal offer means a lot.

“I’ve looked up the school and the coaches and everything, and my dad calls the assistant coach every once in a while, and we talk for a bit, so I have a good chemistry with Cal, just talking to the coaches,” Hill said. “I was really hyped and excited about this one.”

Hill also has offers from SMU (his first), New Mexico and Kansas State, with plenty of other suitors sniffing around the 2017 four-star.

At just 14, Hill is already 6-foot-8, so his position is tough to project. Right now, he’s a big wing, but he could easily grow into a true power forward.

“The future, nothing’s set in stone,” said Hill. “I’m eventually going to adapt my skill set, so I would think to be a stretch four, or around a four or a three, somewhere around there.”

Hill has added some size since BearTerritory saw him at the Battle at the Beach, playing for two different AAU programs.

“I’m around 205 right now,” Hill said. “Most of it’s been eating. I’ve been eating a lot more than I have before, and I’ve put in a little bit more time in the weight room, got more serious about my weight. I wasn’t happy about it. I needed to put on some more pounds. That’s what I’ve been doing – eating, watching what I eat, making sure that I don’t just eat just to eat. I’ve got to eat the healthy stuff and put water in my body.”

Hill hasn’t made any visits, but he “most definitely” wants to visit all the schools who have offered him, to see the campuses, the area around the schools and to meet more staffs in person.

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