One of California’s top targets for the class of 2017 is four-star big man Jalen Hill.
The 6-foot-9, 205-pounder has a motor that just won’t quit, and he intends on keeping that motor running throughout the rest of the summer.
Last week, Hill played for the Compton Magic 17U team in the first stop on the adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis, but his summer plans may be a bit more expansive, if he has any say, as he told BearTerritory when we caught up with him earlier this week.
“I think I’m going to stay up there at the 17U, but if I can, I might go back to 16U and play with their team, too, just to get some extra run in for both teams,” Hill said. “It was the first time playing against strong competition at the 17U level. I was kind of getting used to it. I didn’t score as much as I usually do, when I’m with the 16U team, but I’m kind of finding my role a bit more, and seeing, adapting. Next year, I want to be finishing, in everything. It’s really been an experience for me, and it’ll help for next year, when I have to play 17U as my main team. I’ll have more experience.”
At the adidas Uprising – the Gauntlet’s first stop – Hill was viewed by many Division I coaches, including a pair from the Bears’ coaching staff in head coach Cuonzo Martin and Yanni Hufnagel.
Upon hearing about the staff’s newest addition in assistant coach and national champion Wyking Jones, the versatile Hill was impressed.
“It says a lot, because they’re looking to improve their staff and they’re looking to improve their players, get the best that they can out of them,” he said.
While the signing of Ivan Rabb doesn’t have any immediate impact on Hill, the fact that Cal was able to land a post of that caliber also left an impression.
“I have two more years before I decide where I’m going to college, but it really shows that they’re going to do something,” he said. “He’s a really good player, he’s going to play a lot, and he must think they’ve got a good chance to go to the Tournament and do big things if he decided to go there.”