Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

IU a priority school for 4-star guard Jalen Carey

See what four-star guard Jalen Carey and his father had to say about Indiana and why the Hoosiers have emerged as a priority school for the top-100 class of 2018 prospect.

One of the top scorers on the Nike EYBL circuit, 2018 four-star guard Jalen Carey has continued to emerge.

Six-foot-3, athletic with a burst and the ability to shoot very well from 3-point range, more schools have started to purse the New Jersey guard from the Playaz Basketball Club and Immaculate Conception High School.

Carey is averaging 18.2 points per game and shooting 47.3 percent (26-for-55) from the 3-point line.

One of those schools is Indiana, which has quickly become a school the Carey family is looking at closely.

“That’s a priority for us as long as Archie Miller is keeping him a priority,” John Carey, Jalen’s dad, told Peegs.com. “That’s a style and a system that fits Jalen. They’ve had multiple players that play in his mold. He fits there.

“I think coach understands what he needs to be successful at the next level. He sees Jalen as a priority to run an engine. He knows he’s a big-time player.”

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Indiana coach Archie Miller and his staff watched Carey during both spring evaluation periods, first in Hampton, Va., and then in Westfield, Ind.

The Careys and Indiana are discussing a visit.

“I’m looking at when coach wants us to schedule a visit, when it’s convenient for everyone,” John Carey said. “We want to build a relationship. We’ve been talking. He came to see my son and offered him, and he’s making sure he’s growing as a player and as a person.”

Jalen Carey has a number of scholarship offers, including Indiana, Kansas, Florida, Seton Hall, Miami, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Texas and others.

Carey said Seton Hall, Rutgers and UConn have been recruiting him the longest.

He is in the process of learning about Indiana.

“I know Victor Oladipo came out of there,” Carey said, referring to the former IU All-American who was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA draft. “I feel like my game somewhat similar to his, an aggressive guard who is athletic and loves to attack the rim.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to become familiar with the program and learn more about the school.”

Carey entered the spring ranked No. 74 nationally in Scout.com's class of 2018 rankings.

He wants to made an immediate impact on a college program, and discussed things that are important to him in a college.

“I just want to know I can come in and play right away. In terms of distance, that doesn’t matter for me as long as a college makes sure I’m good and my family doesn’t have to worry about me,” he said.

“And I want a brotherhood throughout the school. My goal is to play at the next level, so a school that’s able to prepare me for the next level.”

Carey said he’s not pushing to be a one and done but wants to be prepared when he does go to the pros.

“I just want to get to the NBA when I’m ready. I don’t want to set a time limit on myself. I need to work on my body, my point guard skills,” he said.

“I want to look like a true point guard. Russell Westbrook is my favorite point guard in the NBA, so I want to model my game after him. That’s what I’ve been working on a lot with my coaches and with my dad.”

With his growing recruitment, contact from colleges has become pretty constant.

“I’m taking it day by dad, just enjoying each phone call,” Carey said. “Growing up, I worked so hard for it.

“I just know the hard work is starting to play off. I’m just trying to make my mom and dad proud.”


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