Pennie Waiting Until Spring

Realizing that he's still a work in progress, 2012 prep schooler Jalyn Pennie will wait until April to sign his letter of intent. Iowa is among the schools he reports hearing from frequently.

Jalyn Pennie could be one of those kids. Not a household name now as the November basketball signing period approaches, he could be a hot commodity in the spring.

The 2012 combo forward from Christian Faith Center Prep in Creedmoor, NC plans on waiting until April to pen his national letter of intent. The Ontario native's game still is a bit raw and a season to hone and showcase his skills could bring more schools in the late period.

"I want to see what will happen after the season," the 6-foot-7, 180-pound senior said. "I want to see what kind of options I'll have at that time."

Marshall, North Carolina Central and Fairfield have offered scholarships. Pennie reports that Iowa and Miami also have been in consistent contact with he and his coaches. Marshall attended a recent open gym.

"Iowa sends mail to my house all of the time," Pennie said. "I haven't talked to the coaches, yet, though. They have talked with my coaches."

Pennie said he's gotten good feedback from the Hawkeye staff through this coaches.

"They say that they really like me," Pennie said. "They're thinking about an offer. I think they want to get me on a visit and get a look at their program first."

Pennie is taking the SAT in November. He will wait until he gets the results before scheduling any visits.

Pennie began turning heads this summer on the AAU circuit with Grassroots Canada. The athletic forward also earned rave reviews at a recent showcase.

"I think I played pretty well at the Elite-80 in Washington (D.C.)," he said. "I feel like I'm just working hard and getting better."

Pennie is more comfortable closer to the basket at this point but he's progressively getting more adept at his perimeter skills.

"I'm trying to be more of a leader," he said. "I need to be a more consistent shooter and work on my ball handling."

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