Jaylen Hoard

5-star wing Jaylen Hoard talks recent offers

Five-star forward Jaylen Hoard recaps recent offers and how he hopes to improve his game this summer.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Wesleyan Christian (High Point, N.C.) forward Jaylen Hoard visited Wake Forest with his friend Olivier Sarr on his official visit.


Sarr committed to the Deacs just a few months later.


Now, the five-star 2018 prospect will soon have a decision of his own to make.


The Deacs are in pretty regular contact.


“Danny Manning calls me a lot,” Hoard said. “They come to my school a lot, and we stay in touch.”


He’s excited about his friend of three years, Sarr, being so close.


“Wake Forest is a good school. I’m really familiar with the coaches,” Hoard said. “Olivier going there will be great. He will be near my school next year, so we will get to see each other all the time.”


Hoard said he’s starting to adjust to the increased level of play in the AAU circuit.

“The session is going well. It started with some ups and downs,” he said. “I wasn’t used to the physical play inside, but I feel like I adjusted.”


Shortly after the first evaluation period, Hoard heard from Purdue, Georgia Tech and Arizona.  


“Kansas offered me a while ago,” he said. “It’s been out there.”


He said he’s just looking for the right fit at the next level.  


“I want to get better overall,” Hoard said about what he hopes to improve at during the summer.  “Getting to the rim isn’t as easy as it is at the high school level. I need to be aggressive — I’m playing against bigger and stronger guys now. I want to work on ball handling and defense, as well as staying hard on the boards.”


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