BALTIMORE, Md. -- While not the most finished prospect on the Baltimore Elite 16's AAU club, Mount St. Joseph's sophomore Jarvis Doles oozes upside, perhaps the most of any his teammates, according to coach Bub Carrington.
Doles, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound reserve this season at MSJ playing for coach Pat Clatchey, is a versatile big forward with loads of potential once he puts it all together.
"I feel I made some significant contributions in some games this season, but I think I should have stepped up a little more. But I definitely learned a lot this season, playing behind guys like Phil Booth. I think we had a great year," Doles said of MSJ's title run.
This season Doles had modest numbers off the bench, but he's receiving early letters from some of the locals like Mount St. Mary's, while out west Northern Arizona is in contact. Maryland has also been through the gym to see him, and his size and athletic package bode well for any number of positions at the college level.
"I think I could play some four, I could play some three, but I want to expand my game to the three more because I think you have to be versatile. But I am also want to get more acclimated playing the five as well," Doles said of his various roles to come at MSJ. He can step out and knock down jumpers, while he is still working on his strength and board play inside.
"Jarvis might be the most talented one out of all of them. Again, he wants it, but we just got to show how to get it. We got to teach him how to work, how to prepare himself like Donte Green, Melo [Anthony], Will Thomas, the guys that came before him. The sky is the limit for Jarvis. Naturally talented...very, very talented.
"But right now he is a 4/3. He's a 4/3, and a lot of kids want to play the three. A lot of kids want to play the three and be on the wing, but I don't think they'd be in tune with their bodies so young unless they were doing it all their life. But the way college basketball is now with three guards, a big, and a stretch four, he'll be great. Jarvis is the most naturally talented kid in the program now."
College is a ways off, but Doles represents the next wave of talent at MSJ as it looks to keep pace as one of the area's top prep programs year in and year out.
"I like Maryland. They are a good school and program. And I am really good in math, I like math, but I kinda want to be a lawyer as well," Doles said.
Doles is a bit of a "Renaissance Man," in that he plays the piano and dabbles in acting in addition to his round-ball skill. On the floor, many say the best is yet to come.
"For my height, I can shoot the ball well. But every part of my game I have to keep working on right now," Doles said.
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