Ohio Sleeper Talks Recruiting

As one of the best shooting wing forwards in Ohio standing at 6'6" and 175 pounds, Jalen Ragland has blown up this summer. His height and ballhandling skills make him one of the premier 2011 wing players in Ohio. The result is this sleeper has gone from an unknown to twelve solid offers.

As one of the best shooting wing forwards in Ohio standing at 6'6" and 175 pounds, Jalen Ragland has blown up this summer. His height and ballhandling skills make him one of the premier 2011 wing players in Ohio. The result is this sleeper has gone from an unknown to twelve solid offers.

Chillicothe (Ohio) High School's Ragland is a very good outside shooter, but can also score on the drive as well as other talents. Ragland said, "I can take it to the hole. I can board and get rebounds. Rebounding is what I have most improved over the summer." Ragland added he is working on his game a lot.

He says he is a team player who "does whatever it takes to help the team win."

This past season as a junior, Ragland averaged approximately 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Ragland said the schools that have offered him are Miami-OH, IUPUI, Kent State, Morehead State, Wright State, Marshall, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, UT-Chatt, Bowling Green, Mercer, and UTEP. VCU, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Indiana are also recruiting Ragland.

Ragland has visited Indiana, Ohio, and Wright State unofficially. He plans to visit UTEP on August 27th-28th for an official visit. He said he will make a decision shortly after the UTEP visit in early September.

Of the schools recruiting him, one school stands out. Ragland said, "UTEP is my leader." Ragland said the reason the Mexican border school is his leader is head coach Tim Floyd.

Ragland is not scared off by the Guillory/Mayo scandal that resulted in Floyd resigning from the head job of the USC Trojans. Ragland said, "Tim Floyd is a good coach. He used to coach in the NBA with the Bulls and Hornets. They also got a good weight trainer who has NBA experience."

Miami is also in the picture for Ragland. He said, "They are nice. Head Coach Charlie Coles is an old school coach. Miami is in consideration."

Ragland describes himself off the court as a quiet and shy guy who focuses on schoolwork. However, he says ultimately, "basketball is my life."

Ragland is qualified and maintains a G.P.A. of 3.4 and has earned an 18 on the ACT. He does not know what he will major in college, but is leaning toward sports management.

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