One of the top young basketball talents in the country resides on the west coast in 2017 Corona (Calif.) Centennial power forward Jalen Hill.
“During the July period and all that I was doing pretty good,” Hill said. “When I wasn’t traveling with my AAU team I was practicing in the gym and then used the moves I was practicing in the games. Everything like my shot, my dribble moves and some of my post moves, I tried all that in the game.
“I think I had a pretty good summer, at least that’s what I’d been told. I was scoring a lot and I was contributing to my team with blocks and rebounds and running up and down the court.”
As things currently stand, Hill is listed at the power forward spot with most schools indicating he’s being recruiting as a four.
Make no mistake though, when Hill is asked if he’s more of a perimeter player he’ll say that’s simply not the case.
“Right now I’m around the four, closer to the five,” Hill said. “But the skills that I have in my arsenal right now I can definitely be an all around player.
“I feel like I have my handle down and a shot down but right now in high school, the post and the four spot is what I need to be at right now.”
Michigan is another school showing early interest in Hill, recently making it by one of his open gyms.
As it turns out, despite the three-hour time difference and thousands of miles separating his hometown from Ann Arbor, Hill has a pretty significant connection to the Wolverines.
“I know a lot because that’s where I got my name from,” Hill said. “My mom always tells me about the fab five and I was named after Jalen Rose so I know a lot about their history and all that with the fab five.”
As for the current group of Wolverines, Hill admits he’s getting more into watching college basketball consistently and on a serious level, but did catch himself with Michigan on the television a season ago.
“Last year I was watching them cause they were in the tournament and all that,” Hill said. “I wasn’t really focused on them as much as I should be but right now I don’t really know too much about any of the colleges cause I haven’t really gone too in-depth about it as far as watching.
“But I know Michigan is a really good school, that’s what I hear from my parents and coaches.”
Not yet making it on any college campuses for unofficial visits just yet, Hill says he plans to get out on some trips this fall and winter.
“SMU, New Mexico and Kansas State are my offers so I’d like to take a visit, see the campus and meet the coaching staff and all that,” Hill said.
Still very early in his recruiting process, Hill is eager to find out more about the schools showing interest in his abilities on and off the court.
“I just want to see that the coaching staff is good and that they can develop me and teach the right things,” he said.