2015 D'Angelo West Update

Provine High School (Jackson, MS) freshman D'Angelo West is a talented player who is considered one of the top freshmen in the state of Mississippi.

His team recently played in the Rumble In The South high school basketball tournament. And according to the Rumble In The South media packet, HoopScoopOnline.com ranks West as the third best freshman in the state of Mississippi.

West's three-point shooting has put him on their recruiting map, but his game is more than just his three-point shooting.

"I am a good trey shooter but I also have a mid-range game and I can get inside the paint," said West. "I'm also a good free-throw shooter. I love playing defense. I hustle and play 100% every time down the floor."

When he first saw him, Provine High School head coach Otis Gaines saw a talented youngster who was learning to adjust to high school basketball.

"When he first got to Provine he was kind of timid because he had to get used to the speed of the game," said Gaines. "But from day one you could see that he had a high basketball IQ because he knew exactly what was going on on the court."

He also liked the toughness he saw in West.

"A funny story about D'Angelo is (Provine HS senior guard) Courtney Shannon, during one of our first practices, dogged him out defensively, then gave it to him on the offensive end," said Gaines. "D'Angelo came up to me and said, 'he's never going to do that to me again.' And ever since then he has been going after it and progressing pretty well."

While the talent and skill level is already in place, as you would expect from a freshman, there are certain areas he needs to work on to become the complete package.

"As a ninth grader, he still needs to work on his strength and speed," said Gaines. "I think once he gets his strength and speed down, the rest of it is going to come along."

D'Angelo West not only plays high school ball but he also plays AAU ball. He gives some of the credit for his improvement to his AAU playing experience.

"I have been playing AAU for two years and it has been a good experience for me," said the youngster. "What I have learned playing AAU ball is that you have to go hard every play because everybody is on the same level. For any young player it would be a good experience for them to get out there and get exposed to what the competition is like (in AAU)."

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