Felton Letting It Fly

SUWANEE, Ga. --- Basketball has taken rising sophomore guard Jalek Felton all over the country this year, but even with all of the miles the Top 25 shooting guard in the 2017 class is still scoring regularly.

Canada Elite head coach Jordan McFarlane approached Felton after Friday’s game: “I couldn’t even get mad at my boys for you scoring,” the coach told Felton. “How do you stop that? I haven’t seen too many kids like you, man.”

The 6-4 Felton scored 19 points in a narrow loss to Canada Elite. Hitting on whirling drives to the basket and several deep threes, Felton tried hard to bring his team back from a halftime deficit.

“First half I was just trying to get the feel,” said Felton. “You know we played this team before and they beat us by 30-some points so I wasn’t going to let that happen again.”

As the nephew of former Tar Heel great Raymond Felton, UNC is never far from the conversation for Jalek.

“I’ve been watching UNC for a long time,” said Felton. “I watched (Ty) Lawson a lot, but the only player I really remember from earlier is Wes Miller. He was a little guy and the gym used to go crazy every time he would shoot the ball. Every time he shot the ball it would go in too.”

Last year in the third live recruiting period of the summer, Roy Williams made several appearances at Felton’s games despite the fact that his high school career at Mullins (S.C.) had not yet started. This year, Hubert Davis watched Felton in the 16U Under Armour Finals.

“I’ve been in contact with them a lot,” said Felton. “They were at my game Thursday. They were saying next summer for an offer. So, the summer after my sophomore season.”

With the close UNC ties, Felton has made periodic trips to Chapel Hill this past year starting with a visit to Late Night With Roy. Felton tagged along with Harry Giles, the No. 3 ranked player in the class of 2016.

“Harry’s like my best friend,” said Felton. “He used to play with me in AAU.”

Along with the Late Night visit, Felton has also made frequent visits to play pick-up in the Smith Center.

“I’ve played there a lot,” said Felton. “The last time I played with them was about a month ago right before the dead period started. Marcus (Paige) is the toughest to play against. Man, he’s got a shot and I didn’t know he was that quick. Also the defenseman, Theo. He’s real tough to play against and I know him from North Carolina and going to school with Harry.”

After averaging 21.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists while being named a Second Team Freshmen All-American by MaxPreps, Felton has been on the go.

“I’ve had a busy summer,” said Felton. “Getting kind of tired, but it’s been fun. I still have next week and then the final Adidas Nations to go. So far Adidas Nations and the Steph Curry camp were great. Actually, the Steph camp was my favorite. The drills we did were real good and it was a lot of great competition. Everybody was just trying to go at each other real hard and make each other better. Malik Newman was who I watched the most. That’s my guy, and I just admired his work ethic and playing style.”

As one of the top shooting guard in his class, Felton showed his deep range, hitting two threes from several feet behind the arc while also handing out several assists.

“I’d say my strengths are shooting the ball and getting the ball to my open teammates and setting them up for good shots,” noted Felton. “Passing, it kind of runs in my family. Just keeping your head up and getting the ball to teammates.”

Along with UNC, Felton also noted interest from Kansas, Syracuse, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech and some others.

“I’m just taking my time and not worrying about college right now,” said Felton. “I was playing pick-up with all the guys when the Rashad news came. Man, that stuff is crazy. All the help that boy got from the school and to do what he’s doing isn’t right. That stuff doesn’t bother me about UNC though. No matter what happens in the future, with an offer or other schools they’ll always be in my Top 5.”

Scout.com Evaluation: Jalek Felton at UA Finals
by Brian Snow

"Felton is the complete package as a player. He has the big time athleticism, elite skill, and the desire to win. Even though his team came up short, Felton left it all on the floor and in the process made several extremely impressive plays. He finished with athleticism around the rim, and then also hit from deep. Overall there is nothing he struggles to do on the court, and Felton looked the part of an elite prospect."

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