“They told me about an offer in November,” said Mullins (S.C.) HS guard Jalek Felton. “The coaches are going to come down in November and talk to my family before the high school season.”
As the nephew of Raymond Felton, Jalek knows the UNC program very well and is familiar with the coaches and players. Last year he was in attendance for “Late Night with Roy” and has since been a frequent visitor to the Dean Dome to play and watch pick-up games with the current and former Tar Heels.
“I wanted to go to Midnight Madness again, but they told me to take care of things out here first,” said Felton, who spent the weekend attending the USA Basketball camp. “I’ll definitely be up for some games during the season though. I’ve been up there a few times lately for pick-up. The last time … I played with them (was) before they went to the Bahamas.”
This past weekend marked Felton’s first opportunity to play at a USA Basketball event. The two-day Developmental Camp featured 37 of the top freshmen and sophomores in the country as well as 11 highly rated seniors. It didn’t take long for Felton to get acclimated to the increased level of competition.
“I like it, real good experience,” noted Felton. “I think I played pretty well. Main thing was getting used to the elevation. It was real hard for me to breath at first but once you get used to it you are good to go. The morning is my thing. I played well in the morning, but then in the afternoon I got a little tired.”
Rated the No. 2 shooting guard in the 2017 class by Scout.com, the 6-3 Felton was one of the top performers at camp.
“I had people telling me he was a combo guard,” said Jonathon Givony, of the pro scouting site DraftXpress. “I think he had some of the best vision of any guard I saw. How many pin-point passes does it take to be considered a point guard? Add in his speed and quickness and he has the skill-set that NBA teams will love.”
“I would say I like to get my teammates involved first,” said Felton. “So I would say I’m a point, but when I need to score I feel like I can do that.”
Felton got his teammates involved with several outstanding passes on the break and he also relished the chance to play against the older competition on Day 2. He forced the occasional steal on the defensive end and was often seen flying through the middle of the lane for a one-handed dunk.
While more than just a high level athlete, Felton was also penetrating to the basket and letting shots fly from all over the arc with his deep range and quick release.
With the first USA camp in the books it’s now time for Felton to get ready for his sophomore season. Felton averaged 21.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in his freshman season where he helped lead Mullins to a state playoff appearance.
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