UNC Commitment Jalek Felton Seeking Bigger Stage

Jalek Felton is looking for a high school setting that will best prepare him for his Tar Heel career.

Jalek Felton has enjoyed his time at Mullins (S.C.) High School, but this season will be his last as an Auctioneer.

He’s ready to move on. He’s ready to be on the national stage during his senior year. He’s ready to prepare for his freshman season at North Carolina.

“The plan is to find something for next year that simulates the college environment to better prepare Jalek for the challenges of the ACC,” Frederick Cannon, Felton’s AAU coach, said. “It’s time for him to continue the maturity of his game by playing against national competition and competing every day with guys that will be competing on the college level as well.”

The move, according to Inside Carolina recruiting director Rob Harrington, is a good one.

“I normally enjoy watching players represent their home communities, but this is a case where I think Felton’s development needs a jump start,” he said. “Felton is an obvious blue-chip talent and I believe could reap enormous benefits from a season in prep school.”

Before that happens, Felton has vowed to bring a state title to Mullins in honor of his late coach and mentor, Mark Gerald.

“Mullins and the community have helped Jalek mature greatly,” said Cannon.

If his play at this past week’s Beach Ball Classic is any indication, Felton has a great shot.

Felton, the No. 22-ranked player in the class of 2017 by Scout.com, set the Beach Ball Classic single game record last week, pouring in 55 points. He now owns two of the top three individual scoring performances in the tournament’s storied history (in 2014 he scored 51 points).

He also tied the tournament record by making nine 3-pointers.

“We need more from him,” said Mullins head coach Steve Smith. “If we get (that) from him we have a chance (to win a state title).”

Through three games at Beach Ball, Felton averaged 37.3 points, 7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while converting 56 percent (14-25) of his 3-point attempts.

“His three-point shot here looked very smooth,” Harrington said. “He remains one of the more creative ball handlers and scorers in the 2017 class as well. Given his height, length and scoring ability, he should be a multi-purpose offensive threat the day he sets foot on UNC’s campus.”

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