UCLA Looking at 2017 Center

OCT. 3 -- One of the top 2017 prospects on the West Coast, center Jalen Hill has had no shortage of colleges make the trip to Corona to see him so far this fall...

At just 14 years old, Jalen Hill is just a baby compared to many of his peers in the 2017 class and it’s one of the several reasons to be excited about his significant upside.

The 6-foot-8, 175-pound center from Corona (Calif.) Centennial showed once again what kind of prospect he is at the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp, earning the following evaluation from Scout.com:

At 6-foot-8 with long arms and a nonstop motor, there is a lot to like about Hill, who really is just scratching the surface of his significant potential. He has level 10 feet and when he receives the ball posting up, it's tough for defenders to guard him in the paint.

Not just a back to the basket threat, Hill can also hit jumpers from midrange and three. While his offensive ability is impressive for a 14-year old kid, Hill is also a very good rebounder and shot blocker due to his motor and instincts. He's one of the top 2017 prospects in his class out west.

High major schools have been making the trip to Centennial to see Hill play, and he’s been happy with the feedback.

“I’ve had a lot of big schools come through,” Hill said. “Arizona, UCLA, and a lot of big ones have been by to see me. I’ve had UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, USC, Michigan and a lot of others.

“I feel like I’ve played really well in front of them. They all like my game and want to recruit me.”

Arizona State, SMU, New Mexico and Kansas State have all offered Hill, who says three schools are on him the hardest.

“I would say Arizona, Cal and Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “I know others are going to really recruit me too.”

Even though he doesn’t have any visits set up, Hill does hope to take some trips in the near future.

“I definitely want to see the schools that have offered me so I can see the campus and area,” Hill said.

In the mean time, Hill says he’ll be working on improving his game.

“I want to get my handle better and improve my free throws,” he said. “I need to be more aggressive too. “


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