DawgmanTV: Jaylen Nowell in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Jaylen Nowell is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard who plays for Garfield High in Seattle during high school and Seattle Rotary during the AAU circuit. Dawgman.com’s Kim Grinolds spoke to the high-rising 2017 prospect Friday after Rotary demolished Arizona Warriors by 30 as part of the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic.

Here’s some selected quotes from Grinolds’ chat with Nowell.

Talk about (future Garfield teammate) P.J. Fuller - “He’s the most athletic guy in his class. He’s number-one in his class, so it speaks for itself. He’s one of the best players I’ve been blessed to play with and I’m really happy. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Looks like you’re pushing back a little bit more than before - “That’s the thing me and Daejon (Davis) do. We don’t do just one thing on the court; we always do something different. It depends on who we’re playing that day. We just do what we do. They weren’t pushing me around. I won’t take that from nobody.”

What is it like to be a part of the Seattle Basketball community right now? - “It’s great, man. There’s a lot of talent. To be named as one of the best - and I want to eventually be one of the best players to ever come out of Seattle, that would be a dream of mine. But there’s a lot of talent and a lot of people do different things. We’ve got a lot of shooters, lot of big men that can do what they do, a lot of post moves - a lot of things. Seattle has a lot to offer and I think we’ve been under the radar. We’re going to break through.”

Chip on your shoulder because of being under the radar? - Yeah. Always. When we go to things like this it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, we’re from Seattle so we’re soft.’ They think people from Seattle are soft, but we’re not. We’ll get down and dirty. We’re always willing to prove a point.”

Any new offers the past couple months? - “Yeah, a lot. Cal recently. Stanford. Going down the list…I’m just so blessed for this experience. I’m going to ride this through and eventually play for the coach that I really enjoy talking to and who I feel I have the best connection with.”

How far away are you from making a decision? - “That’s to be determined.”

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