Camarillo (Calif.) High School has been known for creating a college football pipeline in the last four years, but now the next major college level athlete for the Scorpions is coming from the hardwood.
Rising Class of 2019 guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. is finding his name on seven different NCAA Division-I college basketball teams’ early recruiting board. It’s because of a strong freshman debut that saw the 6-foot-6, 195-pound Jaquez earn All-CIF, All-County and All-Academic honors.
Jaquez has been hearing from UCLA, Stanford, Pepperdine, UNLV, Montana, Portland and nearby UC Santa Barbara through letters. His ability to dominate games on the scoring and rebounding end so early has turned him into the city’s newest athletic sensation.
“I would describe my game as a guy who can fill the stat sheet,” Jaquez said. “My strengths are that I try to outwork everybody and improve on my defensive game play.”
Jaquez led the Scorps in points per game (15.3) and rebounds (10.0) for a team that finished 25-7 overall. He not only scored 21 points or more in six games, but recorded 14 double-doubles during Camarillo’s playoff run.
He said his top highlight moment came in the CIF Division IA playoffs against Irvine-Beckman. He called that contest “our best game of the season” after netting career highs in points with 35 and rebounds with 19 in the 80-50 thrashing of the Patriots.
How is it that one of the youngest player’s on a team loaded with upperclassmen can prove he’s already ahead of the curve? Jaquez gives credit to his summer work.
“My summer AAU team really helped me prepare for varsity as we played in 17u and 16u during big tournaments,” Jaquez said. “I wasn't surprised [at how good I became] because I set my goal and I reached it. I wasn't shocked because it's what I expected of myself.”
He’s currently lacing up the basketball kicks for Paul Pierce’s team The Truth through the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
Jaquez hasn’t landed his first scholarship offer yet. But with schools from the Pac-12, Big West and Western Athletic Conference sending him envelopes, it shouldn’t be long before he receives offer No. 1.
And while Scorpions football have produced Mountain West, Pac-12 and FCS level talent -- highlighted by Joe Borchard (Stanford), Kyle Gunther (Utah) and Bryan Anger (California), along with Jake Maulhardt (Wyoming), Corbin Covey (Colorado State), Nico Lima (San Jose State), Jake Constantine (Boise State) and Sean Chisholm (South Dakota) -- and Camarillo baseball (once coached by Jaime's uncle Richard) has produced a pair of Arizona infielders in Brett Scyphers and Brad Boyer, and big leaguers like Erik Komatsu and Delmon Young, Jaquez has a goal of getting college coaches to come check out Camarillo basketball.
“My teammates and I are trying to make our city known for basketball as well as baseball and football,” Jaquez said.