CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Jaime Jaquez Jr. talk about his upcoming challenge against the 2-3 extended zone of Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union at the Take Flight Challenge, a Saturday rivalry game against Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa, his relationship with AAU team founder Paul Pierce and his recruitment. Pepperdine has taken a strong interest, while Pac-12 schools California and Stanford have poked around, as well, with Bears assistant Tracy Webster paying a visit to campus recently.
At 6-foot-6, 190 pounds, Jaquez is projected to grow to 6-foot-8 or 6-foot-9, and while he averages 23.8 points per game, his perimeter touch is still a work in progress, which means he fills it up from inside the arc. The ambidextrous finisher has a good jumper out to 16 feet, and can attack the rim as easily as pull up and shoot. Once he can develop that perimeter shot -- which he's working on with his father -- this four-star is going to be even tougher to stop. He does tend to cross his feet on defense, and step, rather than shuffle, and has to learn to stay in his stance, but he is extremely coachable, and, even as a 15-year old sophomore, has become one of the most vocal leaders on the team on both sides of the ball. We'll have a full scouting report soon, so stay tuned.