New Orleans (La.) De La Salle point guard Jalen Ned hasn’t even officially started high school yet, but the 2020 prospect already holds four scholarship offers from a few of the nation’s most prestigious schools.
“Right now, I have four offers. USC, Southern Miss, Georgia Tech and LSU,” Ned told Today’s U.
While college coaches cannot contact him directly until his junior year, participating in camps and competing in the AAU circuit has gotten the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder’s name out there. As a result, college coaches have been in contact with his coaches to get in the mix early for the rising star.
“I got the Southern Miss offer from a camp that I went to at their campus,” Ned said. “I got the Georgia Tech offer from a tournament in Atlanta – Rumble in ATL. I got the USC offer from our last tournament. We went to Houston for the Houston National Summer Showcase and the USC scout was at all of our games out there.”
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All of this attention is still very new to Ned, who has burst onto the radar of college coaches just this month.
“I got the LSU offer from their camp they held,” he explained. “The coaches have been looking at me since the camp and keeping in touch with me. They all have been talking to my coaches that they wanted to offer me and the offers have been rolling in since July 15th.
Relationships are a major part of recruiting and since he’s not able to communicate with colleges yet, he’s not able to assess the relationship factor of his recruitment. However, based on what he already knows of these four programs, he’s really impressed with two of them.
“I think USC is going to have a good team this year and will make it to March Madness,” Ned said. “They have been getting better every time I watch them play.
“LSU is a high power team in the SEC division and will always give your team a run for their money. I went to the game when they played against Kentucky and got to talk to Antonio Blakeney and Ben Simmons. The two offers that stand out the most are USC and LSU because they are big time DI colleges.”
Even though USC and LSU are standing out to Ned, he had nothing but positive things to say about his other two offers.
“I haven’t seen Southern Miss play, but I’ve heard their team is on the come up,” he said. “I think Georgia Tech is a great school, a great program in the ACC that will be a team to watch out for in the future. “
College coaches feel very strongly about Ned’s ceiling and his development for them to pull the trigger on an offer so early and there’s a lot they like about the combo guard.
“They tell me about my IQ on the court and they like my shot,” Ned said. “My strengths are my shooting and ball handling. They would have me as a combo guard if I commit to their school.”
It’s a long ways away before Ned makes a decision, since he has four high school seasons still ahead of him – not to mention the AAU circuit – but he already has identified two factors that will be key in his decision.
“Playing time as a freshman, also a school that has great academics,” Ned said.
Ned only has four offers right now, but he’s on track to have several dozen before it’s time to narrow things down and he already has in mind the time that will take place.
“Going into my senior year after I finish my AAU season, I will cut my offers down to the top 5 schools that I think are best for me,” the young phenom explained.