Jalen Reed, the 6’10 2022 forward from Jackson, Mississippi is one to watch. Reed is a Power Five prospect who’s not lacking in interest or offers from college programs. He’s a versatile big, who’s able to make his presence felt in many ways all over the court. He’s made nice strides with his face-up game, including the ability to stretch it or finish strong after a straight-line drive.
Recently, Reed spent some time chatting with Pro Insight’s Jake Lieberman about his recruitment.
For the next installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2022 prospect Jalen Reed, from Jackson Mississippi:
Pro Insight: What's the current breakdown of your visits, offers, and interest?
Jalen Reed: I hold offers from Grand Canyon, Ole Miss, Cal State Bakersfield, Georgia State, Houston, Florida, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, DePaul, Xavier, Texas Tech, Washington State, Arizona State, and Cal. I’ve taken an official visit to Florida, and an unofficial to Ole Miss. I’m looking to set up four more officials.
PI: Which programs have been prioritizing or showing the most interest in you?
JR: The schools who show the most interest are Washington State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, DePaul, Houston, Florida, Cal, and South Carolina.
PI: What kind of role do you see yourself filling at the next level?
JR: I see myself filling a versatile four-man role. I see me being able to stretch the floor and also create plays off the bounce from the perimeter, and also defend.
PI: What has been the most unique recruiting pitch you’ve heard thus far?
JR: I haven’t had any really unique recruiting pitches I can think of off the top of my head.
PI: What's the funniest thing that's happened in a virtual visit on Zoom?
JR: My three-year-old sister would not get out of the camera or stop talking during one zoom call.
PI: Did you have any dream schools growing up?
JR: I never really had a dream school growing up because I didn’t even know If I wanted to play basketball.
PI: When did you decide to focus on basketball and choose to pursue playing in college?
JR: I decided to take basketball seriously at around 13 or 14. When I was younger, I wanted to play video games professionally and I think I just grew out of that.
PI: If you could team up with any high school player in the country when you guys get to college, who would you pick?
JR: I don’t have anyone specific in my mind. I feel like I can play with anybody and I’ve gotten along well with all my teammates.
PI: What are your three main priorities when narrowing down and eventually making a final decision with your recruitment?
JR: The three main things for me are my relationship with the coaches, my role, and the campus.
PI: How's your timeline looking?
JR: As of right now I think I will narrow my list soon and come to a decision in October or November.
PI: If you could sum up your recruitment process up to this point in three or four words, what would they be?
JR: A long time coming [laughs].