Introducing another very talented young prospect in the state - Paradise Honors High School's 6-foot-2 rising sophomore guard Jalen Scott. Fresh off an all-star performance in this year's Southwest All-American Camp, Scott caught my attention quickly as a result of his unique ability to play the game.
Scott was one of the more talked about prospects before this year's event, so I was looking forward to seeing him perform. I would not be disappointed either, as Scott would turn in a serious performance in this year's event and would display an ability to handle the basketball and make players around him better. Making plays for others seems to be Scott's best asset also, as he is very smooth as a player and makes the game look easy as a result. He is still very young as a prospect, but he has a unique knack of playing the game which looks as though he works hard on his craft.
Scott is another gifted member of the Paradise Honors basketball program, which emerged recently in the state as one of the elite high school programs in the state. The school recently added several top-rated prospects and Scott is just one of numerous performers that will have college coaches scouring their campus in the fall.
Scott is a bigger point guard prospect that is still growing a great deal. He should grow a few more inches over then next few years, and if he does grow and adds some serious size and strength to his thin frame over time - look out. Scott has the type of frame and body type that only should allow him to develop at a nice rate.
His best asset is his feel for the game, which allows him to handle the basketball in the open floor and find the open man, while also pushing the basketball up the floor and putting pressure on the defense. Scott also plays with a nice pace to his game in the halfcourt set.
Scott will travel this July with his club program Powerhouse Hoops, and will look to begin making a splash on the club circuit. He will play at the younger level this summer, so he will have a lot of time develop and play in front of numerous college coaches. Right now it is more about development and competition.
I will continue to watch this young man closely over time, as he matures physically and becomes one of the state's better prospects in Arizona's 2021 Class.