After being revered as one of the state's top overall young prospects for several years, and bouncing from school to school throughout his young high school career, gifted 6-foot-2 junior guard Jaden Lee will finally become eligible to play for Mesquite High School next week when his high school program plays in their next game.
After sitting out (9) games this high school season as a result of the AIA's transfer rules, Lee will now become eligible for the remainder of the 2016-2017 high school basketball season. Lee will play in his first game on Monday, December 26th, in the first round of this year's McClintock Holiday Shootout.
Lee transferred from South Pointe High School, after also leaving Hillcrest Prep and beginning his high school career at Gilbert Christian High School. The constant movement of Lee has been a very unfortunate circumstance for this young man, and displays something very wrong with the way top-rated athletes are often times pimped around the country by handlers and club coaches. Lee is a definite victim of this phenomenon. Hopefully for Lee, he has people in his life today that want to see him succeed as a student-athlete, and not just as a top-rated basketball talent.
Lee is a terrific talent with a skillset beyond his years. He is a very skilled guard prospect with a nice overall feel for the game, and an ability to put points on the board in a hurry. Lee is very athletic with a lot of pop to his body, and is capable of scoring from anywhere on the floor. One of the better overall guard prospects I have seen in the state with a lot of potential for the future.
Once regarded as a potential high-major division-I prospect, Lee no longer has the college recruitment he once garnered while a future star at Gilbert Christian HS as a freshman, but if he can pick up the pieces to his career, both in the classroom and on the basketball court, then look for this young man to again become one of the state's elite 2018 prospects in the state.
Lee will team up with superb 6-foot-4 freshman star prospect Xavier Ducell to give Mesquite a nice dynamic duo for the next two seasons.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: A former big-time young prospect for the future, Lee is one of the state's best individual talents. He is a very athletic guard prospect that is capable of making a highlight reel play almost at any time in the game, as he is a fundamentally sound performer with a high skill level. An excellent shooter of the basketball with a very pure shooting stroke and unlimited range on his shot. Capable of making shots from deep or taking defenders off the dribble, and finishing in the lane or at the rim. A very good ball handler that can play both guard positions when needed. Very good in the open floor. Elite-level athlete. Good rebounder. A very good defender with excellent lateral quickness - plays passing lanes. Has the potential to become one of the state's hottest prospects in the 2018 class, and one of the better guard prospects in the West.