No one helped themselves more with their play at this past weekend's West Coast Elite All-Star Camp event more than Shadow Mountain High School's 5-foot-11, 160-pound sophomore guard Jaelyn House. While House built a name for himself last season while helping lead his Matadors to a state title, he turned in a stellar performance on Sunday.
House is among the elite prospects in Arizona's 2019 class, and, while he is still small in stature, he is a technician on the basketball court - surveying the floor and making plays off the dribble almost at will. He showed off his superior handle of the basketball and ability to create his own shot amidst some of the best talent in the event, proving why he is considered by our staff as a rising division-I prospect. House is an electric guard prospect with a lot in his bag of tricks - capable of putting on a show with the basketball in his hands.
House is the son of former NBA sharp-shooter and Arizona State superstar guard Eddie House, and, like his father, this young man is a load. Eddie House had his number retired at ASU after an historic career there, and he also won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics.
Very few prospects that I have seen in this state over the past 20 years play with the level of superior confidence that this budding young prospect possesses. House feels like he is the best basketball player on the court each time he steps on the floor, and he also makes his defenders feel humbled for having to guard him on the floor. He uses a variety of cross-over dribbles, hesitation dribbles and head fakes to keep his defenders off balance - making him very difficult to guard with one player. He is an electric ball handler and passer that commands attention when he steps on the floor, and has excellent command presence that makes him a big-time leader for his team. House is a sure-fire scorer that can score at anytime on the basketball court.
Last season as a mere freshman contributor for a Shadow Mountain team that won the Division-II state title, House emerged big on a loaded basketball team - averaging 9.3 points, 1.7 assists and 2.8 steals per/game. Look for House to raise his numbers a great deal this high school season as he steps into the starting lineup.
Our Arizona Preps' staff will continue to follow the progress of House closely this high school season, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop. This young man's future continues to loom bright.