The last time we saw 6-foot-4, 185-pound rising junior guard prospect Jaylin Fleming in the state of Arizona, he was a mere 7th grader and stood just barely 5-foot-7 inches in heigth. Just four years later, Fleming has grown immensely - adding 9 inches and close to 100 pounds of size, an unreal situation that has Fleming regarded as one of the top guard prospects in America's 2018 class.
As a mere 7th grader and a top-rated national middle school prospect, Fleming, a native of Chicago, Illinois, had previously traveled to the state of Arizona to attend the Arizona Preps Fall Showcase - an event that he played very well in, despite his youth and lack of physical size. A pure point guard, Fleming was regarded as the nation's #1 rated prospect in the 2018 class as a youngster.
As a youth in the south side of Chicago, Fleming developed an ability to become a wizard with the basketball in his hands at a very young age - making guest appearances on such top-rated talk shows as Jay Leno (NBC) and also The George Lopez Show. Fleming was regarded as the nation's top prospect in his class for several years. As a result of his youthful exploits, he received serious national attention by the nation's elite basketball scouts, and also was one of the nation's most viewed prospects on You Tube - receiving millions of views worldwide.
After developing his game at Mount Carmel High School in Illinois for two full seasons, Fleming and his wonderful father John Fleming have decided to make the move to the state of Arizona, where Fleming will now play for Hillcrest Prep Academy, where Fleming will team up with such top-rated national prospects as 7-foot-1 rising senior post DeAndre Ayton.
"I had to get Jaylin out of Chicago," said father John Fleming. "The violence in Chicago was getting too bad. I needed to move my family out of there."
Fleming is a valuable piece for the Hillcrest Prep basketball program and coaching staff, since he is a pure-point guard prospect that loves to run a team and get other players on the team involved. Fleming has a strong handle of the basketball and a nice feel for the game. A bigger guard prospect these days, Fleming can create scoring opportunities off the dribble for himself or his teammates. He also plays with superior confidence, since he has played with and against the nation's best talent for many years.
Fleming played this spring with the Dream Vision club program, and will continue to play with them this summer. Fleming will immediately become one of the more sought after recruiting targets in the West for the 2018 class.
Fleming is a very well-mannered and disciplined young man with a very strong belief in God - all of which fuels him daily to work on his game 2-3 hours every day. Arizona kids can take a nice lesson from such a young prospect. While he is rated among the nation's best young talents, he remains humble and continues to work.
I will follow Fleming's college recruitment closely as well as his progress as a player while at Hillcrest Prep Academy - bringing you any updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Fleming is a pure point guard prospect with excellent size for the position. He handles the basketball with a strong feel for the game, and is able to get the basketball to the open teammate on the floor, while also being able to create scoring opportunities for his teammates off the dribble. Fleming plays with a high level of confidence and provides excellent leadership on the court, which rubs off to his teammates. Fleming is very mature for his young age and has excellent leadership qualities. He pushes the basketball up the floor to the open man and likes to pass the ball without a dribble - a fundamentally sound performer. He is a good shooter of the basketball but is still adding more consistency to his shot from longer ranges, but his size allows him to be best from mid-range while shooting over smaller defenders. A good finisher in traffic that uses a variety of floaters in the lane. Fleming is an active rebounder and his size allows him to be effective. With more continued focus in this area, he will maximize his potential as a player. A good on the ball defender with quick hands. Will be a very nice recruiting target in the 2018 class.