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Jaylen Hoard is a 6’8″ small forward, that played for France’s U17 national team in the FIBA Championship this past week in Spain. Hoard displayed his tremendous athleticism and overall smooth feel to his game throughout the tournament. He started with a huge U17 FIBA record tying performance against Korea with 41 points, despite his team coming out on the losing side. Although, they would get their revenge by 58 points in the playoff consolation round!
Hoard is a long and athletic small forward. He uses his length extremely well getting all the way to the rim on dribble drives. When he doesn’t finish he draws a lot of contact and gets to the line at a high rate, seven times per game. His range also extends out to the three point line, where he shot 36% during the tournament. Despite Hoard finishing as the second highest scorer in the tournament at 22.4 ppg., he is a more than willing passer. He displayed solid court vision and was always trying to involve his teammates.
Jaylen has all the physical tools to develop on the other side of the ball as well. His length and quick hands disrupt passing lanes causing buckets in transition or turnovers. He showed a dedication to both sides of the ball which is rare and refreshing for a prospect of his age and caliber. He was involved on switches and has the ability to guard multiple positions at this level.
Hoard finished the tournament with a stat line of 22.4 ppg. 5.7 reb. 3.1 ast. 1.7 stl. .6 bs. 48% fg. 36% 3pt. 77% ft. His performance showed as to why he will be a high level division 1 recruit, if he chooses that pathway for his career. Otherwise you may be hearing his name in a few years in the professional circuit.