ESPN No. 19 ranked high school junior and French native Jaylen Hoard has committed to Wake Forest.
The 6-8 forward out of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, NC) averaged 14.9 points and 6.4 rebounds for Team CP3 on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer.
He also excelled at last year’s FIBA U17 World Championships, averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for France.
“[Wake head coach Danny Manning] made me feel like a priority, the whole time. They came to AAU games and they were able to come see me during the high school season,” Hoard told Scout. “Just the success he’s had in the past with players. I feel like he’s done a great job at Wake. He had a lot of success with players at Kansas. He went to the NBA. I feel like he could be the best teacher for me.”
Hoard, who came to the U.S. from France last year, said he has made the adjustment to the American style of play.
“I just feel like the game is clicking for me more now,” Hoard told USA Today. “I’ve gotten more aggressive since I’ve been here and that’s helped my overall game.”
The Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway believes that Hoard will be an impact player in college.
“His length and skill set make him a perfect fit for the 3 spot at the next level,” Conway wrote. “His developing aggressiveness in taking the ball to the basket will serve him well at the next level, and the spot-up shooting and fluid unselfishness he developed playing overseas should make him a well-rounded player.”
The Demon Deacon beat out the likes of Florida, Maryland, NC State, and USC to land Hoard.
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