Out of San Diego, CA, 2017 Jaylen Hands is a highly touted sophomore. He is an explosive and extremely skilled point guard with a high basketball IQ who played at Mater Dei High School and is now transferring to Foothills Christian.
Hands has received significant interest from college coaches across the country. The skillset and toughness he brings to the game are rarely seen from a point guard his age. His meteoric rise has not gone unnoticed, with several big time offers coming from UCLA, USC, SDSU, Memphis, and CAL.
The college coaches continue to flock to watch his game. His last visit to the University of Arizona was in March for the Stanford game and he was able to see Arizona cut down the nets for the Pac-12 Championship.
Hands mentioned that he enjoyed his visit to Tucson.
“I got to meet a lot of the coaches and players, and it was a very personable visit which I liked,” he said. He also plans on visiting again in the future.
Hands got to display his talents at the Dallas Adidas Gauntlet with the Compton Magic this April, where some of the nation’s best players compete.
“It was tough especially in the 17u, but it wasn’t anything I haven’t seen before especially knowing what I saw at the USA tryouts,” Hands said.
Hands has made an impression on the national level, as he was invited to the USA basketball combine in Colorado last December.
His offensive prowess and leadership are some of his best attributes, but he has also made several improvements in his game during the last six months. Those that haven’t watched him play recently will notice his added strength and improved decision making.
“They are going to see that I’m a better floor general, I rebound well for a guard, and I’m having more consistent outings,” Hands said.
Hands grew up a Los Angeles Lakers fan, watching basketball from a young age and becoming a student of the game. He looks up to many athletes, including NBA point guards Russell Westbrook, John Wall, and Chris Paul.
As far as his decision on what school he would like to play for, Hands is still undecided. He is keeping his options open and will wait until the timing is right for him.
“I want to go to a school where I can be a leader, make a run at a national title,” Hands said, “a place that will help me achieve my goals of playing at the next level”.