Five-star guard Jalen Green — one of the top prospects in the class of 2020 — is the latest basketball recruit to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Green — a 6-foot-5 player from Fresno, Calif. — hosted UK coaches for a visit last week and is the No. 2 overall prospect in the class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He took an official visit to Memphis last month and also has early scholarship offers from Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Arizona and several other top programs.
MaxPreps.com named Green the national sophomore of the year following last season, when he averaged 27.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game at the high school level.
“Athletically, he’s as explosive as you get for a guard,” 247Sports analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “And his skill set is improving. He’s still not a great three-point shooter, but he showed up at the USA under-17 trials and made shots. I think if he’s able to become a consistent three-point shooter, it’s going to be game-changing for him.
“From what I can tell, he’s been trying to develop into a point guard. And I do think he’s a tremendous passer with really good vision, but I don’t think that makes you a point guard. … He’s a playmaker off the dribble. He’s a very good scorer. I liken him more to a slasher/scorer off the bounce than a primary lead guard. But he’s good enough at the high school level to play whatever position he wants. Going forward into college and the NBA, that probably changes a little. I think some get confused a little when you see a good passer and playmaker — that doesn’t make him a point guard. I think he’s at best when he’s put in scoring positions where he can go to the rim and get a bucket, or pull up for a jump shot. But then he can also create for others at the same time. So I don’t necessarily like labels for him. I think he’s a tremendous basketball player.”