Gophers Basketball: Recruiting for 2015 starts with Jalen Adams


As the Gophers patiently wait to fill their last scholarship for the class of 2014, they can turn a fair amount of attention to the class of 2015. Minnesota is working hard for the local recruits of Henry Ellenson, Jarvis Johnson, and Alex Illikainen, but Richard Pitino and his staff always have a great network across the country, especially on the east coast.

Four star recruit Jalen Adams is very talented guard out of Massachusetts who would excite the Gopher fan base with a commitment. Minnesota offered this summer and there’s been mutual interest with both parties since. He’s also received a lot of interest from other high major schools such as Kansas State, Connecticut and Providence.

Adams is a very athletic guard who would be a dream come true to Pitino’s fast pace system. He’s a skilled handler but is more of a shooting guard at this point in his career. His offense is his strong point. He’s a versatile scorer, able to knock down the open jump shot as well as slash to the basket and get to the rim.

He also has great court vision, which is a major benefit in transition. His ability to find the open man on offense opens up the floor on the break and keeps defenders honest in the half court.

Going forward, expect the Gophers coaching staff to be in constant contact as well as attempt to get out east to watch him play. His recruitment will really pick up this spring when the coaching staff will try to get an upper hand rolling into the AAU summer circuit.

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