Dec 17, 2011; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Fans cheer during a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Southeastern Louisiana 62-55. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

Basketball Recruiting: 2013 Jalen Norman's Versatility Shines

Missouri prospect, Jalen Norman, is a member of the 2013 class that people need to know about. The 6’6” forward has recently caught the attention of a number of mid majors and high majors, and this attention is well deserved. Jalen has made a name for himself on the AAU circuit for a number of teams and his versatile skill set is the reason why.

Although he is larger than a guard and slightly smaller than a power forward, Jalen has the diverse abilities of both positions. Jalen takes pride in the strength of his ball handling and passing, which instantly make his teammates better. Jalen’s quickness is a nice touch to his game and he mentions, “Coaches see me as a slasher that can crash the basket.” On defense he is a hardworking rebounder that has a knack for blocking shots as well.

Jalen is working on getting stronger this summer and bulking up. He adds that, “I’ve been working hard on my shot all summer, and polishing that aspect of my game.” Adding a real shooters touch to his arsenal would make defenses really have to adjust to his game.

Jalen has recently decided to focus more on some schools that he felt were recruiting him harder and haven’t recently added some guys at his position. Missouri State, Boston College, Lehigh, Yale, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Weber State are the schools Jalen is concentrating on. Butler and Oregon State had interest in Jalen but are no longer on his list.

Although he has shortened his list, Jalen is still open to a number and schools and in no hurry to make a decision. He will not make a decision until basketball season is over, in the spring.

Location is not a factor in his decision and conference affiliation doesn’t matter either to Jalen. Missouri State may have a slight advantage because they are just down the road and attend many of his games. Tennessee and Arkansas coaches have also kept in close contact with Jalen. The only school Jalen knows he will visit is Missouri State but he says he will try to visit more, including Boston College.

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