Jaylen Hoard, a 6-8 forward from France, currently at Wesleyan Christian (NC), has committed to Wake Forest. Hoard, a 5-star 2018 recruit and ranked No. 19 by ESPN in his class, chose the Demon Deacons over USC, NC State.and many others. Hoard was rated No. 2 of international recruits born in 1999 by NetScouts Basketball. He’ll join 6-11 French center Olivier Sarr in Wake’s 2018 class.
Hoard is a high level athlete and a good leaper. He’s long with a solid frame and can flat out score. He has a very fluid jump shot with a quick release and 3-point range. Hoard excels at getting to the rim. He will drive right into the chest of defenders to draw fouls and uses his length to split defenders and extend all the way to the rim on drives. He’s a very athletic finisher on drives and can score on floaters as well as cleaning up misses on the offensive boards. He’s a willing passer that has solid vision and an efficient scorer that does not force the issue. He has the length and awareness to be a lockdown perimeter defender.
We saw Hoard quite a bit before he came to the USA. He was impressive in the international game at the 2015 Jordan Brand Class where he scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was also one of the best players at the 2015 FIBA U17 World Championships where he averaged 22.4 points and scored a tournament record 41 points against Korea.
It looks like Wake Forest is on track to become very competitive in the ACC in two years.
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