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The Jalen Norman Watch: Headed to state with a career game

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Jalen Norman is the hottest Division I basketball recruit in recent Ozarks history.

Jalen Norman has made his mark on the Ozarks this season.

All season, we’ve chronicled the Nixa High School junior’s season, seeing as how he is the area’s best Division I basketball prospect and possibly the best in a long time — maybe ever.

The 6-foot-5 Nixa junior has the right blend of skill, athleticism and potential that has Division I schools fighting over him. It was no secret that former Missouri State coach Cuonzo Martin recognized Norman’s aptitude early on and has been recruiting him since he was a freshman. And now that Martin has moved on to Tennessee, he’s still on him — as is much of the country.

See, if you check with Rivals.com, he’s currently being courted by the following schools: Arizona, Arkansas, Boston College, Butler, Colorado, Georgetown, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, MSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, St. John’s and Tennessee. That’s right, every major conference is implicated.

That’s why we here at TAGsgf.com feel it’s important to keep a closer eye on Norman and see exactly what he’s up to on a game-by-game basis. Oh yeah, Norman’s Nixa Eagles are the area’s best team and look ready to make a deep run in the Class 5 playoffs next month. Thanks to Nixa coach Jay Osborne for keeping us in touch with Norman’s stats.

UPDATE: Norman went bezerk in an overtime quarterfinal victory over Columbia Rock Bridge — the only team that beat the Eagles during the season. Nixa erased an  11-point deficit with more than 5 minutes left in regulation, and Norman had a lot to do with it. He had 31 points and 15 rebounds, going 9-for-10 in the second half and overtime, hitting a mix of post moves and pull-up mid-range jumpers.

He absolutely had his career best game at the perfect time. The reward? Nixa is in the Class 5 final four and plays Marquette Thursday night.

Also, we did a profile piece on Norman earlier this week, and for the March edition of TAG Magazine.

Nixa (29-1)

  • Dec. 3: 77-69 loss to Columbia Rock Bridge — 14 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Dec. 6: 100-34 win at Central — 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block
  • Dec. 8: 75-50 win vs. Topeka (Kan.) Highland Park — 18 points, 19 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Dec. 9: 77-71 win vs. Hogan Prep — 18 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block
  • Dec. 10: 75-70 win vs. Leavenworth (Kan.) — 13 points, 5 rebounds, 0 blocks
  • Dec. 13: 92-86 (OT) win vs. Glendale — 13 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block
  • Dec. 16: 73-32 win at Waynesville — 15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks
  • Dec. 17: 76-45 win vs. Pacific — 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Dec. 26: 100-45 win vs. Lebanon — 20 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block
  • Dec. 27: 107-42 win vs. Buffalo — 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Dec. 28: 54-43 win vs. Rogersville – 11 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block
  • Dec. 29: 75-65 win vs. Kickapoo — 22 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Jan. 6: 88-66 win vs. Hogan Prep — 18 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Jan. 10: 76-41 win vs. Branson — 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block
  • Jan. 17: 74-72 win at Kickapoo — 12 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks
  • Jan. 19: 84-53 win vs. Willard — 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Jan. 21: 68-46 win vs. Marquette — 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block
  • Jan. 26: 78-61 win vs. Columbia Hickman — 20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Jan. 27: 87-57 win vs. Billings — 13 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • Jan. 28: 78-58 win vs. Willard — 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks (passed the 1,000 career-point mark
  • Feb. 3: 70-30 win at Neosho — 12 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists, 6 blocks, 5 steals and 4 dunks.
  • Feb. 7: 83-49 win vs. Carthage — 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Feb. 9: 66-57 win vs. Rogersville – 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Feb. 10: 74-40 win vs. Republic — 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 steals
  • Feb. 14: 79-67 win at Ozark — 21 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks
  • Feb. 17: 75-52 victory vs. Webb City – 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 6 steals.
  • Feb. 22: 53-43 victory vs. Kickapoo — 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Feb. 24: 89-47 victory vs. Glendale – 16 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks (Set the Nixa single-season rebounding record at 286. Tyler Brown had 281 in 1999-2000)
  • Feb. 29: 74-49 victory vs. Webb City — 17 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 assists
  • March 3: 61-57 overtime victory vs. Columbia Rock Bridge — 31 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 assist, 11-15 FG, 9-11 FT

Season: 15.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks per game

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