Jalen Norman is going to be a senior at Nixa High School when class starts in the fall. He’s a 6-foot-5 versatile forward who is being courted by schools like Butler, Colorado, Missouri, Missouri State, Stanford, Tennessee, Wichita State and Wisconsin, according to his Rivals.com page. However, despite all the hype he’s received for being the most recognizable local player, he’s in the middle of the most important summer of his basketball career — AAU tournaments, college visits, etc. Norman, who has writing and journalism aspirations, is going to chronicle his summer for us here at TAGsgf.com.
Inside the Life of Jalen Norman: Blog entry #1
What up everyone? This is the first of many blog/diary entries that I will be doing for TAGsgf.com. I will pretty much be sharing anything that I think people will want to know such as recruiting, AAU, anything really. I will also be answering any questions you guys have, so ask away.
Now that the intro is out of the way, let’s get started with the important stuff. Spring AAU has gone pretty well. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in the Nike EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League). If you think you have played AAU, you haven’t until you have been there. There are four sessions, which are in: Minneapolis, Hampton, Dallas, and Oakland. You play 4 or 5 games every stop and every game counts. At the end of the last session, the records are added up and only the top 25 teams go to a tourney called the Peach Jam. The Peach Jam is probably the biggest summer tournament you could play in because about every college coach goes to it. Also the finals of the Peach Jam are broadcasted on ESPN.
Did I mention that the EYBL features top 100 players including Jabari Parker (No. 1 recruit in class of 2013) and Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 in 2014)? The only sessions I went to though, were the first two. Because of the new NCAA rules, college coaches could only be in attendance for those first two. The first session went pretty well as we ended up going 3-1. Our only loss was to the Oakland Soldiers when they were ranked as the top AAU team in the country. The next stop we struggled, only going 2-3. There we ended up playing Wiggin’s team and lost to them by under 10. We also played top 100 players such as: Troy Williams, Anthony Barber, Tyler Ennis, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Kendrick Nunn, just to name a few. If you want to follow the EYBL and the standings there is a website [www.Nikeeyb.com]. As for right now, my AAU is done until July. So my next blogs won’t have a lot of AAU stuff in it.
Now my favorite part to talk about…Recruiting! On a daily basis I get people asking me where I’m going or I get people telling me where I should go. I don’t really have a timetable on when I will announce, but I want to take my time and get to know each program I am interested in. If you haven’t already, heard my teammate Austin Ruder gave an early verbal to Missouri State. We are pretty tight, but his decision really doesn’t affect mine. I’m actually tighter with Semi Ojeleye more than Ruder. Semi and I talk about recruiting and where we both want to go almost weekly. If there was one person I would like to play with it would be him. I really don’t like listing my schools, but the ones showing interest are: Wisconsin, Butler, Missouri St., Tennessee, Arkansas, Iowa, Boston College, Stanford, Yale, Weber St., Penn St., Oregon St., Colorado, St. Johns(NY), Wichita St., Lehigh, Oklahoma and a few others.
I know as soon as people see this they will start saying stuff about Mizzou. I don’t know if they are recruiting me or not. The person recruiting me was Isaac Chew and he left for the Illinois assistant job. If they still are great. If not, it’s not that big of a deal. I’m focusing on the schools recruiting me hard. Since a lot of MSU fans will probably be reading this, yes I do like Missouri State. I really like Coach Paul Lusk and what he is trying to do there. He checks on me a lot and writes me a lot. He has not offered, if you were wondering. I do consider playing for them and they will probably end up in my list when I cut it down. I really like some schools more than others on my list though. Right now I don’t have any official dates on unofficial visits, but I am going to visit Wisconsin, Butler, Tennessee and Missouri State.
Well that is pretty much all I have for you in this blog. Like I said, you can email me (email@example.com) or hit me up on Twitter (@ballajay11) or Facebook and tell me what I should talk about. Until my next blog, thank for you reading and peace.