Indiana looking at 2013 point guard Jalen James

With a pair of wings — Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. — already on board, Indiana continues to look for point guard help for its 2013 recruiting class.

Word of God (NC) Josh Newkirk surfaced on the radar a couple of weeks ago and this week, Illinois Wolves director Mike Mullins tweeted that Indiana is beginning to show interest in Chicago Hope Academy’s Jalen James.

Add IU to schools on 2013 PG Jalen James

The 6-foot-3 James is considered a pure point guard, but is only in the beginning stages of the recruitment process.

“He’s just going through the process,” James’ brother, Jonathan, told Inside the Hall on Tuesday. “It’s new. He’s basically just focusing on AAU. He won’t make a decision until his senior year.”

The list of schools showing interest in James is lengthy. According to James and his brother, Baylor and Cleveland State have offered and DePaul, Dayton, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Xavier have all expressed interest.

Rivals.com listed him among the 2013 players from Illinois that will receive strong consideration for the top 150 when the rankings expand.

But despite the early offers and attention, James has no favorite and is focusing on improving his game this spring and summer.

“I’m working on my jump shot. Strength wise, I’m trying to get bigger and also work on my speed,” James, who is working out at Chicago’s Attack Athletics, said on Tuesday.

Another significant part of the Chicago point guard’s game is defense, which he said was the first thing he was taught in basketball.

“Ever since I was younger, I was shorter than everybody,” he said. “So I had to get my points off of steals, that’s why I love defense so much. I was really the shortest player when I was younger, but I hit a growth spurt, so now it’s just carried on with me. I just love defense.”

Video of James after the jump

  • http://twitter.com/stevetodd73 Stephen Jackson

    Man does that kid got game. Drive and dish it then son. You put him on the floor w/ Hartman Davis and Irvin and things could get ugly quick!!!!!!

  • Marsh21

    I think Crean dreams of starting 5 point guards and having another 5 come off the bench. At this rate he might get his wish.

  • IU_Fan_99

    is that song in the background saying “Hoosier Daddy” over and over?

  • jgongora86

    Looks like the top rated pg of 2013. A lot of Derrick Rose to his game.

  • jgongora86

    I don’t think we have a shot with him because we have Yogi, and know way this kid is going to (nor should he) take a back seat and wait a couple of years.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

    Old school guard like Ron Patterson. I like him.

  • Kelin Blab

    First I really like his size and I could see him being hard to handle because of that. The fact he was taught defense and loves it is another added bonus.

  • Anonymous

    This kid is smooth. Like his game. Would love to see him in an IU uniform. Music on the video had to be muted about 20 seconds in. Sucks to be getting old and crabby… but bad music is bad music.

  • Anonymous

    Jalen for sure has game. But I actually agree with Marsh here. Yogi should and will be playing 30+ minutes his sophomore year after splitting time with Jordan his freshman year. Yogi is a 4 year player. With Abell / Sheehey / Victor / Patterson / Hollowell / Hartman we have plenty of wing players. Maybe Jalen could / would be a backup to Yogi, but for three years? Sounds like that may be Abell’s role. So, again, great player but just another 6’3″ – 6’5″ guy when we already have 6 capable guys. I want Crean to get away from subbing every 2 mintues and keep a solid rotation!

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    I don’t necessarily agree that Yogi is a 4-year player. He certainly has the ability to make an early run at the NBA if that’s a path he’s interested in pursuing.

  • Anonymous

    You guys want to have 1 good point guard on the team? Are you kidding me? He and Yogi can be on the floor at the same time. In a real up tempo game, we will need some top notch players to put on the floor. There is a reason most of you guys are kept as far away from the team’s recruiting as possible. What if Ferrell gets hurt or something like that happens. Are we just going to hope that Abell goes the whole game. Not going to happen. The minutes will work out. Heaven forbid we have a little competition in this program. Unless you guys like just winning 13 games every year.

  • Anonymous

    You guys want to have 1 good point guard on the team? Are you kidding me? He and Yogi can be on the floor at the same time. In a real up tempo game, we will need some top notch players to put on the floor. There is a reason most of you guys are kept as far away from the team’s recruiting as possible. What if Ferrell gets hurt or something like that happens. Are we just going to hope that Abell goes the whole game. Not going to happen. The minutes will work out. Heaven forbid we have a little competition in this program. Unless you guys like just winning 13 games every year.

  • Anonymous

    Right, because we have a wing playing point right now. And it doesn’t look like Hulls wants to be a dribble drive point guard. Don’t forget that D. Moore is our third option at PG. We have a total of 2 point guards recruited for the next 4 years. If my math is correct, that will get us to 10 here real soon.

  • RobD

    He’ll have to sit just about anywhere though, unless he’s John Wall, Brandon Knight, or Kyrie Irving. And if he’s one of those guys, then he plays regardless of who’s in front of him.

  • RobD

    Funny how in the space of a week, little-known 3-star Remy Abell has become a solid backup to Yogi.

  • http://twitter.com/stevetodd73 Stephen Jackson

    I agree, there is only going to be 1 true pg on the team,he is not a wing, adding this kid would be huge. No Brainer

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