Jalen Carey has big performance at the Primetime Shootout. (Photo: Jeffrey Armstrong)
Roselle, NJ -- Jalen Carey from Immaculate Conception (NJ) had an outstanding performance in a loss against Roselle Catholic this past Sunday. The class of 2018 guard played to his athleticism as well as made multiple threes and mid range shots. He knew he had to come ready to play against a team as talented as Roselle Catholic.
“We knew that we had a big game on our hands, we just made sure that we came in ready to play,” said Carey. “Unfortunately we lost, but if we play the last sixteen minutes the same way we played the first sixteen minutes we are going to be a tough team to beat.”
He performed well in front of multiple high major schools.
“I saw Coach Calipari, I think I saw Georgetown and UConn and Seton Hall told me they were coming,” he said. “I tried to put on a show for those coaches, but most of all get a win.”
Carey’s recruitment has continued to soar as his junior high school season has progressed.
“Minnesota just offered me, Kansas has been in, coach Ashley Howard from Villanova has been in my ear and Notre Dame has gotten involved,” Carey said. “Seton Hall, Rutgers and a lot of local schools have been on me.”
Seton Hall’s coaching staff has made him feel like a priority for quite some time.
“They show a lot of interest in me, they hit me up every day,” Carey said. “I’m trying to get to a game soon and I’m actually going to Seton Hall vs. Villanova next Saturday. They show a lot of interest and I really appreciate that.”
Another New Jersey program in the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have made Carey a priority as well.
“I like their program, Coach Pikiell hits me up a lot and I love their program,” he said. “They let their guards play and they want a guard like me to come in and get them over that hump.”
Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies have started to build a relationship with the class of 2018 prospect.
“UConn has been hitting me up often,” said Carey. “I spoke to Kevin Ollie and he is the one who offered me. I like the way they play and I obviously need to get onto their campus. Hopefully I go and get more familiar with the coaches when I get there.”
Going forward Carey looks to improve on some key parts of his game.
“I just want to get stronger and keep working on my body,” he said. “I also want to do a better job at leading my team to victory.”