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Sunday / June 24.
  • 2018 point guard Jalen Carey says Syracuse, UConn working the hardest

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    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Jalen Carey has been one of the most sought after guards here at this year’s Peach Jam.

    Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Miami, Oregon and South Carolina are some of the schools that have been tracking him with the NJ Playaz, but he says two of them are working the hardest.

    “I’d say the hardest right now is Syracuse,” the 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from the Playaz and Montclair (N.J.) Immaculate Conception said Friday. “That’s a school hitting me up every day. I have a good relationship with Adrian [Autry], coach Red. They’re coming to all my games, stuff like that.

    “And UConn, too. Kevin Ollie, Dwayne Killings come to all my games. [Kansas coach] Bill Self came to my game, he said he loved the way I play. So those two schools [Syracuse and UConn] mainly.”

    Syracuse has gone three deep for several of Carey’s games, with head coach Jim Boeheim, Autry and assistant Allen Griffin often in attendance. Gerry McNamara has also watched him.

    For UConn, Killings and head coach Kevin Ollie have been regulars at his games.

    The No. 17-ranked point guard in the Class of 2018 by, Carey plans to take all five official visits this fall.

    “I’m definitely going to take all five, just enjoy it,” he said. “I don’t want to rush anything.”

    As for a timetable on signing, he said, “Most likely I want to sign before my high school season starts but I don’t want to rush or anything.”

    (Wayne Gooch contributed reporting)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.