Jalek Felton, 6-4, PG, Mullins, SC, Class of 2017
-Nice physical profile for a lead guard 6'3 with a 6' 8 wingspan. Wiry build with wide shoulders. Has added nine pounds to his frame in the last year (185).
-Slick handle. Has the ball on a string. Really smooth. Changes direction with ease.
-Tremendous ability to stop and start on a dime. Freezes defenders with regularity. Has some juice off the dribble. Loves to hesitate and explode going to his left.
-Reliable floater game. Good touch.
-Not an elite leaper but he's able to get up enough to where he can finish above the rim in the open court given his size and length.
-Effortless, creative distributor who can make all of the necessary passes in the half court and transition. Outstanding basketball instincts.
-Nice touch on lob passes. Uses his size to distribute over the top of the defense. Uses both sides of the floor. Can hit the weak side wing shooter out of pick and roll.
-Excellent timing feeding bigs at the rim. Looks off defenders. Shows a willingness to pass with either hand. Uses different angles. Mixes in bounce passes regularly.
-Not a great shooter at this stage but shows potential. Gets decent rotation and has some natural touch. Is able to use his ball handling and change of speeds/direction to create space.
-Good anticipation in the passing lanes. Has potential defensively given his physical attributes and instincts.
-Not a great outside shooter at this stage. Capable and shows potential, but has room to grow. Fairly low release point. Poor shot preparation, takes too long to get it off. Doesn't get a ton of lift or finish high.
-Impressive basketball instincts but his decision making can improve. Takes tough, contested jumpers or will turn down open spot ups for floaters in traffic.
-Will try and make the flashy play rather than the simple play from time to time. Can be turnover prone.
-Doesn't always bring the effort. Too loose at times. Can improve his defensive intensity and discipline. Has looked extremely lackadaisical with his intensity level in certain settings (but not this weekend).
-Shies away from contact offensively. Nice touch on his floater but can do a better job of getting all the way to the rim and finishing when the opportunity presents itself. Doesn't handle contact all that well defensively either.
-More smooth than vertically explosive
-A year old for the 2017 class, should really be in 2016 (will turn 18 on May 1st)
Outlook Jalek Felton, a North Carolina commit, is one of the most talented ball handlers and passers in the 2017 high school class. His creativity, change of pace and basketball instincts stood out in a group full of highly-touted lead guards. Combine those playmaking skills with an above average physical profile and at least some glimmer of hope as a shooter and Felton has all of the tools to shine at the ACC level for the Tar Heels. Felton will have to play with more consistent effort, pick his spots better and adjust to physicality on both ends, but he most definitely has the talent to help lift UNC from its recent struggles and turn himself into a nice NBA prospect in the process.