10 - Jaylen Hoard

6-8, 215 Small Forward/Power Forward
Wake Forest Freshman
03/30/99 (24.5 yrs)
Carnon, France
High School
Wesleyan Christian
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Darius Miller

Strengths: At 6’8”, has good size for a small forward prospect … Possesses solid athleticism, which allows him to score on strong moves to the rim, even through contact … Has a feel for the game and knows how to get to his spots on the court … Is able to put defenders in tough positions, allowing him to draw fouls. Is able to get by defenders with a long, quick step off the catch, getting defenders on his hip and finishing over them ,,. Skilled at finding openings in the defense and does well playing off the drives of teammates ,,. Can score when posting up, although that likely won’t be his primary role at the next level unless he adds more strength and weight … Is able to get up off the ground fairly quickly, is able to grab a rebound above the rim, come down, and elevate again for the put back with ease and quickness … His long arms (7’1” wingspan) should help him to develop into a strong defender with time … Plays a team oriented game and is able and willing to involve others … His best skill, rebounding, typically translates well to the NBA … Has solid natural body strength and would probably continue to add strength and muscle if he ends up staying in the US to play basketball …

Weaknesses: Stuck in between positions … Not the most fluid of athletes … Not a great shooter from outside, making only 22.6% from three at Wake Forest … Shoots a little worse from the free throw line (71%) than you’d like for a player whose game is predicated on getting to the hoop … Shot is a little slow to get off, which will lead to more tightly contested looks at the next level … Needs to improve his ability to create his own offense beyond post ups and driving off the catch … Is turnover prone, will need to make better decisions with the ball moving forward … Can sometimes be a non-factor for stretches … Had nine games this season scoring 8 or fewer points … Currently relies too much on his athleticism, will need to decide what type of player he wants to be offensively … Needs to add bulk to his frame to withstand the punishment of a longer season. Also needs to become a much more efficient player moving forward …

Outlook: The young Frenchman has the physical tools to project as a future NBA player, but is currently more athlete than basketball player. As his offensive game matures he will need to expand his game beyond scoring over people at the rim. Until he develops a more refined game, it will be difficult for him to be anything beyond a rebounding small forward or an undersized power forward. With that being said, his jump shot mechanics aren’t broken, so if he can refine them he could ultimately develop into a quality prospect. For Hoard, it’s all about his skills catching up to his physical gifts.

Notes: Measured 6’8.5 in shoes, 207 lbs, 7’1 wingspan, and 8’9 standing reach at the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit …

Eric Yearian 4/15/19

Strengths: 6’8.5 athletic and versatile forward … Good size and length with a 7’1 wingspan and 8’9 standing reach … Strong build … Good patience. Doesn’t force offense … Fluid athlete with good body control. Quick off the ground. Elevates to finish dunks with ease and gets up for rebounds. Good transition finisher. Quick second jump and first step … Good in and out crossover. Good slashing ability. Gets low on his drives and gets into the paint. Drives out of the high post and works the baseline. Good footwork in the paint … Good at drawing fouls … While still developing, his jump shooting showed progress throughout high school and shows good form. Shooting range extends to the three-point line. Can score from multiple spots on the floor … Good defensive versatility and potential with his athleticism, length, and anticipation. Defends well on the ball and in the passing lanes … Good rebounder on both ends. Scores a fair amount on second chance points. Can take defensive rebounds to the other end of the floor … Unselfish and instinctive. Good court vision and passing ability. Passes out of drives …

Can pick up the intensity on both ends. Lets the game come to him but could be more aggressive. Can lack the edge on 50/50 balls. Can disappear through stretches … Still improving strength and filling out his frame to help finish through contact … Can improve as a shooter, especially off the dribble. Can improve from both three and from the free throw line … Can improve creating off the dribble. Dribbles a bit high when picking up speed with the ball … Can improve finishing at the rim when he doesn’t dunk … Needs to keep the ball high and protect it after rebounds and in traffic. Averaged 1.2 assists to 1.9 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL … Older for his class, turned 19 during his senior year of high school …

Measured 6’8.5 in shoes, 207 lbs, 7’1 wingspan, and 8’9 standing reach at the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit … Incoming Wake Forest freshman … French prospect who transferred from INSEP to Wesleyan Christian Academy for his junior and senior year of high school … Scored 13 points in the Jordan Brand Classic … Scored 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds (seven offensive) in the Nike Hoop Summit … Averaged 14.9 points per game over the Nike EYBL while shooting 50.6% … MVP of the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic International Game with 17 points (7-10), seven rebounds (four offensive), and five steals …

Evan Tomes 8/4/18

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