Jalen Shaw. He may not be a household name quite yet, but you can rest assured that will change soon as the Illinois big man is really gaining traction in recruiting circles after his play this spring. With a solid summer he could make huge leaps as more and more schools are likely to have their eye on the standout from Larkin H.S. in the Chicago area. On the travel scene, Shaw plays with Kessel Heat who has assembled a solid cast of players to compete against some tough competition.

Shaw stands 6’10” right now and plays at about 200 pounds, and though not the biggest guy bulk-wise, it’s still an excellent frame to add to in the coming years. He already does a nice job using it to his advantage, playing even stronger than he looks. Shaw has put together a really steady spring for Kessel Heat and has been a major factor in their successes, because when he is competing at a high level, giving max effort, and really asserting himself in the middle on both ends of the floor, he has the ability to change games with his size and blossoming skill-set.

With his length, which probably extends behind his 6’10” height, Shaw is a major deterrent to opposing players who try to attack the paint on him. He’s done a nice job over the past month of playing with his hands up, keeping his feet under him and being patient with his blocks. He times plays out well, and is active coming over to the blocks and beyond to help. Overall, Shaw has done a good job of staying out of foul trouble and being able to bring games home for his team on the boards down the stretch. That said, he is a terrific rebounder who is constantly around the glass and gets himself in the mix often, not allowing others to outwork him rebounding the ball, which is a great attribute when he will eventually face guys his size or bigger on a night-to-night basis.

Offensively, Shaw has a good skill set already, with a lot of upside. His mid-range game is coming along well where he seems more confident in his ability to catch in the mid-post to mid-range areas, face up and pull the trigger from there if the defense lays back, and he has enough control and handle in his game to put the ball down on the floor a couple times when needed to attack the rim, and when he gets to the rim he can flush it on people with some power. Shaw is a strong offensive rebounder as well, and has been getting several points a game just on put-backs.  

The 6’10” power forward is nearly averaging 14 points a game and 10 rebounds per contest through two NY2LA Sports Association events while being among the league leaders in floor impact per game. Altogether, Shaw is a tantalizing prospect with his mix of size and length, and a pretty natural seeming feel for the game on the interior. Coaches are going to love this kid and the looks should come rolling in with a strong rest of the spring and summer circuit.

Shaw holds offers from Southern Illinois and Illinois-Chicago with interest coming from Wichita State, Boise State, Saint Josephs, Cal State Fullerton, UW-Milwaukee, Drake, Miami (OH), Tulsa, UAB, West Virginia, etc.  As prospects go Shaw is one of the biggest sleepers in the country and after a stellar spring campaign he is on track to take off over the next 2-3 months as he’s a must watch big for mid and high major schools in need of a skilled and talented interior prospect in the 2018 class both regionally and nationally.