If it existed at all, Jalen Adaway’s time as an under-the-radar prospect has probably passed.
The 6-5 junior-to-be from Logansport is one of the state’s top prospects in an impressive 2017 class. An explosive athlete, Adaway claims offers from Indiana State and IUPUI and certainly more will follow.
“I feel like I’m a pretty good defender, blocking shots around the basket and stuff,” he said. “I’m pretty good finishing above the rim, which is helpful. And I feel like I’m starting to shoot the ball a little better now. I’ve been working on my shot a ton. If I want to play the wing, I have to shoot the ball better. I’ve been working shooting on the gun in the gym all the time.”
Adaway averaged a team-high 18.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots a game last year at Logansport, which finished 21-4 last season and lost to McCutcheon in the sectional final.
Though he claims two offers at this point, a number of other schools are showing interest. Among them are Ball State, Butler, Indiana, Iowa and Purdue. He plans to visit Indiana, Indiana State, Iowa and Xavier in August and is coming off June visits to Butler, Indiana State, IUPUI and Xavier.
Adaway said Butler’s coaches told them they plan to track him through July, while coach Tom Crean and assistant Tim Buckley have been in contact for Indiana.
“They told me to keep my motor up because that’s what it takes to play on that Big Ten level. Adaway said Purdue is appealing due to the close location to his home, but he said the interest from the Boilermakers has been “a little lower” than others.
“It’s still pretty early for me (in the recruiting process),” Adaway said. “I want to take some visits see what happens.”
The UA Indy Hoosiers are the state’s most-loaded 2017 squad with players like Kris Wilkes (North Central), Paul Scruggs (Southport), Zach Gunn (Hamilton Southeastern) and Cooper Neese (Cloverdale). Wilkes and Scruggs are currently in North Carolina at the Under Armour All-American Camp, but Adaway scored 21 points as the Indy Hoosier rolled to an easy pool-play win on Thursday.
“It helps having guys like Gunn, Wilkes and Scruggs on the team because they can facilitate the ball really well and help us get shots,” he said. “Once we get going, we’re pretty unstoppable.”