Shroder senior point guard Jalen Avery had a game-high 25 points to go along with four assists and three rebounds in Sunday’s first game of the Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational at Trent Arena.
Avery, a Kent State signee, was watched by Kent State coach Rob Senderoff who drove down to Kettering for the game after Kent State defeated visiting Ohio University Saturday.
“Avery does a very good job of distributing the ball to a lot of different people,” Shroder coach Steve Gentry said. “If you’re open he will get you the ball.”
Avery had a school-record 20 assists in a 88-72 win over Hughes Friday. His teammate, senior guard Ditalion Battle (Walsh University signee), had a school-record 51 points.
Avery understands he will be the focal point in each game but said he looks forward to the opportunity.
“It’s hard but it’s fun,” Avery said. “It comes with the territory. You got to take the bad with the bad and the good with the good.”
Kent State graduates its point guard after this season so Senderoff said Avery was a good fit after Kent State started recruiting him last summer. Avery expects to be on campus in mid-June.
“Jalen’s feel for the game is really what we liked about him,” Senderoff told Cincinnati.com. “He is going to keep getting better and better as he develops and gets to college. I think the sky is the limit for him.”
Read more at cincinnati.com