Four-star forward Jaylen Hoard ended his recruitment on Saturday afternoon as he committed to Wake Forest.
The 6-foot-8 Hoard became a priority recruit in the national recruiting scene after last summer after starring for the French national team during the FIBA U17 World Championships. Hoard finished the event second in scoring as he was dominant at times. Hoard had previously drawn attention after winning MVP at the Jordan Brand International Game in 2015 but the FIBA performance showed that Hoard could be a potential impact player during his freshman season.
Coming over to the United States for his junior season of high school basketball and playing this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL with Team CP3, Hoard solidified himself as one of the better frontcourt prospects in the Class of 2018. Rivals currently has Hoard as the No. 29 overall prospect in the class and a few other services have Hoard elevated into five-star status. Hoard put up 14.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and and 1.4 assists per game in the EYBL as he showed an ability to be a potential high-level scorer.
Hoard will have to improve his perimeter skill level for the next level but he’s shown flashes of being able to produce a workable three-pointer.
By adding Hoard, Wake Forest and head coach Danny Manning have also made a major statement in getting a potential McDonald’s All-American. Coming off of an NCAA tournament appearance and big man John Collins getting picked in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Wake Forest has quite a bit of positive momentum right now and it’s extending to the recruiting trail.
Hoard joins three-star guard Sharone Wright Jr. in the Wake Forest recruiting Class of 2018.