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Jaylen Hands

USA Basketball Notes

  • Participated in the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Team October minicamp.
  • Named as one of 17 finalists for the 2015 USA U16 National Team on May 30, 2015
  • Participated in the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Team October minicamp.
  • Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team on April 23, 2015.
  • Participated in the 2014 USA Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp.

College Notes

  • Has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Louisville, Memphis, San Diego State, San Diego Southern California and UCLA.

High School Honors

  • San Diego Metro League Player of the Year (2015).
  • California Interscholastic Federation All-San Diego Section first team (2015).
  • CIF All-State Sophomore first team.
  • All-Trinity League first team (2015).
  • All-Trinity League second team (2014).

High School Notes

  • Transferred to Foothills Christian School (Calif.) and is awaiting CIF approval to play for the Foothills Christian team.
  • Played two varsity seasons at Mater Dei High School (Calif.), where he has started in 35 of 62 games played and helped Mater Dei to the 2014 CIF championship and two Trinity League titles.
  • As a sophomore in 2014-15, aided his team to an 18-11 record.
  • As a freshman in 2013-14, Mater Dei finished with a 30-3 record and advanced to the California Division 4 state tournament quarterfinals.

Personal Notes

  • Son of Ashanti and Ronnie Hands, has one sister, Jordan (13).
  • Nickname is “Jay Hands.”
  • Has earned academic honors twice, First Honors for having a GPA above 3.6 and Second Honors for having a GPA between 3.0-3.5.
  • Father played basketball at San Diego Mesa College.

Inside Scoop

  • Started playing basketball when he was 2 1/2.
  • Favorite USA National Team athletes: Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook.
  • Plans on majoring in: business or communication.
  • Favorite Twitter account: too many good ones to select a favorite.
  • Favorite superhero: The Incredible Hulk
  • Top four movies of all time: Pursuit of Happyness, Friday, Napoleon Dynamite and Fruitvale Station.
  • Favorite non-sports website:
  • Favorite sports website: “too many to list just one.”
  • Must-have pregame meal or snack: apples or bananas.
  • Favorite apps: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Vine.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball: football.
  • Favorite classes: math and ceramics.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Kobe Bryant.
  • Favorite basketball team: Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Favorite Olympian: Kobe Bryant.
  • Last book read for pleasure: Schooled by Gordon Korman.
  • Would compare his game to: Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook.
  • Wears Nos. 1, 5 and 8 because: his favorite number is eight, but it can’t be worn in high school or college, and his goal is to be good enough to one day wear No. 8 in the NBA.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: hanging out with friends and family.
  • Most people don’t know: he can sing very well.
  • Superstitious about: nothing.
  • Has traveled outside the United States to: Mexico.

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