Hogan to U of D Mercry

19 Oct

Although Mt. Pleasant does not have a history as a hotbed for boys basketball recruiting in Michigan, the Oilers have themselves a stud in 6’7″ 2014 forward Jaleel Hogan.  Hogan, a member of the HoopGrind AAU squad, made a name for himself during the July live evaluation period, averaging  an astonishing 22 points, and ten rebounds a game in three tournaments.

Jaleel might look more like an offensive lineman when you take a first glance at him, but after a couple minutes of hoops he shows that he has basketball skills.  Playing as an undersized power forward, Jaleel owned almost every paint he played in over the summer.  Jaleel has the type of high motor Horizon League schools look for with the ability to play above the rim as well.  Possesses a deceptive and quick vertical for his size that allows him to dunk a ball down a defender’s throat with authority.  But when he is not shoving the ball down the basket, Jaleel has nice soft hands that allow him to catch and finish a majority of the passes that are thrown his way.

Besides of what he does on the basketball court, U of D is getting a high character player that will not bring any trouble to a coaching staff.  Jaleel reportedly went into another Michigan AAU team’s locker room at a tournament and wished them luck to bring home a title back to the state.  If that is not good sportsmanship I don’t know what is.  We hear all about the fights between teams and arguing with officials, but it is nice to know that their is a young man who carries himself the way Jaleel does both on-and-off the basketball court.

Jaleel is now the second commit for the Titans’ 2014 recruiting class, the other being Taylor Truman’s Aaron Foster-Smith.

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