Top-10 recruit Jalen Haralson announces top 9 schools

On3 imageby:Joe Tipton03/22/24

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Jalen Haralson, one of the top small forwards in the 2025 class, has narrowed his list of schools down to nine. Moving forward, the 6-foot-6 junior out of La Lumiere School (IN) will consider Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, and Purdue.

Ranked No. 10 nationally in the On3 Industry Ranking, Haralson has taken an official visit to Auburn and unofficial visits to Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Michigan State.

Haralson, a four-star recruit, says he is currently in the midst of scheduling additional official visits.

Haralson talks several schools in his recruitment

In a previous interview with On3, Jalen Haralson broke down several of the schools recruiting him.

Auburn: “Man, (the visit) was amazing. Bruce Pearl is an energy guy. I didn’t even know that about him. He got me pumped up a little bit. Him showing me how I’d fit in with the program was great. Obviously my goal is to be one-and-done. So whatever school is going to best prepare me for that and they showed me that they’re one of those schools.”

Indiana: “The fan base is what everybody looks at. A real intense fanbase. They show a lot of love on visits. My brother went to school there so I’m real familiar with the campus. Coach (Mike) Woodson is a player’s coach. He listens to what players have to say and adapts. It’s kind of like family, the staff to me. I’ve known them since I was 14, eighth or ninth grade so its just a lot of love from Indiana.”

Purdue: “Coach Painter, his mind. It’s crazy. You’d have to see it in person. The way he calls plays out of timeouts, things like that. It’s amazing. Obvoisly they produce a lot of guys, Jaden Ivey. That’s one guy who sticks out who’s had success in the NBA. It’s a great program. They’re always at the top of the field when it comes to rankings every year.”

Notre Dame: “Coach Shrews is one of the good basketball minds too. Me and him, we get on the phone and just talk basketball. He’s helped me a lot, with things he sees and things I need to work on. He criticizes me and I learn from it. He’s one of those guys that keeps it real with me and I love that about him.”

Michigan State: “Coach Izzo is hard-nosed. He wins too. He gets on his players, brings the best out of them so that’s what stands out about them.”

Missouri: “Coach (Dennis) Gates has been there for me a lot. He’s already been by my school, three, four, five times. Coming in the middle of the school day, just to get up and see me. What stands out with them is how much they want me.”

Gonzaga: “Their style of play stands out. Coach (Stephen) Gentry is the one recruiting me there. They play out of a lot of ball screens and I feel like I strive out of ball screens. They also win a lot. So I want to go to a college where I can win.”

Duke: “It’s Coach (Jon) Scheyer that is sticking out for me. He has been recruiting me for a long time. He recruited me for like a year before he finally offered me. They’re really big on building connections and they haven’t offered a lot of people in my class. I’m hoping to get down on a visit soon.”

Kansas: “They win a lot. Coach Bill Self is one of the best coaches in the country. Like I said, I want to go somewhere I can win, I want to play in March Madness. Coach Self has produced a lot of pros there, so he knows what it takes. My guy Flory Bidunga is going there, and we’re real tight.”

Scouting Report

“Jalen Haralson has a sturdy frame, one that should take well to strength and conditioning programs without losing athleticism as he continues to move forward. He has good length as well. There are interesting aspects to Haralson’s game as a point-forward type. Has a solid handle as a mismatch forward, able to get his team into sets or push the break. He is also capable of initiating offense from different levels of the court. He is a quick processor with good floor vision. Haralson is a solid straight-line athlete. He has an understanding of team defense and angles. There are questions about his lateral quickness and his burst. The jump shot can be a weapon at this point, but he needs to continue drilling down its consistency. Some unique tools with his size and feel.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw