Minnesota was the most recent program to offer point guard, Jaelin Llewellyn, on July 11.
Not only do the Golden Gophers jump in late into the pack, but the crowd of suitors is an impressive lot. Llewellyn has offers from Clemson, Northwestern, Purdue, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, UNLV, Wake Forest, Virginia, Penn State, Ohio State, and Florida, just to name several.
The No. 142 ranked prospect in Rivals Class of 2018 told us he is also hearing heavily from Maryland, although they haven’t extended an offer as of yet.
The 6-foot-2, 175 pound prospect is originally from Mississauga, Ontario, but preps at Virginia Episcopal School, where he holds a 3.8 GPA. He also plays his AAU ball with Team Loaded VA. The Gopher Report caught up with him at the Adidas Gaunlet Finale, where he talked about his game, his recruitment, and Minnesota.
“I’m an aggressive point guard who loves to get his teammates open and in position to score. But I can also score myself,” Llewellyn said when asked to describe his game.
Minnesota’s courtship with the rising senior is not just a last minute thing, but has been in the works since they first saw him in the spring.
“We’ve been talking on the phone for two or three months, maybe. Coach (Ed) Conroy wanted to see my interest in the program and Coach (Richard) Pitino’s interest in me.”
Llewellyn then went on to describe how Minnesota’s offer went down on July 11.
“Coach Conroy and I were on the phone, and then he put me on with Coach Pitino. He told me how much he likes my game.”
The three-star prospect then explained that Coach Pitino views him as “an aggressive point guard that is also dynamic in getting scoring opportunities, and get the ball to his teammates.”
Even though the Gophers will be in a fierce recruiting battle to get him, and he doesn’t know much about the program, Llewellyn says he is wide open right now, and the program can make quick inroads to step to make a strong impression.
“I’m looking for a place that will help me develop each year, because I am definitely interested in playing on the next level. But I also want to be at a place that will prepare me for when basketball stops. I also am looking for a place that will put the ball in my hands right away.”
Early playing time was a constant theme Llewellyn brought up that would factor heavily in his choice. Minnesota will have one point guard on their roster for the 2018-19 season when he would enter college. Isaiah Washington would be entering his sophomore season, so Pitino is looking to shore up depth at the position.
Llewellyn is currently averaging 9 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.6 rebounds through 12 games on the Adidas Gauntlet. Besides handling and passing the ball, he has shown the ability to knock down the 3-point shot, as he is making it at a 41.9 percent clip.
As far as the recruiting timetable goes, Llewellyn says he will make his final decision in the fall. He plans to take his visits in August and September. When asked if he would trim his list before touring campuses, he said he wasn’t sure and would have to discuss that with his father.