Jalen Terry committed to Michigan State earlier this month, removing any pressure he would have had entering his second EYBL season. The Family Detroit (MI) star decided to stay in-state for college, continuing the established pipeline between Michigan's EYBL affiliate and their state university.
The Spartans will be getting a certified stud in 2020, as the 5-foot-11 Terry (Terry (247 No. 31) averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 3.6 steals per game during the 2018-19 high school season for Beecher (MI). Terry put up modest 2018 EYBL averages of 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, and there's no question that he will increase those numbers across the board.
We caught up with Terry in the preseason, asking him about a number of topics as he prepares for the circuit in late April.
Q: First and foremost,how excited are you to be entering your second year on the circuit? Are you approaching it any differently?
Jalen Terry: I’m very excited, it’s really fun. Yeah I am (approaching it differently). I really believe that I am one of the most underrated guards in my class.
What did you improve most during the 2018-19 high school season?
JT: This year I became a better scorer, leader and facilitator.
What’s it like running alongside Earnest Sanders for HS and grassroots? Do you guys have some pretty good chemistry?
JT: It’s fun. It’s like me controlling two people, because I know almost everything he’s going to do, where he is on fast breaks and everything else. Off the court we are always together.
Do you feel more mentally prepared to play this season due to the experience you gained last season? What’s the biggest difference between grassroots and high school?
JT: Yeah (the experience) helps. My team (The Family) won the E15 Peach Jam and we want to do that as a 17U group. High school, there is probably a team with 1 division 1 player and football players and people who just play for fun. On the circuit, it’s all division one players that are on a mission to get to the league and play college ball.
Do you enjoy representing Michigan on the national level?
JT: Yeah, it’s always good to represent where you’re from.There’s a lot of talent here.
Who’s your favorite NBA player and why?
JT: Right now I would have to go with De’Aaron Fox. We play similar.
What do you feel like you do best on the court right now?
JT: I think I’m great at getting to the rim and creating shots.
Anything you’re looking to improve?
JT: Defense. On-ball. Defense. That’s really it.
What are your thoughts on the new 24-second shot clock?
JT: I think it’s great. They’re testing us to see if we can execute.
Last question - what will make this season a success?
JT: For me to finish as a top 20 player in the country, and for my team to win Peach Jam. We will go out and play hard to make sure both of those things happen.