Nevada commit Jalen Weaver praised for athleticism, scoring ability, basketball IQ

Jalen Weaver
Jalen Weaver has committed to Nevada.

With Je'Lani Clark's departure from Nevada, the Wolf Pack had an open scholarship in the 2021 class, and it didn't take long to fill it.

Nevada earned a commitment Saturday from Jalen Weaver, the top recruit out of Colorado and the No. 208 prospect in the nation in the 2021 class, per's rankings. The 6-foot-4 guard is a three-star recruit who also held offers from Loyola Marymount, Tulsa, UMass and Montana State, although he didn't receive offers from in-state schools like Colorado and Colorado State.

Weaver, who is entering his senior season of high school, averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game for Smoky Hill High (Aurora, Colo.) last season, which was one win shy of a Class 5A Final Four. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.1 points, 5.6 rebound and 0.8 assists per game. He will be a four-year varsity player.

“He gives us athleticism, shooting and a high basketball I.Q.,” Smoky Hill head coach Anthony Hardin said of Weaver to The Denver Post. “He’s one of the best scorers in the state and he’s probably the best player in the Class of 2021.”

Weaver, who was offered by Nevada in late August, will play for Santa Clarita (Calif.) Southern California Academy this season. He said Nevada's ability to get him to the NBA was a key factor in his commitment.

"I just love the relationship that I have with the coaches," Weaver told "I saw both coaches play at the NBA level and they both played point guard so I really feel like I can develop my game there. Every year they're a solid and winning program so it's always good to be a part of a winning program. We just talked on the phone a lot and got to know each other. We did virtual visits and stuff like that and they built a good relationship with my family as well."

Weaver said he's a guard that can play both ends of the floor and score from all three levels. In that way, he is similar to Clark, a combo guard who was the San Francisco player of the year as a senior but is not enrolled in classes this fall after working out with the team over the summer. Clark was to be a true freshman at Nevada this season.

Weaver is the second verbal commitment in Nevada's 2021 class, joining SoCal big man Nick Davidson, also a three-star recruit, who committed to Nevada in July. Oral commitments aren't binding, although both players can sign their official letter of intent in early November. Weaver's commitment puts Nevada at the maximum of 13 scholarships in the 2021-22 season, pending any further roster changes.

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