5-star forward Jaylen Hoard has committed to play basketball at Wake Forest University, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
Hoard picked Wake Forest over the likes of Southern California, North Carolina State, Florida, Maryland and others.
“I picked them basically because that was the school that I felt like I had the best relationship with the coaches,” Hoard said. “I feel like I can trust them. They have a great relationship with my parents. The coach made me feel like a priority, the whole time They came to AAU games and they were able to come see me during the high school season.”
The Demon Deacons are coached by University of Kansas legend and former NBA All-Star Danny Manning.
“I’m excited because I feel like there was no need to continue the recruiting process,” Hoard added. “During my last high school season, I wanted to be able to focus on that and school. Once I knew where I wanted to go, I didn’t feel like there was a need to wait.”
Hoard said he essentially knew he was going to Wake Forest all along.
“Honestly, I felt like I was going to go there,” he said. “My parents kind of knew as well. We really wanted to go make sure and one of my parents was able to see the campus and talk to the coaches face to face. Once I saw the setting, I felt like I was ready to commit.”
Hoard is the 25th-ranked player in the country overall and the eighth-ranked small forward.