Jaylen
Nowell
Position: SG
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 202 lbs
School/Club: Washington
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 07/09/1999

About Jaylen Nowell

Jaylen Nowell is a prolific scoring guard who showed significant improvement from his freshman year in a variety of areas. Emerging as a prospect early in his prep career averaging 5 points per game at the 2015 FIBA U16 Americas Championship, Nowell finished his career at Garfield High School widely regarded as one of the top-70 prospects in the class of 2017. Made an instant impact at the college level averaging 16 points and 4 rebounds per game as a freshman at Washington under Mike Hopkins. Averaging 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists as a sophomore for the Huskies, Nowell showed marked improvement as a shooter to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year honors and guided his team to the NCAA Tournament.

  • Has good size for a scoring guard measured at 6’4.25 in shoes at the Draft Combine to go along with a solid  6’7.25 wingspan and a strong  202-pound frame. Capable athlete with good explosiveness and a quick first step.

  • Played a significant role on the offensive end leading the Huskies in points and assists per game. Spent time both on and off the ball scoring at a solid rate in ball screen actions, as a floor spacer, and getting out in the open floor. Showed marked improvement as a jump shooter while gaining some experience at the point guard position.

Defensive Analysis

  • Fairly competitive defender coming out of an all-zone system. Good rebounder for a guard with the quickness and length to hold his own. Has room to improve defending off the ball, but showed some ability to pressure the ball early in his career.

  • Defended almost exclusively Spot Ups at the top of Washington’s zone. 

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 Pac-12 Player of the Year by the coaches.
  • One of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award, recognizing the nation’s top shooting guard.
  • All-Pac-12 First Team honors by the coaches and media as a Sophomore and Honorable Mention as a Freshman.
  • Became the fastest player in Washington history to reach 1,000 points. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Averaged 16.2 points on 50.2 percent shooting, up from 45.1 percent as a Freshman.
  • Led UW in scoring for the second straight season and improved his numbers in almost every category.
  • Ranked second on Washington in rebounds (5.3 rpg) and assists (3.1 apg), both career highs.
  • Selected All-District by both the NABC and USBWA.
  • Became the first UW player to earn three Pac-12 Player of the Week awards since Isaiah Thomas in 2010-11. 

Strengths

  • Combo guard with outstanding athleticism.
  • Plays bigger than his listed height.
  • Finishes with great elevation at the rim.
  • Quality shooter with repeatable mechanics. 

Personal

  • Attended the same Seattle High School that produced former NBA guards Brandon Roy, Will Conroy and Tony Wroten.
  • His mother, Lanie, and his late father, Mike, both played basketball at Clark Atlanta University. 

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