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