Lately, class of 2018 forward Javian Fleming has turned himself from a mid-major to major prospect. Many SEC schools have taken notice with offering the 6’9″, 230lbs powerful forward. Javian is an old school power forward who plays efficiently under the rim. The first comparison that came to mind was Zach Randolph. He reminds me of Randolph due how he rebounds at a high rate even with not playing very high above the rim.
Javian has great footwork in the paint that allows him to make multiple moves to score on the block. He has a nice touch where he can go over either should with a nice baby hook in the paint. He has even shown to ability to step out and stretch the floor when needed. Other than being an average athlete, Javian seems to show an array of versatility. The big man showed on film that he feels comfortable getting a rebound going coast to coast to initiate the offense. He showed a real pride in making the extra pass to set a teammate up as well. With showing these kinds of skills paired with a physically intimidating body, it is no wonder why big schools have started to throw offers his way. We caught up with Javian to talk about how his Summer and recruiting.
What schools do you hold offers from at this moment?
Javian: Kennesaw State, Cincinnati, Louisiana-Monroe, UAB, Jackson State, Stephen F. Austin, Mississippi Valley State, Middle Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Southern Miss, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Florida Gulf Coast, TCU, Ole Miss, South Florida, Texas A&M, Grambling State, Tennessee-Martin, Georgetown, Depaul, Tennessee, and Clemson
Do any of these schools stand out to you that are high on your list?
Javian: The SEC, Big 12, and Big East schools have been hard on me lately.
What do you think has created all of this attention from major schools lately?
Javian: My play and dedication. They just like my style of play with my back to the basket and physicality. Just my over all skill set playing the 4 or 5.
What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses on the court?
Javian: My strengths are my back to the basket, mid-range jumpers, being physical, ability to rebound, and blocking shots. For my weaknesses, I really don’t have anything. I am working on improving my overall game.
What player do you compare yourself to and why?
Javian: Zach Randolph and Al Jefferson. Randolph because I can face up, shoot the jump shot, and score on bigger and smaller defenders. Jefferson because I have the footwork and post moves similar to his.
What do you do differently than anyone else on the court?
Javian: I talk a lot. Most players don’t talk as much as I do. I probably talk more than everyone every game, including the other team.
Any fellow Class of 2018 players you’d like to play with on the next level?
Javian: If it was considered, Tyler Harris, Robert Woodard, Damerius Wash, or Tavin Lovan
How do you see your game translating to the next level?
Javian: I think it will be tremendous. With having a huge skill now and getting better with it in college would be crazy. Plus if I get my body and condition right, it is going to be scary.
Is there any particular style of basketball you like to play?
Javian: I would like to go to a school that throws the ball in the post. A school who enjoys sharing the ball.
What are your goals for your senior year?
Javian: I want to win a state championship, that’s it. The individual award will come, but it’s about the team and we want a championship.
I think Javian’s game will translate nicely to the next level. I see him being a 12 point per game and 8 rebounds per game for his career kind of guy. As for where he ends up, my gut says that he stays in SEC country. I think how physically he plays would fit nicely into the conference allowing him playing time early in his career. We at Basketball Society will keep you updated with his recruiting process.