Prospect Watch: JaQuan Carlos, Class of 2021

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JaQuan Carlos

One of the top performers of the Empire Invitational in New York City was sophomore guard JaQuan Carlos of Thomas Jefferson. Carlos led Jefferson in a major second-half comeback against Cardinal Hayes with a 36-point outing in an overtime 85-83 loss.

Carlos stands about 5’10 and has the ability to cripple you with pure instincts and decision-making. As a small guard, he’s not necessarily lightning quick. He’s able to blow by defenders with a calm poise. He doesn’t kill with sheer speed — he kills by reading the floor, turning corners and with a true scoring repertoire.

JaQuan makes the conscious effort to make the sideline pitch-ahead pass, and if he’s not handling the ball he runs the floor and takes the opportunity to be the recipient himself. He makes quick decisions and reactions off the bounce, including an ability to catch-and-shoot on the move.

Those instincts trickle into his passing. He has a sharp feel for the floor and knows where to find his teammates ahead of time.

247 Sports has JaQuan rated as a 3-star prospect with some cool interest from the likes of Cincinnati and NC State. As a sophomore, he has time to expand his abilities and prove how valuable he’ll be at the next level.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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