Hood-Schifino Rising Up The Ranks In Class Of 2022
February 8 2018
Photo Credit: Ty Freeman (http://tyfreeman.com/)
CHARLOTTE, NC — Jalen Hood-Schifino is creeping up the ladder of national recognition and showing no signs of slowing down. ThePrepInsiders.com recently caught up with Hood-Schifino and his mother, Angel Schifino, to discuss his emergence and plans for the immediate future.
- Class of 2022
- Charlotte, NC
Despite currently being overlooked as one of the better players in the Class of 2022, Hood-Schifino’s basketball journey has been a rewarding one to date, filled with experiences in various regions of the country. Most recently, the 6-foot-3 guard starred at Chris Paul’s CP3 National Middle School Combine, where he was selected as a CP3NMSC Top 20 All-Star selection.
“We’re originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but Jalen started playing AAU ball here in Charlotte. We moved back to Pittsburgh for a few years and recently moved back to North Carolina. Last year on the circuit he played with 17 year-olds as a 13 year-old in addition to his grade level. We’re looking forward to his third season with Team Charlotte.” -Angel Schifino, Mother of Jalen Hood-Schifino
In addition to winning the 17U AAU Gold Super Showcase in Orlando, Florida as a member of Under Armour-sponsored Team Charlotte last July, Hood-Schifino also proved his value as a prospect in his peer group, excelling at the 13U/7th Grade AAU Nationals last summer in Greensboro, North Carolina. Helping to foster the young and talented backcourt player’s development is former North Carolina star and NBA guard, Jeff McInnis, who also happens to be the program director for Team Charlotte.
“Jeff [McInnis] has been great. [Jalen] is used to being pushed. He’s got older cousins and he’s used to playing with high school teams so high school should not be too much of an adjustment. It [will be] more of him playing with and [against] older kids. This summer we’re going to see if he can dominate in his age group while also playing on the 17U team as well.” -Angel Schifino
Despite having earned the confidence of his family and coaches, Hood-Schifino is still working diligently to achieve his goal of playing at the highest level, and is keeping his weaknesses in mind while focusing on making the improvements he’ll need find success each step of the way.
“The pace of the game in high school is faster and the physicality level is different. You really have to take your time and learn from other players on the team to be the best. I definitely have to get stronger and work on my defense more. I want to be a better on-ball defender. I’m working on my shooting, too.” -Jalen Hood-Schifino
Hood-Schifino told ThePrepInsiders.com that his travel ball schedule with Team Charlotte’s eighth-grade squad will begin on the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) circuit on March 16-18, 2018 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Expect to hear more about Hood-Schifino’s success and growth on the court as the Class of 2022 prepares to enter high school in the coming months.