Power forward Jalen Hayes (Lansing, Mich./Sexton) has committed to Oakland (MI) over offers from Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, St. Bonaventure and Akron.
"I am very comfortable with the coaching staff especially coach [Greg] Kampe and coach Saddie Washington," said Hayes who is very excited about his commitment. "Oakland was the best and perfect fit. The playing style, offense, academics. Everything was a good fit and connected together well."
At 6-foot-7 and about 200 pounds, Hayes is long and skilled with terrific upside. He will be a good fit as a combo-forward in the Grizzlies' dribble-drive style offense and could potentially cause matchup problems.
Hayes is an excellent prospect and a winner, who plays for one of the elite high school programs and current state champs in the state of Michigan. However, Hayes knows he still has to improve his game.
"Finishing around the rim is what I do best and I have to keep working on my motor being consistent," he said.