FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Jalen Green’s announcement this week was affected by COVID-19.
Instead of Green making his decision at San Joaquin Memorial High School on Friday, he instead went back to Napa and announced on Thursday that he was turning professional.
Fresno State was in the mix, though, for the nation’s No. 1 recruit.
“Oh, 100%. Jalen told me that, you know?” said Brad Roznovsky, Green’s head coach for three seasons at Memorial. “And it’s not just because he wanted to call Fresno his home. That was obviously one reason, but I think he really he loved what Coach (Hutson) is doing. He loves the staff over there. And no, definitely, Memphis and Auburn were the two that were talked about a lot, recently. But Fresno State was definitely…if college was an option, Fresno State was definitely in his top three or four.”
Added Chris Haynes, Yahoo! Sports’ senior NBA Insider, “That’s his hometown. He definitely thought about making a splash in his city, putting them on the map for a year. But Auburn and Memphis, those were schools that were ahead of Fresno State. But nah, he definitely had them in consideration.”