Nov. 16, 2010
Forward, 6-7, 220, Norristown, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh Senior H.S.
A combination forward, Jaylen Bond is described as a physically strong and athletic combination forward who overwhelms opponents with his strength and power. Bond owns a powerful physique but possesses natural talent and athleticism to play either in the post or on the wing. He can score and defend from anywhere on the floor. He has also been described as a player with freak athleticism, good length and superb leaping ability which makes him a handful on the offensive boards. He is a tough player who comes from a winning high school program. A versatile player with all-around skills, Bond hustles on every play, doesn’t back down, has good work ethic and a high basketball IQ. Bond’s style of play reminds one of NBA player John Salmons (Milwaukee Bucks).
HIGH SCHOOL: Enters his senior season at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School where he plays for Head Coach Jim Donofrio…Named to the First Team Class 4A All-State team in 2009-10…Guided the Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials to the 2010 Class 4A state title, 30-2 record, the Suburban One League American Division title (14-0 record), 21-1 regular season slate and a national ranking as a junior…Concluded season ranked No. 15 nationally by PrepHoopAssist…Also concluded the year ranked No. 20 by USA Today in the national high school rankings…Led the Colonials to a 58-51 win over Penn Wood H.S. in the state final played in State College on March 27, 2010…Surpassed the 1,000 point mark for his career on March 20, 2010 and averaged 18.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior…Selected to the Norristown Times Herald First Team All-Area squad…Finished with 26 points (12-13 FG), 15 rebounds and converted each of his last nine consecutive field goal attempts in leading Whitemarsh to a 71-47 state semifinal win over North Allegheny H.S….Scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a district semifinal win over West Chester…Scored 24 points with eight rebounds vs. Roman Catholic…Career-high was 29 points…Team lost only two games all season to nationally ranked St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) and Penn Wood…Averaged 11 points and nine rebounds while guiding the Colonials to a Class 4A state semifinal appearance, 25-6 overall and a share of the SOL American Conference with a 13-1 conference record as a sophomore…Whitemarsh dropped a 64-56 loss to Penn H.S. in the state semifinals…Named a Third Team All-SOL Conference selection and Third Team All-Suburban Team as a sophomore…Played in the All-City Basketball Classic as a sophomore…Played in the Alberto C. Donofrio All-Star Classic where he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and led his team to victory…Transferred to Plymouth Whitemarsh from LaSalle H.S. where he played several varsity games as a freshman…Averaged 5.9 points and 2.0 rebounds as a freshman…Plays AAU basketball on the East Coast Elite squad coached by Terrell Myers…Also has played for the Albany City Rocks (N.Y.) and New Jersey Playaz…Competed at the IS8 Tournament, Reebok All-America Camp, Peach Jam Classic and Las Vegas Invitational…Ranked the nation’s No. 148 player by Rivals.com…Ranked the second best prospect in Pennsylvania, the No. 69 player nationally and No. 16 power forward by ESPN…Ranked the nation’s No. 21 power forward by ESPN-U…Listed as the nation’s No. 134 recruit by Scout.com.
PERSONAL: Born Jaylen Bond on April 11, 1993…Son Kesha Bond…Has a brother Julian who also played on the Plymouth Whitemarsh varsity…Close to his grandfather William Bond…Made an unoffical visit to Pitt while playing at the Pitt Jam Fest AAU Tournament and committed to the Panthers a week after his visit…Chose Pitt because of the coaching staff, his relationship with Jamie Dixon and his comfort level with the school…Also considered West Virginia, Temple, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Memphis, Villanova, Seton Hall, Virginia and Penn State in the recruiting process.