Team Loaded(VA) has been one of the hottest teams in the Adidas circuit, and a lot of that has to do with the strong play from point guard Jaelin Llewellyn. The Canadian point guard has been very efficient and has made a statement through 8 games in the Adidas Gauntlet. Llewellyn caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about his spring and his reaction to his recent Florida offer.
Llewellyn prides himself on being a playmaker. Not only can he set up his teammates to score, but he has the ability to score at a high rate himself.
“I’m a point guard that loves to get teammates involved and in positions to succeed,” Llewellyn said. “I’m quick, athletic and can get to the paint easily with a good and improving shot. I can finish at the rim at an effective rate. I have to work on floaters, finishing with contact, shot consistency and getting more active defensively.”
Through 2 sessions in the Adidas Gauntlet, Llewellyn has averaged 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 4.1 assists a game, while leading his team to an 8-0 record overall. The AAU season has been a blast for him because of the unselfish nature of his Team Loaded squad.
“The first two sessions were great,” he said. “We are 8-0 and I played quite well. I also had a lot of fun because our team is very unselfish. My personal goals for the rest of the season are to just continue putting my name out there and showing everyone I can play at a high level.”
The April live period gave Llewellyn the chance to showcase his abilities to coaches from all over the country. The Florida coaching staff watched Llewellyn during the live period and liked what they saw. The gators staff offered the talented guard on Thursday.
“I am definitely excited about it,” Llewellyn said about the Florida offer. “I’ve seen the campus with my old school (Orangeville Prep) and it’s a nice place and of course a great school. It’s an impressive program.”
Things are starting to heat up on the recruiting front for Llewellyn. He has received over 10 offers since the first April evaluation period.
“Wake Forest, Creighton, Stanford, Cincinnati, Harvard, Penn State, and Virginia reach out very often,” he said. “Mostly all of the teams that have offered are recruiting quite hard.”
Strong academics are a key factor that Llewellyn is looking for in his choice of school. He realizes the importance of having a solid education for when his basketball career comes to an end.
“Factors that come into play when making a decision is going to a place with great academics, knowing that I’ll be set for when the ball stops bouncing,” Llewellyn said. “A place where I know I will develop each year I’m there. Also, a place where I will have the opportunity to play right away.”
Llewellyn is focused on getting better each day and leading Team Loaded to more wins in the Adidas Gauntlet.