One of the headliners of the incoming freshman class in Indiana’s top 10 is the five-star guard Jalen Hood Schifino, and for good reason. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, many fans and tipsters expect Hood-Schifino to carve out a big role for the Hoosiers, perhaps in his first season.
In particular, the popular media ‘The field of 68‘ recently named Hood-Schifino as the No. 21-ranked impact freshmen heading into the upcoming 2022-23 season.
Although the full list of the outlet’s top 25 has yet to be revealed, Hood-Schifino is ranked above fellow freshmen Vince Iwuchukwu (#22, USC), Gradey Dick (#23 , Kansas), Jordan Walsh (No. 24, Arkansas ) and Fletcher Loyer (No. 25, Purdue).
Hood-Schifino, the national recruit ranked No. 24 in the class of 2022 according to 247Sports, committed to Indiana on August 24, 2021, then signed his national letter of intent on November 10.
A product of the mighty Montverde Academy prep school in Florida, Hood-Schifino’s recruitment to the Hoosiers was shorter than most. Just over a month after IU hired Mike Woodson as their next head coach on March 29, Woodson officially extended a scholarship offer to Hood-Schifino, signaling IU’s all-out pursuit of the all-around guard. And within three months, IU’s coaching staff had impressed Hood-Schifino enough to secure his commitment.
However, Indiana wasn’t Hood-Schifino’s first and only commitment during his recruiting process. Returning on Dec. 29, 2019, Hood-Schifino initially committed to Pittsburgh, his hometown school. Once his developing skills caught the attention of programs across the country, however, Hood-Schifino eventually signed off from the Panthers on July 27, 2020, and reopened his draft.
It was easy to see why Hood-Schifino’s lead stock exploded so quickly. During his two seasons at Montverde, he helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back GEICO High School Nationals as the team’s starting point guard. For his efforts, he was also named Naismith’s Third Team All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic selection as a senior.
Hood-Schifino joins another freshman from Indiana Malik Reneau, Kaleb Banks and CJ Gunn. Reneau, a Hood-Schifino teammate for two years at Montverde, is rated a five-star forward by the 247Sports composite rating, while Banks, a Georgia native, and Gunn, a native of Indianapolis, are both rated four-star rookies. by the same classification service.
247Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer Had This to Say October 25, 2021 About Hood Schifino:
“Has excellent physical build for a point guard who can also play two and three positions. A 6-5 has great strength and a physical presence on the pitch. Not an explosive athlete, but a fluid athlete with body control and feel for shifting gears. Burst out of his cunning moves to gain penetration. Can reach the rim and finish while possessing the ability to find teammates with accurate passing on the go. Also has a nice pull up, especially to the left, but is not known as a long range shooter. Increasing his firing range will be key to maximizing his potential. Handles the ball on a string and is efficient with his dribbling game. Plans to be a quality rebounder for his position. Defensively, he can control the ball thanks to his size, strength and lateral quickness. Has a conscience when defending the ball.”