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Basketball Recruiting

2024's Jaye Nash, a Memphis native, is breaking out, talks recruitment

April 14, 2022

Memphis continues to stash out elite-level talent.

At the guard spot, Briarcrest Christian has had now two very successful floor generals come across the program. Two years ago, Tennessee’s Kennedy Chandler, who is now projected as a first-round pick in this year’s draft, burst onto the scene with Briarcrest before leaving for Sunrise Christian Academy for his final year.

Now? The Saints have one of the more underrated guards in all of America and one of the breakout players of the first live period.

His name is Jaye Nash. He’s a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard, and was recognized as one of the best players in the state of Tennessee. A little more than one year ago, Nash started garnering local interest from schools like Ole Miss and Memphis.

Just one year removed, Nash now has offers and interest from schools all over the country. It’s likely due to his stellar play on the Adidas Circuit last weekend as he was running with the Arkansas Hawks. Coaches are a huge fan of Nash’s reliability on the court and also his NBA range, along with his ability to make plays.

This past weekend, he recorded two double-doubles, including a 14-point and 10-assist performance in front of schools like Arizona, LSU, as well as Illinois, and Texas Tech, both of which ended up extending Nash a scholarship offer after the weekend capped off.

Nash discussed those new offers and all his new interests, plus his game, with

Which schools are heavily involved?

“Illinois, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Alabama have been reaching out the most.”

Who are the newest schools?

“Illinois and Texas Tech.”

What was Illinois' pitch and what are your thoughts on their offering?

“My scoring ability and the way that I facilitate the offense [stood out to them]. I was very excited, I was on the way home from the trip, and my dad called and said I got the offer, and I was just super excited because of how big their program is.”

What do you know about them?

“I know that they are one of the biggest programs in college basketball. They put Ayo Dosunmu in the league last year. A couple of years ago, Leron Black, who’s from my hometown in Memphis, committed there. They are just a great program.”

How about Texas Tech, thoughts on them?

“They are also a really great program. They made it to the Sweet 16, and I know they strive on defense, and as much as I love offense, I love playing defense just as much. That’s what I love about their program.”

What about a school like Alabama?

“I love Coach [Nate] Oats’ playstyle. He lets his guards just go. And even though he’s a hard coach, it’s because he wants the best out of his players, and I love playing under a coach that shows he cares about his players, no matter how they express it.”

Any visit plans?

“Not yet because I can’t take official visits because I’m a 2024 prospect, but I will definitely be visiting the places showing interest.”

Now, talking hoops, how would you break down the game of Jaye Nash?

“I feel like I am a pass-first PG, but I can get a bucket whenever it’s needed. I love making my teammates better and getting them open. I’m a pretty good on-ball defender also.”

And what areas of your game would you like to improve during AAU ball?

“I would like to improve in the subject of just being more vocal, and coming off screens ready to attack and dissect the defense.”

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