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Hands says there is no rush

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During the latter part of winter and into early spring, most of the recruiting world thought 2017's No. 19 player Jaylen Hands was on the verge of a commitment. Hands says not so fast.
A 6-foot-1 point guard who recently transferred from Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei to El Cajon (Calif.) Foothills Christian, Hands says he was never as close to a commitment -- to either Arizona or UCLA -- as he was made out to be.
"That was overblown," Hands said. "I'm still open to anything right now. I'm looking for a connection with the coaches and a good fit and a place where they kind of let their guards play."
Even though he hasn't committed, the general consensus behind the scenes is that Arizona and UCLA have at least moved ahead of the competition. However, Hands said that he's open in the process and mentioned other programs like California, San Diego State, USC, Louisville and Arizona State among those he's still considering.
As for his recent transfer of high schools, Hands says it was about much more than hoop.
"It wasn't just basketball," said Hands. "It was about school and finding where I am most comfortable going to class."
Exceptionally quick, Hands can generally get wherever he wants via the dribble. He is a bit thin at just 163 pounds and can be bothered by physical defenders. But, he shoots well, sees the floor and has a lot of talent packed into his body.
In an era where so many guards are seen as scorers, Hands -- who mentioned John Wall as one of his favorite players because of his ability to score in the lane and rack up assists -- is trying to make sure he is seen as somebody who still gets others involved.
"I feel like a lot of people are able to get their shot like I can," said Hands. "So I think what sets me apart is my ability to get my teammates involved. I'm really trying to focus on creating shots for others and keeping them involved."
For now, Hands says there is no timetable set for announcing a commitment. Coaches and fans can find him this summer on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit where he plays with the Compton Magic.