The thing about opportunities is that they are what you make of them. Over the weekend, rising senior point guard Jalen Poyser made the most of his opportunity to play in the Adidas Nations program.
A 6-foot-3 point guard from the Athlete Institute in Mississauga, Ontario, Poyser played his best ball of the summer at the loaded Adidas event.
"I think it is a great opportunity for me," Poyser said. "Being able to be recognized by scouts even knowing there aren't college coaches here is a good thing pushing forward."
It isn't that Poyser has lacked for exposure. His high school program is well-regarded and he has played the past few summers with the CIA Bounce on Nike's travel circuit. But, over the weekend in California, something clicked and Poyser put everything he is capable of on display.
So far, he has gotten interest from Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Wake Forest, California, Hawaii, George Mason and Idaho
"I can score the ball, I can pass, I can shoot," said Poyser. "I find my teammates and I feel whatever the coach needs I can give it to him."
Though things have started to heat up for him on the recruiting front thanks to his strong summer finish, Poyser hasn't set any visits and hasn't dived too deep into his recruitment. He still has the Nike Global Challenge left and then he could take a look at things.
"I'm not really sure on visits yet," said Poyser. "I'm just trying to push through things and still have the Global Challenge coming and will look to set them after that."
Another reason that Poyser hasn't set anything up yet is that he isn't planning to sign early. He wants to play his senior season, see who gets involved and make a late decision.
"I think I will decide in the spring," said Poyser. "I'm trying to build a good relationship with the coach and I'm looking for place that has some early playing time available and where the coach will trust me to play my game."
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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