Top 50 Boys Hoops: #49 Jaylen Lattimore

Jaylen Lattimore will have a different home when he starts his sophomore season, trading in Snider gold for South Side green midway through last school year. It will provide an important element to the Archers, who will be looking for some physicality and size.

Lattimore was one of the few freshmen garnering playing time on the varsity level in the Summit Athletic Conference last season as part of Snider’s program. He played 12 games for Snider averaging just over 10 minutes per game. During that time, he scored 2.9 points and had 2.2 rebounds per contest. He played good minutes in a supporting role player position in a season opening win over East Noble, then scored 13 points of 5-of-8 shooting and had six rebounds in a win over North Side. While shooting 34 percent from the field, Lattimore struggled down the stretch of his Panther run, going 1-of-9 against Northrop and seeing his playing time slow after that.

After his 12 games at Snider, Lattimore moved on to South Side last school year, but did not play the remainder of the season. This fall, he has been increasing his work load as the Archer football team’s quarterback. When at his peak, Lattimore can have a high motor. He loves to shoot the three ball and can get on a role doing so, but he doesn’t rely on that as his primary offensive set. Lattimore will be important to the interior play of the Archers with his stocky 6-foot-4 frame after the loss of their top post contributor.

“Jaylen [is a] sophomore that we will rely heavily on,” says South Side coach JJ Foster.  “When playing to potential, [he] can be very effective.”

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