The Slawson names carries weight around basketball circles in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Rightfully so, dad Tom Slawson is in the Citadel basketball Hall of Fame, his cousin RJ was a Top 100 prospect out of high school. So it is almost a birth right to be a talented basketball player, as a Slawson.
Well next in line is Jalen, a 6’7” junior out of Pinewood Prep High School in Charleston, South Carolina. Right now Slawson is averaging 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3 assists, and is shooting 35% from beyond the arc.
Walking onto the court you immediately take note of Slawson immediately. He is built like a basketball player and carries himself like a player. He has a tantalizing skill set on the floor, with his length he is very athletic in transition and has deep range extending well beyond the 3-point arc.
Slawson participated in the prestigious South Carolina Top 80 (SC Top 80). The SC Top 80 puts the best prospects in the state of South Carolina to compete against one another. After Slawson’s performance in the 2016 SC Top 80 we wrote, “Slawson has a great basketball frame with good length and easy athleticism. Slawson was vocal throughout the day and was continuously talking on both sides of the ball. Slawson is continuing to improve his ball handling.”
Slawson is still growing into his body, he is still finding consistency in his game. Offensively, he has all the tools. He is able to attack from different angles, as he transitions between the 2-4 positions relatively seamlessly.
After watching him with TMP during our Phenom Summer Havoc last July we wrote, “He has great size and deep range. In transition, he also showed good athleticism. Once Slawson finds consistency his game could really take off.”
Slawson is a sure fired Division 1 prospect, it just depends on the level he reaches. That will all come with consistency. However, if he does find that consistency watch out, he has a full tool belt in his arsenal.
Slawson currently carries an offer from Charleston Southern. Expect more to come, possibly starting as soon as this upcoming week with a strong performance in the state playoffs.