Updated as of 6/27/2022, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
College: Penn State
Classification: Fifth-Year Senior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Shoots well off the dribble
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Decent rebounder for his size
Adequate defender that can get steals and blocks
May struggle to get all the way to the basket
Not an elite ball handler
May struggle to guard quicker players
Only an average athlete
Has limited experience against top competition
Jalen Pickett is a smart, skilled playmaker that shoots the ball well, and he can effectively run a team. He is a patient player that seems to have a knack for making sound decisions, and he had a very productive freshman season at Siena. He also seems to have good defensive instincts, and he was able to get plenty of steals and blocks this year.
Pickett was invited to the G-League Elite Camp after his freshman season, but he was reported to have struggled in that showcase. He has since returned to Siena for his sophomore season, and he quietly had a solid year before later transferring to Penn State. While he may not yet be a household name, he has a variety of skills that could allow him to thrive as a solid role player in the NBA.
The Stepien’s Article on Jalen Pickett
Albany Times-Union’s Article on Pickett Invited to G-League Elite Camp
WatchStadium’s Article Mentioning Pickett Returning to Siena
News10ABC’s Article Mentioning Pickett Will Return for his Junior Season
The Record’s Article Mentioning Pickett Will Transfer Away From Siena
ESPN’s Article on Pickett Transferring to Penn State
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