Franklin served as a student manager for the team last season before being awarded a walk on spot this year. He played his first two high school seasons at Colonial Forge in Virginia and helped lead them to the 6A State Championship. Later, he transferred to the same prep school as fellow guard Unique McLean at MacDuffie. There, he averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in his remaining two seasons and ran with the New England Playaz for AAU. With the Playaz, he competed on the Adidas Gauntlet, the second most competitive AAU circuit in the country behind Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). Franklin held a few offers and interest from Hofstra, Navy and St. Francis Brooklyn.
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It will certainly take some time for Franklin to adjust to the college game but he may tossed into action immediately with few guards on the roster. Look for this to be a transition year for him as he moves from watching the games on the sidelines to learning everyday from the court itself. Franklin has great experience playing in the NEPSAC as well as the Gauntlet so he should be prepared for the skill level of the A-10. By continuing to put on muscle to match the more physical college game, he will be able to adjust much quicker.
Role/Attributes: Utility guard, Pure shooter, Strong handle
Quote: Franklin on his role with the team
“I’m just really blessed and honored to be a part of it,” Franklin said. “Hopefully I can come in and help the guys get better in practice and just solidify my spot with them. These guys are great guys who had great careers in high school. I want to come in, contribute and work hard.”
Quote from Mass Live article http://www.masslive.com/umassbasketball/index.ssf/2016/04/jaylen_franklin_former_macduffie_commit_umass.html by Tom Westerholm