|Full Name||Jalen Montez Duren|
|Date of Birth||November 18, 2003|
Jalen Duren played college basketball for the Memphis Tigers, representing the University of Memphis in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Duren is a consensus five-star recruit according to ESPN, 247Sports, and Rivals. He is projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2022 NBA draft.
Jalen Duren was a freshman at the University of Memphis and led Memphis to their first NCAA tournament since 2014. Duren declared for the 2022 NBA draft on April 19, 2022, forgoing his college eligibility.
Duren primarily plays the center position and is listed at 6-foot-11 (2.11 m) with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and weighs 250 lbs (113 kg).
Jalen Duren averaged 12 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game in the 29 games he started for the Memphis Tigers. His exceptional offensive rebounding (3.0) and rim-protection (2.1 blocks per game) stand out among his stats.
Duren’s field-goal percentage of ~60% on eight field-goal attempts stands out among his splits, but his absolute lack of three-point shots does not bode well in a small-ball, positionless NBA.
Duren played high-school basketball for Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. He led his team to a Philadelphia Catholic League title. In his freshman year, he received first-team all-league and first-team all-state honors.
|Freshman (RCHS, PA)||12.8||6||3.3||9.3||1.1||1.2||2.5|
Duren transferred to Montverde Academy, Florida in his junior year. He was featured on SportsCenter on multiple occasions and received the 2020-21 MaxPreps Florida High School Basketball Player of the Year award.
|Junior||(NIBC, Montverde Academy, FL)||15.5||10.6||2.4||63.0|
Premier shot-blocker boasting athleticism, off-ball defensive prowess, and finishing around the rim. Downsides include shooting from the field. Comparisons were often drawn to DeAndre Jordan and Robert Williams III.