2020 Netherlands guard is one to watch

Photo credits to FIBA

West Nottingham Academy (MD) point guard Jamie Bergens is still open and will likely decide in the spring.

The 6-1 lead guard from the Netherlands was one student-athlete I watched closely over the summer due to his incredible jump shooting ability and his presence offensively.

“I feel like I’m a great playmaker,” Bergens said. “Finding my teammates for the right decision. I also can shoot the ball well mid range and from three. I feel like I can guard very good as well.”

Since the summer, Bergens confirmed that he has heard from a lot of programs. So far the Team BBC (MD) prospect has heard from Robert Morris, Hofstra, Delaware, UC Santa Barbara, Oral Roberts, Hawaii, Oakland, Northern Kentucky, Mount Saint Mary’s, Lafayette, Coppin State, Bryant, Florida Atlantic and UC San Diego.

UC Santa Barbara and Oral Roberts have been the programs that have been recruiting him harder than others.

It’s likely because they saw what he did during the 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship. Playing for his home country, the Netherlands, Bergens finished averaging 9.7 points, 3.4 assist and 3.3 rebounds.

That includes a 18-point, six rebounds and five assist game, along with a 19-point, three assist and three rebound game.

It was an experience he will never forget and an experience that helped him grow as a player.

“Even though we didn’t accomplish our goal it is always great to represent your country and to give everything,” he said. “The experience was great as well as playing against the best players and countries in Europe. It is something I will never forget.”

Bergens hasn’t made any recruiting decisions as of yet and doesn’t plan on doing so until after his season. He has already told coaches that he’s, “taking my official visits after the season.”

I anticipate that he will be a mid-major darling and will stand out at that level due to his jump shooting and scoring ability.