Arnold breaks down his game and recruitment

Jake Arnold on his unofficial visit to Rice

2021 wing Jake Arnold is a name that is starting to pop up on a lot of coaches recruiting boards.

The 6-3 unanimous 1st Team All-District guard from Taylor High School in Houston, Texas has more programs showing interest as of late, and as a result, he’s starting to do his due diligence and take visits.

Rice recently welcomed Arnold to campus for an unofficial that went very well for the rising junior.

“I really liked the experience and everything about the facility,” Arnold said. “I also liked what they value in their program.”

The Taylor High School product has been on a tear this year at the high school level. Arnold had many 30-plus scoring outputs this year for his program and it started with his work ethic before and during the season.

“I work everyday for at minimum 30-minutes focused just on my shot but I work on my all around game longer,” he explained.”I wake up early most mornings to workout 6-7 am before school, whether it’s weights or basketball…just continuously pushing myself.”

That has a few more eyes on him as of late and that should bode well for the junior guard heading into the summer.

His jumpshot has many fans and opponents on edge, but coaches see much more potential with his game going forward.

“I would say my ability to score on all three levels,” he said of what coaches like about his game the most. “and being a reliable shooter.”

Arnold has made a name for himself on the offensive end thus far but he’s hoping coaches see that plus more this summer. He’s much more than a jump shooter. He’s going to take any feedback he receives from coaches to continually improve his game.

“I will work as hard as it takes to improve any weaknesses and only become stronger,” he said. “I don’t have one thing in particular that I hope to show [coaches], I just hope coaches see that I can play.”

Arnold is at the beginning of the process and coaches are still taking notice of his talent and moving forward. His recruitment is completely open but he does have an idea of the program he would like to be apart of.

“A school that I can contribute to and whichever school best helps me in life after basketball,” he said of what he’s looking for in a school.