2021-22 ACC Impact Freshman (CBS Sports)
“Jalen Warley is a big guard with size, skill and solid athleticism. He has the size to play off the ball and the ability to be a primary ball handler who makes others better. His size, basketball intelligence and feel for the game show on both ends of the court. On defensive he is capable of switching and guarding multiple positions, while on offense he can run a team or be a primary scorer if that is asked of him. All of the tools are there for him to make an impact in college,” said Andrew Nemec of the Oregonian.
I wear No. 1 at Florida State because it’s a number that I played well in when I was younger. I wanted No. 2 (the number I wore in high school but it wasn’t available for my freshman season because Anthony Polite wears it).
Jalen Warley is the sixth player in Florida State history to wear No. 1. Both of the last two players (Jonathan Isaac and RaiQuan Gray) who wore the number were NBA Draft picks. Isaac with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic while Gray was the 58th selection in 2021 by the Brooklyn Nets.
My full name is Jalen Joseph-Benjamin Warley. Jalen comes from a combination of my dad’s name (Jason) and my mom’s name (Gretchen). My middle name comes from both of my grandfathers’ first names (Joseph on my mom’s side and Benjimin on my dad’s side).
The city of Mount Airy is a suburb of Philadelphia and is about 20 minutes from downtown. The three words I would use to describe my hometown are supportive, competitive and prideful.
Among the highest rated FSU basketball commits in school history…a big guard who has prepared himself throughout his career to be an elite point guard…will fit in well in Florida State’s system as a good transition player who goes hard to the defensive end of the court and who is an effective help defender…ranked as the 23rd best player and the No. 3 combo guard in the 2021 prep class by 247Sports. …the No. 1 player and the No. 3 combo guard in the state of Pennsylvania by 247Sports…has defensive capabilities of switching and guarding multiple positions…can run a team or be a primary scorer on offense…sees the floor well, can dribble, pass, shoot and has a high basketball IQ…has an outstanding point guard mentality…long arms which give him the ability to score over length inside…his long arms will allow him to fit comfortably into the Seminoles’ defensive philosophies…has a great left hand…a tremendous ability to finish around the rim…plays under control, is a strong playmaker and is hard to speed up…often compared to Denver Nuggets guard PJ Dozier…played for Team Durant on the AAU circuit…his wingspan is 6-9.
Graduated from Westtown High School in 2021…nominated as a McDonald’s All-American in 2021…averaged 15.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists as a senior…a Pennsylvania All-State First-Team selection as a senior…named as the best player in the state Pennsylvania by MaxPreps as a senior…led Westtown to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools State Championship as a junior in 2020 and as a sophomore in 2019…first career triple double came against Rock Top Academy with 12 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals as a senior…surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in his senior year…averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.5 apg as a junior…led Westtown to a 24-7 record before the season was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic…led his team to the Pennsylvania Independent School Championship prior to the shutdown…earned All-State First-Team honors in Class 3A as a junior…led Westtown to a 72-59 win over Malvern Prep for the Pennsylvania Independent School championship.
Born Feb. 9, 2003…Jalen is the son of Gretchen and Jason Warley…is named after Jalen Rose, who was part of the famed Fab 5 at the University of Michigan…his dad, Jason, was a standout player at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia (1991-92)…his grandfather, Ben Warley, played at Tennessee State (1957-60) before a distinguished career in the ABA…Ben was a first round draft pick (the sixth overall selection) of the Syracuse Nationals of the ABA in 1961…is the nephew of former St. Joseph’s University basketball star Carlin Warley (1992-95)…a cousin, Courtney Warley, is a graduate student in her fifth season as a member of the Manhattan College Women’s Basketball team…she enters the 2021-22 season ranked fourth in career rebounds (890) and blocked shots (133) and having scored 960 career points…has a creative mind and enjoys math…enjoys architecture and is fascinated by building shapes and designs…has spent time building projects in wood shop…committed to Florida State on August 9, 2020…totaled 18 scholarship offers and picked Florida State over Michigan, Oregon, Memphis, Miami, Cal, and Virginia…major is Entrepreneurship.