There is another “wolf” in North Carolina who like the once endangered red wolf is thriving. Rocky River High School (N.C.) 14-year-old freshman, 6’4” combo-guard, Jaden Springer is indeed a “wolf” on the basketball court. He is a relentless attacker with several impressive offensive moves and wrecks havoc on defense with his length and quickness.  This is probably why in 2016 coaches at U.S Basketball made him the youngest invitee to try-out for the USA 16U Olympic basketball team. Jaden has the athletic ability, focus and pedigree NCAA colleges look for when evaluating the nation’s top high school basketball prospects.

His work ethic on the basketball court and in the classroom is driven by his desire to compete against the best young ballers in the country. Jaden helped his team in 2016-17 to an 18-11 record and the state quarterfinals – the first state tournament in school history; started all 29 games and averaged 21.8 ppg., 9.4 rpg., 5.0 apg. 2.0 spg. and 1.8 bpg. Honors and accolades include: 2017 MaxPreps Freshman All-American team, 2017 Charlotte Observer / All-Mecklenburg Team, 2017 All-Southwestern 4A Conference, 2017 Runna Report Freshman of the Year, 2016 Under Amour Elite 24 Rising Freshman Game MVP, and 2016 Lighthouse Christian School (Tenn.) Most Outstanding Player.

Raised in Charlotte by Barbarita and Gary Springer Sr., Jaden has three brothers, Gary Jr. (30), Jordan (27) and Jamih (12), and one sister, Taniqua (34). Jordan, played basketball for the United States Military Academy (West Point), and is currently serving in the U.S. Army. Gary was an All-America honorable mention basketball athlete at Iona College and was drafted in 1984 by the Philadelphia 76ers, but never played due to injuries; brother, Gary Jr., also played at Iona. His cousin DeAndré Bembry, plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

Industry Rules asked Jaden about playing basketball, school, his family and the NBA to provide some insight into the life of this young basketball phenom beyond statistics.

Jaden Springer

GR: What is it like to be the youngest basketball player to be invited to try-out for the USA 16U Olympic basketball team?

JS: I didn’t look at it like being the youngest player there. I looked at it like being ready to compete against some of the best competition in the country.

GR: How important is it for you to excel in the classroom and on the basketball court?

JS: It’s very important without an education I can’t play basketball.

GR:  What role do your parents and siblings play in your success in basketball and in school?

JS: My dad has taught me everything I know about basketball and continues to teach me, my mom makes sure I do what I need to do in school, and my siblings always support whatever I do.

GR: What is your goal for this year in basketball and in the classroom?

JS: My goal in basketball is to win the State Championship for my school, Rocky River High School. In the classroom I want to work on increasing my GPA .

GR: Is being a highly touted recruit a burden at times or is it mostly fun?

JS: It has its ups and downs because you now have people looking up to you which is a good thing, but now you are held to a higher standard.

GR: What players do you emulate your game after?

JS:  DeMar DeRozan

GR: How to do you feel about NBA teams stacking up talent?

JS: The NBA is a business and the teams have to win to keep their jobs.

GR: Which animal matches your personality and why?

JS: On the basketball court I would say a wolf because they are aggressive and always in attack mode.

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