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Jake Kyman talks being slept on, UCLA, and low rankings.
by Jake Weingarten, Future150 (5:41 PM CT, Tue May 22, 2018)
Kyman spoke with Jenelyn Russo of the Occatholic.
Kyman spoke with Jenelyn Russo of the Occatholic.
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National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball nationally.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Future150) -- Rankings have been something that 2019 Jake Kyman never really took seriously. His game, his dream, getting to the next level was always his first priority. Last year Kyman has ranked anywhere from 300's-400's in most national rankings. Fast forward one-year Kyman racked up tons of Pac-12 offers, held five-star Shareef O'Neal to single-digit points, and last month committed to his dream school, UCLA.

"Rankings don't mean anything, just put in the work and prove people wrong by showing them what you can do. Rankings are just numbers," Kyman says that's his message to low ranked players.

After holding some low/mid-major offers during his years prior to his junior campaign this year he racked up USC, Colorado, LSU, and BYU offers and also had tons of mid/high-major interest.

Kyman usually averaged anywhere from 16 points to go along with 5/6 rebounds a game. The 6-6 small forward is one of the top shooters in the state of California and Steve Alford and the Bruins took notice.

"They've told me plenty of times that my shooting is needed and that I fit well in their system," Kyman said on his future school. Although being a three-star many believe Kyman can come in and have an instant impact on the Bruins program.

Below will be the rest of the interview with Kyman, following that will be some film:


F15O: Why UCLA?

KYMAN: It felt like home and my mom went there and I fit well in their system with fast pace and shooting.

F150: Where will you be in 5 years?

KYMAN: I will be in the NBA, that's my goal and it's been my goal since I was a little kid.


Kyman wanted to wrap up this article with his own personal message to low-ranked players who have dreams and aspirations of playing division 1 basketball and ultimately in the NBA, that message was as followed:

"To everyone that is low or even un-ranked out there, don't worry about who's in front of you and who's behind you, none of it matters. Just go out on the court and produce numbers and get the credit you deserve. Colleges see real basketball players and talents, not what's in the rankings."

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