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Scouting Report: What Does Pitt Commit Jaland Lowe Bring to the Table?

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On Saturday evening, Pitt added another four-star guard to its 2023 class with the addition of Texas guard Jaland Lowe.

Lowe is a 6-foot-2, left-handed point guard out of Fort Bend Marshall in Houston, Texas. To find out more about Lowe’s skill set, PSN caught up with two scouts — Matthew DeRosa (Endless Motor Scouting) and Marcus Sloan (OTR Exposure) — who have seen Lowe play for years.

Let’s start with Sloan, who runs a Texas-based scouting service and has seen Lowe play “over one hundred times” over the past few years.

“I’ve probably seen Jaland Lowe play, the last four years, probably one hundred times,” Sloan told PSN. “I have my own events with OTR Exposure, I’ve seen him at my camps, at high school events and shootouts, I’ve watched him in AAU with Houston Hoops, with Texas Pro, an Adidas team, now with Houston Hoops. So probably 100 times, at least. He’s probably grown at least 4-6 inches the last four years. He’s grown physically as well. He was a smaller kid when he was younger, but his feel, his poise, his pace was always so ahead of his time. He plays with so much vision, being able to pass the ball, being able to score the ball from the point guard position, so now that he is older, taller, stronger, that just makes him a better prospect.”

Sloan emphasized the Lowe’s outside shooting has also been a major strength of his throughout his ascension to a four-star prospect.

“He can really shoot the ball from three, catch-and-shoot and off the bounce,” he continued. “With him playing the point, the ball primarily in his hands, he is really good at making shots off the bounce. He creates for himself, as far as getting to his jumper, getting to his pull-up. [Lowe is a] great kid off the court as well. He’s a leader, he’s a winner, he’s a first-class kid. He’s a better young man than he is a player, and that’s saying a lot because I think he’s one of the top ten point guards in the country. ‘Yes sir,’ ‘no sir,’ very cerebral, very smart, very astute kid.”

DeRosa, a national scout, had his eye on Lowe all summer, watching him most recently in Kansas City at EYBL Session Four. He also took notice to Lowe’s outside shooting prowess.

“The first thing you talk about with Lowe, at the point guard position, is that he’s a kid with NBA range,” DeRosa said. “The good thing about that is that’s off the dribble or off the catch. Legitimate range with ease out to 25 feet, pretty good rotation on the shot, good arch, not a lot of lower-body lift, but off the dribble coming off ball screens, I don’t think that matters a ton.”

“I think even bigger than that, the biggest part of his game for a smaller guard like him, he’s a very crafty finisher,” DeRosa added. “He can finish at a variety of angles, has a really good floater game in that 8-12 foot area. If he sees a shot-blocker coming down and he doesn’t necessarily want to challenge, he can get the floater up over them. And he’s a physical finisher. Not afraid to get his body into the chest of the shot-blocker, and sort of erase that potential for rim protection against his lay-up. He can finish off the wrong foot at a variety of angles.”

“I think he has the makings of a kid that can really do some damage as a scorer in the ball screen game,” he said about Lowe. “Whether you’re going into drop coverage, whether you’re going underneath,  he can pull up. If you’re going to contest him at the rim, he’s really crafty with the floater, finishing at different angles, so I really like his layup package. For a smaller guard, one of the best I’ve seen this year at finishing.”

Lowe joins four-star guard Carlton Carrington and three-star wing Marlon Barnes in Pitt’s 2023 class, which ranks among the top 15 in the country, per 247 Sports’ class calculator.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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