P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week: Jake Wells
PULLMAN, WA —
Pullman junior Jake Wells is a force to be reckoned with on the court.
“My dad coached high school basketball in Grandview, Washington. So, ever since I could walk I went to practice,” Wells said. “I’ve been probably playing since I was like three or four.”
He’s only a junior but he’s become a leader for this Greyhounds squad.
The Hounds went a perfect 12-0 in Great Northern League play and Wells was the leading scorer, averaging 20 points per game.
His favorite way to score?
“I like passing the ball,” Wells said. “I love it when someone makes a nice pass to a teammate and they get to score.”
But he knows his specialty, “My favorite way is probably the 3-point line because that’s where I excel from.”
And his 3-point shooting shined in the Great Northern League title game.
“I just looked at the scoreboard and saw we were down and just thought in my head, “I need to take this game over,’” Wells said.
And boy did he. He scored a game-high 24-points, fighting in a close one.
Performances like that is the reason why he won the Great Northern League player of the year.
“I was very happy, I was honored to be called MVP,” Wells said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates and my coaches and anyone who’s helped me along the way.”
He still has one more year of basketball left and he follows a message from his father.
“My dad always said, ‘You’re the best player in the league. Start acting like it,’” Wells said.
Wells has already garnered NCAA D1 attention. Eastern Washington and Washington State has expressed interest in his skills.
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