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2025 Recruiting Snapshot: JR Leonard fields early interest

17, Jun 2023

2025 Recruiting Snapshot: JR Leonard fields early interest


Jalen Leonard

Sandy Springs, GA

6' 3"
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2025 guard JR Leonard has emerged as one of Georgia’s most intriguing rising juniors over the course of the last year or so. 

To open the June live periods, Leonard averaged 19.5 points over the course of three Friday games with Riverwood (GA). The 6-foot-5 guard is known for his ability to put points on the board in a number of ways, and he’s lived up to that reputation thus far a the GBCA Live event. 

Now that his class is able to be contacted directly by college coaches, Leonard’s fielded plenty of interest from the next level. 

App State, USF, Georgia, Kennesaw State were among the first schools to reach out to Leonard with plenty more having joined the fold since. 

“Some place that’s like home,” Leonard said of what he’s looking for in a school. “A place that feels like home and that I can just play my game.” 

Now that 2025 is taking a step further into the recruiting spotlight, Leonard will be seeing more coaches adorning the sidelines of his games. 

When asked what he wants those coaches to know about his game, Leonard said: 

“I can just do everything. I can guard the one through the five, and I’m just a leader.”

There’s still plenty of time left to improve his game and grow as a prospect before his high school career is through. 

“On ball defense and being able to guard 94 feet,” Leonard said about what he wants to continue to work on most. 


Josh Tec

Josh Tec is a Georgia State graduate with a degree in journalism. Tec aspires to work in basketball media as his career continues. At Georgia State, he graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and was recognized as a leader in the classroom. Outside of basketball, Tec loves movies and perpetually seeks out his next favorite film.