Jules Bernard is an elite student-athlete currently attending Windward High School in Los Angeles, California. The 6’5 wing is one of the most sought after players in the nation, currently ranked the #33 player in the country for the class of 2018 per Scout. Playing for the Compton Magic on the AAU circuit, Jules already has college coaches vying for the highly skilled and versatile wing that can knock down perimeter jumpshots, create off the dribble, generate easy looks for teammates, and crash the glass for extra possessions.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring on the AAU circuit, you turned some heads with your ability during the past month. Can you tell us how things are going for the Magic as a team and for you individually?
JB: As a team we are doing great! We are heading into the summer with some steam and we are looking forward to doing great things. As for me everything is good. I’m preparing for the summer and I’m excited for it.
Love it when @jules__bernard is in ATTACK mode offensively and defensively! Has a high BBALL IQ and the ability to play make off the dribble
— Dave Miller (@coachdavemiller) April 18, 2016
EM: Can you describe the feeling playing up a year for 17u – is it challenging and exciting at the same time?
JB: Well, this year playing up 17u I’m a little more experienced and have more confidence since I played the with the 17u team last summer. So I’m sort of used to the physicality and speed, but there are always challenges, but it’s really fun for me. I’m a super competitive person so challenges are exciting.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
JB: I’m an aggressive player, an athletic slasher that can shoot it. Also a good rebounder
2018 Compton Magic SG Jules Bernard almost always gets his points. 6-5, long arms, athletic and can score from all three levels.
— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) April 10, 2016
EM: How often do you work on your game?
JB: Almost every day. My high school gym is open a lot of the time to workout, so I use that as much as possible.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
JB: My parents have instilled the importance of education in me from a young age, so I’ve always taken pride in working hard as a student and getting good grades. My favorite subject in school is either math or art.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
JB: In college I want to major in business or somewhere along the lines of fashion design because I’m really into designing shoes and clothes and starting my own lines.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
JB: Definitely fashion. On my down time I often design my own shoes and clothes. I also enjoy drawing very much.
Pangos Premier Notes: 6-5+ 2018 Jules Bernard (Windward/LA) is an athletic slashing scorer with potential to be a fine perimeter defender
— Dinos Trigonis (@trigonis30) April 9, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
JB: Alabama, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Colorado State, Vanderbilt, SMU, Utah, Arizona State, Nevada
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
JB: Arizona, Stanford, Cal, Virginia, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most:
JB: Alabama, UCLA, USC, Cal, Arizona, Utah, Oregon State, Stanford
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
JB: Well, I’ve been talking with Arizona and Utah to try and go visit their campuses this Summer. No team camps set in stone as of right now.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JB: It’s important that the school holds high standards and has a winning mentality. Also, it’s important that I feel I can play my game to the best of my ability. And finally, it’s important that the school has a standard of excellence off the court as well.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JB: I definitely want to be a superstar in the NBA, that’s my goal. A lot of people just say they want to make it to the NBA, but I want to not only make it, I want to be one of the premier players amongst the best players in the world.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JB: I would say be yourself. Find something that sets you apart from everyone else and take advantage of it. Walk to the beat of your own drum. And listen to your parents. It may be tough sometimes, but everything is just easier and happier when you listen to your parents
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