Jarius Ward is an elite student-athlete currently attending Lima High School in Lima, Ohio. The 6’2 combo-guard is a savvy player with the skill set to get penetration in the paint and finish with great body control while also having nice court vision to create for teammates.
I. HIGH SCHOOL & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Can you tell us how things are going so far for Lima as a team and for you individually?
JW: From a team point of view everything is looking good, obviously we aren’t the same team from last year, but I feel like we can do similar things. We have young defensive minded guards and a couple of 6’8 kids that can play. From an individual standpoint I feel like I’m the leader of the pack and that’s because I have the most experience on the team, and I know what it takes to make it to States. I feel like I can lead this team to the State game with different results.
BBK: Lima Senior gets 23 points and 10 rebounds from Jarius Ward as they get a key TRAC victory, 66-55, over St John's!
— WOSN Scores (@WOSNScores) December 14, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
JW: I’m an aggressive combo-guard that can shoot the ball well but would rather drive and get into the paint first.
EM: How often do you work on your game and what areas are you looking to develop?
JW: I try to get up about 800-100 shots on the gun when I get out of school every day. Then we have a tough practice. I’m looking to get stronger and polish my ballhandling and shooting. Just looking to become a complete player in all aspects of the game.
Jarius Ward knocks down a three for Lima Senior and they cut the deficit to 52-62 with 2:32 left in the 4th; Ward now with 21 points.
— Ethan Knopp (@EHoopsOhio) December 10, 2016
II. ACADEMICS & OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
EM: What are your interests off the court?
JW: I really enjoy hanging with friends and collecting shoes off the court.
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) July 7, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
JW: Eastern Michigan
EM: Which schools are showing interest that haven’t yet offered?
JW: Northern Kentucky, Akron, Kent State are showing interest.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
JW: The most important thing is trust…if I feel comfortable around the coaches, players, campus.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
JW: On the court I want to be the best leader I can be. Off the court I want to get closer to God!
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
JW: Take the books seriously. Hang with the right people and listen to the right people. Be a gymrat, and make sure you’re always around and watching/working at basketball.
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