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.


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.


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.



EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?

JW: Math

EM: What are your interests off the court?

JW: I really enjoy hanging with friends and collecting shoes off the court.




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.




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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