When asked to talk about Zayden High, Torrence Botts tends to circle back to the same descriptor: 6-foot-10, High’s height.
Botts likes to mention High’s frame as a way of establishing the uniqueness of High’s skill set. Because, for High, height is merely one of many tantalizing attributes.
“It’s very rare,” said Botts, who has spent two years coaching High on the AAU circuit for JL3 Elite. “That’s just something where you put a feather in his hat, with his development from his younger years to now.”
It’s a development that is suddenly taking place in the public eye, as High catches the attention of collegiate programs across the country. High is a four-star prospect, currently ranked as the 35th-best recruit in the Class of 2023, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.
At April’s EYBL session in Orlando, High backed up all of the hoopla, averaging 21.7 points per game while shooting 57% from the field.
That’s the sort of talent that spurred Michigan to extend an offer to High just a few days after the session ended.
“It was part of the jumpstart,” noted Botts, who says he stays out of High’s recruitment. “So many more offers started to come.”