Recruiting watch: Class of 2024 Jalik Dunkley-Distant offered by Washington State


Orangeville Prep’s Jalik Dunkley-Distant is expected to be one of the most highly sought after recruits in the Class of 2024.

Jalik Dunkley-Distant won’t graduate high school for at least another three years but he is already receiving offers that will set him up for a bright future.

This week, Dunkley-Distant received a scholarship offer from Washington State University.

The Cougars play in the Pac-12 Conference which is considered one of the major conferences in college basketball competing against big time programs like UCLA, USC, Oregon, Arizona more.

Washington State currently features former Orangeville Prep player Jefferson Koulibaly.

Dunkley-Distant has grown considerably over the past year and now stands 6-foot-6. His athleticism is off the charts with the ability to create Sportscentre “Highlight of the night” dunks on a weekly basis. You can’t teach his athleticism; you have it or you don’t.

Going back a few years, Orangeville Prep head coach Tony McIntyre pointed out a gangly armed freshman named Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe and told me, “This kid will play in the NBA one day.”

Fast forward to the 2021-22 season and Moncrieffe is entering his sophomore season as one of the key players at Oklahoma State University and he looks to be in an excellent position to fulfill his NBA dream in the very near future.

McIntyre had similar praise for Dunkley-Distant back in 2019 when he said that Jalik could end up being better than Moncrieffe.

Dunkley-Distant has a twin brother named Jahnai who also plays for Orangeville Prep so it will be interesting to see how his relationship with his brother effects the recruiting process over the next few years. Twins often come as a package deal but that remains to be seen with Jalik.

Regardless, remember the name Jalik Dunkley-Distant because he is expected to skyrocket up recruiting rankings over the next few years.