Jules Bernard Loves to Dance, Talks Recruiting

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Los Angeles (CA) Windward School 2018 6-foot-5 four-star shooting guard Jules Bernard doesn’t always play by the same rules as the rest of the pack.

“It starts with my creativity,” Bernard said when asked about why he was wearing two different shoes on the court. “I’m definitely someone different than the players out here. I just like to show my style and creativity.”

Bernard said it started at an early age when his mother Kristene recognized her son had a switch that was different.

“She lets me do my own thing,” Bernard said. “She knew that when I was a young kid, I had a switch in my mind that was different than other kids. Whatever I go with, she goes with. She never really influences me on shoes or whatever.”

Bernard was quick to answer when asked what the one thing was the average fan didn’t know about him.

“I like to dance a lot,” Bernard said with a huge smile on his face. “You can find me dancing anywhere, right before a game, at school. I’m a dancer.”

Asked if his teammates would say he was a good dancer.

“They’d definitely say that I’m the best one on the team,” Bernard said while laughing.

Bernard, who currently holds offers from 18 schools including the likes of Kansas, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Alabama, said the previous season at Windward was transformative.

“We had a new coach this past season, Colin Pfaff,” Bernard stated. “He came in and really changed things. He’s definitely one of my favorites coaches I’ve ever played with. It was a very transformative season and I think I got a lot better.”

Bernard confirmed that he will be staying at Windward High (CA) for his senior season.

When it comes to recruiting, four schools were mentioned when asked who was giving him the most attention.

“Alabama, Stanford, USC, UCLA, most of the Pac-12,” Bernard said. “There are some schools outside that are talking to me.”

USC head coach Andy Enfield conducted an in-home visit recently, the first for Bernard.

“It was good,” Bernard affirmed. “They came in and talked about what they needed to talk about. It was my first one and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a good experience.”

As far as recruiting, Bernard said the process has been very humbling.

“It’s humbling,” said Bernard. “I always wanted to be a great player that has opportunities later in life in college, so it’s definitely a humbling experience.”

Bernard — who is the 71st ranked player nationally on the 247Sports Composite rankings, 12th at his position and 8th in the state of California — is averaging 14.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.9 minutes of play with Compton Magic through the first two session of the adidas Gauntlet.


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