Point Guard keeping an eye on Arizona

Kendall Small is one of the top point guards in the west for 2015 and is being recruited as such. Read on to see who is sticking out, the timeline for his decision, and more.

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Oceanview 2015 point guard Kendall Small recently played on an AAU team with two other highly-coveted sophomores, but it was Small who stood out.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound point is one of the rare guards who can dominate a game without scoring. He plays at a controlled pace, is excellent at getting in the lane, and always dribbles with his head up.

Small went into the most recent evaluation period as a prospect to watch, but certainly not a cinch high-level recruit. That has now seemingly changed.

"I've gotten a lot more attention since then," Small said. "It's nice because I played on a team with some other young kids and we wanted to go out and show people we could play with anyone."

Small believes attention to detail was one of the key factors in his successful summer and increased attention since then.

"I just wanted to play the game at a controlled pace," Small said. "Since I have the ball in my hands, it's important to not get out of control and put my teammates in a position to make plays.

"I also worked on my shot a ton this summer, which really helped because defenders couldn't play off me anymore."

Small's strong play this summer caught the attention of the Arizona coaching staff.

"We have talked and they were telling me about the program," Small said. "They said they liked the way I run the team and they like their point guards to play the way I play.

"It's early, but they are one of the schools I'm interested in finding out more about."

Although it is early, Arizona may have some ground to make up in Small's recruitment.

"Gonzaga is the school that sticks out the most right now," Small said. "They've been recruiting me pretty hard and I like the coaching staff and the fact that it's a good basketball school."

Small's recruitment doesn't figure to end any time soon.

"I want to wait until around my senior year to decide," Small said. "I don't want to get ahead of myself.

"My main goals right now are winning CIF player of the year and helping my team win State. I will probably look closer at colleges after the season."

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