Small Receiving Attention

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View 2015 point guard Kendall Small at the Full-Court Press All-West Showcase in Long Beach, California to talk recruiting, early standouts, and more...

Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View 2015 point guard Kendall Small impressed throughout the spring and has already caught the eye of a good group of college programs.

"I've been hearing from Gonzaga, Arizona, Arizona State, UTEP, Oregon, and San Francisco. It's really cool. I think it's going to be a fun process, being able to visit a lot of schools in the next year or so," he said.

The 5'11" 163 lb. prospect actually grew up a fan of one the programs recruiting him.

"I really like Gonzaga. It's one of my top schools that is recruiting me. I like [head coach] Mark Few a lot. I like the campus, too, the arena and the fans. I've been watching them since I was a little kid. They have point guards that come out, really good players. This year they'll have Kevin Pangos," he said.

Arizona is another program that has Small's attention, primarily due to the Wildcats' offense.

"Arizona runs an up-tempo offense, scoring a lot; they shoot a lot of threes. They move the ball really well; there is never a time they aren't moving around. I like their coach, Sean Miller, a lot, too," he said.

It's still early for the prospect, and there are a few other programs he's hoping to hear from.

"I like North Carolina. I like the fanbase and the coach. I also really like Florida. They have a good history there, national championships. I like their offense, and they have good guards come out of there," he said.

Small, a two-sport athlete who runs the 200m and 100m and competes in the long jump for the Seahawks, has been working hard to become an even more all-around player.

"I'm good at getting to the basket, have strong contact, and a good mid-range jump, which I'm still working on. This season, I'm looking forward to showing that I can shoot the ball better than I did last year, and just help make my high school team better," he said.

For Small, who is inspired by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade, playing professional basketball is his lifelong dream.

"I look up to Wade because he's an all-around player, he can do everything: play defense, make the clutch shot. Playing in the NBA is my dream. I've been working really hard to get this point; I'm in the gym every day. There's never a time I take off. My friends come to work out with me. If I get to the NBA, it'll be a dream come true," he said.

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