Small gives Ducks talented point guard

What kind of player is Oregon getting in Kendall Small? Here's an evaluation of the Ducks' newest commitment.

With Kendall Small's commitment to Oregon on Tuesday, it gave the Ducks a Top 100 prospect to begin their 2015 recruiting class.

A 6-foot, 175-pound point guard from Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, Small is's 76th ranked prospect in the 2015 class.

What kind of player are the Ducks getting?

Small is a point guard whose biggest specialty is his ability to drive to the basket and finish. He's especially adept in transition due to how well he changes speeds and his terrific body control, but can also get to the basket in the half court.

While Small has just okay size for the position and isn't a huge upside guy, his toughness and competitiveness helps overcome the lack of explosive athleticism.

He's an improving shooter from three, gets good lift on the shot and can hit from range on the catch and pull. He'll need to keep developing his middle game. While Small is shoot-first, he's not overly selfish and does have okay vision, although he can get himself in trouble leaving his feet to pass.

One of the biggest questions surrounding Small will be how well he finishes at the rim against size in college compared to how easily he can do it at the high school level, although his high level body control will definitely aid him in getting there and help finishing.

Small is a strong on the ball defender and plays hard on that side of the court. He seems to be a competitive kid and has definitely made progress as a player over the last couple years.

He may have a limited ceiling, but there's reason to think he's going to be a good and dependable player at the next level due to his body control, toughness, commitment to defense, improved shooting, fine vision and handle.

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