Hendrix: Three Chasing Hard

Richard Hendrix, one of the top juniors in the country, heads to the sub regionals this week. The talented power forward says that three teams are chasing him very hard right now.

With a gaudy 29-2 record, power forward Richard Hendrix and Athens (AL) High steam toward the sub regionals in Alabama this week. The junior is averaging 22 points, 13 boards and 6 blocks.

The numbers are outstanding when you consider that he takes everyone's best punch night in and night out. "Last year everyone was thinking about stopping me and that would stop the team. This year we have more balance and guys we can look at. There is a bulls-eye on my back but our talent level has increased so it's harder to beat us."

Since taking a series of unofficial visits in the fall, Hendrix hasn't seen a college campus during the season. Instead of seeing campuses, he's preferred to focus on his junior season.

Still, three teams have shown consistent interest and are recruiting him hard. Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina, according to Hendrix, are recruiting him the hardest. Each school has sent its head coach down to Alabama to watch him this year.

"I haven't written any of them off my list, those were just three that I named as far as recruiting really hard right now," Hendrix said. "Others might pick it up and my mind's not made up. I'm not down to those three. At the moment, those are the three that have shown the most interest from start to now."

Among the other schools recruiting him are Auburn, Duke, Indiana, North Carolina State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

Scout's Take: Good looking prospect. Strong bodied player is the son of a high school coach. Comfortable rebounding in traffic and working in the post. Will make mid-range face-ups; especially along the baselines. Has consistently put up numbers in both high school and on the AAU circuit. Wide shoulders and works down low.

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