Kendrick Has Options; Is Still Wide Open

Jelan Kendrick's spring helped him pick up interest from schools throughout the country. Despite the early interest, the talented prospect is still wide open.

Each recruiting class has a few prospects that you have trouble categorizing to a specific position. This year Jelan Kendrick, of Atlanta (Ga.) Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, is among the guys in that group.

Kendrick, a 6-foot-5, 185-pounder, is a guy that loves to have the ball in his hands and usually makes a play when he does. Recently at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, he spent more time at the point guard spot than any other position on the floor.

"To me I played as a good role player and it paid off in that particular event, because I had some excellent players around me," Kendrick said. "I could just play the point guard and try and distribute the ball and not worry too much about scoring."

On Hoop Planet, his AAU team, Kendrick is a utility guy that is relied on to do a number of things. Whether it's guarding a post, playing on the wing or at the point, Kendrick does it. But it's clear he'd rather have the ball in his hands.

"I love making plays, especially for myself and my teammates and I love winning," Kendrick said. "I trust myself with the ball more than 90-percent of the players that I've played with because I feel confident that I can distribute the ball and score. I'm all about winning and I believe if it's in my hands, we can win."

His versatility and ability to play a few positions is among the reasons the talented four-star prospect is a hot target among college coaches. Since coaches could begin calling 2010 prospects, he's heard from a host of programs.

"There's plenty of schools," Kendrick said. "I can't even start to tell them. I've been blessed to have a whole bunch of schools after me."

Although Kendrick opted not to give a list of schools, he did say that he currently holds scholarship offers from 12 schools.

"The recruiting process is going wonderful, absolutely wonderful," he said. "I never thought a guy like me could put in this much work and it could pay off this big. It's been going wonderful so far, and I'm just working out so it can continue to go that way."

"It's definitely still early," Kendrick continued. "I'm weighing my options and trying to see where I want to go and trying to see what everyone has to say."

Kendrick hasn't had a chance to take any unofficial visits, but hopes to after his busy July, where he'll play at the It Takes 5ive Classic, the Peach State Summer Classic and the Super Showcase.


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