Hewitt Making Name For Himself

Jelani Hewitt is having a breakout spring. First he put together an impressive performance at the King James Classic, then this past weekend he did it again at the TOC.

Much like last year, the upcoming crop of point guards are flying off the board.

Although six of the top seven lead guards are uncommitted, only eight of the top 20 are still available. A guy not ranked in that top 20 list is Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast standout Jelani Hewitt.

For the most part Hewitt, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, has flown under the radar. Last year, playing for Team Breakdown, Hewitt played behind a McDonald's All-American and a future burger boy. Now it's Hewitt's time to shine.

"He sat behind Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight," Northeast head coach Brionne Gillion said. "He was playing behind studs, so he didn't get to come out and play the way he wanted to."

"Now Brandon Knight isn't with us and Kenny Boynton has graduated, he's taking advantage of his time," he added.

After an impressive junior season, where Hewitt averaged 26 points and six assists per game, he hit the road for AAU events. At the King James Classic he certainly had his moments, then at the TOC this past weekend he broke out for a 45 points game.

"I definitely feel like it's my turn," Hewitt said. "After watching Kenny play I've learned a lot and I definitely think it's my turn. I'm just trying to make something happen this year."

But that wasn't his first breakout game of that nature. During the high school season he dropped in 12 three-pointers and went for 50 points in one outing. According to his high school coach, although he's a talented scorer, he's at his best running the point.

"The biggest thing that I think he brings to the table is that he's a point guard that can really score the ball," Gillion said. "He's deadly from the three-point line and he's hard for any defender to stay in front of him."

This time last year Hewitt had interest from Jacksonville and Tulsa. In the last few weeks interest in Hewitt has grown, and high majors are starting to get involved.

"He's being hearing from a lot of high majors," the Northeast coach said. "I'd probably say that Ohio State has been on him the hardest and then Alabama and Nebraska have been on him hard as well."

"The big schools haven't offered him," he continued. "This is his first time being out on the big scene, so nobody has really seen him."

And according to Hewitt that's the biggest issue. With coaches not out in April, it's been tough for him to get a ton of college interest. But there's a good chance that changes as July approaches.

"I can't wait until the July period where everybody can watch me," Hewitt said.


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