Kendrick Likes Wildcats and Others

With several scholarship openings, the 2010 class promises to be a big one for Billy Gillispie's Wildcats. One prospect who has an offer from Kentucky is West Lake High (Ga.) guard/forward Jelan Kendrick. KSR spoke with Kendrick's AAU coach, Daren Darby.

After a good showing on the AAU scene this summer, Jelan Kendrick began to receive scholarship offers from all over that college basketball world. "He's hearing from every major college coach," said Darby.

"There are Pac-10 teams calling. You've got Cincinnati, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Georgetown, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Marquette, UMass, they are all recruiting him. Memphis has been calling. Tennessee was there before, but they got several guys in the 2010 class," said Darby.

It's easy to see why schools have so much interest in Kendrick. With his 6-foot-6 180-frame, he posseses great ball-handling abilities and a keen ability to make the right play at the right time. "He's intellegent and versatile. He's a 6-foot-6 kid that can do things that a 6-foot guard would do. His skill set and vision are big strengths, as well as his knowledge of the game," said Darby.

"He needs to work on his explosiveness and his athleticism. A lot of people liken him to Jalen Rose; a big smooth guard," said Darby. "There will be a lot of high expecations on him at the next level. If he comes in focused and gets his body right, he could be an impact freshman," continued Darby.

Kendrick's AAU performances were excellent and his game carried over to the high school season. "We made a choice to play the team we had up one level. We had 16 and under kids playing the 17 and under teams. It helped him to elevae his game by playing guys who are older and stronger," said Darby. "They took their lumps early. Jelan was able to put up 20 point games against those guys," said Darby.

His high school efforts have been just as stellar. "He's had a couple of 40 point games. He's had some 30s. In a normal game he might have 27 points, eight assists and 11 rebounds. He's filling the stat line. He's team leader in all those categories," said Darby.

So where does Kentucky fit in in the recruitment process?

"He likes Kentucky's tradition. Also there's a kid on the team that's from Georgia, Jodie Meeks," said Darby. "Jodie has caught his attention. That's a good reference. We plan on talking to him more in-depth and doing our homework," said Darby. "We want to get up for an unofficial soon and meet the staff. (Meeks') improvement has helped them," said Darby.

Jelan Darby is a four-star prospect according to Scout.com.


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