In today's age of Internet recruiting, it doesn't take a bunch to blow up as a prospect. Still, there are a few kids that despite lofty reputations, you just don't read much about. Consider Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake star Jelan Kendrick a member of that group.
Despite the fact that he's got point guard skills in a 6-foot-6 frame and will make a major run at the McDonald's All-American game, people really don't know much about Kendrick. As far as the self described "small time kid from Georgia" can tell, that's just fine with him. He's got his eyes on bigger things than rankings and articles.
"I'm really looking at the bigger picture," says Kendrick. "Would I love more publicity? Yeah, who wouldn't? But, I'm worried more about the bigger picture like when I get into college and what I have to work on."
"People have known about Jelan Kendrick and people will always know. I'm just looking towards the bigger picture and hopefully one day getting to the NBA and making a statement when I get there. Nobody knew about Dwyane Wade when he first came up. I'm just going to keep doing me and playing."
So far, just being himself has worked out quite well for Kendrick. After breaking onto the scene at the beginning of his sophomore year, he's impressed at every step along the way and has drawn the attention of college coaches.
Then again, if how closely he guards exactly who it is that is recruiting him -- and Kentucky is on that list along with Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Texas and many others -- is any indication, Kendrick may be an even better poker player.
"Pretty much now everybody has been involved. Schools are talking to me, my dad and my coach. Less of me sometimes, though, so I can work on my game," Kendrick says when asked about his college recruitment.
"I couldn't even go down the list. I'd leave some people out and they'd probably hate me or something."
While he refuses to speak about specific schools, Kendrick will talk about the process. He says that he'll likely narrow a list down to five and set up visits in the early Fall. Once he does that, it's going to be about finding a coach who can prepare him in all aspects of life and a town that really embraces their program wouldn't be a bad place to end up. "I'd like a coach that is worried about getting me to the next level. Not only in the basketball aspect, but in the business world as well," Kendrick told Kentucky Sports Report. "I'd like a coach that can give me good teaching points on life. I'd like maybe a college city and a place where they just love their college teams."