"We gave them too many opportunities," Kendrick said, "when they tied it up I knew we had to get down to business." The Magic opened a 12-point lead in the first half and appeared on their way to an easy victory; but the Express had other ideas, fighting their way back and eventually knotting the game at 51 with just over three minutes remaining.
Kendrick scored seven of his team's final 12 points to secure the victory.
Kendrick is a 6-foot-8 all-purpose player that can play small forward, shooting guard or even point guard. He sometimes brings the ball up the court as a "point forward" for his Magic team, a move that allows teammate Joe Jackson opportunities to score more.
"I am very used to playing point guard and on my AAU teams," said Kendrick, "and it allows Joe (Jackson) and I to alternate and confuse the defenses."
"UCLA, Arizona State and USC have recently started showing interest in me, but I don't bother to count the schools or rank them or anything like that," Kendrick said, "I am looking at all comers right now. I have not narrowed my list of schools; at the end of the summer, maybe. Right now I am just focused on getting better. I think I need to work the most on my defense and getting stronger. After the tournaments are over I plan to hit the weights hard. I'd like to gain a few pounds of muscle."
Kendrick is a bit of an enigma in that he didn't watch basketball much on television as a youngster, "I really don't watch much basketball on television even today," he said, "so I don't really compare my game to anyone out there."
In terms of priorities, Jelan seems to enjoy the recruiting process and is in no hurry to begin a selection process, "I am the definition of wide open," Kendrick said, "it doesn't matter what area of the country it's in. I want to go to the school that is the best fit for me; one that will allow me to contribute to the team and one that will help me develop my skills to prepare me for the NBA and really to help prepare me for other things in life beyond basketball."
Jelan declines to even speculate on which schools he will visit, but says that he will be sitting down to make those decisions soon. He did talk a little about a few schools, "When UT picked Josh Selby, they backed off me for a while, but when Selby de-committed I noticed the UT staff at my games so I think they will be trying to get involved again.
"I met the new coach from Memphis; he is a very nice man," he added, "and I would certainly be open to hearing what they had to say. When coach John Calipari was at Memphis he worked very hard to recruit me and that has not changed since he has been at Kentucky."
As of this moment, Kendrick has no visits planned but said he was going to take as many as he could before making a decision, "When I do make that decision, there will be no turning back. I'm going to be 100% committed to that school."
Kendrick indicates his academics are in order but is committed to getting even stronger in that area.