When college basketball's open evaluation period begins on Monday, few, if any, players in the country will be watched as closely as Jelan Kendrick. A 6-foot-6 do it all wing/point guard from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Kendrick is a humble kid who remains notoriously tight lipped about not only his favorites, but exactly who is even recruiting him.
While he enjoys the attention that comes along with being ranked one of the top prospects in the country, Kendrick says that there's no secret to his ability. The game just comes naturally to him.
"Being from Georgia you grow up to be a tough kid," said Kendrick. "I'm just out there playing Jelan Kendrick basketball. Sharing the ball, I think I've played well and showcased my talents."
While he won't list his schools, Rick Barnes and the Texas Longhorns are among those that are most prominently mentioned by insiders as being involved with the likes of Kentucky, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and others.
Not surprisingly, those unnamed schools are recruiting him as a versatile perimeter player who can play multiple positions.
"I'm being recruited as a point and shooting guard," said Kendrick. "Most coaches say that they'll run a two point guard offense where both guys bring it up and that's how I'm being recruited to play."
As far as he's concerned, Kendrick isn't really worried about whether he's labeled a wing or point guard. He just wants to get on the floor.
"I'm just a person who loves to win and does anything to win," Kendrick told Burnt Orange Beat. "I'm a person who gets his team involved. If winning means passing the ball 20 times, or scoring 20 times or blocking 20 shots, that's what I'm going to try and do."
While he's mum on the schools that he's most interested in, Kendrick also realizes that he will have to put together a list at some point. His plan for now is to cut his list down to a manageable number sometime during or shortly after July. From there, he'll set up visits and when it comes time to make a decision, his relationship with the head coach of a school is going to be a very, very important part of the equation.
"I don't want a coach that just leaves you to deal with the assistants and he's kind of behind closed door until the game time," said Kendrick. "I want a coach that's always inspiring me and saying Jelan we need to do this, or Jelan we need to do that."