Things learned about Jelan Kendrick while trying to actually get a hold of Jelan Kendrick

So we know Indiana had an in-home visit with Jelan Kendrick last night, I just don’t have anybody who can go on the record and confirm it. The number someone gave me for his dad has been disconnected and his high school coach has yet to return my calls and e-mails.

Good times.

But here’s the kind of player the Hoosiers are recruiting in Kendrick. He’s 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, and though he’s listed as a small forward in recruiting circles because of his size, it’s more likely that he’ll actually end up handling the ball.

“He’s one of those guys that is really difficult to pigeon hole positionally, but I think he’s going to end up being a bigger point guard,” said Dave Telep, national recruiting director for “He always winds up with the ball in his hands. He’s a long, wiry kind of player with a slightly bigger body style than maybe a Shaun Livingtston. He’s a much better scorer, but he’s not the passer Livingston is. His game is on an upswing, and he’s done nothing but improve the last couple of years.”

Kendrick, a cousin of former Indiana guard A.J. Moye, played half of last season at shooting guard and half at point guard at Atlanta’s Westlake High School. The No. 8 player in the nation according to transferred to Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., this year.

“He has superior ball-handling skills and is probably one of the best scorers I’ve ever had,” said Westlake coach Darron Rogers. “He has a knack for scoring, a knack for getting to the basket and making free throws. He’s very long, very crafty with the ball. ”

Rogers said Kendrick’s length also makes him a capable defender. He needs to add some strength, and Telep said he needs to extend his range, but regardless, both gushed at his potential.

“He could play point at any Division I school in the country right now,” Rogers said. “… He’s a pro if he continues to develop.”

Said Telep: “He’s continuing to grow into who he is as a player. The mistake would be to judge Jelan Kendrick as he is right now, because he has so much room to keep getting betteer. He’s shown that he’s gotten better every season. His personality is starting to come out. Confidence is really starting to become an asset for him. He’s a major talent. A major talent.”

Indiana is one of a long list of Kendrick’s suitors, including Kentucky, Texas and UCLA. One website reported that he has 32 scholarship offers.


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