Once considered a near certainty to sign in the late period, elite perimeter prospect Jelan Kendrick of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler High school has instead chosen to end his recruitment.
This evening in a news conference at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, Kendrick announced his intentions to play college basketball at Memphis.
Landing the 6-foot-6, 186-pounder will likely give new Tigers coach Josh Pastner the top recruiting class in the nation when Rivals.com updates its team recruiting rankings next week.
Kendrick, the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Rivals 150, joins fellow elite guards Will Barton and Joe Jackson, four-star sharpshooter Chris Crawford and three-star prospects Antonio Barton and Hippolyte Tsafack in the Tigers' class.
A perimeter player with length, Kendrick has a surprising burst of athleticism. Whether it is off his first step or off a hesitation dribble, he can get to the basket with the best of them - especially going right. His extension at the rim and array of floating shots allow him to finish over bigger defenders. Also a high-level passer and adequate shooter, Kendrick does need to improve his strength. However, often his length makes up for any deficiency in strength.