Terrell McKenzie had an assignment at the beginning of his junior year at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect was to take the reigns at the point guard position. Now that the year is coming to a close, McKenzie believes he is a better player and an even better point guard.
"Coach told me before the year started that he wanted me to have the ball in my hands more this year," McKenzie said. "That is what we did and I think I've played this year than I did last year."
Known more as a scorer that shined in transition, McKenzie said he has taken a more patient role this season.
"I learned how to be more in control with my game this year," McKenzie said. "I guess I am more of a scoring point guard but this year I've worked on looking to score a little less and finding my teammates more. Plus, when I'm playing in control, I'm taking better shots and making more."
The No. 94 ranked player in the class of 2007 is being courted by a number of schools up and down the East Coast.
McKenzie said Georgetown, Penn State, St. John's, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are all showing interest and have stopped by or inquired of him this season. There is one school that has sparked his interest.
"Wake Forest," McKenzie said. "They have given me the most attention. Coach Jeff Battle and I text each other all the time. He'll call once a month and every once in a while coach (Skip) Prosser will call or text me."
McKenzie said he has been offered by Clemson and Virginia Tech while he wasn't sure about Wake Forest.
Looking to have a huge summer, McKenzie will play in his final season with the storied NY Gauchos AAU program, a team he has played with since his fourth grade year. After the travel schedule, the four-star guard said he will evaluate his recruitment.
"I want to wait and see after the summer," he said. "I want to see I how I turn out. You never know who else will be there. That way I can just weigh my options."