Georgia High School All-American (Wheeler’s Jelan Kendrick) is snubbed on All-Region basketball team

Jalen Kendrick (McDonalds.com)

Jelan Kendrick (McDonalds.com)

Wheeler’s Jelan Kendrick is considered one of the nation’s top high school basketball players. He was the only Georgia player picked for the McDonald’s All-America game, and will be a finalist for several Mr. Georgia basketball honors.

However, in a stunning turn of events, Kendrick was not selected as a first-teamer for All-Region, which was released on Monday.

The 6-foot-7 Kendrick, who has signed with Memphis and averages 16 points, earned second-team honors for Region 6-AAAAA.

What the heck is going on? How can an All-America selection not make All-Region? What are we missing?

“You got me, I don’t know how Jelan can be good enough for All-America but not for first team in the region,” Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb said on Monday afternoon. ”Jelan is having a good senior year, and we’re first on our side of the subregion.”

“I won’t comment on this any further … you all can figure this out.”

The All-Region team is voted upon by the region’s coaches.  What about the All-America honors? They are heavily influenced by recruiting analysts for various recruiting services. Elite players like Kendrick earned their reputation from summer AAU ball, playing head-to-head against many of the nation’s other top-tier prospects.

Kendrick had a couple of known factors against him:

  • He was new to the region, transferring from Westlake to Wheeler before his senior year. Perhaps some of the region’s coaches didn’t have the chance to get as familiar with Kendrick as with other veteran players? We’re just saying.
  • Region 6-AAAAA is considered perhaps best in the state, and one of the tops in the Southeast. It is loaded with college prospects, and there are only five spots on the first team for All-Region.

What else may have hurt his cause? Lipscomb isn’t saying.

For the record, first-team picks for Region 6-AAAAA are Milton’s Shannon Scott (signed with Ohio State), Walton’s Ryan Harrow (N.C. State), Centennial’s DeVonta’ White (Georgia State), Milton’s Julian Royal (undecided), Centennial’s Vincent Bailey (Lincoln Memorial University).  Harrow and White were named co-Region Players of the Year.

What are your thoughts about Jelan being left off first team? What do you think about Kendrick being Georgia’s lone selection for the McDonald’s game?

Is he’s the state’s No. 1 high school basketball player? If not, who is? Please state your case below.

127 comments Add your comment

Say it Aint So

February 15th, 2010
3:11 pm

Makes you wonder, is the kid being punished for his past. How can you be selected to McAA and not be recognized in your own Region. WOW.

Durty Burd

February 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

This is pretty dumb…He should be first team all region

Phil

February 15th, 2010
3:26 pm

These “all star” teams are primarily political. It’s based on publicity and how hard you can push for your guy to be on the team. Talent doesn’t have as much to do with it as you think.

My brother was named all metro but was not named all state in his class, despite outplaying and beating 3x the player who was named instead of him.

Jake Fury

February 15th, 2010
3:29 pm

Unfortunate for Jelan, but none of this will matter when he’s cutting down the nets at MEMPHIS for the next 3-4 years. He’s got a bright future as a part of the #1 recruiting class in the nation. C’mon down to Mtown, JK!

Kennesaw

February 15th, 2010
3:32 pm

Who votes for “all region”?

TXDawg

February 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

Is he All-State? If so then fuggidabout a Region snub. If he is snubbed for All-State, then just leave GA and don’t look back young man.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

Milton guys are better, he may be top Senior but who’s to say the juniors are not better.

BBall Fan

February 15th, 2010
3:40 pm

Anyone that has seen all these guys play has to say that Harrow is the states best. Dejon Parker for Milton may be the on the list as well. I have not seen anyone this year that is as aggresive as him going to the hole.

AstroFan

February 15th, 2010
3:43 pm

Wonder why he transferred from Westlake to Wheeler, same competition, both are state powers. How much $$ did the AAU coach and Dougie come up to pull off this transfer.

That's Nothing

February 15th, 2010
3:52 pm

That’s nothing…Michael Taylor, LB Westlake High was chosen honorable mention on the All State team. He won the LB competition at the UA HS Game and Player of the Game for his team. He was completely snubbed by the Atlanta Touchdown Club.

RaleighDawg

February 15th, 2010
4:14 pm

Anyone who has seen Marcus Thornton of Westlake play will tell you who Georgia’s Mr. Basketball is. Excellent student, fierce shot blocker, ferocious rebounder, tenacious defender, high scorer who has to make his own shot – this is what a McDonald’s All-American is supposed to be….maybe Jelan couldn’t stand the competition ?

RaleighDawg

February 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

Oh…and Marcus Thornton was last year’s AJC Slam Dunk Champion !!!

DallasTiger

February 15th, 2010
4:15 pm

Jelan, not sure who evaluates talent down there but the Tigers KNOW we got a great one in you. See you at the FED EX FORUM next year!!! You are gonna love it!!

Region 6

February 15th, 2010
4:26 pm

He didn’t get snubbed. He was consistantly outperformed by all those guys. Hype and poor attitudes don’t get you recognition when you have to show up and play at a high level every night. Everyone on that list is deserving of their honors.
The fact that he was named MAA was more about his summer performances and maybe that he’s a 6′7 athlete. He really shouldn’t win Mr.Georgia either but that voted on by people who don’t even see these kids play. Same with MAA.

Shug

February 15th, 2010
4:39 pm

Most of the above comments are critical of those who pick the all-region team. Those voters at least see the players and the competition. Can as much be said about those who pick the McDonald’s team?

phoenix falcon

February 15th, 2010
4:43 pm

who cares, he’s leaving the state anyway?

Abe

February 15th, 2010
4:50 pm

It’s “Jelan” not “Jalen.”

MTnTIGER

February 15th, 2010
4:54 pm

Who cares? Jalen will be an All-American at Memphis and a NBA player someday. I wonder how many of the first team will ever be able to say that. I can’t wait for JK to show up on campus.

wheelerfan

February 15th, 2010
4:56 pm

jelan is definetly a great player amongst many in the state of georgia. You cant really knock him for not playing hard and you cant really criticize him for his attitude this year. i think lipscomb has really gotten him to learn how to play good TEAM basketball this year. But i think that is also a reason he is not on the all region team because he does have a team. Ryan Harrow puts up 35 a game because its the only way his team can even contend with another team. But when there is as much D-1 talent that wheeler has Jelan doesnt have the ability to score that much because hes dividing the points amongst his teamates.

Also in high school sports, people tend to like the flashy players, such as Harrow and Parker. Jelan is not one of these. Jelan is one of the few high school stars ive ever seen who is more content to lay the ball up even when he has the chance to dunk it.

But at the end of the day none of this will matter anyway. No NBA scout is ever going to deny a player just because he didnt make his all-region high school team

Bill

February 15th, 2010
5:01 pm

Its all political. Coaches like to pick their on players, are I’ll vote for your boy if you vote for mine. I know because I’ve been there.

BBallGuy

February 15th, 2010
5:02 pm

Jelan transferred to Wheeler. The 5 on the All Region team came from 3 schools, Walton, Milton and Centennial. Jelan and his team Wheeler beat Walton. The also beat Milton. They lost to Centennial on the road by 3. So to say those in the region don’t know this kid is a cop-out. He’s from another part of the city and in that district they don’t like him. That’s it.

DallasTiger

February 15th, 2010
5:02 pm

Jelan had OFFERS from UCLA, Georgetown, Indiana, Miami, Oregon, Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech plus Memphis, of course. He is ranked the #2 small forward in the country by Rivals. He does not make first team in his region? What’s wrong with this picture???

WheelerFan #2

February 15th, 2010
5:03 pm

well said wheelerfan #1, phil taylor and joey jerome both take plenty of shots for wheeler while harrow probably takes god knows what % of waltons shots, i’d dare venture something like 60-65% if not more..in the first walton game kendrick drove to the basket with such ease, as if it were layup drills in warmups, and instead of dunking, except for the one throw down he had, he finger rolls right at the rim…jelan is silky smooth, not all flash and show like harrow….harrow is good, but as you said he has to score 30-40 if walton has any chance to beat a good team on any given night..if jelans the type that can feed off of bulletin board material, i feel sorry for the rest of the state now that this has become a blog topic

Dickie V

February 15th, 2010
5:06 pm

When it comes right down to it … would you rather be an AJCer or a McDonald’s All American Diaper Dandy? It is like saying would you rather have a Ford Focus or a Porsche? Kendrick got the more covweted honor.

W/E

February 15th, 2010
5:20 pm

Those bashing Kendrick haven’t seen him play for the last month. He’s been the consumate teammate who’s simply satisfied with doing what it takes to win. Whether it’s scoring (which he doesn’t have to bear that load because he goes to Wheeler), rebounding, assists, or even blocks and steals he’s done it all for Wheeler in their current winning streak. The Mickey-D’s picks are mostly done before the season even starts with a few spots on each squad “open” for a top-100 national player to move into. Being snubbed in region 6 is not bad. Region 6 is stacked. As for those who think Milton’s trio is better, what happened in January when they came to Wheeler? They got beat that’s what happened and Kendrick dominated the first half to the point where Milton switched to a box and 1 in the 2nd half just to stop him from finishing arounf them rim everytime he got the ball at the top of the key. Now I’m not saying Wheeler wins it all this year because the field is very even this year between Wheeler, Milton, Centennial, Westlake, and Norcross. March will be a lot of fun. I’m sorry for all you Westlake fans who feel hatred towards Kendrick, but in the end you feel like you benefitted from him leaving as I understand it. Well Wheeler and Jelan have turned into a good relationship over the last 10 games so how about you quit riding his backside and be proud of your team to the point where you don’t have to get pride from tearing down a high school kid.

SuperB

February 15th, 2010
5:20 pm

Ryan Harrow should have been on the McDonald’s All-America team. As for Jalen– this is merely a matter of jealousy and ignorant HS coaches. Unfortunately, it happens a lot.

W/E

February 15th, 2010
5:22 pm

How’s Thornton shooting on his freebie’s this year? his pathetic 0-for the game performance against Wheeler last year is still ringing in my head. It’s easy to dominate a region where you’re taller and can jump higher than everybody. I’ll buy him as a POY candidate when he steps up against legitimate competition in the state.

jamammy

February 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

Jelan, don’t let it bother you, bro. You know the business. You are a bad dude and if anybody is giving you grief send ‘em up jamammy’s way. I’ll take it from there. Big ups on the McD’s game, show them what you can do and let’s bring it together next fall for that NC that everybody keeps talking about. Go Tigers Go!

marcus

February 15th, 2010
5:29 pm

I don’t think he should have made it based on his stats. You have to give some weight to the fact that Wheeler is in first place in the sub region. Mcdonalds’ All American games are based on the hype from the summer AAU Circuit. I hope he go on to bigger and better things like Wheeler winning another state title should be the focus

AJ21

February 15th, 2010
6:16 pm

theres a lotta of good players in georgia and to only pick five, obviously some good players will be left out, but to say the players that did make it dont deserve it as some of the other ones is dumb. Ryan Harrow may have to score 35-40 for walton to contend and he usaully does so dont hate…

Big Peezy

February 15th, 2010
6:30 pm

Jelan, Not Jalen, is one of the top players in the nation. Hands Down !!! His work ethic is extravagant, his character is very GODLY. Very humble kid. He gives back to his community and does wonderful things for those kids. He has my vote 100%. You will have a chance to see the fruits of hard labor in the McDonald’s Game, College Games and the NBA. Post your hater comments then.

tigerfan

February 15th, 2010
6:56 pm

Everyone in Memphis can hardly wait for him to arrive on campus along with the rest of the number one rated recruiting class. Maybe attitudes like some of those on here are why he is leaving Georgia. This kid can do it all and is very coachable. Great attitude to go along with great basketball skills. What more could you want in a high school kid?

TigersSpin

February 15th, 2010
7:05 pm

Jelan you are the Man! Who cares about this dumb award, cause when your ballin’ in the NBA no one is gonna remember who those other idoits are. GO TIGERS GO!!!

Joby Boydstone

February 15th, 2010
7:20 pm

SELFISH player. His own teammates cannot stand him. Serves him right for not being first team all region.

Max Sizemore

February 15th, 2010
7:28 pm

I covered prep sports for 18 years, and I always thought that when it came to all-star teams, I should pick the most deserving high-school players, not the top college prospects (they are not always the same thing). Now, I haven’t seen any of these players mentioned. But I can recall a number of situations where a player, while a college prospect, wasn’t among the best high-school players.

Home boy

February 15th, 2010
7:48 pm

The fact that he is deserting his home state should disqualify him and those like him from any honors. Let him receive his recognition and cash from Memphis probationers.

jesse james

February 15th, 2010
8:18 pm

I don’t know the situation, but sounds like he has some issues. Maybe his attitude and character had something to do with it. Maybe he can make the AAU All-Region team. Character and attitude doesn’t mean much to them. I will never forget, I was in Orlando about 6 or 7 years ago and there was a AAU tournament going on at Disney World and a AAU team walked by me and my family going in the arena and they smelt like a brewrey. The smell of alcohol was all over them. Now I am not saying all AAU teams do this, but how an organization allowed them to participate is beyond me. The refs and AAU officials had to smell it on them.

NoLion

February 15th, 2010
8:32 pm

Goes to show you how much talent is in region 6AAAAA. Gotta love those transfers! There needs to be a AAAAAA division for the schools that recruit.(you know who you are), its public knowledge. If your school recruits have a division for them whether its football, basketball, girls swimming, or basketweaving. that way the regions will be playing on equal playing field.

ksdksdksd

February 15th, 2010
8:32 pm

Jelan is a TEAM PLAYER. For those who say he has an attitude, I haven’t seen it. Those jealous voters didn’t vote for him and soon they will be embarrassed when he performs well on the collegiate level and beyond. Don’t let you Mr. Basketball be a secondary player for a secondary NCAA school!

3 Straight

February 15th, 2010
8:33 pm

Anyone got tonight’s scores yet?

ksdksdksd

February 15th, 2010
8:34 pm

RE: Homeboy

The fact that he is deserting his home state should disqualify him and those like him from any honors. Let him receive his recognition and cash from Memphis probationers.
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So, he should have went to Georgia or Georgia State? Those are honest programs!

georgia basketball

February 15th, 2010
8:35 pm

He has been out performed by others. Hey Doug, just put on your big boys pants and play basketball

jesse james

February 15th, 2010
8:37 pm

I agree NoLion, maybe this was a win for doing what is right. These kids jump from school to school, these AAU coaches use college coaches for tickets and other fringe benefits. I wish the NCAA would get rid of the rule that a kid has to spend one year in college. Why make them go to school when they could care less about being a student. All they do is take up a spot of a kid that would love to enjoy the experience of being a student athlete and enjoy the college atmosphere.

Northside

February 15th, 2010
8:37 pm

hey the kid is really really good and im a memphis fan so i can wait till he gets to the next level but look who made it over him…shannon scott has the best upside out of anyone he is just electric, ryan harrow is a stud enough said he carries his team on his back, and the white kid from Centennial is the most underated player in my opnion, ive seen him play 2 and hes the real deal. so its not like he got picked over some bums, him and daijon parker (who is a flat stud and should be first team as well) should of made it but everyone cant…..

Good for Kendrick; Good for Westlake

February 15th, 2010
9:07 pm

Here’s the deal:

The kid was a grade A knuckle head at Westlake, one of the state’s best programs with one of the state’s best coaches in Daron Rogers. There’s no arguing that. Those on the inside know that JK was a bad seed in school and on the court. It was best that — for his sake and for Westlake’s sake — he leave the program.

Now, Doug Lipscomb and Wheeler are as good a coach/program combo as there is in the state as well. It seems like the marrage between Coach Lip, Wheeler and JK has worked out well. And at Westlake, with Thornton (who is just as good as JK and is a model student and citizen) leading the way, the Lions are doing just fine.

So, all’s well that ends well for both programs and for JK. I’m sure he’ll do well at Memphis and hope he makes it to the League, too.

Now, all that said, I don’t know if JK’s previous attitude is the thing that got him “snubbed” by the 6AAAAA coaches. But what does he care? He’s on one of the best teams in the state. He’s going to a top flight NCAA program and he might have a shot at the NBA. Who cares about an All Region 6AAAAA T-shirt and plaque?!

Good luck to all the teams in the state!

Hoops Fan

February 15th, 2010
9:28 pm

Wheeler up 18 on Walton in 3rd quarter

Egg McMuffin

February 15th, 2010
9:34 pm

Let it not be forgotten, that I am the original All-American.

Egg McMuffin

February 15th, 2010
9:36 pm

It begins with an egg and ends with a muffin. You do the math.

Egg McMuffin

February 15th, 2010
9:40 pm

I’ve met Thornton and his family, they’ve got my vote.

T_height

February 15th, 2010
9:54 pm

16 pts per game really doesn’t guarantee you to be chosen as all region. I’m pretty sure their are other players in the state of Georgia that are having a better season than he is but he was chosen as an All American.