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:
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.