Well-traveled might be the best way to describe Jelan Kendrick.
An original member of the class of 2010, Kendrick was a top-50 recruit, a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic All-Star. Out of Wheeler H.S. (GA), he committed to play for Memphis and head coach Josh Pastner.
However, the 6-foot-7 forward never played a game for the Tigers and made the decision to transfer to Ole Miss. Last season, Kendrick averaged 5.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, but ended up being suspended by head coach Andy Kennedy. When all was said and done, Kendrick once again made the decision to switch school, yet at this point there weren’t many suitors that were interested.
Kendrick landed at Indian Hills Community College (IA), where he will spend this upcoming season. News emerged on Saturday however, that that will be the only season that Kendrick will spend there, as UNLV head coach Dave Rice has made a move on the forward.
CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman relayed the news that the Runnin’ Rebels were set to add Kendrick to the roster following this upcoming season, a move that could have its benefits if Kendrick can finally click. In his time at both Memphis and Ole Miss, despite the lack of playing time or consistency, there was no faulting his talent and upside on the court.
Rice once again has a loaded roster that very well could be even better next season. If Kendrick can settle in quickly and be a part of that, then the sky is the limit.
When asked about his past and issues at both Memphis and Ole Miss, Kendrick told CBSSports, “I understand that. But my view is so much better now. I think I’ve matured as a person. I know this is my final chance. I believe it’s been a learning experience for me. I’ve become a better person and my goal at UNLV is to help them win a national title and reach my final destination as an NBA player.”
This is likely it for Kendrick, a situation has emerged that once again gives him another shot.
How he will respond both on and off the court should be determined in only a matter of time.
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