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Posted On: 06/18/17 10:01 PM
Photo Credit: Marc Pendleton
In his first season at the varsity level, Jack Hendricks (2018) made a name for himself. The Fairmont High School senior looks to improve after a breakout season and has high hopes for the Firebirds come December.
What makes Jack Hendricks a unique player is his shooting touch. “I think (shooting) is the best part of my game”. He has great shooting form and can knock down shots well beyond the arc. In fact, during a game in January against Sidney, I watched Jack knock down 6 straight 3 point shots during warmups. Although during the game he was defended very well, it didn’t stop Jack from dropping 15 points against the talented Yellow Jackets. Not only can he knock down shots, but Jack can attack off the dribble as well. He tells me he has been working in the offseason on his ball-handling, but Jack had moments throughout the year last year where he scored with ease off the dribble. This along with his shooting touch is why he averaged 16.1 points per game last year.
Jack has high hopes for next season for the Firebirds. “We only lost 1 senior who really helped us last year and we are returning most of our core rotation”. Hendricks will return as the SG but if he gets his ball-handling where he wants it, we could see Jack playing some PG as well. By playing in the physical GWOC as well, Jack will have plenty of opportunities to play against next level caliber players. Jack feels the GWOC has prepared him for the next level too. “Every night, I have the opportunity to guard a top level athlete and it’s giving me a look of what the next level will be like”. I expect Jack’s scoring numbers will improve next season and he could be returning as a 1st Team al-GWOC again.
Several schools have begun to show interest in Jack. As of June 18, some included Wittenberg, Wooster, Marietta, Findlay, and Ashland. With another varsity season to continue to develop, Jack could add a few more top D2 schools and even could attract the attention of some D1 schools come next year.