Posted On: 12/12/17 4:56 PM
In building up the program at Scotland Campus Sports, the elite team has earned a national reputation (soaring to no.6 in the country in prep rankings) through the play of its formidable frontline.
With 6-foot-11 UNLV-commit Louis Bangai, 7-foot-1, 240-pound Bradley-commit Ari Boya, and a versatile 6-foot-9 4-3 in Class of 2019 high-major prospect Karim Coulibaly, head coach Chris Chaney has utilized the blend of size and skill-set.
Yet 6-foot-1 Class of 2018 point guard Justice Kendall has been as critical a piece in the backcourt. A high-motor guard out of Baltimore, Kendall has displayed a crafty scoring arsenal along with a flair for the dishing game.
Kendall can hit transition 3-pointers, get into the frontline and finish in crafty fashion, and manufacture points in a variety od ways. Possessing an advanced feel for the game, the aforementioned trio of bigs have been beneficiaries of his smooth facilitating.
Kendall, who played at New Jersey power Roselle Catholic, has interest from Wagner and Towson.
With his heady awareness on the court, Kendall makes up for what he may lack on the “eye test.”
With Scotland Campus playing several games in Baltimore and the D.C. area this winter, it’s hard to argue Kendall wouldn’t be a major get at Howard or a program of that caliber.
On SCS’ national team and beyond, Kendall is flanked by several under the radar prospects.
Lawrence Slim, Class of 2018
Amsterdam, Holland native is high level catch and stick threat at 6-foot-7, 180 pounds. Has improved exponentially at putting the ball on the floor, attacking the rim, and finishing by himself.
While he’s been mostly a role player off the bench, Slim needs one performance in which he scorches the nets. This will enable his recruitment to take off and ultimately result in a Division-1 offer. Development of a killer instinct within Slim will surely bolster his stock.
Jereon Kales, Class of 2018
Also out of Amsterdam, Holland, Kales is a strong and deceptively athletic 6-foot-5 guard. Can hit the outside shot and has a 15-18 footer although he must focus on being more consistent.
A 10-point effort during a wire to wire 89-44 pummeling of Harcum College (JUCO) J.V. showed promise. Certainly helps that he has a 4.0 guard.
Chris Whitaker, Class of 2018
Well-built, bouncy 6-foot-3 guard turned in an efficient account of himself at the National Prep Showcase.
Whitaker scored 14 points in the upset of IMG Academy (FL), also displaying his versatility and physicality in ability to guard the 1-3. Niagara has shown increasing interest. With the senior tandem of Matt Scott-Khalil Dukes, Niagara has the highest backcourt scoring combination in the country.
With the Purple Eagles losing several guards to graduation, Whitaker would have the opportunity to step in and play meaningful minutes right away there.
Louis Bleechmore, Class of 2019
Sharpshoting 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard has come a long way in a short period of time. While his ability to spread the floor and drain 3-pointers is the true draw of his game, Bleechmore has evolved into an electrifying dunker capable of finishing in traffic.
Hal Hughes, Class of 2018
A native of Sydney, Australia, Hughes brings a European guard skill set. He’s a knockdown threat at 6-foot-9, which is why the stretch four is seen as a raw Division-1 prospect with upside. Must embrace physicality and add bulk to a spindly, 185-pound frame.