Nov. 16, 2012; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs cheerleader Joshua Garcia tries to get the crowd to cheer before a game against Wisconsin Badgers at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
This is my first installment of the Gonzaga Bulldogs target player from the 2015 recruiting class, and the first player to be featured is Kendall Small. Small is a 5’11, 170 pound point guard from Anaheim, California, who plays for Oceanview High School and plays AAU for Superior Athletes. This is a player that has seen has recruitment blow up as of late, and thankfully for Gonzaga, they have been recruiting him from the get-g0.
Recruitment and Rating
Once the 2013 recruiting season dwindled down, Small saw a lot of schools come knocking to his doorstep. Small holds offers from Gonzaga, Columbia, Boston College, Portland, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State, and San Diego State. Out of all of the recruiting websites, ESPN thinks the most highly of Small. They ranked Small as a four-star prospect, and the 60th ranked recruit in the entire nation. On top of that, they have him as the 11th best point guard in the country, and the 8th best recruit in the state of California.
Kendall Small is a pass first point guard that has impeccable court vision. His instincts on the offensive end of the court is what sets him apart from other guards in the country. He is phenomenal around the cup and can finish in a myriad of different ways. He is tenacious on defense, and gives opposing guards fits as a man-on defender. Small’s game slightly reminds me of Gary Bell Jr.’s when he came out of high school, based on the way he can finish around the rim and lock up defensively. He needs to work on consistency with his jump shot, but other than that Small possesses all the necessary skills to be a successful division one point guard.
Right now for Mark Few and his staff, Josh Perkins appears to be the priority in terms of being the point guard of the future. However, the Zags have a much better chance of landing Small over Perkins. Small supposedly has been a big fan of the Gonzaga program for the majority of his life, and admires the history of great point guards that have come out of GU. Mark Few and his staff has been on this guy for quite a while, and Small always lists the Bulldogs as a school that he particularly likes. The Bulldogs have a great chance of landing the high impact point guard, but nothing is for sure. Only time will tell.