Stephen Kendall , a 6-4, 175-pound shooting guard out of Blue Ridge High School (VA), has committed to the University of Virginia. The Charlottesville native is a junior at Blue Ridge and will count towards the 2006 class.
“He has committed to UVa,” Blue Ridge Head Coach Bill Ramsey said. “UVa offered in August. He was going to wait, but he started seriously considering committing last week. He met with his parents this past weekend and decided to go ahead and do it. As a boy he grew up in Charlottesville. Both of his parents went to UVa. He’s always dreamed of playing for UVa.”
As a sophomore last season, Kendall averaged 10.5 points per game on only about 7 shots per game and 2.7 assists per game in a starting role for Blue Ridge. In Kendall, UVa is landing an accomplished shooter who Coach Ramsey compares to a former UVa shooting guard.
“Stephen’s a great shooter,” Ramsey said. “Not too many kids in his class shoot like he can shoot. In this class I think he’s one of the best shooters in the country. He elevates well on his jump shot. He knows how to use screens. He’s just really, really accurate. He shoots like Keith Friel but is more athletic. He dunks easily. He’s a quick kid…he’s not going to be the quickest kid in the ACC, but he’s not going to be a liability either. He needs to get stronger and more physical. Those are the main things he needs to work on.”
In addition to Virginia, Kendall had an official offer from American University and was drawing serious interest from a number of Division I-A schools.
“He was being actively recruited by a number of high-majors as of August,” Ramsey said. “Towards the end of the summer, schools such as N.C. State, Stanford, Purdue and Indiana had been wanting to get more information on him such as video and transcripts to establish a recruiting line to evaluate him. Before that, he was receiving regular mail from those schools as well as Connecticut, Georgetown and Wake Forest.”
Kendall is the 1st commit for the 2006 recruiting class. It may be the last as well, as UVa does not appear to have any scholarships remaining for this or next year’s class now that Kendall has committed, unless there is attrition or a current player becomes academically ineligible. A good student, Kendall is an “A or B” student according to Coach Ramsey.