This week, 6’10” rising senior Kadin Shedrick will sit down with his family and his mentors and go over the 25-plus offers and narrow things down to a manageable list they can choose from. Shedrick is a high academic kid who works hard, so this type of rapid explosion did not come as a surprise, but it did come quickly.
Shedrick as he picked up over 15 offers this July alone. This explosion spring boarded him from a high major watch list to a Top 100 type of player. Taking a look at the offer sheet, mostly Power 5 schools came in July, however a couple of Ivy’s threw their hat in the ring. You see on top of being a Top 100 type of basketball player, Shedrick is also an extremely high academic student.
Our first time watching Shedrick was at our NC Phenom 150 Spring Exposure Camp, it was in March just after Shedrick’s freshman year in 2016. He was incredibly intriguing, and immediately caught our eye due to his physical measurables and skill set, we wrote, “Finishing up with a big man that hones a really unique skill set and projects as a high-upside player, 6’8” Kadin Shedrick. He’s really long and thin yet showed off the ability to slither through defenses; has flashes of a three-level scorer and would really dominate opponents if he became reliable from all distances. Shedrick is a solid rebounder on both ends and runs the floor in transition well for a big man. Defensively, he disrupts shots constantly when anchoring the paint but struggles at times guarding the post straight up. Next in his development process is simply continuing to add weight to his frame and getting stronger; when he can go to work on the low block, he will be a really intriguing prospect. Coach Perry on Shedrick: “Kadin is a long, high-energy kid that rebounds the ball really well. He showed the ability to shoot the three-pointer and from midrange. Needs to add strength and quickness; has to work in the post a little more but has a high upside.” Shedrick is a young prospect that will only continue to become bigger and more polished as times goes on; he should carry his play into his sophomore season at Holly Springs.”
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October of 2017 Shedrick picked up his first offer, Nebraska. Quite the offer out the gate, a Power 5 program from half way across the country. However, it was not surprising as Shedrick showed all kinds of tools to go with his length and size. It also should not go without mentioning that Shedrick works out with 2-time reigning NBA Champion David West every summer. West’s brother Dwayne runs the Garner Road program and they have their kids in the gym year around, getting better an improving. West is very hands on with the program as he actually is actually on the sideline coaching the 17u team during his offseason.
So in a short recap up to this point, Shedrick was blessed with incredible natural abilities, with off the charts measurables and a natural basketball skill set. That skill set is honed each summer by an NBA Champion and former All-Star each summer, as he spends countless hours in the gym.
Fast forward to January of 2017, this was the month where Shedrick broke Holly Springs High Schools’ single season blocked shot recording his 50th blocked shot in only his 15th game played of the season. Shedrick went on to block 69 shots, in only 25 games played. That year Holly Springs was 3-22 on the season as Shedrick averaged 7.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. He also shot 47% from the field and 71% from the free throw line. He did all of this as a 15 year old, 6’8” sophomore.
After seeing him break the school’s blocked shot record we wrote, “You see, Kadin is a 15-year-old sophomore and won’t turn 16 until July. He’s young for his grade and is only beginning to scratch the surface on his long range potential. In addition, Kadin sports a 19-size shoe and is expected to grow into those huge feet, not to mention his enormous 7’0 wingspan. This season for Holly Springs High School, his statistics are fairly modest. He is averaging 5.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG and 3.3 BPG. He has enjoyed a season high 14 points, 17 rebounds, and seven blocked shots in one game. For us at the Phenom Hoop Report, we have watched and evaluated Kadin on numerous occasions. At our open gym tour back in September of 2016, we stated the following. “ Upside and potential! Kadin is a baby face youngster that looks to have further growth. He has a very soft shooting touch and runs the floor extremely well. Kadin also has a high basketball IQ and was the “eye catcher” of the day for future prospects.”
Shedrick’s star continued to rise, he continued to get stronger and he continued to become more fluid with his body and frame. Even though Shedrick missed 6 games during his junior year, with a small injury, he really had a coming out party.
His team jumped from 3 to 13 wins and Shedrick approaches averaging a double-double on the year. He averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field and chipping in 2.3 blocks per game. Another eye-popping stat Shedrick also added in was shooting 43% from 3, although this was in a smaller sample size.
All of this led up to our last viewing of Shedrick, at Phenom’s Champion Showcase which took place July 7-8 in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was clear to see that Shedrick’s body of work had taken leaps forward. Better than he even was in February, Shedrick’s trajectory was clearly rising rapidly. We mentioned numerous times of him being a sure fire high major prospect and even bring a Top 100 type prospect, which makes this July blow up all the more deserved.
After he took Phenom’s Champion Showcase by storm Phenom Hoops’ National Analyst Miles Masercola wrote, “Shedrick has really established himself as a legit high major level prospect over the last six months and now that we’ve seen him a couple times this summer he 100% fits the mold as a Top 100 prospect. His body has improved significantly to go with an incredible motor on the offensive end. You can tell within a few minutes of watching him that he’s incredibly comfortable within his frame. Shedrick possesses the ability to turn over both shoulders and has started to develop a consistent mid-range game to go with that 6’10 frame. Without a doubt a can’t miss prospect.”
Now sitting with an offer sheet that includes schools from the ACC, Big 10, Big East, Pac-12, AAC, Ivy League and more it is no surprise. Shedrick’s best basketball is clearly ahead of him and he is the type, looking at his work ethic and recent trajectory or improvement he could finish college with talks of a professional career ahead of him. Of course, that is a long way off, but as each day passes it is something that is looking more and more plausible.