Kendrick Warren 6’4 150 2022 Monacan High School, Richmond VA
Kendrick is without a doubt one of the most impressive prospects in a very deep Virginia 2022 class and also one of the most promising! He is a silky smooth and long guard who has a beautiful stroke and a consistent jumper that extends well beyond the three-point arc. He can handle and create off the bounce to score and he has the explosive leaping ability allowing him to play above the rim and finish with both finesse and authority at the rim. He has such a solid skillset and elite athleticism and is a graceful and smooth playmaker.
Light on his feet and quick, Kendrick can bury jumpers at a good rate from all angles and levels or execute a quick rip through move accompanied by long, space-eating strides and explode to the rim in a flash. He has great body control and some shifty moves as he slices through the lane not only a threat to score at the rim or pull up and stick the jumper but also as a willing passer who has a knack for collapsing defenses and finding the open man. Kendrick handles the ball very well and can make plays off the bounce or lead the beak and can serve as a primary ball-handler of needed. He has fantastic scoring instincts and the ability to make a play from anywhere on the floor. He explodes off the ground for thunderous dunks or creative finishes and makes it look effortless as if shot from a cannon. He has very good bounce and a long wingspan in addition to his steadily growing 6’4 frame. Kendrick is as much an impact on the defensive end as he guards multiple positions effectively and has the footwork and agility to contain the dribble and the length to impact events off the ball in passing lanes or around the rim.
The name certainly is a familiar one as Kendrick is the son of former Thomas Jefferson High School (Richmond VA) and Virginia Commonwealth University star Kendrick Warren. Kendrick, who is currently the head coach at Thomas Jefferson HS, said he tries to give his son some room to grow as a player on his own and be coached by his other coaches although some training and expertise from his basketball Dad takes place and Kendrick continues to get better, eager to learn. His own experiences allow him to provide for his son a unique perspective in all aspects and he shares those thoughts with him. Kendrick was a McDonalds and Parade All American who went on to a fabulous career at VCU earning multiple All-Conference honors and remains among the school’s all-time leaders in points and rebounds. He went on to a 10-year pro career mostly spent in the Continental Basketball Association.
His son Kendrick already displays many of the attributes that made his Dad such a successful player. The length, versatility, athleticism, and explosiveness are all physical qualities that made his Dad such an imposing figure on the court. Kendrick might include more versatility than his Dad and a more perimeter-oriented skill set that, accompanied by those impressive physical attributes makes for an exciting prospect that should draw the attention of college coaches at the D1 level right now!