#21 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/POWER FORWARD (COMBO FORWARD)
HIGH SCHOOL: VICTORY PREP ACADEMY IN TEXAS
CHOSE KENTUCKY OVER: NORTH CAROLINA, OREGON, TCU
PLAYER SUMMARY: John Calipari consistently lands top 3 recruiting classes every year since he has been at Kentucky. Players know that he will prepare them for the NBA. One of the recruits signed for 2017 is a player who should fit in extremely well with the Wildcats style of play.
Jarred Vanderbilt is the latest 5-star prospect who will be entering the Kentucky program next fall. While evaluating his game, he reminded us of a slightly smaller version of longtime NBA veteran Lamar Odom. Vanderbilt can do virtually everything on the floor. He is a really smooth looking player.
The 6’8″ small forward has advanced ball-handling, passing, and rebounding skills for his age. He can play multiple positions on the floor and it wouldn’t surprise us if he actually played point-forward in spurts at Kentucky. He has great court vision and a real good understanding of how to play.
Vanderbilt is an athletic, bouncy SF at this point in time. We can see him possibly playing the “stretch-4″ at Kentucky, where he will be a mis-match against slower defenders. His versatility on the floor is what we like the most about him. Calipari will put him in multiple positions on the floor to take advantage of his advanced skills for a 6’8” player.
The future Wildcat gets to the rim at will at the high school level. He is a good rebounder on both ends of the floor and will need to be in college. Kentucky stresses defense. We came away very impressed with his ability to be a one man fast break. Because of his ball-handling, passing, and court vision, this is a unique ability that should translate into Kentucky’s up-tempo style of play as it puts stress on the opposing team’s transition defense.
The lefty shooting Vanderbilt has an inconsistent jump-shot at this point in his development. He shows consistent shooting mechanics, which is a plus. We have seen his mid-range game improve. The next step is for him to expand his range out to the 3-point line. He will need to put in the time to be considered a reliable shooter from the outside. If he accomplishes that, then his game will go to another level.
Adding weight and strength will be another priority. Kentucky is renowned for their strength and conditioning program so we aren’t as concerned about this as others may be. Getting stronger will only help him in the long-term.
We are very high on the overall game that Jarred Vanderbilt possesses. He is a multi-dimensional player who can do a variety of things at a very high level. Once his jump-shot improves, watch out. He might just be Kentucky’s next big star.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF JARRED VANDERBILT
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