Dallas Kendall 6’7 170 Menchville High School, Newport News VA
Dallas is a fluid and athletic 6’7 forward who is surprisingly well coordinated for a 14-year-old with such great length. He has good strength and agility, runs the court well and has nice leaping ability which allows him to occasionally make plays above the rim. In a half of basketball, I saw him complete a dunk and get a stick back where he extended his massive reach to the weak side to tip in a miss showing good timing and touch. He gathered in a loose ball at half court and drove to the rim and scored showing some ball handling potential, good quickness with the dribble and ability to attack the basket hard and score. And he hit a trail three-pointer showing good footwork and impressive shot mechanics. His stroke was very smooth, his footwork disciplined. Dallas has a nice touch around the basket both for stick backs and scoring layups and short jumpers. He also displayed vision and passing skills and the alertness to recognize double teams and pass to the open man. On the defensive end, he was mobile and demonstrated solid footwork containing the dribble. He established good defensive posture and stayed low and engaged on change of direction dribble moves showing good lateral footwork and mobility. His length and good, quick feet were evident watching him defend. Dallas shows great timing as a weak side shot blocker and impressive length and pretty good leaping ability for rebounds. His ceiling is limitless! Dallas is being trained and coached by former NBA and longtime European League star Lamont Strothers who is regarded among the best skills coaches in Virginia. As a result, he trains often alongside Coach Strothers’ oldest son Allen, a highly regarded division 1 target out of Menchville High School (Newport News VA) who can also influence the development of Dallas and obviously others in that training environment. Additionally, Dallas comes from basketball roots! His Dad, who also trained under Lamont Strothers ironically, is former Heritage High School (Newport News VA) and Boo Williams star Carlos Heard who was a key player on a Boo Williams national championship team that also featured former North Carolina star and current broadcaster Jason Capel and former Oakland Raiders star Ronald Curry. Carlos played his college basketball at Cal Poly but later transferred to Christopher Newport University. I like that Dallas has basketball people around him with reputations of being competitive and well skilled. Dallas is being developed with attention to perimeter skills and looks very comfortable away from the rim and projects as a wing. He demonstrates a lot of “wing” traits especially seeing how comfortable he is with the dribble and making shots even out beyond the arc. Keep your eye out for this intriguing young man. He has a world of potential!