While Oregon is still looking for one more player in the 2014 basketball class, they kicked off their 2015 class today with a commitment from four-star point guard Kendall Small, who announced over Twitter that he would attend Oregon.
I would like to officially announce that im verbally committing to the University of Oregon #goDucks— Mr.BIGGS (@kendallsmall17) April 29, 2014
Small is 6'0, 170 lbs and plays basketball for Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California. He is the 56th rated player in the country according to the 247 composite, which aggregates all recruiting rankings, and the #14 rated point guard. He is known as a tenacious defender who does all of the little things well. This past season he averaged 21.1 points, 3.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.4 steals, while being named to the MaxPreps All State First Team.
Prior to his quarterfinals game against Mater Dei last Spring, the Press Telegram wrote an in-depth profile on Small and why he is a "natural" at the game of basketball:
Since he was a toddler, Small has always been around the game. When he just a 1-year-old, his father, Don Small, co-director and a head coach of the Superior Athletes AAU team, would carry Small on his back as he coached, Small was watching over his shoulder. When he was 4, Small would practice defensive slides and try to mimic the shooting form of the high school players he watched at practice.
"He was sort of what you would call a natural," said Don Small, who played at Millikan and San Diego State. "He was born with it." That became apparent in Small's first officially sanctioned basketball game when he was 5, playing with the Anaheim Blue Storm. Small went on to score 44 of his team's 46 points as the Blue Storm won by four.
You can watch Small's highlight video below.