J’Shaliek Hendricks is an impressive 6-foot-1 point guard who showed flashes during his junior season at Topeka High as a dynamic passer and finisher at the rim.
Hendricks will be looking to impress college coaches this weekend at the Kings of the Court tournament in Des Moines, Iowa while playing for Top City.
“This weekend I’m coming for numbers,” Hendricks said.
Hendricks begins play on Saturday at 8 a.m. against the MN Flames at Kingdom Courts-2 followed by a 1:25 p.m. game against Tryon Gym also at Kingdom Courts-2.
There will over 50 colleges in attendance representing Division II, Division III, NAIA, and junior colleges from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas according to the tournament director.
Division II Emporia State has expressed interest in Hendricks and he will be attending their Elite Camp on June 10-11.
It will be the second tournament of the spring for Hendricks, who also played in the Great American Shootout in Texas, which included a 16-point game in the finale.
When he’s not playing in tournaments, Hendricks has been working out nearly every day. He meets with a personal trainer that focuses on weight training three times a week, attends the Darting Basketball Skills Academy once a week, practices three times a week, and he also goes to the gym on his own.
“Things actually have been going pretty good,” Hendricks said. “I’ve been working out, staying up on my grades for next year, and just getting better. I’m always in the gym. If I’m not doing homework, then I’m in the gym.”
The constant work has been paying off and Hendricks has seen improvements in his game.
“I’m actually more aggressive when I get to the rim and I’ve been trying to dunk on people now,” Hendricks said. “I’ve also been shooting a lot more and my mid-range is a lot better—that’s what I’ve really been working on.”
Hendricks excels at penetrating going to the basket and playing through contact, but he’s working to become a better perimeter shooter.
“That’s really what I’ve worked on the most because I know I can get to the rim,” he said. “I’ve been just trying a couple of different moves that I’ve learned at the Darting camp and then shoot the 3 or one dribble for the mid-range–that’s all I’ve been working on, well my defense of course. I always try to get better on that.”
Physically Hendricks has also improved his strength. He played last season at 155 pounds, but has already packed on 10 pounds and has noticed the difference.
“It’s different from high school and AAU because in AAU there’s bigger people so you have to have that weight on you or else you’re going to be bullied and they don’t call the fouls like they do here,” Hendricks said. “It’s way different so you have to be strong.”
The high school season is still seven months away, but Hendricks, who averaged 7.1 points on 47-percent shooting last year, already has a goal in mind.
“I’m working for that state championship,” Hendricks said. “That’s what everybody wants. That’s what keeps me going. I just want one of those and I only got one more year to do it so you have to put in the work if you want it.”