Saturday night’s Pressure Athletics main event featured the likes of players bound to be seen on national television.
Surprisingly, there was one prospect who stole the show.
Calvary Christian Academy forward Taylor Hendricks, who suited up for the highly-touted KT Kings, had his best performance of the summer, garnering 32 points and 15 rebounds to lead his team past Team Pressure 68-48.
Hendricks, who’s listed at 6-foot-9, strived at using his length to surprise defenders with his mid-range shot. At the same time, he was fearless when attacking the basket, creating multiple second-chance points for the Kings.
The 2022 forward was tasked with defending a variety of players, including Memphis commit Josh Minott and four-star junior Ben Middlebrooks.
He had no trouble doing so.
Hendricks, who last played at University School, averaging 14.2 points, 1.2 assists and 8.6 rebounds, has been fairly under the radar. 247Sports lists him as unranked, while Rivals notched him as a four-star.
He’s trying to make that change.
“Just watch me,” Hendricks said. “Watch my game. You’ll see.”
Hendricks approaches his first season under head coach Cilk McSweeney with nine offers, including the hometown Miami Hurricanes. According to him, all schools have been mutually in the mix.
“A lot of coaches are hitting me up. It’s a lot, I can’t name any specifics,” he said.
Tyler Hendricks following his brother’s wing:
Taylor’s brother, Tyler, played a crucial role in the Kings’ victory Saturday. The 6-foot-4 guard finished with 8 points, playing more of a facilitator role alongside fellow teammate Marvel Allen.
“I’m a shooter and I can play defense and handle the ball if I need to,” he told 305Sports in regards to his play style.
A 2022 prospect, he’ll join his brother to play for Calvary Christian next season, a transition he’s very excited for.
“This team is a very good team. I’m very excited to start playing with these people and starting to know these people because I feel like we’re going to be very good this year and we can make it far.”