Jarrell Eppard: The NBA's Next Superstar

Smokey JonesContributor IApril 1, 2009

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 20: Jerry Smith #34 of the Louisville Cardinals drives to the hoop against the Morehead State Eagles during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2009 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

His name Jarrell, kind of like Superman's father, except now Jarrell is the one leaving Krypton and coming to Oak Hill to show his powers.

Jarrell Eppard is going to wait two years to make sure he is ready, but said he wants to play for his high school at least once.

At 5'11", Eppard is not the tallest prospect...yet.

He's projected to reach a height of 6'7" by the time he's ready for the NBA.

Eppard is, however, the fastest player on the court, running the 40-yard dash in just 4.39 seconds. He has an outstanding three-point shot as well and shoots almost 100 percent on his mid-range jumper.

He also has an amazing leaping ability and can dunk on 10'4" basket.

During the previous season, Eppard averaged 31.3 points (720 points), 14.3 rebounds (329 rebounds), 7.6 assists (175 assists), 10.1 steals (232 steals), and 3.4 blocks (78 blocks).

On paper, Eppard is good, but his leadership qualities make him great.

He makes sure everyone has their part in games and is always there to provide his teammates with encouragement. Although he could easily out-score the rest of the team, Eppard uses his court-vision to make sure that doesn't happen.

Eppard has the talent put up 50 points in a game and let the rest of the team score scramble for buckets, but he chooses to distribute the ball and share the wealth.

I once overheard a conversation Eppard had with a person in the stands.

He had only eight points in the half, but 13 rebounds and nine assists. The person he was with said "not that great of a half, huh?"

Eppard told him "I'm getting my team involved by sharing the basketball a lot more and we're winning. How much better can it get?"

Watch out for this kid to be a superstar in the future, both on and off the court.


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