Regional Recruiting Analyst covering high school and junior nationally.
Arden, NC (Future150) -- Transfers have become a regular occurrence in the world of high school basketball and have introduced a controversial topic of discussion to recruiting. Often viewed as unwarranted, they have drawn a lot of criticism in the recent months. And while many kids in the past have transferred for the wrong reasons, there are others who do it for the right ones. 2014 point guard Jon Elmore is one of those players.
Elmore spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at South Charleston High School in West Virginia. There, his abilities as a basketball player were on display, but they were not being tested like they should have been or even being used properly. Having to play the three and four positions for his South Charleston team, Elmore didn’t have the opportunity of developing his game the right way and never got the chance to showcase what he can really do at his natural point guard position.
In light of this realization, Elmore decided to transfer to Christ School in Arden, North Carolina this offseason. Here, he will play against a national schedule, get maximum exposure, and do what he does best – run a team.
“The players, the overall skill level, and the competition level that we play in our schedule at Christ School are so much better than West Virginia, so I think it will make me a lot better as a player,” he said.
Already owning interest from William and Mary, Davidson, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Alabama, Elmore is hoping the move can help turn that interest into offers.
“From what I’ve heard talking to some of the coaches, they want to see me play in North Carolina, at this level of competition and with these skilled guys that we have at Christ School. I’m actually really looking forward to it, and I think once they see a couple games, then I’ll start getting offers.”
He said the staff at Tennessee keeps in touch with him regularly, and he is planning on taking an unofficial to the campus in the coming weeks.
Regardless of which school acts first, don’t be surprised if division one offers begin to come in soon. At 6’3” Elmore owns a great blend of size and skill from the point guard spot. Having seen him at a couple of exposure camps this summer, his instincts and feel for the game were obvious.
He’s the type of guy that defenses hate to prepare for because he is so good at improvising and making things happen with the ball in his hands. He knows how to read defenses and constantly uses changes of speed and misdirection to beat his defenders off the dribble. Possessing great court vision, Elmore sees the entire floor and has enough knowledge of the game to know where he needs to be on the floor and where the ball needs to be at the same time. Simply put, he’s the consummate playmaker who uses creativity and smarts to involve himself and his teammates in the game.
“I think the number one strength I have is making players around me better, whether that’s just penetrating and kicking it out for an open shot or just making plays happen. I love to make plays.”
Whether he receives any offers soon or not, Elmore’s abilities on the floor will undoubtedly help a very talented Christ School team this season.
They open on November 8th at home against Veritas Christian Academy.