Monday, October 26, 2009

HINDED By The Light

Jabarie Hinds has come into his own.

One season after serving as Pippen to Sherrod Wright’s (who now balls for George Mason) Jordan, Hinds has emerged as a scoring and playmaking guard.

He ballooned over the summer, eliciting more drool than Pavlov’s puppy from college coaches. The small, waterbug 5-foot-11 guard’s stock has been growing, growing, growing, Jack And The Beanstalk style, ever since.

First, the kid from Mount Vernon HS—Westchester County’s rich basketball real estate—needed to rectify his mid-range jay.

Then, after opening up his jumper while simultaneously extending his stroke, Hinds continued to evolve as a cat-quick floor general who can score buckets by the bunches.

Hinds cooked opponents to the recipe of 37 points per game during his stay at Bob Gibbons in North Carolina over the summer.

He put his stamp on a critical Mount Vernon win during the fall tip off at IS8 in Queens, dropping 22 points, hitting a game-winning floater and showcasing his new touch.

“He’s an inside and outside presence right now, including from beyond the arc,” explained Terry Teachout of Teaches Hoops. Teachout, better known as “The Shot Doctor” around the 914 hoops culture, is a shooting instructor at Mount Vernon.

Hinds, a bouncy southpaw, is also a presence on the recruiting radar, where he’s become a highly sought after prospect.

Major Division-I schools are beginning to bust out their credit cards and pay attention.

“I got offers from Oklahoma State, UNLV, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, St. John’s, James Madison, Louisville and a couple more,” said Hinds.

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