Miami native Cedric Hankerson wrapped up a solid junior season averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was a season that Hankerson had to show his versatility by playing both the point and shooting guard positions in order to lead his team.
Cedric Hankerson will play AAU ball this season with Florida Gold Coast
“We won the district for the second time in school history, so that was big for us,” Hankerson said. “I thought I got my teammates involved as much as I could. At the same time I did whatever I could to win the game. My strength was definitely attacking the rim and penetrating, if I saw someone I could kick to then I did that but it was penetrating the basket and getting to the foul line.”
The younger brother of Alabama guard Charles Hankerson, Cedric knows what it takes to get his game to the highest level in college and knows what he needs to improve this coming summer.
“Definitely my athleticism,” Hankerson said. “I improved it throughout the season but I am trying to get it to the next level. I want to improve my vertical so I can get to that next level.”
Recruiting has been steady for the 6-foor-4 combo guard out of Miami who has received plenty of interest and has an idea of who he would like to visit this coming spring and summer.
“I am going to visit Central Florida, Boston University and Princeton in the near future,” he said. “I will also try to visit Louisville and Georgetown as well but just not sure when.”
Hankerson has a top group of Princeton, Boston University and Central Florida but no leader right now. He spoke about the Tigers who he believes is the team most interested in acquiring his services.
“Princeton is definitely recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “I get messages from all of their coaches on a daily basis. They are always checking in on me and seeing how school is going so I would say Princeton.”
Donnie Jones and Central Florida have done a good job of keeping the sunshine state’s talent to stay home. Hankerson is another prospect they are keeping a very close eye on.
“Central Florida came to a bunch of my games last season,” he said. “They have been really keeping up on me for the longest time. I know they are extremely interested so that is another school that I am very interested in.”
Hankerson does not have a time frame for when he would like to make a decision. He does however know what will help him make his college choice.
“Definitely academics are going to be important,” he said. “The academic prestige is probably the thing that stands out the most to me.”
This coming AAU season, Hankerson will be playing for Florida Gold Coast.
William Gunter is a national basketball recruiting analyst for 247Sports