This summer we brought you the first early tales of Jeron Artest’s dominance on the basketball court. Now he’s transforming his emergence on the summer circuit into a legitimate threat for his Hillcrest squad in season.
The younger Artest impressed in an early season face off between Hillcrest and then top-ranked Findlay Prep. Since then he’s gained additional attention and has so far lived up to the hype and concern, as the highlight reel below demonstrates.
Hillcrest is off to a strong start with Artest and Kyree Walker leading the way. While there is plenty of hype about Walker, a Class of 2020 five-star shooting guard who has already committed to Arizona State, Artest remains strangely off the recruiting radar. The 6-foot-2, 175 pound junior has yet to receive major Division I scholarship offers even as his exposure has continued to grow.
Whether that is still the case a year from now remains to be seen. For the moment, Jeron Artest already seems to have a handle on some of his father’s best traits to go alone with a better handle and feel for distributing the ball. That’s a promising place from which to start a basketball career.