It is not often that a top-level college basketball prospect comes through your school.
Though Clarksville has produced a few talented hoopers – Shawn Marion and Alex Poythress come to mind – another was on the brink of being the first to make his way through Kenwood, specifically.
That is no longer the case, as J’Quan Ewing, a senior forward, has announced that he will be transferring to Quality Education Academy in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
He cited that having more competition and opportunity to develop for his college career as reasons for the transfer. Currently listed as a three-star recruit in the 247Sports Composite rankings, he already has scholarship offers from Southern Illinois and Tennessee Tech.
Ewing played three seasons for the Knights, taking major strides during his sophomore and junior seasons. He averaged 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds last season.
“He’s a highly touted top-ranked player. The kid can do it all,” said QEA head coach Isaac Pitts Jr. “He’s athletic, he’s long, long limbs, he can shoot it, put it on the floor and he’s smart. Really, really smart. I think really for the kid, the sky’s the limit. He’s going to be able to come down here and do big things.”
The 6-foot-6 forward agreed that the sky is the limit. He has high expectations for himself.
“I’m looking forward to getting a lot more college offers and becoming a better person off the court and a better player on the court,” Ewing said. “Right now, I can see myself in the future going to college playing DI or, if it doesn’t fall through for me, going to the NBA.”
Pitts feels like Ewing is a perfect fit for how basketball is currently played. His size allows him to play both small forward in big power lineups and center in smaller lineups, and Pitts expects to use him exactly that way.
With a new school comes new focus, and Ewing is focused on improving his basketball mentality, shooting and ball handling. He is hoping those improvements lead to more college offers. In fact, he has recently been in contact with larger programs, including Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
While Kenwood may have lost one of its key players, there is a chance they will soon be able to lay claim to a Division I – and potentially NBA – star.