When you talk about mismatch problems in the class of 2018, one of the first names that comes to mind is St. Louis (Missouri.) Chaminade College Prep small forward Jericole Hellems. A 6-foot-7 combo forward with range, Hellems blew up during the July evaluation period.

Despite his recent rise, Hellems is now down to seven schools going into the fall.  “I have a top seven right now,” Hellems told NY2LA Sports. “Not in order, Arkansas, Missouri, South Florida, Florida, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State.  All the teams that I have in my top seven, it’s been about relationships and the bond I have with those coaches.”

Hellems had other offers from Indiana, Boston College, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Wichita State, and more.  Since July, Hellems has added 14 scholarship offers.  “It was just a blessing,” said Hellems. “It felt good to know that I put in enough work to be able to do things like that.”  

Although just seven schools remain, Hellems does not have any unofficial or official visits scheduled at this time.  “That’s something I have to speak with my parents about,” he said. “I’m not sure if we’re going to start setting up visits for the fall. We’re just taking it day-by-day.”

No timetable for a decision has been set either.  “Just looking for a good relationship with the coaches,” he said. “Just an opportunity to come in and impact the school and program.”

Hellems played for Bradley Beal Elite during the travel season.