Hillcrest Prep's talented 6-foot-4 junior guard Jeron Artest has made a decision to move to another prep program in the state - leaving his former Hillcrest Prep program after spending a full year at the program. Artest has decided to take his game and his next two years of eligibility to Bella Vista Prep.
Artest, the son of former NBA player Ron "Metta Worldpeace" Artest, decided to leave the Hillcrest Prep program this weekend and announced it on social media. It is still unclear as to what actually made Artest leave Hillcrest, but he will look to begin playing with Bella Vista immediately.
Artest is coming off a good spring and summer performance for himself while playing for the Las Vegas Prospects (NV) and their 16U team this club season.
Artest currently possesses division-I offers from St. John's University and the University of Wyoming.
Artest is a bigger guard prospect that is capable of playing both guard positions on the floor, but he is at his best from the point guard position as a result of his strong handle of the basketball, excellent feel for the game and a unique ability to see the floor and find the open man. He has a nice body with superb physical strength and improved athleticism.
I will continue to follow Artest's play with Bella Vista Prep closely this high school season, and bring you any updates on him as a player, and also in his college recruitment.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Artest has grown a great deal physically over the past year - adding some very good size and strength to his frame and looking much more athletic in the open floor. A very intriguing prospect that has an excellent feel for the game and an advanced overall skillet, that allows him to make plays for himself and others off the dribble. He sees the floor very well and sees plays before they happen. Has a high basketball IQ. Has a very good handle of the basketball, and is a very good shooter with range on his shot and also a nice mid-range game as well. An excellent defender that plays passing lanes and has very good toughness as a player. The son of former NBA star player Ron Artest. A player/prospect on the rise.