Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
We look for athletes with quick feet, soft hands, and average to above average size for position. We prefer “tough” kids who are strong minded and willing to go the extra mile to help our team win.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
We have had a great deal of success stories here at Kent State. One recent student-athlete who comes to mind is Justin Greene who graduated in 2012. Justin came to us as a 6’7″ 250 lb, out of shape, un-athletic, undersized, post player from New York City. We had a scholarship left late in 2008 and one of our other assistants knew that Justin came from a very good program so we took a chance. As a freshman, most of our staff honestly thought he would be better off playing at a lower level (D2, D3, NAIA etc). Something happened between his freshman and sophomore year in the summer….he just started to “get it”…the game, the work ethic, the body transformation, etc. As a sophomore he was a 2nd team All Conference, as a junior he was the conference Player of the Year, and was a 1st team as a senior. He is now playing professionally in Europe.