A lot of talk has occurred in recent days regarding Bellarmine’s All-Star, Jeremy Kendle, who was the deciding factor in the team’s Division II men’s basketball championship in 2011.
In more recent days though, the talk has centered more around the Jeffersonville, Indiana Guard’s signing a professional deal with a team in Morocco.
Despite having a year left eligible to play for the Knights, Kendle made the decision to officially leave the team and the school with his degree.
There’s good reason that any pro franchise when want Kendle though as throughout college he has been a standout without question, being named a two-time All-American guard, and steadily being a major factor in every game he’s suited up for.
A Jeffersonville High graduate, Kendle made a name for himself, leading his high school team to a Hoosier Hills Conference Championship; in addition he was named first team all-district, all-region, and all-area.
With those kinds of stats it was easy to see why Bellarmine coach, Scotty Davenport made a call to the prospect.
During that same championship 2011 season, Kendle was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year this was after the athlete led the team to back to back final fours.
Kendle was actually working on his graduate degree upon announcing his plans to pursue professional basketball, he explained that due to his past injuries he was concerned about not getting his opportunity to go pro, a dream he’s had for so long he explained to a reporter. Kendle went on to say that he can always go back to his graduate degree; but he believes now is the time for him to see what he can do professionally.
In addition to Morocco, a team from Dublin, Ireland was also interested however Kendle worked the deal out with the Morocco franchise and his agent.
Now, this is just the beginning of this story; will Kendle make his way back and play in the NBA? Hard to tell, but for his work ethic and intensity he is a sports legend of the ‘Ville.
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