IU tradition paying off with Kaminski

INDIANAPOLIS — Kenny Kaminski, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Medina, Ohio, said Saturday he is down to three schools.

Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State are all vying for Kaminski’s services. He said he’ll decide at the end of the summer.

“It all comes down to where I feel comfortable,” Kaminski said. “I feel comfortable at Indiana and at Michigan State right now.”

Kaminski, who is playing with the Indiana Elite Team Indiana 16U team, has already seen Cook Hall, Indiana’s new practice facility. He said it is the best he has seen — “by far.”

“As soon as you walk, in you know,” Kaminski said. “The Indiana tradition, it’s crazy. None of the other schools have that tradition.”

Kaminski, who averaged 17 points and seven rebounds a game for his high school team last season, fits in to what Indiana has done in the past and what fits in Crean’s system — big men who can shoot the basketball.

“They want to keep that Indiana tradition,” Kaminski said. “I can shoot the ball a little bit, so it’s good.”

For his high school team, Kaminski is the big man in the middle. But playing for an AAU team that features two 7-footers (Obij Aget and Peter Jurkin) and 6-foot-8 Hanner Parea, he is able to play on the perimeter.

“I am mainly a shooter,” Kaminski said. “If I can’t find my shot, I dump it inside to one of our bigs. I am also one of our slashers, so that’s nice.”

He did that well on Saturday, making 3 3-pointers as part of his 13 points in a 88-31 win against the Southern Indiana Aces (a Greene County-based team).

11 comments

  1. Crean just tweeted that there were a couple “outstanding young prospects” on campus/seeing Cook Hall today.

    Do you guys know who those players were?

  2. I don’t see a post about that on ITH…

    If it’s just a random poster saying that, I’ll reserve my excitement until I can hear it from a reliable source.

  3. This would be a bit down the road, but how awesome would it be if we got Kaminski, Perea, and Jurkin? I’d take all three, but as the saying goes, two outta three ain’t bad… if for nothing else than to get people to stop talking about bigs (at least for a day).

  4. There are so many excellent kids in this class its hard to say that I like one kid more than another. I just want to get a big, a wing and a real ball handler out of this group. They’re all there and we’re in the mix.

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