May 20, 2010

Kaminski decision coming soon?

Kenny Kaminski is not afraid of a little bit of competition.

That's why on Saturday's pool play of the AMC Classic in Bloomington, he and teammate D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera played up, joining the 17U Indiana Elite team for two games. The duo didn't start, but were able to get their feet wet with the older age group.

"We didn't really play that much, but four games in one day is a lot," Kaminski said. "But we were able to get it done."

The increased number of played games got the word out a bit more on Kaminski. Standing about 6-7, the Medina, Ohio native is a versatile forward that has a stroke to match that of a shooting guard. At 180 pounds, he is able to post up and flash toward the middle, continuously adapting to what the defense might give him.

His size, though, is his biggest strength, often times creating that mismatch that teams will look for. During the Classic, he showed a strong desire to make things happen in the paint when given the opportunity. While he did settle for a few too many deep jumpshots, his range inside ten feet was impeccable.

Add in the fact that he is continuously improving his rebounding skills and college coaches will have a shooter's mentality in a forward's body.

"College coaches think that I am going to be more of a guard and go inside to create mismatches," Kaminski said. "Coaches have kind of compared me to (former Michigan State player) Goran Suton because he could kind of do both. So that's probably how it is going to be in college."

However, only one coach would probably think of comparing him to the former Spartan big man: Tom Izzo. Kaminski and Izzo have had talks before and while the forward says he is not leaning toward any specific college right now, he did say Michigan State was currently his No. 1 school.

"Coach (Izzo) has sat down with me and basically told me why he wants me to come to Michigan State," Kaminski said. "He has film of past players he showed me. I mean, there's nothing not to like there."

But that doesn't mean the two other schools, Ohio State and Indiana, are out of the question for his future destination.

"Everything (about Indiana) impresses me," Kaminski said. "Again, there's really nothing not to like there. I know they have been down, but Coach Crean is bringing the program back, which is always a good thing."

Unlike some of his other 2012 classmates, Kaminski plans on getting the recruiting process over fairly quickly. He expects to choose the three schools sometime by the end of July and play his junior and senior season without any type of distractions from colleges.

"I'm just not really sure where I am leaning yet," Kaminski said. "Everything is still kind of up in the air, but I know I will know by July."

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