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Knights’ Kendle Pursues Pros | Bellarmine

Two-time All-America Jeremy Kendle to pursue professional career and forgo final year of eligibility



LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that two-time All-America guard Jeremy Kendle has signed with an agent to pursue professional basketball opportunities and will not return to the Bellarmine team for the 2012-13 season.

Davenport said, “Jeremy has done a tremendous job on and off the court.  He earned his degree and began graduate school last year.  He overcame serious injuries throughout his career and never let any obstacle stand in his way academically or athletically.”

A 2006 graduate of Jeffersonville High School, Kendle suffered multiple injuries while attempting to play at Olney Central Community College and was only able to compete in two games in two years. In consideration of those facts, the NCAA granted the 6-2 guard additional eligibility that would have made it possible for him to play four full seasons at Bellarmine.

Although Kendle leaves Bellarmine after just three seasons, he will go down as one of the best players to wear a Bellarmine jersey.  He helped lead Bellarmine to back to back “final four” appearances including the national championship in 2011.  Kendle is the only player in school history to be named to the NABC All-America Team two years in a row, and was on track to become the all-time leading scorer.  Even leaving a year early, Kendle will end his career fourth on Bellarmine’s all-time scoring list with 1,792 points.

Some of Kendle’s other accomplishments include:
·         Helped lead 2010-11 team to National Championship
·         2011 Great Lakes Valley Conference “Player of the Year”
·         Only player in Bellarmine history to rank in top five in both scoring and assists
·         Selected to the All-GLVC team all three years of his career
·         Named GLVC Player of the Week five times

“My experience at Bellarmine will be something I’ll cherish forever,” Kendle said.  “Winning a national title and all that goes with it is feeling so great it’s really hard to describe. I really appreciate all that the Bellarmine staff and Coach Davenport have done for me and my family both on and off the court.  I’ve really grown as both a player and a person, and that something I’ll carry with me forever.”

Kendle added that playing professionally has always been his dream and that at 24 years old, he felt he needed to pursue those dreams now rather than later.  “I already have my undergraduate degree, and I can always come back and continue graduate school,” he said. “I also realize that with my previous injuries and surgeries that my window of opportunity for playing is smaller than other players graduating from college.  I thought I’d better pursue my dreams of playing while I can.”

Although he has yet to sign a contract, Kendle has had offers and is getting interest from the top level leagues in Germany, Greece, France, Australia, and Mexico.  The NBA’s developmental league also is a possibility for Kendle’s professional career.



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