June 25, 2016


AAU basketball: Kenny Kaminski member of national champs

MEDINA — Kenny Kaminski finally has a national title on his resume.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pounder, who will be a senior at Medina, was part of the All-Ohio Red team that won eight straight games last week to capture the 17-and-under AAU national basketball title at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Fla.

Ken Kaminski

Ken Kaminski

“It was the best thing that ever happened in my life,” Kaminski said Monday. “I’ve been coming to nationals since the fourth grade. It feels good to finally win one.”

In addition to Kaminski, who will officially sign his letter of intent in November to play at Michigan State, Columbus-based All-Ohio Red also features college recruits Sonny Hawkins (Toledo), Jalen Robinson (Dayton) and Devon Scott (Cincinnati), who all attend Northland High.

All-Ohio Red defeated YOMCA out of Memphis in the title game, pulling away in the final minutes of what had been a close contest. Prior to the AAU nationals, the team also played in the Super Showcase in Orlando, finishing sixth.

“All I’m doing is planning for college,” Kaminski said. “In college, there are no easy games.”

Kaminski, a two-time All-Gazette choice in basketball who just turned 18, will again play tight end for Medina’s football team, but he already has big goals for the prep basketball season after his AAU success.

“It gives me a ton of confidence,” he said. “I have a national championship now. When we start with Medina, hopefully we can pull out a state championship. It’s everyone’s goal.”

Asked if that was realistic, Kaminski said first-year Bees coach Anthony Stacey has made a strong impression on the team.

“All that’s possible,” he said. “We’re going to be underdogs in a lot of games, but I know we can win a lot of games, too.”

Kaminski played between 60-70 games this summer, mostly at small forward. In some, he had big scoring nights while utilizing his solid 3-point shooting. In others, he concentrated on rebounding and defense due to the talent on All-Ohio Red’s roster.

After playing on the wing in AAU ball, however, he knows he’ll have to be more of a force in the paint for the Bees.

“With Coach Stacey, I’ll be playing a lot more inside,” Kaminski said. “It will be about matchups. If I get the opportunity to step outside, I will.”

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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