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Kenny Kaminski leaving Michigan State, undecided where he’ll transfer

Medina native Kenny Kaminski announced  he will transfer from Michigan State. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Medina native Kenny Kaminski announced he will transfer from Michigan State. (AP FILE PHOTO)

One of the Big Ten’s most prolific 3-point shooters last season will no longer play for Michigan State.

Medina native and incoming redshirt sophomore Kenny Kaminski announced on Twitter he will transfer to a school yet to be determined. The decision Saturday ended an up-and-down Spartans tenure in which the highly recruited forward batted injuries and served two academic-related suspensions.

“I am no longer going to play at Michigan State, I will be transferring to another school but have not decided where yet,” Kaminski tweeted.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder averaged 4.9 points and led the Big Ten with a .494 percentage from 3-point range last season. He served separate two-game suspensions during the year before settling into a role down the stretch as Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

Kaminski, who scored a career-high 19 points in a win over Penn State on Feb. 20, was expected to contend for a starting forward spot this season following the graduation of star power forward Adreian Payne.

Kaminski’s career at Michigan State got off rough start, as surgery to repair a torn labrum caused him to redshirt for the 2012-13 season. It was the same shoulder Kaminski injured while playing football for Medina in 2011.

He then battled through more adversity when he was suspended for the first two games of last season for not meeting academic standards set by Spartans coach Tom Izzo. Kaminski was suspended again in December before playing in Michigan State’s final 17 games.

A four-year starter at Medina, Kaminski scored 1,007 points and was named Division I honorable mention All-Ohio twice. He missed all but one minute of the regular season in 2011-12 due to his first shoulder injury, but surprised many by returning for the postseason and helping the Bees to a Cinderella run to the University of Akron D-I Regional championship game.

Kaminski also was the starting tight end for Medina’s football team when it stunned top-seeded Canton McKinley 31-28 in the 2010 D-I, Region 2 playoffs.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.