HUNTINGTON, Ind. - With the books closed on another Forester basketball season, the awards continue to pile up for Huntington University senior Caleb Kennedy. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2011-12 Division II Men’s Basketball All-America teams and Kennedy was one of seven MCC players to be honored.
Kennedy, a Charlottesville, Indiana (Eastern Hancock HS) native, saved his best for last. As the Foresters’ lone senior, he led his team in scoring (20.29 ppg) and rebounding (8.55 rpg) and for his efforts received NAIA First Team All-America honors.
After a quick glance at Kennedy’s stats, it’s easy to see why the 6’6 forward garnered so much national attention. He finished seventh in NAIA Division II in defensive rebounds per game (6.77), 13th in scoring and 18th in total rebounds per game.
Kennedy was named the NAIA National Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 9-15, 2012. For the week he averaged 22.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals. It was during this stretch he grabbed a career best 19 rebounds against Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
One of the hardest working post players in the league, Kennedy earned the respect of the MCC coaches by being voted the 2012 MCC Player of the Year. His work on the boards landed him a top spot in the conference for defensive rebounds and the No. 2 spot for total rebounds.
He also topped his conference peers for most points in a game (43 against Saint Xavier on 12/10/11) and double doubles (9) and finished second in scoring and field goal percentage (.542).
“Caleb put the time, hard work and determination into becoming a top notch college basketball player,” commented Head Coach Ty Platt. “He is very deserving of the honor of being an All-American. He is somebody the entire HU campus and community can be very proud of.”
Kennedy was the only member of the conference to receive First Team honors and is only the fifth Forester to have earned this high honor in the past decade. For his career, he scored 1,494 points which places him 19th on HU’s all-time scoring list. He averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds each outing during his four years in green and white.