As the high school basketball season progressed last winter, Coronado’s Kennedy Koehler went from a relative unknown to one of Southern Nevada’s best players.
Coronado advanced to the state championship game for its best season in school history. And, shortly after it ended, Koehler got his due in the form of a scholarship offer. The 6-foot-7 forward for the class of 2017 has offers from San Diego, LIU Brooklyn, Air Force and Siena.
“That gave me a lot of confidence in my ability,” Koehler said of the playoff run.
He’s continued to develop in the spring and summer with the Las Vegas Knicks club team, which is playing this week in the adidas 64 as part of the NCAA open evaluating period. Hundreds of college coaches are in town to look at recruits in multiple tournaments.
Koehler is averaging about eight points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the club season.
“He competes. He is tough as hell,” Knicks coach Lamar Bigby said. “He’s the strongest kid on our team. Great Division I body. Great attitude. Good shooter. Good rebounder. Good passer. He’s just good at a lot of things.”
Koehler is being recruited to play both forward positions. He’s comfortable shooting from the outside, and wiling to be aggressive looking to score and grabbing rebounds close to the basket. Like all players at this stage of their career, it’s a matter of repetition.
“I have always been labeled as a shooter. This AAU season I am working on my overall game,” he said.
Coronado should be the favorite to repeat as Sunrise Region champions and make another deep playoff run. Koehler, who averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds per game last season, should again lead the charge. Along the way, he may pick a college.
“I’m definitely looking for a college (team) I can impact right away, and a place that can impact me and help me develop,” Koehler said.