Kenny Kaminski, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has enrolled at Ohio University for the fall semester and will be joining the men’s basketball team as a scholarship player.
Kaminski signed with Michigan State out of high school, and sat out the 2012-13 season while recovering from a shoulder injury. As a redshirt freshman in 2013-14, Kaminski averaged 4.9 points per game and played 12.2 minutes per contest with the Spartans. He shot 49 percent from 3-point range last season, tops in the Big Ten.
A top 100 recruit out of Medina, Kaminski was dismissed from the Michigan State program in early August. Kaminski publicly indicated he was going to transfer from Michigan State on Aug. 2; two days later MSU head coach Tom Izzo released the following statement:
“Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program. Being a Spartan is a special opportunity, and at Michigan State we do everything we can to provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes. With that privilege also comes a responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program.”
Kaminski was suspended two games at two different times as a Spartan over academic concerns.
One source indicated that Ohio and Kaminski would pursue a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play immediately. Normally, players who transfer from one Division I institution to another must sit out one year.
If the appeal is denied, Kaminski could practice with, but could not play for the Bobcats this season. He would have two years of eligibility remaining. If the appeal was granted, Kaminski would then have three years to play three seasons at Ohio beginning immediately.
Kaminski appeared in 31 games in his one active season with Michigan State, and made three starts. While he was one of the Big Ten’s best long-range shooters, Kaminski averaged just 1.5 rebounds per game. All told, 74 percent of his field goal attempts were from 3-point range and 71.7 percent of his made field goals were 3-pointers.
Kaminski (6-8, 225) committed to MSU in 2010 as part of the 2012 recruiting class. A standout at Medina HS, Kaminski was ranked the No. 86 player in his class by ESPN but missed most of his senior season with a shoulder injury. As a high school junior, Kaminski averaged 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and was voted second team All-Ohio.
Kaminski’s high school coach, Anthony Stacey, is now an assistant at Toledo. Kaminski played his AAU ball with All-Ohio Red, where he was teammates with current Bobcat PG Jaaron Simmons.
Besides added size and strength, and added front court depth, Kaminski would also fill the ‘stretch 4’ role at Ohio for first-year head coach Saul Phillips.
While Kaminski was enrolled at Ohio for the first day of the fall semester, former Bobcat Kendall Crute was not. The shooting guard recruit, who left Athens after a two-week stay this summer, has not returned and is no longer a part of the roster.
Chandler Thomas, a graduate student transfer from Grambling with two years of eligibility remaining, has also enrolled and been added to the roster as a scholarship player.
Crute’s absence, and the addition of Kaminski, would leave Ohio with 12 scholarship players. Ohio has one open scholarship for 2013-14, and at least four potential openings for 2014-15.