Kennadi Howard to play at Cottey College

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Off to college Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Kennadi Howard signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Cottey College in Nevada. Pictured above with Howard, in the front row, are: Cottey College head coach Dave Ketterman and Cassville head coach Chris Shore. Second row: Howard's grandparents, Joe and Kathy Laney; and parents, James and Missy Wiseman and David and Becky Howard.

Kennadi Howard, a senior at Cassville High School, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Cottey College in Nevada last Thursday.

"My emotions are kind of wild right now," said Howard. "My hearts racing. I'm kind of nervous, but I know I made the right decision."

Howard has been a solid floor leader for the Lady Wildcats during her four-year career.

"Kennadi has been a leader and steady presence for us on the court," said Cassville basketball coach Chris Shore. "She grew and matured every year in our program. Her junior and senior seasons she really embraced the leadership role and could be counted on to get any job done."

Howard averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2 steals and 1.5 assists per game this season. She also connected on 33 percent of her tries from the three-point line.

"Cottey was the first school that showed interest," said Howard. "After a visit to the campus and meeting the coaching staff, I felt at home."

The Lady Comets' coaching staff identified 250 athletes in a 100-mile radius that could help their program. It was Howard's potential that caught the attention of the program.

"When I studied Kennadi's game I saw a quick, smart and athletic player," said Cottey College head coach Dave Ketterman. "I believe that if Kennadi comes in and works hard and continues to improve, she will help our program greatly."

The Lady Comets' open-motion offense is predicated on speed and rotation in order to create mismatches, and a man-to-man defense is demanding of their athletes.

"We want to push the ball," said Ketterman. "The biggest difference between the high school and college game is the length of the contest and speed of the game. I believe the recruits we have coming in can handle these challenges."

Howard chose Cottey College over Crowder College and Central Methodist University. She plans to major in psychology.

"I would tell anyone who plays a sport not to take anything for granted," said Howard. "Your time in high school goes by so quickly. Enjoy it and have fun."

Howard is the daughter of David Howard and Missy Wiseman.

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