If nothing else, it's got to be fun to watch Kennedy-King College play. The highest scoring team in Illinois' Region IV, Division I, Kennedy-King is putting up nearly 83 points a night. Much of that comes from the starting backcourt, Steve Strong and Parrish Brown.
"I'd venture to say they might be the best combo guards in Region IV and those are the two guys that carry us," said head coach Garland Dildy.
Both players average around 20 points per game. Strong tosses in 19.1 while Brown leads Region IV at 22.5. Strong is the fifth-best three-point shooter in the region while Brown is second in field goal percentage. Brown was also named the Division I player of the week in the region for his 22-point, seven rebound effort in an upset of Indian Hills.
"He's a combo kid, more of a lead guard type," Dildy said of Brown. "He's doing a good job in making decisions in terms of when it's time to distribute and when it's time to take games over. He defends very well, he's a tremendous athlete. He has a good midrange game and can pull up and shoot the three."
Dildy says Brown has an offer from Loyola-Chicago. Jimmy Collins of Illinois-Chicago will be in to watch him play this week and Robert Morris is coming as well. That's just a sampling of the schools showing interest.
Strong has already made his college choice, but it's not a Division One school.
"Steve will probably not graduate and will go Division II," Dildy said. "Lewis University, I believe he made a verbal to them recently."
Southern Indiana, Kentucky Wesleyan, Metro State and Northern Kentucky were also hot after Strong. Both players were a part of the 2003 Junior College All-American Challenge.
Keep an eye on Kennedy-King next year as well. Freshman Brandon Williams is grabbing about nine rebounds a night.
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