Kenyata Hendrix

Who influenced you to play basketball?

“My grandfather and my dad influenced me when I was a kid, because they used to play.”

Who is your favorite basketball player?

I’ll probably say Skylar Diggins when she was in college.”

Why did you choose SSU?

“When I came to visit SSU, I felt like it was the right fit for me. It wasn’t too far from home but it was far enough because I didn’t want to be too close. At the time, I really debated on whether I wanted to play. SSU was still there, willing to give me a full scholarship. So when I came on the visit, I felt like I was here for a reason.”

How do you feel about your team’s progress from last season to this season?

“I felt like we developed more chemistry this season. I think the thing that beat us this season was mistakes at the wrong time, and those are determines the outcome of the game.”

 How has the basketball program benefited you?

“The program has taught me a lot, especially patience. Everything doesn’t always go according to plan, so I’ve learned how to make adjustments. Coach Baker is always saying how patience is a direct correlation to life. I can back him in saying that because your busy, and you have other things to do such as classes. You still have to make it work and manage your time. Coach also talks about developing trust between coaches and teammates. “

Do you think your team will continue to build moving forward?

“I’m pretty sure they will. We have a few players coming back. Coach Baker is very consistent, so he’ll continue to teach the same thing and the same values, and they should be able to adjust quickly.”

What gets you pump up before the game?

“It might be cliché, but I kind of in vision myself playing before it starts like what I want to do and what I want to do differently from last game.  I tell myself to work hard, no matter what happens because that was a thing of mine to get frustrated.

What are your plans after SSU?

“Right now my plans are to become a writer when I graduate. My major is online journalism, but if the opportunity presents itself to play basketball, then I just might. I say I wouldn’t, but I’m starting to miss it a little bit.”

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