Prairie Home senior Ross Kendrick is just one example of how hard work pays off.
While playing guard as a freshman and center for three years, Kendrick definitely made the most of the opportunity through hard work while finishing with 1,462 career points along with 645 career rebounds, 118 career steals and 65 career assists.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said Kendrick was an extremely hard working individual.
“He rarely came off the floor and gave it his all every single play,” Armontrout said. “If you watched him play, his motor does not stop. He plays bigger than he really is. Ross meant a lot to the team, he helped the team in many ways besides scoring, and he was also our leading rebounder and guarded the opponent’s best player. When he got going, it seemed like the team got going. I’m not sure, but I think he may be the first male athlete to receive All-State. One of the best athletes that I have coached. Very honored to coach him and very proud of him to receive this honor.”
In 26 games this past season, Kendrick finished with 661 points for an average of 25.4 ppg along with 227 rebounds for 8.7 rpg and 40 steals for 1.5 spg. He also led the team in field goal percentage, hitting 272 of 444 shots for 61 percent. Kendrick also scored in double figures in 25 of 26 games this year and had his best game against Russellville, where he had 44 points and 12 rebounds. He scored 30 or more points on eight different occasions and had 12 double-doubles on the season.
Kendrick said he felt honored to be selected on the all-state team. “It’s been a dream since I was young and it feels great to have gotten it,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick also answered questions about his career at Prairie Home:
Q: What has been the highlight of your career as a team and individual?
A: The highlight of my personal career is cutting to the basket on Higbee and dunking it in the lane. My best team highlight is taking first place in the Keytesville Tournament.
Q: If you can remember, what was your best game and explain to me why?
A: My best game was against Russellville. I put up 44 points and played very well.
Q: Who was the biggest influence on you playing basketball and why?
A: My biggest influence was my brother. I always strived to be better than him. When we played together my freshman and sophomore year, he pushed me to play better.
Q: What did you like the most about playing basketball?
A: The best thing about basketball is that it isn’t just a sport. It becomes your whole life.
Q: Who was the biggest rival for you and why?
A: My biggest rival was Jamestown because it’s always been that way. Our towns are so close we know one another real well and makes for a good competition.
Q: What was the one thing you wanted to accomplish in high school basketball but didn’t?
A: I wanted to beat Trevor Huth’s scoring record. I ended up with around 1,500 points, a couple hundred shy of Trevor’s record.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about playing high school basketball?
A: I am going to miss the competition mainly. I’ll also miss playing with some of the best guys I know.
Q: Did you have any pre-game rituals that you went through?
A: My pre-game ritual is stretching for at least 20 minutes before every ballgame. It always got me pumped up for some reason.
Q: What are your future plans in basketball and explain to me?
A: At the moment I don’t have a future playing in basketball. I have been accepted at a college in Camdenton but I will be trying to get in contact with smaller schools.