State Fair Community College sophomore guard Kenny Chery has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-American.
“Receiving this honor means a lot to me, because I’ve worked really hard to be in the position I’m in today,” said Chery.
Chery earned All-Region 16 honors twice during his career at SFCC. During his sophomore year he led his team in scoring with 16.4 points per game, ranking fourth on the all-time single-season scoring list at SFCC.
He also led his team in steals for the season with 48. He compiled an assist-to-turnover ratio of just over 2 to 1, and his 105 assists placed him second on the team this season.
“It’s a great achievement for him,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “It is definitely well-deserved. He’s been in our program for two years and got better and better throughout his career. He’s done everything the coaches have asked of him, both on and off the floor. He is an exemplary player, person and student.”
Chery had some of his best games during his sophomore year. He scored a team-leading 27 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds against fifth-ranked Iowa Western Community College Reivers.
He also led his team to an upset win over the 23rd-ranked and eventual Region 16 tournament champion Mineral Area College Cardinals. He scored 28 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory, leading his team in all three categories.
Chery scored 22 points against the third-ranked Howard College Hawks, and also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and registered a team-high three steals in the game.
He registered 14 points and five assists in the Roadrunners’ second matchup of the season with Mineral Area. Chery registered 21 points in his final game as a Roadrunner in the Region 16 tournament semifinal against Mineral Area.
As a freshman, Chery led his team in assists with 111, placing him fourth on the all-time single-season assists list in school history. Chery also led the team in steals with 40 and finished second in team in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per contest.
Chery has verbally committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, next year.
“I’ve had a great two years at SFCC and have really enjoyed my time here,” said Chery. “I’m really blessed to be heading to Baylor next year.”
Chery is the seventh Roadrunner to earn All-American honors, and the first since Sanijay Watts in 2008. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.