State Fair Community College sophomore guard Kevin Punter recently signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., where he plans to major in sports medicine.
Punter helped the Roadrunners to a 26-7 record and the program’s first victory at the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I men’s basketball championships.
“A lot went into my decision to sign with Tennessee,” said Punter. “It is a great situation for me to come into and have an opportunity to play right away at a high level. Academics also played a major role in my decision.”
Punter led his team in scoring, averaging 20.3 points per game. He scored 28 points, pulled down five rebounds and made 12 of 15 free throws in the Roadrunners’ first-round win over Shelton State Community College in the Division I men’s national championships as a sophomore. He led his team in scoring with 24 points against Chipola College in the second round of the championships.
Punter ranked 26th in the nation in points per game and 12th in the country in points in his sophomore season. He shot a team-high 82.7 percent from the free-throw line this season, ranking him 43rd in the nation, plus a team-high 57.1 percent from the field as a sophomore.
Punter has a lot of memories from his time at SFCC, including winning the Region 16 and district championships and getting a chance to go to the Division I national championships.
“My freshman year I had the opportunity to play with Kenny Chery,” said Punter. “I learned a lot of great things from him on and off of the basketball court.”
Punter was named an NJCAA First-Team All-American during his sophomore season. He also was named Region 16 Most Valuable Player while helping lead his team to region regular-season and tournament championships.
“I think he has a chance to be a very good player at Tennessee,” said Roadrunners head coach Kevin Thomas. “He improved in all aspects of his game and in life. Statistically, he has improved in every category and his skill level has increased tremendously. He has worked extremely hard and is very deserving of the scholarship offer at Tennessee.”