Posted: Dec 26, 2012 3:57 PM by Tyler Garrett - email@example.com
Updated: Dec 26, 2012 8:33 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A&M-Corpus Christi junior guard Kennon Dvorak's journey to Division I Basketball has been interesting to say the least.
The 6'3" walk-on grew up in Moulton, TX, a town of roughly 900 people. The school didn't even have a football team, so Dvorak found his stride on the basketball court guiding his team to the Class A Region Round three different times. As a senior he averaged 23-points and 6-rebounds per game, but didn't catch the eye of many college coaches.
Dvorak then elected to attend Victoria College where he played one season for the school's club basketball team. After finishing his basics he moved onto A&M-Corpus Christi where his road to the hardwood was defined by perseverance.
He tried out for the team in 2010, but was cut. Rather than giving up Dvorak worked harder pushing himself to improve. In 2011 he once again gave college basketball a try, and Willis Wilson added him to the roster as a walk-on.
"It was actually kind of a relief. I was so stressed out that week and I'd been working so hard leading up to the tryouts I just kept on thinking about what I had to do in order to be on the team. I kept on trying and thinking hard up until that day and whenever I finally got the call it was kind of like a weight was lifted off my shoulders," he said.
And while most walk-ons sit the bench Dvorak quickly climbed the depth chart starting 7-games by the end of the season, highlighted by a career high 15-point performance against UT Arlington.
"He's been nothing but a positive to our program. He's been a real blessing in a lot of ways. He's a kid that gets it. He's understands why we do things the way that we do and he's very very committed to helping our program be successful," said Wilson.
So far this season he's played in 8-games and is averaging just 1.5 points per game, but he is living his dream. Proving that hard work will pay off, you just can't give up.
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