He used the off-season from high school to get stronger, improve his offensive game and along the way picked up his first Division I offer, which came from Arkansas State.
"It was awesome,'' said Kern, who attends Central High School and was a starter on the team's 2012 state championship squad.
Now getting ready for this third year to start for his high school team, Kern had specific goals set for the summer?
"I wanted to get strong so I spent a lot of time in the weight room. I wanted to work on my ball-handling, get to where I can drive to the basket better and not just depend upon my shot. And I want to defend better.''
Kern said he averaged around 16 a game in high school but that average improved to more than 25 in summer ball.
He has lettered three seasons for the Tigers. He was the team's top substitute as a freshman and a starter the past two seasons.
"I transferred from North, we have two schools here, before my freshmen year because we got a new coach at Central, Jerry Francis, who my dad had known. He turned us around."
He changed summer league teams and "that went well. We had a good year."
Pickerkington Central competes in the largest classification in Ohio. As a freshman he saw his playing time increase as the season progressed. After winning the state title his sophomore season, the team won the district title but lost in the regional.
"We feel good about the new season,'' he said.
Kern said ASU is his only Division I offer but he has been hearing from a couple of others.
Jeff Clapacs is the lead recruiter