Kenny Belton: Back in Process

Kenny Belton is making it a priority to find a school that really wants him this time around. His first experience going through the recruiting process didn't work so well, but the 6-foot-8 forward doesn't have any ill will towards Maryland. He just wishes it could have worked out better.

Kenny Belton is finally over it.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound rising senior big man was committed to Maryland midway through his junior campaign at Greensboro Dudley High (N.C.). Or so he thought.

Belton explains it like so:

Maryland invited him to a few football and basketball games last fall and winter. He met with academic advisors, got a chance to meet some of the then-current players and also prospective recruits such as Braxton Dupree.

``I came to the decision that was the place I wanted to go to," Belton admitted.

Belton didn't have an offer and Terps head coach Gary Williams hadn't done much in terms of watching Belton or talking to him. However, one of Maryland's assistant coaches put forth an offer.

``Of course I committed," he said. "People were congratulating me, but I hadn't heard from Gary Williams and I thought it was odd. Then they came to see us play against Oak Hill (who had Maryland commit Landon Milbourne). After the game, it seemed like they disappeared. I had a good game and played well defensively on Mike Beasley and scored about 16 points and had 8 rebounds."

Belton said a few days went by and there was no contact between the staff and Belton, so it was basically understood that the offer was no longer on the table and the commitment was no longer valid.

``I'm not sure what happened," Belton said. "But I'm over it. There's nothing I can do about it."

Now Belton, who averaged 14 points and 8 boards per game last season despite playing much of the year with a fractured left foot, is eager to go through the process again in hopes of finding the right fit.

Belton is slated to attend the adidas camp in Atlanta this week and then he'll travel with D.C. Assault to Las Vegas and Los Angeles later in the month.

``The biggest thing for me is comfort level," Belton said. "I want to find a coaching staff that's excited to have me and a program where I can come in and help and be a major factor."

Belton said that Wake Forest, N.C. State, Clemson, Tennessee and DePaul have all expressed interest – and it's started to increase after his performance at the NBA Camp in June.

``The main thing for me is just a school I'm comfortable with," he said.


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