Kenneth Joyner: Big 12 Program Shows Interest

Dreher High School standout Kenneth Joyner could probably average more points and rebounds at other schools but he shares headline billing with Winthrop commit PF/C Case Stigelbauer. Joyner continues to show he's a talented multi-skilled small forward and at one point just on the radar of some small programs. Now a Big 12 school has stepped forward with piqued interest. Come inside for more.

It's getting towards the end of the regular season for basketball in South Carolina and one team who appears to be peaking at the right time is Dreher High School. Dreher has 2 D1 prospects and while PF/C Case Stigelbauer has already committed to Winthrop, SF Kenneth Joyner is still on the board and looking at his options. A complete SF Joyner continues to fill the stat sheet each time out. We caught up with Joyner for the very latest regarding his season and recruitment.

Things are going well for Kenneth Joyner and with a number of schools showering him with attention it's easy to see why. The 2008 small forward says although he's still in the middle of the recruiting process there's one thing that remains his focus for now. "I intend to narrow things down right after the season because right now my main focus is winning a state championship. I know I'm going to college." His basketball skills should help Joyner get the opportunity to go on a scholarship somewhere but he's also a top performer in the classroom as well. Sporting a 3.2 GPA Joyner projects as a full qualifier and he takes his work in the class just as serious as he does his skills on the court.

"Right now I'm averaging 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game." Considering that he shares the spotlight with Stigelbauer it's easy to see why programs have started to take notice of his talent. "Right now I'm hearing the most from VMI, The Citadel, Ball State, and SC State but just last week I got a call from an assistant coach from Oklahoma State asking for game film."

That interest from Oklahoma State has been received with reciprocal interest on Joyner's behalf. "Yes sir, I am very interested in learning more about their program. They've got my attention most definitely."

Throughout his career Joyner has shown opposing teams and fans that he's got D1 talent. In fact, during this year's Chick-Fil-A Classic held in Columbia last month he had one of his top performances against a very tough squad from Georgia. "I scored 24 points and had 12 rebounds against Centennial out of Georgia at the Chick-Fil-A Classic."

College coaches have started to show up more and more as the season has progressed and Joyner says he knows they're there but he worries mostly about helping his team win and getting better each game out. He'll wait until after the season to start taking visits and there are a few programs he knows that he'd like to visit early on, Oklahoma State and VMI.

With an overall record of 12-7 and a 7-3 region record Dreher High appears set to make a run at the playoffs. SCPrepNation.com will keep you updated with the status of Kenneth Joyner as his recruitment continues to unfold.


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