Kenny Chery

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Kenny Chery
Nanterre 92
PositionPoint guard
LeagueLNB Pro A
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1992-01-24) January 24, 1992 (age 27)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolArchbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.)
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Alba Fehérvár
2016–2017CB Sevilla
2017–2018Gipuzkoa Basket
2018–2019Boulazac Basket Dordogne
2019–presentNanterre 92
Career highlights and awards

Kenny Fred Chery (born August 22, 1992) is a Canadian professional basketball player for Nanterre 92 of the LNB Pro A. He competed with State Fair Community College and then Baylor at the collegiate level.

Early years[edit]

Chery was born in Montreal, Quebec to Haitian parents[1][2] in a household where Creole was spoken only, while he learned French in school.[2] Growing up, Chery played hockey but gradually switched to basketball as he participated in basketball leagues as a teenager around Montreal. In the summertime he would annually visit his cousin Peter Jean-Baptiste in Brooklyn, New York where he'd play pick-up games at outdoor basketball courts against talented older players further developing his game early on. It was during these visits Chery began to learn to speak English as well.[2]

High school career[edit]

Chery moved to Washington, D.C. as a junior in high school on a scholarship to Archbishop Carroll High School, where he played against some of the best high school teams on the East Coast.[2] Playing under Michael Adams, Chery received some Division I recruiting interest, but schools pulled their scholarships after it became apparent he would not be academically eligible. This was due to some Canadian courses not transferring, so Chery opted for junior college.[3]

National tournament[edit]

In 2008, Chery participated in the Canadian U17 Boys National Championship where he received MVP honors leading Quebec to a gold medal after going undefeated (5-0), in a tournament where fellow Canadians (and now NBA players) Cory Joseph and Kelly Olynyk participated in.[4]

College career[edit]

Chery played two seasons at State Fair Community College in which he became regarded as one of the best junior college players in the country. As a sophomore, he posted 16.4 points and 3.7 assists per game, shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 44.6 percent from behind the arc to help lead the Roadrunners to a 20-10 record. He was named a National Junior College Athletic Association honorable mention all-America. In April 2013, he committed to Baylor, turning down offers from UCLA, Wichita State and Arizona State.[5]

Chery missed some time in January 2014 with a turf toe injury. He had the sixth triple-double in school history with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a win against Kansas State on February 15. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior at Baylor.[3] As a senior, Chery was named to the Second-team All-Big 12.[6] He averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game as a senior.[7]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Chery signed with the Hungarian team Alba Fehérvár.[8] He averaged 14.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in Hungary. On August 27, 2016 he signed with CB Sevilla of the liga ACB.[7] Chery averaged 9 points, 1.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game for the squad. The following season, he signed with Gipuzkoa Basket.[9] He averaged 14 points per game. On August 4, 2018, Chery signed with Boulazac Basket Dordogne of the French LNB Pro A.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press, ed. (6 March 2014). "Eh! Canadian duo Heslip, Chery big for Baylor". USA Today. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Werner, John, ed. (28 February 2015). "PG Chery inspired by ex-Bear Carter to come to Baylor". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Prisbell, Eric (March 23, 2014). "Once overlooked, Baylor's Kenny Chery key to NCAA hopes". USA Today. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  4. ^ 2008 U17 Boys National Championship
  5. ^ Stubbs, Roman (April 18, 2013). "Former Carroll guard Kenny Chery signs with Baylor". Washington Post. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sooners' Hield Leads All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Honors". Big 12 Conference. March 8, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Chery, base canadiense para completar la plantilla del Betis Energía Plus". Elcorreoweb.es (in Spanish). Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kenny Chery signs with Hungarian top team Alba Fehervar". Diamondsportsagency.com. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kenny Chery, explosividad para el Gipuzkoa Basket". Marca.com (in Spanish). Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Boulazac signs Kenny Chery and Akil Mitchell". Sportando. Retrieved August 5, 2018.

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