State Fair Community College sophomores Kenny Chery and Charles Beard recently tested their skills against some of the best junior college basketball players in the country.
Beard participated in the Mullen’s Junior College Showcase July 13 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Chery was selected to participate in the Mullen’s Junior College Top 100 July 14-15 at Lindenwood University in St. Charles.
Beard played three games in one day as part of the Junior College Showcase event. Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas was pleased with Beard’s performance.
“He played well,” said Thomas. “It’s hard for big players to show everything they can do in those events because they’re guard dominated, but he ran the floor well. He did a good job boxing out and had some nice post moves.”
Chery played four games in two days at the Mullen’s Junior College Top 100. Players were assigned to teams and then allowed to practice with those teams before playing games.
“Kenny performed well at the Top 100 event,” said Thomas. “Coaches told me they thought he was one of the best point guards out there.”
Thomas said both players could improve as they prepare for their sophomore seasons at SFCC.
“Kenny needs to be more assertive and take control of next year’s team,” said Thomas. “Last year he deferred to some of the older guys. He needs to be a bit more vocal and be an extension of the coaching staff. He’s making strides to do that, and I think he’s going to have a really good year. Beard struggled at times this year with the physicality of the game. This spring he did a good job improving his strength and his skill levels got better. He should have a really solid year for us.”
SFCC will open its season Nov. 2 against the Missouri Valley College Vikings junior varsity as part of the McDonald’s Classic at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department