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Posted On: 01/29/18 10:08 AM
Prairie View High School isn’t known for their basketball team–most don’t even know where the school is located, but that hasn’t stopped opposing teams from talking about a special player in 6’3 Kam Vincel from making the most of his last four years.
There aren’t too many around the state that know about him as he’s been overshadowed due to the fact that he’s not at a big 5A school. He’s been on varsity since he was a freshman and is no stranger to hard work and has a career that no many players are able to accomplish in their four years. He’s also the captain and vocal leader for the team that many look over when taking a look at their schedule, but this year he’s taken them to new heights.
“I think we could be league champs this season.” Which he makes a good case for as his team is having one of the better years they’ve had in quite some time. So far, this year they’ve gone 3-1 in league play and are looking like one of the favorites as the season is going along.
Sophomore year Kam became a starter and has managed to average a double-double for three years straight. That year, he averaged 10.8 points and 10.3 rebounds a game, but it was a disappointing season as the team went 9-14. Since then, nothing but progression, both in his individual numbers, but also with the success of the team. Junior year he put up a whopping 17.9 points, 2.1 assists and 11.3 rebounds in a mediocre season going 12-11 for the season and 6-4 in league play. This season, more of the same. He’s averaging 22.0 a game, good for 16th in the state and 12.8 rebounds a game, good for 10th best. He’s amongst state leaders in each category and accounts for almost half of the teams 59.1 points a game. He’s shooting a career high 65% from the field and has shown the capability to operate with or without the ball in his hands while being double teamed most nights. What makes him stand out is his great basketball IQ mixed with the ability to contribute in many other ways makes him one of the most dynamic players in the state, while also being a great leader both on and off of the hardwood.
As senior year goes on, Kam said the only thing he can think about is the growth of the team and working as hard as he can. He said he doesn’t know what the future holds but he does have dreams of pursuing a basketball career at the next level. He’s currently being looked at by Otero JC and UCCS, but has no issues playing for a school like Metro. With the consistency, he’s shown over the years, mixed with the ability to progress each year, Kam is a player that many schools will be after. With continued strong play from PV, more will get to see him play at the coliseum.