Posted On: 04/5/18 7:14 PM

Emmett 6-foot-5 forward Brett Kern is not afraid to get down and dirty, and has a football mentality when he’s manning the paint on the hardwood.

A grit guy, glue guy, workmanlike gut, whatever you want to call it. Kern is just that.

“I think I’m more of a slashing-type player, I can shoot decently, but I’m best at getting rebounds and being a grit player,” he said. “I like to do a little bit of the dirty work, rather than all the flashy stuff.”

Not surprisingly, Kern is also a standout on the gridiron. But he says he only plays football to keep him sharp, mentally and physically, for the hoops season.

“I like basketball more and would like to play that in college. I just know football helps me with everything, and it’s just made me an all-around better athlete,” said Kern.

And after a very successful junior season with the Huskies, it was the progress he made that he was most proud of.

“My sophomore year I was on varsity and ended up starting about a third of the way through the season. This year I started from the beginning and my role was to be the big guy. I was the tallest guy on the team, and my main role was to get rebounds and score and play defense down low,” said Kern.

He averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game and was named second-team all-conference as a junior

Now, he’ll carry the momentum of a strong junior season into his 17U offseason with Idaho Select 17U.

He’s hoping he can nab an offer and commit to a school before his senior season begins.

“As of right now, I have no offers or anything like that. My goal by the end of the summer is to have an offer, so that way, my senior year, I can just have fun and not have to deal with the stress of having to find a place to play, and just enjoy it.”