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Posted On: 08/10/18 11:19 AM
Also a standout on the football field, Chanute 2019 is gearing up for a big senior season for the Blue Comets after a strong summer competing with the Heat Elite.
A 6’0 guard, Kimberlin showed off his outside shooting abilities in several games for the Heat in July, but says he takes pride in his all-around game. A year ago, he led his team in scoring at 19 points per game and added six rebounds and three steals per game.
“I’m a hardworking player who will do what it takes to help my team win,” he says. “I played point guard (last season at Chanute) and led the team in rebounds, points and assists. I played pretty well for the most of the season. I was a bit streaky shooting at times.”
He says he has spent the summer working on becoming a more consistent outside shooter and becoming an all-around offensive threat.
“ I’ve focused on becoming a more consistent shooter, not just catch and shoot but pull ups and shooting over people,” he says. “Another main focus for me is ball handling.”
Kimberlin said he played a different role for the Heat than the one he played at Chanute and learned how to pick his spots.
“My role on my summer team is a bit different then on my school team,” Kimberlin said. “I’m more of a 3 and D guy, whereas for school ball I’m asked to score the ball a lot more. This summer has made me a more physical player, being able to play through contact will help tons.”
Kimberlin says his little league coaches when he was a youngster have had the biggest effect on his basketball career to date.
“I was on a really good team and our coaches showed us what hard work was,” he says. “They showed us the right way to play basketball.”