WKU hoops: Tony Kimbro, Jr. update

14 04 2011

I spoke with Jeffersontown High School coach Jeff Morrow this afternoon about guard/forward Tony Kimbro, Jr. – a Western Kentucky recruit for the 2011 class.

First thing’s first: Morrow said that Kimbro plans on coming down to WKU on Monday to take an unofficial visit, and then hopes to make it down the following weekend (Weekend of April 23, 24) to take his official visit.

Morrow also said that recently named Manhattan coach Steve Masiello – a former Louisville assistant – has also offered, and could have an in-house visit with Kimbro this coming weekend.

As far as Kimbro the player, he’s listed at 6-5, 195 pounds and should translate to a small forward at the college level – possibly a two-guard depending on the system.

“He was a very big part of what we did,” Morrow said. “He’s athletic, quick, puts it on the floor well, very good leaper,  very good rebounder from that spot and has a chance to be a great player at a school like Western. His shooting needs to become more consistent, but I think that’ll come in time – he’s got a huge upside.

“The three is his spot, he’s a scorer and a streaky shooter – I wouldn’t call him a pure shooter – and his natural position is the three. But he handled the ball some for us and has been able to give the point guard a break at times.”

Kimbro – the son of former Louisville player Tony Kimbro, Sr. – began his prep career at Manual in Louisville before transferring to a prep school in North Carolina. He then returned home to play his final season at J’Town – an extremely talented squad that spent a good portion of the season ranked No. 1 overall in the state.

Fitting in was never an issue for Kimbro, though, as Morrow said he – and everyone else around the program – impressed with how well Kimbro fit in on and off the court.

“He’s got an outgoing personality and there were no concerns with how he fit in,” Morrow said. “They adjusted to him and he adapted to them very well. There’s not too many people out there that he’s not going to fit in well with.

“The guys he was with adapted well to him and were accepting of him. A lot of times friction comes when someone is a selfish player, but that’s definitely not him. He’s very unselfish and one of the things he does best is pass the ball, and because of that I think everyone was able to welcome him in very well.”

Morrow said that as far as other schools of interest are concerned, Missouri and Nebraska have expressed interest recently.

But as of now, Morrow said Kimbro’s main focus seems to be on WKU and Manhattan.

“Those are the two he’s focused on right now,” he said. “He hasn’t completely ruled anyone out, but the two he’s focusing on right now are Western and Manhattan.”

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