Athlete of the Week: Kendrick Kube
© Culpeper Times(Editor's note: Throughout the local high school sports season, Culpeper Times will again recognize an “Athlete of the Week” from one of the sports on a rotating basis. This week we feature boys basketball. At the end of the year the Times will select a male and female athlete at both Culpeper County and Eastern View high schools and recognize them as “Athlete of the Year” at their respective schools.)
Kendrick Kube can burn opponents with his fleet feet or shut them down with his defensive quickness. Either way, the sophomore point guard for Eastern View High School is someone to be reckoned with on the basketball court.
Kube is the Culpeper Times “Athlete of the Week” for boys basketball.
George Bowles, who moves up to the head coaching position for the Cyclones after four years as an assistant, is excited about the talent Kube brings to the court.
“He scored 12 points in our first scrimmage (last week) and he also had seven steals,” said Bowles. “He's not real big at about 5-foot-6, but he has unbelievable speed getting up and down the court. When he's driving to the basket there's not too many players in the district that can get in front of him.”
Kube's mindset also fits perfectly with the game plan Bowles is putting into place.
“I want this team to think defense first,” Bowles said. “I believe it's defense that wins championships. It's the focal point of what we are doing here and we've got the kids believing in it.”
Kube exemplifies that.
“I need to work on my shooting, but I'd rather play defense, it's the strongest part of my game,” he said.
Bowles said that Kube still has some learning to do.
“He's young, but he has lots of God-given talent and good floor vision,” Bowles said. “He can think on the fly. We'll have him primarily at point guard, but he can play 1, 2, or 3 (point guard, shooting guard or small forward).
Bowles said he is very much looking forward to his first year at the Cyclone helm. He's a Culpeper product and was a member of the 1992 Blue Devil state championship team. He was named Battlefield Player of the Year that season, as well as making the All-Region and All-State teams. He's being assisted by Preston Brown, who scored more than 1,000 points during his career as a Blue Devil.
“We have lots of basketball pedigree here,” said Bowles of Brown and himself.
EVHS suffered through a 6-15 season last year so the experience and background of Bowles and Brown will be useful.
For his part, Kube said that he's been playing basketball since he was 7 years old and he likes the competitive aspect of it.
“It's the best feeling when you win a close game,” he said.
Kube's favorite subject is English and he said that in college he would like to major in something related to athletics, like sports medicine.
But it's not all work and no play for the sophomore. Asked where his dream place for a vacation would be he thought a moment then said, “Hawaii, the scenery looks cool and there are girls and beaches.”
NOTE: Culpeper County High School coach James “JT” Thompson has a policy of not nominating individual players for “Athlete of the Week.” He did, however, preview his expectations for the season after going 18-7 last year.
“We have six guys returning from last year and all of them have experience starting.
“We're using a little different style than we usually use because we don't have that much depth. Nic Stewart, Henry Butler, Adrian Strother and Anthony Banks were All-District last year and they can all play 1,2,3 or 4 (power forward). They're all about 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2 and interchangeable in those positions. There are some things we are going to do that are unconventional.
“And Billy Hogan, even though he is small in stature, brings a toughness and energy to the team that is very valuable.”
Thompson said he sees James Monroe and Chancellor as the teams to beat in the Battlefield District, but that King George had a very strong junior varsity team last season and could be a team to watch.
“Our biggest challenge this year will be consistency,” Thompson said. “We will be undersized at times and we have to stick with what we do and not deviate. But this is a hard-working group.”
Thompson's teams over the years have been known not only for their ability, but for the excitement they bring to the basketball court.
“A lot of teams, when they play us at their place, that's their sellout game,” he said. “And our gym is intimate and can get very loud. There is a lot of crowd energy for our home games.”