SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Willard senior Chris Kendrix has his college choice in the bag entering his highly anticipated final season with the Tigers. The 6-5, 180 lb shooting wing verbally committed to Missouri State Monday afternoon after a weekend visit.
"I was set on it because they recruited me the hardest for the past two years," said Kendrix. "I just wanted to sleep on it and it is the right choice for me."
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Kendrix, who played for Kansas City's highly regarded MoKan Elite AAU team this summer, averaged 20.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 2.5 spg last season, leading Willard to the class 5 sectionals. Despite playing what he calls "not good" at times this summer MSU's coaches stuck by his side.
"All the coaches are always there to help out. They're always willing to sacrafice for their players.
Kendrix, who says he became a Bears fan during the Kyle Weems era, spent most of his visit interacting with some of MSU's incoming talent, including Nixa shooting guard Austin Ruder, Fayetteville center Tyler McCullough and Maryland point guard Devon Thomas.
"They're going to be a winning program soon. They're building talent and hopefully they keep building."
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A rivals three-star recruit, Kendrix burst onto the local scene as a high flying sophomore. In addition to his outside shooting touch, the long and athletic Kendrix figures he will primarly take it to the basket at the next level.
"I’m more of a slasher, drive the basket kind of player. I can play the post. It’s not my favorite thing. I try to be the best shooter I can be."
Willard is considered one of the top teams in the area entering this season, which includes an invite to the highly prestigious Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. Kendrix doesn't want to look too far ahead, but after falling by one point to Kickapoo in last season's class 5 sectionals, he is ready to take his team to the next level.
"I feel like my game has improved a whole lot. Mentally and physically I'm stronger. I'm just doing what I need to do to win and being more of a team player."
Kendrix also received offers from Oral Roberts and Tulsa. Kansas State and Wichita State showed early interest, but backed off this summer. He will officially sign during the November signing period.