Montminy Shines Behind the Scenes

STATE COLLEGE - How do you measure the impact a player has on a team?
The easy answer is stats.
But for one Central PA native and Penn State hoops player, it's about much more.

“He's the greatest,” says PSU men’s basketball head coach Patrick Chambers.

That’s some pretty high praise.
When you get Chambers talking about junior guard Kevin Montminy, he could go on for days.

“On the court he's a fearless competitor,” Chambers says. “I mean he gets after it. He's such a positive influence in the locker room, in the weight room, I mean he's terrific.”

A Penns Valley high school grad, Montminy rarely sees game action.
The walk-on's scored just two points in a total of eleven minutes this season.

“I think for some people that would be very difficult,” he says.

But not for him.
Like the stone that sharpens the blade, Montminy enjoys the roll of helping hone the best.
Practices are his games.

“I just really embrace the team aspect of it,” he says. “I really want to make sure I get my teammates better.”

“He has toughness, hard work,” adds starting shooting guard D.J. Newbill. “Kevin, he will not be outworked, no matter what we do. He wants to win every sprint. He wants to compete in every aspect, whether it's lifting weights, in the classroom or on the court. He brings that competitive edge to our team.”

As for playing Big Ten basketball in front of family and friends just minutes from where he grew up, he says:

“To tell you the truth, I don't even know that it has sunk in yet to tell you the truth.”

An opportunity - even if it's mostly behind the scenes – Montminy says he'll never take for granted.

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