The month of April was a big month for senior Mustang basketball standout Blake Kendrick.
Not only did he sign a basketball scholarship to Lee University, located in Cleveland, Tenn., he also learned he was the winner of the prestigious 2014 Moss/Oliver Award.
“It was a good day. If you would have told me when I started playing basketball that I’d be able to continue playing in college, I would not have believed it,” said Kendrick. “I am excited to play for Lee. It’s also a huge honor to receive the Moss/Oliver Award and to be among those who have been honored with the award in the past.”
Given by the Civitan, the Moss/Oliver Award is named for local school administrators J.D. Moss and William Henry Oliver who made on impact on Nashville education in the 1960s. It is presented annually to a Nashville high school male and female basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Kendrick was among three finalists for the award this year. Past Mustang players honored with this award include Phillip Hutcheson, David Solomon and Jacob Turner.
“Blake is one of the finest young men I have had the pleasure of coaching,” said Ritchie Pickens, high school boys’ basketball head coach. “More important than his achievement on the court, Blake led this team with his character and drive to be better every day.Blake is well deserving of these honors.”
Kendrick was selected to the 10AA All-District team this season and was voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player for the 2013-2014 season.
“Blake is a wonderful ambassador for Lipscomb Academy,” said Mike Roller, associate headmaster and director of athletics. “He's obviously a terrific basketball player but it is his Christian character and dedication to others that makes him special.”
Kendrick said he has greatly enjoyed his years at Lipscomb Academy.
“It’s been a great experience,” said Kendrick, the son of Kent and Alison Kendrick. “On the basketball court I’ve seen guys grow and develop. I love the camaraderie. It’s like a family. Great people have come through the Mustang basketball program.
“I’ve also loved being at Lipscomb. There are 40 of us in this graduating class who have been here since the first grade. Lipscomb has been more of a home to me than a school. I’ll be leaving a lot of good people.”
Kendrick is expected to redshirt his freshman year at Lee.