USU Eastern sharpshooter headed to next level
After big sophomore year with Golden Eagles, Kendahl Amerson signs LOI to continue career at Bradley University
It was a moment that many have worked endless hours in the gymnasium to attain.
For many, it's a chance. An opportunity to showcase their skills on the highest collegiate level under the brightest lights.
For USU Eastern sophomore Kendahl Amerson, it's the continuation of a long journey that still has much to be written about.
After spending one season as a Golden Eagle, Amerson signed a Letter of Intent to continue his collegiate career at Bradley University on Wednesday morning at the B-DAC.
Amerson never was quite sure what to expect moving to Utah, a place he had never previously visited, to play basketball.
"I didn't know what was going to go on here," said Amerson. "I had never even been to Utah before."
A Detroit native, Amerson signed his LOI with coaches Adjalma Becheli and Justin Brown and several of his teammates watching. Brown, who left South Plains College in Texas to join the staff at USU Eastern, convinced Amerson to come along with him.
In the end, Amerson's choice was a good one. He averaged 17.5 points per game and was a key leader for the team making 80-of-205 3-pointers last season
"He's not afraid to take a shot," said Becheli. "He's very capable of playing Division I basketball."
Amerson chose Bradley, a small school of just under 5,000 students in Peoria, Ill., over other schools including UNLV and Gonzaga. He also had interest from other schools including Utah State, Kent State and Troy State.
Brown said Amerson chose Bradley for the coaching staff and family-like atmosphere around the team. He also noted the opportunity for Amerson to step in and contribute right away.
"It's an opportunity for him to go in an make an impact," Brown said.
Amerson celebrated the moment after signing his LOI by calling his mother. As she talked of his big moment, Amerson wiped away tears from his eyes.
He joked that he wouldn't miss Price, but would miss playing for Becheli and Brown.
"It's been one of the best years here, having fun playing with my teammates," he said.