Kaminski makes his mark against OSU

Kaminski makes his mark against OSU

Redshirt freshman forward hits three 3s, one major one in overtime, to key Spartans against Ohio State. He talks that shot and lessons from his latest suspension.

Being an Ohio native, hitting a momentum-changing 3-pointer in overtime against Ohio State carried a little something extra for Kenny Kaminski.

"It was awesome," he said. "My phone is getting blown up with all my friends back home ragging on me for winning the game, but that's what I do."

The shot came with Michigan State trailing 60-59 early in overtime and on the end of a 22-4 Ohio State run that carried from the final seven minutes of regulation into overtime.

Kaminski lined up the shot to the left of the key off a pass from Keith Appling and smoothly drained his third 3-pointer of the game, this one to give MSU the lead.

"I've dreamed of this day," he said. "I'm on the bench as I came out to have Alvin in to handle the ball and I'm in tears. I'm crying, looking at my mom and she's crying. It was the biggest shot I've ever hit in my life."

It wasn't anything unexpected by his teammates, though. His roommate and classmate Gary Harris said that is type of player Kaminski is.

"I knew Kenny had ice in his veins," Harris said. "It's just a matter of him getting in and making a play. … I knew Kenny had it in him. He's one of a kind. He can come in, not stretched, not do anything, sit on the bench for 20 minutes and come in and hit a 3.

"That's just the type of player he is."

Exactly what type of player Kaminski is has been seen yet by Michigan State fans, who have waited through a pair of suspensions this season to see what the Medina, Ohio, native can bring to the table.

The latest spanned from before MSU's game against Oakland on Dec. 14 to its matchup against New Orleans on Dec. 28. Kaminski said the latest suspension made him realize a lot.

"It was one the hardest things I've ever had to go through," he said. "I had to face people saying, ‘Hey, I thought you were supposed to be in Texas.' Answering that question for me was not easy, so I just kind of came out with the mindset that I was going to change who I am as a person and do what I have to do and do everything to the best of my ability."

So who is he now?

"Kenny Kaminski," he said.

And exactly who is Kenny Kaminski?

"You saw him tonight."

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