Michigan State 6’8” forward Kenny Kaminski has left the Spartans basketball program. Calls to MSU head coach Tom Izzo and to Kaminski were not returned to Spartan Nation. MSU head coach Tom Izzo has not released a statement and none is expected at this time according to MSU men’s basketball SID Matt Larson.
Kaminski was suspended at the beginning of last season for what Izzo deemed, “Not taking care of his academic obligations.” That suspension lasted for the exhibition season (two games) and the opener.
He was then suspended again in December with Izzo exclaiming to the media, “Kenny’s got to grow up, he’s just got to grow up.” That suspension lasted three games as well.
When pressed last season, Izzo made it clear, “Kenny isn’t in any danger of being academically ineligible, he is in danger of being eligible the right way.” At the time Spartan Nation called it, “Izzo eligible.”
Kaminski announced he was leaving tonight via his Twitter account @KennyKaminski. “I am no longer going to play at Michigan State, I will be transferring to another school but have not decided where yet.”
Back on January 9 of this year, Kaminski told Spartan Nation, “I’m finally getting some trust back from coach for going through everything that I‘ve gone through in the past….I learned what it takes to be a Spartan. Being a Spartan has a lot of pressure. You are supposed to do a lot of things right; there is a lot of people that look up to me. For example I went out to eat with Denzel (Valentine) and Gary (Harris) the other day. These little kids came up and they were so excited to meet us. I was thinking God, I let these kids down because I didn’t do what coach wanted me to do.” YOU CAN WATCH THAT INTERVIEW WHEN YOU CLICK THIS LINK.
Kaminski was expected to start this season for the Spartans as he was their returning major three point threat. Ideally transfer player Bryn Forbes would get his hardship waiver approved by the NCAA so he could play immediately and he would have the inside track for Kaminski’s minutes.
The Spartans cupboard isn’t bare not matter what the organization decides as the loss of Kaminski could open the door for freshman Javon Bess and Marvin Clark to pick up some critical minutes by switching to that position.