Missouri State student-athletes Christian Kirk, Dorrian Williams, Chris Kendrix and Tyler McCullough speak to the media following the men's basketball loss to Evansville at JQH Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Missouri State student-athletes Marcus Marshall, Chris Kendrix and Tyler McCullough speak to the media following the Bears' 69-55 defeat to Illinois State in MVC men's basketball on Jan. 11 at JQH Arena.
Bears All-Access interviewed freshmen Chris Kendrix, Cameron Maes, Shawn Roundtree and Robin Thompson to learn more about the newcomers to the Missouri State men's basketball program
2015-16 Participated in Athletes in Action summer tour of Poland in June … Started 22 times in 30 appearances … Named to MVC Most-Improved Team as a sophomore after ranking 3rd in The Valley in scoring amongst underclassmen (12.1) and 14th overall … Also ranked 15th in the MVC in rebounding (4.8) and 3rd in free throw accuracy (.805) … In conference games, he had the 8th-best scoring average (13.4) and 11th-best rebounding average (5.4) while converting 82 percent of his free throws (5th) and tallying 1.7 3-pointers per game … Ranked 162nd nationally in free throw percentage … Was third on the club in scoring, and rebounding and was second in blocked shots (17) … Had 20 double-figure scoring games and led Bears in scoring 11 times to share team lead with Dequon Miller …. Scored in double figures 10 straight games from 1/30/16 to 3/3/16... Had 5 rebounds and 2 blocks against Evansville (3/4/16) in MVC quarterfinals ... Matched career high with 21 points in MVC Tournament win over Drake (3/3/16) with 5 3-pointers ... Led club with 16 points behind 3 treys in regular-season finale at SIU (2/27/16) ... Scored 10 points in home win over Drake (2/24/16) ... Posted 12 points against Loyola (2/21/16) while eclipsing 500 career points ... Had 11 points at Wichita State (2/18/16) ... Contributed 19 points and season-high 12 boards in OT win over Indiana State (2/13/16) with 3 steals and 6-for-6 day at the line ... Tallied 20 points at Northern Iowa (2/10/16) with 8 rebounds and 5 3-pointers ... Logged 21 points for second straight game (2/6/16) at Evansville to go along with 7 boards and career-high 5 assists ... Contributed career-high and game-high 21 points in win over Bradley (2/2/16) behind 12-for-13 effort at the line ... Returned to action after a one-game hiatus to post 17 points off the bench in OT win over Illinois State (1/30/16) with team-high 8 rebounds ... Led Bears with 9 rebounds in road win at Drake (1/20/16) to go with 14 points ... Posted 9 points off the bench in win at Bradley (1/16/16) ... Was a late scratch at Loyola (1/9/16) with back spasms in pregame ... Posted game-high 17 points with 6 rebounds in home win over UNI (1/6/16) ... Led club with 16 points against Evansville (1/2/16) ... Scored in double figures 6 straight games (11/22/15 to 12/13/15) ... Had team-high 17 points to go with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. Tulsa (12/13/15) in his sixth straight double-figure scoring game ... Posted 19 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals in win over IUPUI (12/10/15), including a 9-for-9 night at the line ... Earned MSU Coors Player of the Week honors for games against Utah State and Oklahoma State, averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds ... Snagged a career-high 9 rebounds to go with 10 points and a pair of 3-pointers in win at Oklahoma State (12/5/15) ... Matched the third-most steals in school history with 6 swipes against Utah State (12/1/15) to go along with a team-high 17 points and 6 rebounds ... Registered 12 points and 5 rebounds in home opener against William Woods (11/27/15) ... Led club with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers vs. Mississippi State (11/22/15) in Puerto Rico ... Had 5 rebounds vs. Minnesota (11/20/15) in Puerto Rico with 2 steals on ESPNU ... Logged 8 points with a 3-pointer vs. No. 22 Butler (11/19/15) in Puerto Rico opener ... Had team-high 13 points off the bench in season opener at Oral Roberts (11/13) behind 3-of-5 shooting with 4 rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers ... Named to Preseason Missouri All-State first team by ValueAddedBasketball.com. 2014-15 Finished just outside the program’s all-time top 15 freshmen in scoring with 189 points ... Started last 15 games of the season to end his freshman campaign ... Finished fifth on the team in scoring (189), fourth in rebounds (111) and second in steals (18) ... Snagged 6 rebounds at Loyola (2/28/15) ... Posted 14 points and 8 boards while playing JQH Arena record 55 minutes in win over Bradley (2/25/15) ... Led team with 13 points at Drake (2/22/15) with 6 rebounds ... Had career night in win over Indiana State (2/8/15) with 20 points, 8 rebounds -- both game highs -- on 6-of-10 shooting ... Knocked down a 3-pointer for fourth straight game in loss to No. 13 UNI (2/15/15) on ESPNU with 5 points ... Posted 13 points (all in second half) with career-high 7 rebounds and 6-of-7 at the line at Evansville (2/10/15) ... Scored 8 points at No. 16 Wichita State (2/7/15) on ESPN2 ... Tallied 6 rebounds at Illinois State (1/28/15) to go with 8 points and 2 steals ... Had big night at Bradley (1/24/15) with 13 points on 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 4-for-5 overall with 6 rebounds ... Had second double-figure scoring game in three tries with 10 points against No. 14 Wichita State (1/21/15) with 5-of-6 at the line ... Played 22 minutes in starting role at No. 23 UNI (1/18/15) with 4 rebounds ... Returned to starting lineup against Evansville (1/14/15) and contributed 10 points and team-high 5 rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting ... Played 18 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds while scoring 5 points and dishing out 2 assists against Illinois State (1/11/15) at JQH Arena ... Had 6 points and 4 rebounds off the bench at Indiana State (1/7/15) ... Logged 4 assists, 4 points and a dunk in home win over Drake (1/3/15) ... Played 14 minutes in road win at SIU (12/31/14) with 5 points, a 3-pointer and a steal in reserve ... Logged 21 minutes, 4 rebounds and 4 points off the bench against Eastern Michigan (12/20/14) ... Blocked a pair of shots and snagged 4 rebounds at Oral Roberts (12/15/14) ... Made an 18-minute appearance in win over UALR (12/4/14) with a key second-half 3-pointer, 5 points and a pair of rebounds ...Started second straight game in win over Alaska-Anchorage (11/28/14) with 8 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes ... Posted 11 points and 4 rebounds in 27 minutes in his first career start in Great Alaska opener against Colorado State (11/27/14) on 4-of-6 shooting with 2 dunks and 3 assists ... Posted 5 points at Texas Tech (11/22/14) with an assist and 3 boards and 3-for-3 at the line ... Scored 5 points with 4 rebounds in 21-minute assignment against Avila (11/19/14) ... Had a pair of steals and a couple of rebounds in his collegiate debut against Eastern Illinois (11/14/14) in the season opener with a 19-minute reserve assignment.
High School Avearged 23.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.6 steals while making 79 percent of his free throws his senior year (2013-14) at Willard (Mo.) High School ... Helped Coach Lamont Frazier's Tigers to a 21-7 ledger as a senior en route to a Missouri Class 5 quarterfinal appearance ... Was a consensus all-state pick by the coaches association and sportswriters ... Also earned all-district, all-conference, and All-Ozarks distinction his senior year as part of the Central Ozarks Conference championship squad that won 15 straight games at one point ... Scored 40 points in his final high school game in the state quarterfinals ... Got to play at JQH Arena in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in what he calls his biggest sports thrill to date ... During his junior season, Kendrix registered 20.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per night while earning first-team all-state honors ... Also earned All-Central Ozarks Conference and All-District 12 distinction for the 18-6 Tigers in 2012-13 ... Was also a starter and second-team all-conference pick as a sophomore for then-coach Dusty Killingsworth. He is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and played AAU ball for MoKan Elite.
Personal Christian Dernell Kendrix, Jr., was born 9/6/95 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Serena Seats-Kendrix of Springfield ... Has three sisters - Shelbie, Kiaira and Kaitlyn ... Currently undeclared ... Best sports thrill was being the top scorer in the 2014 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, held at MSU's JQH Arena.