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
A local product from nearby Willard, Mo., Kendrix has the type of explosive athleticism to make an immediate impact on the program. He's a play maker who is a proven winner.
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.