Cooper's Adam Kunkel named LaRosa's Athlete of the Week

Cooper's Adam Kunkel named LaRosa's Athlete of the Week (LaRosa's)

  • NAME: Adam Kunkel
  • SCHOOL: Cooper High School
  • SPORT(S): Basketball
  • GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Earning Div. I Basketball scholarship to Belmont University
  • BIRTHDATE: 12/9/99
  • HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'3"-175 lbs.
  • RESIDENCE: Florence, Ky.
  • PARENTS: Greg & Patti
  • FUTURE GOAL: Earn college degree, play pro basketball overseas

One of Northern Kentucky's top basketball players is Cooper senior Adam Kunkel, a three-year varsity starter at guard.

Entering this season, Adam already was a member of the 1,000-point club with 1,148 career points to go along with 285 career rebounds, 121 assists and 99 steals. Before it's all over, he could become the school's all-time leading scorer.

He has had numerous big games this season, including a 22 point-10 rebound effort vs. Pulaski County. He also had 19 points-16 rebounds-5 assists in a big win vs. Elder, plus 23 points vs. Covington Catholic, 19 vs. Conner and 17 vs. Ryle.

His junior year, Adam averaged 17 points-5.2 rebounds-2.6 assists per game and helped lead the 31-5 Jaguars to the school's first-ever Ninth Region championship and first-ever state runner-up finish.

Adam has earned numerous honors, including last year being named MVP of the 9th Region tournament, Northern Kentucky Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and 3rd team all-state. He was also named to the all-tournament teams of the State Sweet 16 and 33rd District championship tournaments.

A good student who is active in community service, Adam will continue his basketball play next season at Belmont University.

His favorite athlete is Russell Westbrook, favorite book is Of Mice and Men, favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption and most-like-to-meet is LeBron James.

COACH'S QUOTE – "On and off the court, Adam has an infectious personality with a work ethic that is second to none. Adam is the ultimate teammate." — Tim Sullivan, Basketball Coach

Information courtesy LaRosa's

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