Walk into Kenny Goins bedroom and you’ll see why he chose to attend Michigan State as a preferred walk-on instead of accepting scholarships to Oakland, Central Michigan and Detroit.
“My AAU coach (Mark Webster) asked me in January if I could go anywhere in the country where would I go and I said Michigan State,” said the 6-foot-8 forward from Warren Mott.
“He did everything in his power to make the contact there and I guess a few days after that is when I first talked to coach Dwayne Stephens on the phone and that’s really where things kind of started. I’ve been dreaming about being a Spartan for a while; just saying ‘I am a Spartan.’ Even my room is all Michigan State. I’ve been going to their games since I was about six; basketball and football. My heart won and I went with my dream.”
Goins led Mott to a great season, losing to Bloomfield Hills in the state quarterfinals.
He averaged 21.2 points, 14.9 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots per game. The Macomb County player of the year recorded two triple doubles and was first-team all-defense.
“Kenny had a double-double in every game and is one of the best players in the state,” said Mott coach Jeff Olind. “What most people don’t know is Kenny is an honor roll student. He got a 29 on the ACT and was student class president all four years of high school. He’s even a better person than basketball player.”
Goins said he’d like to earn a scholarship by the end of his freshman season.
“That’s up to the coaches,” he said. “That would be the ideal situation in my head. I don’t know if they want me to redshirt or not. The important thing is now I can say I’m a Spartan.”