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Kenny Kadji: The Most Underrated Player in College Basketball

Robert Mayer USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Kadji, the starting power forward for the Miami Hurricanes, has played himself into the position as an NBA prospect. At 6’11″, 235 pounds, Kadji can play in the low post as well as on the perimeter. He is a matchup problem for any power forward or center. Although he averages 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and one assist this season, Kadji is arguably the best player on Miami’s roster. You could make the same argument for Shane Larkin, Durand Scott or Reggie Johnson.

When people discuss the best players in the college basketball this season, Trey Burke (Michigan Wolverines) and Cody Zeller (Indiana Hoosiers) are mentioned. Kadji does not have the exposure that these players have, but this may soon change with the NCAA Tournament coming up next month. The tournament has been a haven for individuals to showcase their talents and catapult their position on the NBA draft board. A few individuals who come to mind are Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse Orange), Wally Sczerbiak (Miami (OH) Red Hawks), Dwayne Wade (Marquette Golden Eagles) and Derrick Williams (Arizona Wildcats).

In my opinion, Kadji’s style of play is a cross between Jared Jeffries (Indiana Hoosiers) and Danyell Marshall (Connecticut Huskies). All three players had versatile games. Although Jeffries was a power forward/center in college, he has played the small forward and power forward positions in the NBA. Marshall was the same way. I believe the same will hold true for Kadji. This young man has not even reached his peak. He is just beginning to scratch the surface of how good he can actually be. Kadji is the kind of player who could become the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, whereas he was barely recognized as one of the best players at the beginning of the season.