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Penn State Basketball: Chambers Suprises Montminy With Scholarship

by on August 07, 2014 2:00 PM

Break a nose and you might just get a scholarship.

That was the case for Penn State basketball walk-on Kevin Montminy whose crooked nose after practice was just the latest in a long line of events showcasing how hard Montminy has worked while in Happy Valley.

“Everybody who knows Kevin Montminy – is there anyone better than him,” Head coach Patrick Chambers asked players as they huddled up. “Is he the greatest brother? The greatest teammate? He is everything this program is all about … We want to offer you a scholarship for this season.”

Montminy has seen action in 40 career games over the last three seasons with 24 total points and 10 rebounds. He scored a career-high five vs. Iowa Feb. 14, 2013, and has had multi-rebound games on two occasions. In the practice gym Montminy has been Tim Frazier's or DJ Newbill's biggest nightmare as he harassed them as part of the scout team. Either Newbill or Frazier will be the first to tell you Montminy has been a great challenge to face each and every week.

“There is no one who works harder than Kevin Montminy,” Chambers says. “He represents everything we want from a student-athlete in our program and we are so fortunate to have had him – and his work ethic – around for the last three years. We are thrilled to be able to recognize Kevin's dedication with a scholarship for his final season.”

Off the court Montminy has put together a 4.0 grade-point average in each of the last five semesters, Montminy is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten honoree and the team’s Academic Award recipient. He is a part of the Schreyer Honors College and the Smeal College of Business’ MAAC program, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in accounting.

You can watch the moment Montminy got the news below.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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