"I think Al McKinnie and Alec Brown's injuries have helped him, but Kenny's a good basketball player," said head coach Brian Wardle. "He makes plays and he is learning and growing and has gotten better just like all our freshman have. You can see it in practice, and you can see it in the games now."
With Brown playing at an estimated 70% with a shoulder sprain and McKinnie missing most of the season with a knee injury before returning against Milwaukee Saturday, the 6'8" 230 pound freshman has made the most of his opportunities.
"I'm just trying to do all the little things right," said Lowe. "Coach Wardle likes the little things like starting here, make sure you block out people. I try to do little things like that to help out the program and it's been paying off."
Some labeled Lowe as a late bloomer coming out of high school, but he's proving to be quite the opposite so far in college. His numbers may not be eye-popping, but in 15 minutes per game Lowe is averaging four points and more than three rebounds per game, while shooting 57% from the field. He also ranks 4th on the team with 21 blocks on defense. Lately, as Lowe is averaging more minutes, the numbers have been increasing as well.
"I don't think Kenneth was ever worried about being scared," said junior point guard Keifer Sykes. "From the first time he played against Wisconsin, that was a big game for him and I saw his attitude and the way he was attacking guys and playing. That was outstanding to me."
Lowe says it's exciting to be playing for a conference championship just like he did the past few years when he and Phoenix teammate Turner Botz helped lead the Mustangs to four-straight Eastern Valley Conference titles. The first year-player says he hopes to continue to do the little things to earn more playing time.
"It's been a huge transition from high school," said Lowe. "Now, everyone's good. Everybody wants it just as bad as you do, and everyone is trying to get the same goal. The level of intensity that you have to play with is a lot higher."
So far he's flashing that intensity in spurts when he gets the call off the bench. As far moving forward, Wardle thinks Lowe has a high ceiling.
"We're excited about his future and where he can go."
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