Kenny Foster of Smoky Hill High in Aurora Colorado is a prospect on the rise in the 2019 class, and his visit to Stanford’s elite camp made an impression. The 6-foot-5 guard put in a good performance on a campus that the 4.0 GPA student has called a dream school.
“It was pretty awesome,” he said of the camp from June 30 to July 1. “All the coaches were great and they were all there to help you. And the atmosphere at Stanford was even better than I would have thought.”
The recruiting process can take off in a hurry and for Foster his launch date was June 15 when coaches could reach out to 2019 recruits. Suddenly a young man who wondered if he’d be the type of recruit he sees on social media, and eventually on TV in college, was taking call after call from coaches.
“Definitely so many more than I would have thought,” he said. “It honestly made me want to practice harder and go as far as I possibly can. I didn’t think I had many coaches looking at me and then June 15 came my phone was ringing it seemed every 15 seconds. It was like: ‘This is actually happening now. It’s not just a dream.’”
Foster laughed as he described himself as a normal kid walking around campus his freshman year without much thought of being a basketball recruit. And on the court his first year in high school was a struggle on a team that finished with four wins.
Foster was asked to carry scoring responsibilities beyond the usual expectations of a freshman. He called the season a reality check on what it would take to be successful.
“Having to go through that adversity to make it through each game trying to get a win,” he said. “You’re not even trying to show the best you but trying to win for the team more than anything else.”
The rocky season prepared Foster and his team to win 18 games this past season and make the Sweet 16 of their playoff tournament. He averaged 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists as a sophomore.
That led to spring basketball and Foster performing in front of coaches while not really thinking if they came to see him. The competition level increased in difficulty and Foster rose to meet it.
“In the spring I used to tell my coaches, ‘I’m not in Colorado anymore, coach,’” Foster laughed. “I went from seeing guys like that, wanting to be those guys and now being someone who is being recruited. I don’t know about the recruiting process. All I can say is I worked as hard as I could to get to this point and now that I’m here I want to go even harder.”
Now with coaches in the Pac-12, Ivy League and everywhere in between talking to him he has some other schools he’d like to see. The visit to Stanford more than measured up to his expectations and he hopes to stay in contact with the Cardinal coaches.
“They’ve made it apparent that they like me and I like them, too. Definitely I want to see where this goes because this is one of my favorite schools. Hopefully they stay with me and if I could get an offer I would love that more than anything else. But you have to see where this life takes us, right?”