VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota head men’s basketball coach Todd Lee is pleased to announce the addition of Kanon Koster, a transfer from Nebraska-Kearney.
Koster, who will have to sit out 2019-20 due to NCAA transfer rules, will have three years of eligibility remaining when he steps on the hardwood of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in 2020-21.
A native of Kearney, Nebraska, Koster led the Lopers as a true freshman with 16.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He started 26 of UNK’s 28 games averaging a team-best 32.8 minutes. He tallied season highs of 31 points (Jan. 26 vs. Missouri Western), 12 rebounds (Nov. 18 vs. Colorado Mines) and 11 assists (Dec. 4 vs. Fort Hays State).
“Kanon is a great athlete, a two-sport athlete who is very smart,” Lee said. “He was one of the better quarterbacks in high school in the state of Nebraska, which means he has great leadership qualities.
“Last season was the first year that he was able to just focus on basketball and had a great year at Nebraska-Kearney. He will benefit from a redshirt year and learn the system with three years left. He’s a great student, great athlete and a good leader.”
The 6-4 guard is the all-time leading scorer at Kearney High School with 1,522 points and averaged 22.6 points and 7 rebounds per game as a senior. That led to being named the Omaha World-Herald Boys and Lincoln Journal State Athlete of the year. He also became just the ninth Nebraska prep player over the last 30 years to be selected first-team all-Nebraskan in both basketball and football in the same academic year.
Koster joins a recruiting class of Hunter Goodrick, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and Rich Polanco Lantigua, who all signed in the early signing period.