Jeremy Kendle is a Professional basketball player, basketball skill & development trainer, and public speaker. Jeremy (JK) has played professionally in Morocco, Switzerland, New Zealand, China, and Australia. He is convinced that his purpose is to use the game of basketball to make others better at the game of life. This coined phrase “make other’s better,” was used by his collegiate head coach Scott Davenport at Bellarmine University.
JK’s mission on earth is to invest his “T.I.M.E” to “T”each, “I”nspire, “M”otivate, and “E”ncourage people through the game of basketball. He has trained players from the grassroots level on up to elite professionals. JK hopes to instil confidence in everybody he is affiliated with, “Confidence comes through preparation,” another one of Coach Davenports coined phrases for culture at BU. Jeremy’s work ethic and preparation have been key factors in his confidence and consequently his success on the court.
JK wants to use his knowledge, gifts, talents, resources, connections and most importantly his experiences through the game of basketball to help people. “Experience is life’s greatest teacher,” says JK. JK’s experience with the game of basketball is why he can offer players a unique mentality and rare perspective to help develop them on and off the floor.
Outside of Coach Davenport, another major influence on JK’s life has been Phil Morrison. Phil is the founder of the ministry Hoops For Christ, founder of Louisville Basketball Training Academy, Nike Camp Director and basketball training director at Mid-America sports centre in Louisville, Kentucky. They established their relationship by Phil offering to train him when he was back home between contracts in 2016. That formed a relationship which lead to Phil mentoring JK. Phil is a big motivation for why JK began as a trainer.
Playing globally has made a few things very clear to JK. The game of basketball has the ability to influence and reach everyone. In other words: Basketball is universal. It has the capacity to break barriers and unite people from all ends of the earth. Also, all basketball players have one thing in common and that one truth is that playing the game competitively one day will end for them all. Therefore, using the game of basketball to teach the right character and give players purpose is imperative. JK has a strong focus on teaching life skills and character into his sessions because of his beliefs. Ultimately, our character will last forever and one’s basketball career is like a flash in a pan.
JK’s Playin Career
As a senior at Jeffersonville High School in 2005–06 playing for coach Jimmy Just, JK averaged 15.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Red Devils to a 23–2 record winning the Hoosier Hills Conference Championship and a sectional championship. Subsequently, he earned first-team All-HHC, All-District, All-Region and All-Area selection.
He went on to sign a scholarship to play for coach Mike Burris at Olney Central Junior college but because of a broken foot (Left Navicular), he missed the entire 2006-2007 basketball season. After two surgeries and taking the 2007-2008 basketball season off, he made his way back to Olney Central for the 2008-2009 season. However, little did he know he was in for another injury-plagued season. On the first day of training, he broke his other foot (Right 2nd metatarsal). After being out the first two months off the season he tried to make a comeback but again on the first day back at practice he broke his foot again (Right Calcaneus). Not knowing the significance of the injury he played the next two games managing to score 9 points in the first game but only playing 2 minutes in the second game because of his injury.
After accepting he was going to miss the rest of the season once again, he dedicated himself to getting healthy and hoping for an opportunity. He managed to meet with coach Rodney Watson who was going into his first season as head coach of the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. After the meeting Coach Watson agreed to let JK be a walk-on player so he began making plans to attend USI in 2009. However, pretty late in the summer of 2009 JK got a phone call from Bellarmine University assistant coach Andrew Cooper. Coach Cooper had a relationship with Jimmy Just, JK’s head coach his senior season at JHS. Coach Just put a good word in for him. Consequently, Bellarmine brought him in for open gym with their players and just a few days later he was offered a full scholarship to play at BU.
JK played 3 seasons under the leadership of Coach Davenport. In his 3 seasons, BU had a record of 87-15 (23-9, 33-2, 31-4). BU went on to win the 2011 D2 National Championship. That season he was named GLVC Player of the Year, 1st team All-American, and apart of the D2 all-tournament team. BU had continued success the next season setting a school record of 17 wins in a row but eventually lost in the final 4. He left Bellarmine as the only player in school history to be named to the NABC All-America Team two years in a row. JK ended his career fourth on Bellarmine’s all-time scoring list with 1,792 points, and fifth on BU’s all-time assist list with 357.
In his rookie season as a pro, JK went on to win the Moroccan Basketball Championship playing for Wydad Athletic Club. After his rookie season, he had a short stint with SAM Massagno Basket in Switzerland but parted with the club after only 2 games. He made his way back to Morocco playing for Amal Essouira and led them to the President’s Cup final as well as the playoff final only to lose to AS Sale both games.
After his second season in Morocco, he connected with Damien Anderson who was coaching at Bellarmine University. Coach Anderson then reached out to the Toowoomba Mountaineers of the Queensland Basketball League and the Mountaineers gave JK an opportunity. He went on to lead the Mountaineers to the semi-finals of the playoffs where they lose to the eventual champion Mackay Meteors. In 2015 Toowoomba went on to finish the season 12-7 after finishing 1-16 the previous season. He subsequently earned league MVP honours and was named to the All-League Team alongside teammate Erron Maxey. In 18 games for the Mountaineers, he averaged 30.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
The next stop for JK was in Bendigo where he suited up for the Bendigo Braves of the Southeastern Australian Basketball League in 2016. The Braves finished first on the ladder with a 21–3 record, while Kendle earned the league’s scoring title with an average of 27.7 points per game and was named MVP of the league. He was fortunate enough to go on to win a championship with the Braves, the clubs first championship since 2005. He scored 34 points in the SEABL national grand final and was awarded the Hugh McMenamin Medal.
After being home a few months he decided to purchase a 1-way ticket leaving Christmas day to Brisbane to train with the Brisbane Bullets of the National Basketball League in Australia. Despite straining his calf the second day of training the Bullets signed him for the rest of the season. He played the last 7 games for the Bullets averaging 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game. Immediately after the season ended he made his way to New Zealand to play for the Canterbury Rams of the New Zealand National Basketball League.
He appeared in all 19 games for the Rams in 2017, averaging 20.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game and was named Import Player of the Year and 1st team All NZNBL. After the NZNBL season, JK was picked for an NBL All-Australian team that travelled to China to play the Chinese national team in a three-game series. In an 89-75 win in Game 3, Kendle scored a game-high 20 points.
JK went on to finish the 2017 QBL season with the Southwest Metro Pirates who was being coached by Mick Downer. The Pirates finished the regular season in sixth place with an 11–6 record and faced a red hot Townsville Heat team in the quarter-finals who eventually went on to win the championship. Despite Kendle’s game-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and seven steals, the Pirates were defeated 92–89. In seven games for the Pirates, he averaged 29 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game while shooting 55 % from the field and 48 % from deep.
His next contract had him back in the NBL but this time he was playing for the Sydney Kings. This was an injury replacement gig which led to him playing 6 games. In six games for the Kings, Kendle averaged 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 14 minutes per game. JK was replaced by Jerome Randle who was the leagues MVP the previous season for the Adelaide 36er’s.
JK’s next move was back to Bendigo where he knew he could have a big impact on and off the court. Bendigo agreed to help JK grow his skill and development business and with the impact the team had on the community in 2016, it was an easy choice. He appeared in all 22 games for the Braves in 2018, averaging 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Despite having a successful season as a player, he was more proud of the impact he was able to have off the court as a trainer. This success off the court with JKB led him to not pursue European contracts and just stay in Australia to invest in JKB.
After Bendigo JK moved back to Brisbane and immediately began training players and being involved in the basketball community in as many ways as he could. For about 3 months JK was building his resume as a trainer as well as training full time with the Brisbane Bullets as a player. Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis and his staff were generous enough to allow JK to help out at training even though he was not contracted with the club. Their consideration of JK’s situation led to him being able to stay in shape which ultimately led to him signing with the club on December 5th 2018 because a spot opened up on the roster. In 16 games for the Bullets, he averaged 6.4 ppg in 10 minutes a game. He was fortunate enough to help the club making the playoffs for the first time since they were reinstated in the league in 2016.