Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Kevin Perkins

An Outstanding Islander

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Keeping the Faith
A severe knee injury last fall taught Kevin Perkins the importance of family, education and future career goals. Before Perkins was redshirted, the 6'3" combo guard led the Islander men's basketball team in steals, averaged double-digit points and started every game as a freshman. So when doctors told the 2007 LaPorte High School graduate, who is the school's all-time leading scorer, he was done with college basketball, he was crushed. After all, he was three when he started playing basketball at the YMCA. In February 2009, Perkins had meniscus replacement surgery. Unable to walk, he missed nearly a month of school and had to drop one class; however, he credits Senior Scholastic Coordinator Bailey Wilson for being a vital link between him and his classes and keeping him on the right track. The junior general business major still hopes to return to the sport he loves most in fall 2010. Currently, Perkins serves as a student assistant coach for Coach Perry Clark encouraging, advising, and supporting the team any way he can. Perkins' parents drive to local games to cheer for their son. Even from the sidelines, Perkins wants to be a role model for his brother, Kendrick, a high school senior with dreams of entering major league baseball. Perkins says if he does play again, he'll have more insight into the game. If he never plays ball again, he says he has learned to accept it. His experience has helped him grow up, gain faith, and focus on his priorities. Perkins is glad to have chosen the Island University for the team's caring coaches and because the surroundings remind him of home. After graduation, Perkins plans to start his own business.

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