"Jon is Killen"
Yesterday my staff and I went to the AAC to watch Jon Killen workout with some potential Dallas Mavericks' draft choices. Jon was brought in to challenge these players so the Mavericks' staff could get a good evaluation. It was an exciting moment for Jon.....and me. I felt like a proud dad as I saw Jon compete against several "name" college players. Jon more than held his own. As he would make a play I would feel my stomach twist as I wanted him to play well and with confidence, which he did.
After Jon's workout I went back to our camp and talked to the youngsters about dreams and goals and working hard to achieve those dreams. Find your passion and chase it and don't let anyone discourage you. Jon Killen is a living example of this. He had a dream, a goal and he worked his tail off for it. Look at him now! Jon went from a little used player who couldn't shoot to an all-league performer that was one of the best three point shooters in C-USA! Now he is working out with the Mavericks with an offer to play in Europe on the table!
And I didn't even mention the best thing.....he has already been accepted into the Cox School of Business!!!
Young men like Jon are a blessing to coach.