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Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy had two reasons to attend Marshall County Hoop Fest

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy talks to A&M signee Isiah Jasey at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy talks to A&M signee Isiah Jasey at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

BENTON — Isiah Jasey signed with Texas A&M in early November, but Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy still made the trip here Thursday night to watch him play for Sunrise Christian in the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

The schedule worked because Texas A&M does not have a game until Monday and Kennedy was giving his team today off from practice.

However, there’s another reason he came. Kennedy spent five years as head coach at nearby Murray University before taking the job at Texas A&M in May of 2011.

“Any time I get a chance to come back to Kentucky, I want to come back. I have a lot of really good friends here and a lot of really good people who helped me get to where I am at now. I am very thankful for that,” he said. “We spent five good years here and invested in the community. We benefitted more than anybody.

“Kentucky is special when it comes to basketball. This community right here loves this event and embraces it. That is the coolest thing as a basketball coach. I am just thankful I could come here and had a day to do it.”

This was Jasey’s second trip to the Marshall Hoop Fest.

“I love the environment. The fans love it. It’s great. It’s really a fun event,” Jasey said.

He was not surprised that his future college coach came to see him play.

“That just shows how close a family we are and the relationships we have,” Jasey said. “That’s why you want to play for him.”

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