Thursday, October 21, 2021

ULBani aims to be ‘dad proud’ for men’s basketball’s Tyree Kettner, whose father played in the NBA and died of cancer in 2014

aLBANY – The positive attitude that Larry Kettner showed in the last year of his life, who played for three different NBA teams, is something that will always be with Tyree Kettner.

Walk-on freshman with the UAlbany men’s basketball team, Tyree Kettner, said the memory inspires him every day.

“As a young child, you don’t really understand the impact of cancer,” said Tairi Kettner. “But I remember he used to fight with her every day.”

Larry Ketner died of colon cancer in October 2014 at the age of 37, one day before Terri Ketner’s 13th birthday. The seventh anniversary of the death of Larry Kettner will follow less than a week after this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball, an annual event co-hosted by the men’s basketball head coaches of Ulbany and Siena and their respective wives , which benefits the US. Cancer Society.

This year’s event will take place on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Albany Capital Center, and will feature Dwayne Killings, who was appointed as UAlbany’s new coach for the first time in mid-March. The murders counted Larry Kettner as a friend. They first met when Larry Kettner was a star at UMass and Killings was a standout at Amherst Regional High School, and later became close friends while the Killings were working at Temple in Philadelphia, where Larry Kettner was once a Roman Catholic. Acted in high school.

“He was a gentle giant. He had such a big heart and cared about people,” said Killings of 6-foot-9, 277-pound forward Lari Kettner, who served as the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers from 1999 to 2001. and performed for the Indiana Pacers. “His son is a lot like him.”

Terry Kettner – often referred to as “Hus”, a nickname his grandmother gave him as a youngster – grew up in South Philadelphia and spent the 2020-21 season at Woodstock Academy in the Philadelphia Catholic League. He played his high school basketball at Archbishop Carroll. In Connecticut, a prep school. A 6-foot-7 forward, Tyree Kettner mostly had his interest in the Division II program, but the Killings offered him a walk-on spot with the UAlbany program. With a solid freshman year ahead, the 19-year-old can earn a scholarship for 2022-23 and beyond.

“He’s got a shot,” Killings said. “That gives me a lot of confidence in the culture we’re building here.”

When Terry Kettner committed to ULBani, one of her top priorities was to get in better shape. He weighed close to 300 pounds during his prep season, and he surpassed that mark after recovering after testing positive for COVID-19 last spring.

since spring? Terry Kettner has weighed around 60 pounds, and he weighs around 250.

“He’s working so hard and it’s really showing,” said Ulbani’s new Justin Neely, who is Tairi Keitner’s roommate.

“He’s becoming a man,” Killings said, “and his game has been great.”

Throughout his basketball career, Tyree Kettner has said that there has been pressure related to being the son of someone who made it to the NBA. Especially growing up, his father’s name was brought before him in almost every gymnasium he entered.

He doesn’t necessarily have to mind it.

“For me,” said Tyree Kettner, “I shine the most when times are tough or the pressure is on me.”

His father, Tyree Kettner, was said to have been his best friend, and was “the first thing I think of”. [about him] riding the car with him, talking about life and basketball.”

In both life and basketball, Terry Kettner wants to spend his time at UAlbany to fulfill one of his goals.

“I want to make my father proud,” said Tyree Kettner.

guest of honor

This year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball will honor three special guests.

Duke men’s basketball awaits head coach John Scherer to receive the “Champion of Hope” award; Guilderland’s Jenna Meier will receive the “Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit Award” at the event; And, Jim Hart, the founder of the Albany City Rocks AAU organization, will receive the “Inspiration Award.”

Siena head coach Carmen Maciarillo played for Hart with the City Rocks, and later worked with the AAU program. Macciarillo referred to Hart as “another father figure” in his life.

“Jim believed in me from day one, as an unheard of JV basketball player in Shenandoah,” said Maciarillo, who graduated from high school at Clifton Park in 1996. “Jim was the first person to really believe me.”

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