As far back as I can remember, I have always been a Siena College basketball fan. My parents have season tickets so my brother and I have been lucky to be able to go. I have enjoyed watching many different players over the years, but there has been one player in particular that I have really enjoyed watching. His name is Kenny Hasbrouck and recently, I had the opportunity to interview him.
Kenny Hasbrouck was born in Washington, D.C., in 1986. He was one of four siblings. He has two older brothers and an older sister. Hasbrouck started playing basketball at the age of 4. He began playing with kids that were 7 years old. He thought the point of the game was to run to the end of the court and back. Kenny soon became very good at that.
Kenny then learned how to play the sport. He received a scholarship to Maine Central Institute prep school. In high school, Kenny also played football and baseball as well as basketball. During his senior year of high school, Kenny had a big decision to make. Many colleges such as Siena, Richmond University, Rhode Island University, Jacksonville University and other Division I schools were recruiting Kenny to play basketball for them.
Kenny finally made a decision to go to Siena. “A friend convinced me that I should go to Siena. I also felt it was a good opportunity for me to become the best basketball player I could become,” he said.
Hasbrouck adjusted to Siena very well. He developed a good relationship with his coach, Fran MacCaffrey. Kenny also took a lot of classes. Hasbrouck said “Social psychology was my favorite class at Siena.” Kenny graduated from Siena with a degree in psychology.
School was not the only thing that Kenny succeeded at in Siena. As captain of the team, he led Siena to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships two years in a row. In his senior year, he was named MAAC player of the year. Also, in the MAAC tournament, he was named MVP his junior and senior years. Kenny holds the career steals record at Siena with 245. In Kenny’s junior and senior years, Siena made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, or “March Madness.” In 2009, Siena College retired Kenny’s No. 41 basketball jersey. Kenny was the second person ever to get their jersey retired at Siena.
Recently, Kenny played for the Rio Grande Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas. The Vipers are part of the NBDL, also known as the developmental league for the NBA. He averaged 18 points per game. Hasbrouck has since signed a contract with the Miami Heat, becoming the first Siena player to ever make it to the NBA.
Kenny Hasbrouck has come a long way from playing basketball as a 4-year-old. He has achieved many personal goals along the way. Hasbrouck is well known locally as well as around the country. His fans will always remember him. Good luck, Kenny.