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Garner’s Nick Kuhns to join basketball program at Newberry College

Nick Kuhns signs with Newberry College to play basketball with his parents (seated, from left) Allison and Doug Kuhns, (seated at right) his grandmother, Frances Yeargen, (standing, from left) Garner athletics director Nelson Smith, basketball coach Eddie Gray, Nick's brother, Max Kuhns, assistant basketball coach Jeff Smith and Garner principal Carter Hillman.
Nick Kuhns signs with Newberry College to play basketball with his parents (seated, from left) Allison and Doug Kuhns, (seated at right) his grandmother, Frances Yeargen, (standing, from left) Garner athletics director Nelson Smith, basketball coach Eddie Gray, Nick's brother, Max Kuhns, assistant basketball coach Jeff Smith and Garner principal Carter Hillman. Garner High School Photo by Jason Boyette

Parents: Doug and Allison Kuhns

Height, Weight: 6-foot-3, 180 pounds

High School: Garner

Also Considered: Catawba, Winston-Salem State

Why Newberry? “Once it came down to it, the atmosphere at Newberry made me feel like I was wanted there. You add in the success the program’s had — it’s one of the top Division II programs — and the chance to play for a national championship and it’s a great place to play.”

Major: Physical Therapy

Notable: Nick was a key contributor for Garner’s highly-successful squad the past two seasons, helping the Trojans win the 2015 N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship and advancing to the regional championship game in 2016. Over that two-year period, the Trojans were 57-4. Nick and the Class of 2016 helped Garner won 96 total games and three Greater Neuse River 4A Conference championships. … Among his most memorable moments (aside from winning the state title) is the Trojans’ win over Millbrook in the fourth round of the playoffs, this past season, the last game played in Garner’s gym before the school’s reconstruction. But mostly, it’s being with the team and working to get better that he’ll remember most. “The bus rides, joking with the guys, working hard with the guys and almost winning back-to-back state championships,” Nick said, “it was all an incredible experience.”

D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest

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