In SEC action last night the South Carolina Gamecocks upset #1 Kentucky 68-62 in a game nationally televised on ESPN. It was Kentucky's first loss of the season. With the win, South Carolina improves to 12-8 and 3-3 in the SEC.
Former Kent State point guard Jordan Mincy was on the bench as a graduate assistant for South Carolina. I chatted with Mincy after the exciting win.
"We'll I'm loving South Carolina, especially the weather. I became a GA down here through the help of Coach Senderoff and his relationship with our head coach Darrin Horn. Being a mentor to our guys, practice team point guard and film exchange are just some of my responsibilities. I keep in contact with the whole coaching staff (at Kent State). Coach Ford and I text on a weekly basis and I talk to Rod (Sherman) and Julian (Sullinger) the most from our former players."
Mincy, a four-year letterwinner at Kent State, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. With 135 games played in his career, Mincy ranks as the Mid-American Conference's all-time leader in games played, while he was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year by MAC Report Online following his senior season. Mincy finished his KSU career seventh on the all-time assists list (347), while he led the Golden Flashes in assists 42 times during his career.
Mincy isn't the first former Kent State guard to work under coach Darrin Horn in the recent past. In 2007-08, Kent State assistant and former player Armon Gates was an intern under Horn at Western Kentucky on a team that advance to the 'Sweet 16' and finished at 29-7.