October 26, 2017
By Ed Byrne
The Brillion News
RIPON – Two months ago, Connor Kuhn was heading to Ripon College to begin his freshman year of studies. He had been a solid student-athlete at Hilbert High School, but he was thinking “academics only” as he headed off to college.
That has changed, and on Monday Kuhn plays for the Ripon Red Hawks as they face Division I UW-Green Bay in an exhibition men’s basketball game at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.
As they say, you can take the boy out of athletics, but you can’t take athletics out of the boy – and so Kuhn is playing varsity basketball after all.
Ripon head men’s basketball coach Ryan Kane had a talk or two with Kuhn, and Kuhn heard some good things about Ripon basketball once he got on campus.
“The attitude they have around here – a winning culture,” Kuhn said. “It’s been a great transition so far.”
Kuhn was initially worried about keeping up his studies if he was out for a sport.
“It’s been really no problem so far, but we just started practices though, so we’ll see how the game schedule and the long road trips to Iowa and Illinois go, and how I do with that,” he said. “But for now – doing good.”
So here’s the picture: Small-town lad, a little on the shy side, goes off to college, reluctantly goes out for Division III hoops and in his first game plays against a Division I team. Someone should make a movie out of that.
“That will be a challenge, but we’ll go up there and give them a run for their money, show them what Ripon’s about,” Kuhn said. “I’m looking forward to that. It will be a cool experience.”
Please see the complete story in the October 26, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.