Kevin  Punter

0Kevin Punter

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bronx, N.Y.

High School:
Salesian HS

Last College:
State Fair CC (Mo.)

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
G

Experience:
1L

Prep School:
Body of Christ (N.C.)

CAREER HIGHS

  • Points: 36 // vs. South Carolina, 1/23/16*
  • Rebounds: 8 (2x) // last vs. Florida, 1/6/16
  • Assists: 7 // vs. VCU, 11/14/14
  • Steals: 6 // at Georgia, 2/7/15
  • Blocks: 1 (8x) // last vs. Florida Atlantic, 12/16/15
  • Field Goals: 11 // at Auburn, 1/2/16
  • 3-Pointers: 6 // vs. South Carolina, 1/23/16*
  • Free Throws: 14 // vs. South Carolina, 1/23/16*
  • Minutes: 40 // at Mississippi State, 1/16/16*
  • * Indicates most recent high

HONORS

  • 2016 Second-Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches)
  • 2016 First-Team All-SEC (HoopsHD.com)
  • 2016 USBWA All-District IV Team
  • 2016 Second-Team NABC All-District 21
  • 2016 SEC Community Service Team
  • Capital One Impact Performer of the Week (Jan. 27, 2016)
  • 2015 Barclays Center Classic All-Tournament Team

2015-16 - SENIOR

  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Scored 905 points in his two years on Rocky Top -- the most points ever scored at Tennessee by a two-year player.
  • Tennessee career came to an early end as he missed the final eight games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot.
  • Finished the season ranked second in the SEC and 12th nationally in scoring after he averaged 22.2 points per game during his senior year.
  • Though he missed five games of SEC play, he was named second team All-SEC after finishing with the third-highest scoring average (22.1 ppg) and the fourth-highest free-throw percentage (.853) during league games.
  • Averaged 25.6 ppg against ranked opponents during the 2015-16 season.
  • In a testament to his efficiency, owned the best field-goal percentage (.460) of any SEC guard.
  • At Kentucky (2/18), scored 19 points and went 9-of-10 at the foul line.
  • Posted a game-high 21 points at Missouri (2/13) -- the school to which he had initially committed out of junior college -- giving him 18 games of 20-plus points in 2015-16.
  • Season-low four points in Tennessee's win vs. Auburn (2/9) snapped a streak of 21 straight games with at least 13 points. It was the longest such streak since Ron Slay scored 14-plus in 23 consecutive games during the 2002-03 season.
  • Finished with 27 points in Tennessee's comeback victory over #20 Kentucky (2/2), including 15 points in the second half and a 10-of-11 showing at the foul line.
  • Scored a game-high 24 points and converted three 3-pointers during UT's Big 12/SEC Challenge game at TCU (1/30).
  • Huge offensive performance vs. No. 24 South Carolina (1/23) saw him score 27 of his 36 points in the second half; he knocked down six 3-pointers (five in the second half) and went 14-of-15 at the charity stripe. Also swiped a season-high four steals.
  • Finished with a game-high 26 points against Vanderbilt (1/20), scoring 21 points in the second half.
  • Became the first Vol since C.J. Watson in 2003 to play every minute of a game when he logged 40 minutes at Mississippi State (1/16), scoring 23 points.
  • Connected on his first seven shots -- including three 3-pointers -- in the win against Florida (1/6), finishing with 26 for the game.
  • Dropped 31 points in the SEC opener at Auburn (1/2/16), scoring 14 consecutive points in the first half (fifth-longest in-game scoring streak in UT history).
  • Scored 23 points against Tennessee State (12/29/15), and rattled off a stretch of 12 in a row -- including three straight possessions with a 3-pointer -- late in the first half.
  • Saw his seven-game streak of 20+ points snapped vs. ETSU (12/22/15) when he scored 13 points to go along with a career-high eight rebounds.
  • His seven-game streak of 20+ points was the longest for UT since SEC Player of the Year Ron Slay reeled off eight in the row during the month of February in 2003.
  • Led the Vols with 23 points against Gonzaga (12/19/15) while handing out five assists for the third time in four games.
  • Big 15-point second-half pushed Punter to 24 points vs. Florida Atlantic (12/16/15); reeled off 11 straight at one point in the second half.
  • Notched his fifth straight game of 20+ points with a 27-point performance at #18 Butler (12/12/15) -- 17 points of which came in the first half.
  • Is averaging a whopping 35.1 minutes per game in 2015-16 after recording a career-high 39 minutes at Butler.
  • Finished with 26 points and four assists against Army West Point; went 5-of-7 from the field in the second half.
  • Grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, dished out six assists and led the Vols with 24 points against Gardner-Webb (11/22/15); he shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range in the victory.
  • Played a career-high 37 minutes and scored 17 of his 19 points in UT's come-from-behind win over Marshall (11/19/15) in the second half; went 9-for-10 at the free-throw line.
  • Exploded for a career-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting in Tennessee's season-opening win over UNC Asheville (11/13/15); he was 3-for-6 from 3-point range and 8-for-12 from the free-throw line vs. the Bulldogs.

2014-15 - JUNIOR

  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Appeared in all 32 games and made 31 starts in his first year as a Vol.
  • Ranked second on the team in steals (1.6 spg) and minutes played (31.0 mpg) while ranking third in scoring (10.3 ppg), assists (1.9 apg) and 3-point percentage (.352).
  • Led the team in scoring five times, assists seven times and steals 14 times.
  • Had three or more steals in seven different games.
  • Scored in double figures 19 times, including 13 times in SEC play.
  • In SEC play, he averaged 10.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game (tied for third in the SEC in steals during league play).
  • Played 31.6 minutes per game during league play.
  • Totaled 13 points and two steals against Arkansas in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament (3/13/15); reeled off nine consecutive points during one stretch in the second half.
  • Dished out a team-high four assists and also scored nine points in Tennessee's second-round SEC Tournament win over Vanderbilt in Nashville (3/12/15).
  • Had 10 points, three rebounds and three steals in the win at LSU (3/4/15).
  • Four 3-pointers highlighted his 12-point, three assist effort at Ole Miss (2/21/15).
  • Scored a team-high 14 points against top-ranked Kentucky (2/17/15).
  • During UT's thrilling overtime win at Vanderbilt (2/11/15), he drained an off-balance, contested 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation to make it a two-point game; he later made two free throws in overtime that gave the Vols the lead for good.
  • Scored 10 points and also managed a season-high six steals at Georgia (2/7/15).
  • Was 3-of-4 from 3-point range while totaling 17 points, two assists and two steals as the Vols defeated Auburn (1/31/15).
  • A game-high four steals highlighted his 10-point, three-rebound, two-assist effort at Arkansas (1/27/15).
  • Made his first five 3-pointers (finishing 5-of-7 from long range) while scoring a game-high 17 points vs. Texas A&M (1/24/15).
  • Posted 12 points and three steals in the win at Missouri (1/17/15), where he was once committed while in junior college.
  • Had eight points and a season-high six rebounds in the win over 19th-ranked Arkansas (1/13/15).
  • Recorded his second four-steal game of the season and also shot a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range during an 19-point effort in UT's home win over Tennessee State (12/27/14).
  • Totaled 14 points, four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 34 solid minutes at NC State (12/17/14).
  • Scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in Tennessee's upset win over 15th-ranked Butler (12/14/14).
  • Had four of Tennessee's 12 steals in UT's SEC/Big 12 Challenge win over Kansas State (12/6/14); also scored seven points vs. the Wildcats.
  • Was one of Tennessee's top performers against 11th-ranked Kansas in the semifinals of the Orlando Classic (11/17/14), as he logged 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with two rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
  • Shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range during a 13-point performance in UT's home-opening win over Texas Southern (11/20/14).
  • Made his debut as a Vol by starting at the No. 2 spot vs. 15th-ranked VCU at the Veterans Classic (11/14/14); totaled eight points, a game-high seven assists and also had a pair of steals before fouling out after 34 minutes of action.

2013-14 - SOPHOMORE (State Fair Community College [Mo.])

  • Earned his associate's degree before transferring to Tennessee.
  • Selected as a first-team NJCAA All-American.
  • Shot 57.1 percent from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range while averaging 20.3 points (26th nationally), 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
  • His 651 total points ranked tied for 13th in the country among junior-college players.
  • Shot 82.7 percent from the free-throw line (43rd nationally).
  • Helped the Roadrunners to a 26-7 overall record and their first trip to NJCAA Men's Division I National Championship since the 1975-1976 season.
  • Was coached at State Fair Community College by Kevin Thomas.

2012-13 - FRESHMAN (State Fair Community College [Mo.])

  • As a freshman for the Roadrunners in 2012-13, Punter averaged 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

PREP SCHOOL

  • Following high school, Punter spent one year attending Body of Christ Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
  • In his lone season at Body of Christ, he averaged 24.2 points and 2.5 steals.

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Graduated from Salesian (pronounced: suh-LEE-zhin) High School in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 2011.
  • He was coached at Salesian by John Miressi and finished as the school's second all-time leading scorer.
  • The New York State Sportswriters Association named Punter the 2011 Class B State Player of the Year and an All-State performer after he averaged 28.2 points as a senior.

PERSONAL

  • Full name is Kevin Xavier Punter Jr.
  • Born: June 25, 1993, in Bronx, N.Y.
  • Son of Sherise and Kevin Punter Sr.
  • Academic major: Recreation/Sport Management
  • Recipient of The JoNelda & Sidney Blalock Athletic Scholarship Endowment
 

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