HHS guard Kolberg joins UW-Parkside

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ROCKTON - Watch just a few minutes of Kameron Kolberg playing basketball and it's obvious he doesn't back down from challenges easily.

The hard-charging Hononegah senior will face a new challenge next year: NCAA Division II basketball.

Kolberg signed his National Letter of Intent Thursday to attend UW-Parkside beginning in the fall. Kolberg said there were a number of things that made Parkside, located in Kenosha, an attractive option.

"First of all, it's close to home," Kolberg said. "My parents can come watch, and anyone around here can make the trip if they want. And it's a small school, but after meeting with the team, they all seem to accept everyone. And the coaches really made me feel at home right away."

The Rangers made the Division II Tournament last season under coach Luke Reigel, who is entering his 15th season.

Hononegah coach Mike Miller believes Kolberg will fit right in at Parkside.

"I think it's a really good fit for him with the way they play offense," Miller said. "He's going to be able to drive to the basket, he's going to be able to shoot three's. And when the matchup is right, he's going to be able to post up a smaller guard."

This will mark Kolberg's third season as an Indians starter. As a sophomore, he averaged 8.7 points per game on 49 percent shooting and seemed to play better as the competition improved. He was a second-team All-NIC-10 selection as a junior, fighting through a knee injury that dogged him all season to average 12 points and four rebounds as the Indians finished 22-9 with a regional title.

While Kolberg's on-court skill-set is considerable, Miller said it's what the 6-foot-3 player does on the intangibles side that sets him apart.

"Kam's will to win is amazing," Miller said. "It's a cliche to say that a guy doesn't care how many points he scores and things like that, but with Kam that's actually true. He's a genuine throwback kid who wants team success and is willing to do what he needs to do to make that happen. I think this is the year he can really step out and show everything that he can do. He's got a chance to have a monster year."

Kolberg said he took a lot of inspiration from his sister Karley, a 2014 Hononegah graduate who earned NIC-10 MVP honors and garnered a Division 1 scholarship.

"If it wouldn't have been for her, I don't know if I would've tried so hard," Kolberg said. "She got the scholarship, and I've always competed with my sister, so that really pushed me to get one, too."

The opportunity to play against top competition every day is something Kolberg is looking forward to.

"When you go to the next level, everybody is good," Kolberg said.

Kolberg plans to study business at Parkside. His Indians open play Monday at Prairie Ridge High School.

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