May 1, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Kordell Kah, a senior at Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tenn., has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Kah, a 6-foot-5-forward and team captain as a senior, helped the Bulldogs take home the 2019 AAA State Championship, a perfect ending to an incredibly successful four-year career. He scored 664 points to go along with 401 rebounds and 102 steals. The stat that may be the most telling of Kah's career and toughness are the 54 charges he took playing for head coach Jeremy Parrott. Over four years, Kah was part of three District 4-AAA Tournament Titles, two Region 2-AAA Championships, three TSSAA AAA State Tournament appearances, and 110 victories.
"When I first hear Kordell's name, all I think about is winning," Maryville College Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "Kordell was instrumental in helping Bearden High School garner their first-ever State Championship this past season. His competitive spirit, toughness, and refuse to lose mentality is something Scots fan are going to really enjoy. He led his team in charges taken, floors, and hustle efficiency during his sophomore through senior seasons. Kordell's best basketball is ahead of him and I cannot wait to get to work with him."
Kah is the son of Peter and Kari Kah.
He joins a Maryville College program that captured their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference league tournament championship during the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history and put together a winning season for the 28th time in the last 29 seasons. Coach Placeres will take the sideline as the head coach of the Scots for the first time in the 2019-20 season. He replaces Randy Lambert, who retired following the 2018-19 season after 39 years as head coach.
Placeres moves into the head coaching role after eight seasons as an assistant coach on Coach Lambert's staff. He was also a standout point guard for the Scots from 2003-05, starting 56 games in his two-year career. Placeres also led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including taking the Scots to their last Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003-04. He also holds the single-game record for assists, dishing out 17 in a win over Oglethorpe.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.