One on One: King’s MacKenzie Bennett
Jan 11, 2023

Editor’s note: In the first of many college interviews to come, Hometown Sports editor Kenny Varner caught up with King’s College player and former Juniata Indians player MacKenzie Bennett. Enjoy!

HS: How did you feel when you got the official word that you were selected?

MB: I was very happy and grateful for the opportunity I was given to play at King’s.

HS: What was your experience like heading on campus for the first time at the school? 

MB: It was intimidating but once I adjusted it felt like home.

HS: How does it feel to be playing at the next level ?

MB: It is something I have always dreamed of since I was a little girl and being able to pursue the dream makes me beyond happy and grateful.

HS: I know it’s early but do you have a major in mind?

MB: I am currently in the 5 year accelerated Physician Assistant program.

HS: Who has been big influences in your basketball career?

MB: My parents, Victoria Varner and Kevin Kodish.

HS: What age did you start playing basketball?

MB: I started playing basketball whenever I was 3 years old.

HS: What is your favorite sports memory that you cherish during high school?

MB: My favorite memory was reaching my goal of getting 1000 points.

HS: What would you say is you biggest strength on the Court?

MB: My basketball IQ which helps make good plays on and off the court.

HS: What are your individual goals for the upcoming season?

MB: To be a reliable player that my coach can trust.

HS: How has the season gone for you so far?

MB: I had exceeded my expectations of how I thought I was going to compete.

HS: How’s the team doing?

MB: The outcome of the games have not been what we have wanted but we still play our hearts out and are improving game by game.

HS: What are your goals for your college tenure? Could be athletics and/or education wise? 

MB: My goal is to succeed on the basketball court and maintain good grades so I can continue pursuing my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant.

HS: Biggest college moment so far?

MB: Successfully juggling basketball and classes.

HS: What advice would you give to any younger athlete starting basketball? 

MB: Always push yourself to be the best player you can be and set goals that are within reach.

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