Kent Bazemore was an all-conference basketball star at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 2007-2012. A native of Kelford, North Carolina, Bazemore was recruited by head coach Blaine Taylor for both his shooting and defensive skills.
A redshirt his freshman year, Bazemore moved into the starting lineup in 2009 and was a key player in the Monarch’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season championship. He was named to the CAA All-Defensive Team, averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. Kent also contributed to another CAA championship the following year. During the 2010-2011 season, Bazemore and the Monarchs made the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Tournament, which ended in a two point loss to Butler University, the eventual runner-up. Bazemore was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and the most outstanding men’s college basketball defender in NCAA Division I (Lefty Driesell Award). During his final season at ODU, Bazemore averaged 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
In 2012, Bazemore signed with the Golden State Warriors, and since 2014, has played with the Atlanta Hawks. During the 2016-2017 season, Bazemore averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. On December 10, 2016, at a game against Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Bazemore’s #24 jersey was retired and he was inducted into Old Dominion University’s Ring of Honor.
- Old Dominion University Athletics Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.