By Steven J. Gaither
Two years ago, Stanton Kidd was one of the rising stars on a up-and-coming North Carolina Central team. The 6’8 forward from Baltimore averaged 14.5 points and 7 rebounds and earned All-MEAC honors while helping lead NCCU to its first 20-win season as a Division I program.
With Coach Levelle Moton running the show, along with Stanton and guard Jeremy Ingram leading the way, NCCU seemed poised to make a run at a MEAC title in 2014.
That was the way it was supposed to be, but it never happened. Instead, Kidd decided to finish his career elsewhere in the summer of 2013, eventually landing at Colorado State.
NCAA transfer rules forced Kidd to sit out the 2013-14 season. While he didn’t see any game action, Kidd still found ways to get better.
“I realized that I needed to be a leader on the court,” Kidd said. “I got stronger. I saw how my teammates played, where they liked to get the ball. Not playing turned out to be a blessing. When this season began, I was ready to roll.”
A little more than a month into the season, it looks like the hard work has paid off. CSU is off to a 11-0 start, and Kidd is a big reason why. He is currently second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and third on the squad in three-point shooting, hitting 42 percent of his attempts.