CLEVELAND, Ohio —
At 22 years old, Tim Kamczyc is living out his dream. Well, one of his dreams.
The Cleveland State University shooting guard was a standout high school athlete at Strongsville High School. Kamczyc attracted a few scholarship offers, but nothing close to what he expected.
“Initially I wanted to play football,” Kamczyc said. “People were telling me that I could get to a big school. The recruiting process ended up not working out. Other schools ended up taking other quarterbacks.”
He was full of talent, but out of offers. That’s when Cleveland State’s coach Gary Waters came to the rescue. Waters allowed Kamczyc to join the team as a preferred walk-on.
“We knew Tim could play,” Waters said. “Everyone keeps looking at Tim as though he is just a walk-on. In our mind we just didn’t have any more scholarships.”
It didn’t take long for Kamczyc to earn a starting spot. His sophomore year he started all 36 games. This year, the 6-7 power forward is shooting close to 60 percent and, during a three game span, sunk 15 of 16 shots. It wasn’t an easy transition for him at first. Kamczyc spent his first season on the scout team.
“Going from where I was at Strongsville being able to play a lot of minutes in every game,” he said. “Having to sit out every game was killing me. Mentally it was hard to battle every day in practice. I really tried to focus on the bigger picture.”
“To see his growth and development from his first year to where he is today is amazing,” Coach Waters said. “Tim has put on twenty pounds and he has really worked to get quicker with his speed with his feet. When you tell Tim you have to do this, Tim does it.”
He is doing it, and doing it well. Kamczyc notched 18 points, going 7-of-8 from the floor, against Valparaiso. He added 17 points with five rebounds at Butler and has had 12 double figure scoring games this year after scoring in double figures just nine times in his first two seasons combined.