Pedley Bound For MIT? Brains and Game Make Great Combo

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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Pedley helped lead Kamiakin to a 19-1 record heading into State where they finished 5th, losing to State Runner-up Seattle Prep where he went toe-to-toe with Prep's Mitch Brewe.

MIT-Massachusetts Institute Of Technology recently became the first school to offer Pedley a scholarship. It turns out Pedley isn’t just a basketball force but he also works just as hard in the classroom.

“I went to an academic showcase during the summer and ever since then MIT has shown interest in me.” Said Pedley in talking about the first time he had contact with MIT.

Pedley is a clean cut kid and very respected amongst "RUN-KANO" the student section at Kamiakin. You can find him on off nights amongst the crowd cheering on fellow classmates.pedley_pass

What others may not know is that Justin Pedley is not only an a State Tournament 1st team selection for basketball according to the Seattle Times. Justin Pedley is also a genius of sorts. You have to carry 3.9 or above GPA to even be considered at MIT, along with a great SAT score. Pedley’s SAT score was 2100.

“I was just lucky.” Says Pedley trying to be humble about his impressive academic efforts.

For Kamiakin Senior Justin Pedley it’s been a waiting game since his Sophomore year. Who would take a shot on the 6’6” Forward, with the cleanest post game in the Columbia Basin Big 9.

“In the spring before his Sophomore year we knew he was going to be a good basketball player. We knew if he committed himself to the weight room and worked hard that he had the ability to be real special. If you look at his transformation from what he looked like at as Sophomore to what he looks like right now, he clearly did those things. I know that no matter who he chooses to play for they are getting themselves one heck of a basketball player.” Said Coach Brian Meneely who has Coached Pedley at Kamiakin since his Sophomore year.

I worked hard to put on weight last summer to get ready to play post for Kamaikin. I plan on losing all that weight and prepare to play some Guard at the next level.” Says Pedley when talking about this year’s off-season preparation.

Justin Pedley has not committed to MIT but plans on making a decision soon. He also has gained some interest from PLU, Whitworth, Louis and Clark and Chicago University.

Zach En’Wezoh 6’7” Senior also from Kamaikin has also verbally committed to Columbia University. Pedley and En’Wezoh not only had some intense battles on the basketball court but probably had their most heated battles playing Words With Friends with one another.

“Oh yeah we get pretty competitive no matter what it is. If I do commit to MIT the nice thing is we’ll be about a 2 hour train ride from one another.”

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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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