Kente' Hart
Kente' Hart
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 864-503-5297
Year: 7th Year at Upstate
Previous College: Carson-Newman, 2007

Kente’ Hart is in his seventh season as an assistant coach with the USC Upstate men’s basketball program.

Hart’s influence on the program has resulted in four wins over Power 5 conference schools, three appearances in the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals, the school’s first-ever trip to the ASUN Men’s Basketball Championship finals and four Postseason Tournament (CIT) berths.

Hart has also played an instrumental role in helping Upstate secure two ASUN Freshmen of the Year and two ASUN Player of the Year award winners. In addition, Ty Greene was tabbed the 2015 Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year Award winner after ranking 11th in the NCAA in scoring, 18th in steals and 23rd in three-pointers per game. 

During the 2011-12 campaign, Hart assisted the Spartans to the best turnaround in the NCAA at the Division I level, helping USC Upstate go from five wins in 2010-11 to 21 in the following season.

During his time at USC Upstate, Hart has also played a pivotal role in coaching three ASUN First Team All-Conference plays: Greene (2014-15), Torrey Craig (2011-14) and Michael Buchanan (2016-17). Craig is one of only nine ASUN players all-time to earn three First Team All-Conference honors in his career. Craig enters 2017-18 on the roster of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and would join Mike Gibson as the only players in school history to play in an NBA game. Greene was drafted in 2015 by the Delaware 87ers in the third round of the NBA G-League Draft.

Prior to his arrival in Spartanburg, Hart served as an assistant basketball coach at Vincennes University during the 2009-10 season. The Evansville, Ind., native assisted in all facets of the program, including recruiting, strength and conditioning, practices, scouting, and game preparations. He also coordinated team travel and served as the team’s academic monitor.

Vincennes registered 22 wins in 2009-10 and the team was the NJCAA District III Runner-Up.  Three players signed Division I scholarships, while one other player signed with a Division II institution.

Before making his way to Vincennes, Hart served as a student assistant coach at Carson-Newman College from 2007-08 as he completed his undergraduate degree. Hart assisted in the coordination of opponent scouting, game film and game planning. He also helped with individual workouts and was responsible for filming home and away games. Hart graduated in December 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.

Hart was a two-year letter winner at Carson-Newman (2005-07) under then-associate head coach Kyle Perry. He was named Second-Team All-South Atlantic Conference as well as team MVP after a stellar senior campaign. He averaged 15.1 points, 6.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds per contest, while connecting on 49 percent of his field goal attempts, 46 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent at the charity stripe.

A two-time conference player of the week recipient, Hart finished the season 15th nationally in assists. Hart was also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during his time at the school.

Before arriving in Jefferson City, Tenn., Hart played two seasons at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. As a sophomore, he earned team MVP and First Team All-Conference accolades after leading the team in points (18.1 PPG), assists (6.1 APG) and free throw percentage (87.0), while grabbing 3.1 rebounds per contest. Hart also excelled in the classroom and was named to the Dean’s List and was a member of Phi Beta Lambda.

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