Former Morehead State all-star basketball athlete Kenneth Faried has been named to the Lou Henson All-Decade Team as presented by CollegeInsider.com.
The All Decade Team identifies the 40 outstanding players who competed for mid-major college basketball programs between 2010 and 2019. The voting panel consisted of 21 Division I head coaches, four athletic directors and six senior members of the College Insider staff. The Ohio Valley Conference makes up 10 percent of the list as he is one of four players, joining Murray State's Isiah Canaan and Ja Morant and Belmont's Evan Bradds.
Faried currently ranks atop the leader board in NCAA modern-era (post-1973) rebounding, surpassing Tim Duncan's 1,570 pull-downs in a showdown at Indiana State on Feb. 19, 2011. He ranks tied for second all-time with Virginia's Ralph Sampson in NCAA Division I history with 84 career double-doubles. His 2,009 career points ranks third on the all-time scoring list in Morehead State history, and his 1,673 rebounds ranks second on the all-time sheet, coming up two rebounds short of the all-time record holder, Steve Hamilton (1954-58).
Faried is one of only three OVC players in the history of the league to have more than 1,800 points and 1,500 rebounds. He ranks third in OVC history in career blocked shots (241) and seventh in OVC history in career steals (228). His number 35 jersey was retired by MSU on Feb. 12, 2011.
As a senior at MSU, Faried was named NABC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to taking home the same honor for the Ohio Valley Conference for three years running ('09, '10, '11), he was named Second-Team All-American by FOXSports.com, Third-Team All-American by the NABC and Associated Press, and Honorable Mention All-American by Yahoo Sports.
Faried finished as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year to conclude the 2009-10 and 2010-11 schedules, averaging 16.9 points and 13 rebounds his penultimate year, while tabbing 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds in his final slate. He completed his stint in Blue and Gold with OVC Player of the Week a conference-record eight times in his senior campaign, taking home the award 15 times in his career.
Faried's contributions to the 2010-11 Eagles highlighted a unit that catapulted to 25 wins on the season, tied for the most in school history with the 1983-84 rendition. Chief among these victories is the St. Patrick's Day triumph over Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, 62-61.
Faried was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In seven seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 11.4 points per tilt on 54 percent field goal efficiency, along with eight rebounds per go-around.
During his time in the Mile High City, Faried was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team of 2012, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting. Additionally, he was presented with the NBA Community Assist Award, as well as the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2013. The latter honor is bestowed upon a player, coach, or staff member who shows "outstanding service and dedication to the community."
Faried graduated from Morehead State University in May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in communications.