Kenny Goins surprises high school coach with Final Four tickets

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Warren Mott head coach Jeff Olind  will be going to the Final Four in Indianapolis courtesy of former player Kenny Goins, who is a redshirt freshman at Michigan State.

Warren Mott coach Jeff Olind got a surprising call earlier this week with his former player Kenny Goins asking him if he wanted a couple of free tickets to the Final Four to watch the Michigan State play Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

"Of course," Olind said and then joked, "just make sure mine's next to Magic."

Olind felt honored that Goins called him, offering the prized Final Four tickets. Goins helped Mott to a 21-4 record and Class A state quarterfinal appearance last season, averaging 22.6 points, 17.1 rebounds and 4.8 blocks to earn a spot on The News' Class A first-team all-state.

Goins, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, is redshirting as a freshman and will have four years of eligibility remaining. He came to MSU as a preferred walk-on, passing up on several Division I mid-major scholarship offers to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing for the Spartans.

"Kenny called and said, 'Hey, I have two tickets for you to come to the Final Four,'" Olind said. "It was great. I mean, what's the odds of me having another guy play in the Final Four?

"Kenny had several Division I offers, from places like Buffalo, Detroit, Oakland, Central Michigan, but decided to walk on at MSU and people asked me why he wouldn't take the scholarship offers, but this is why … for a chance to go to the Final Four."

Goins thought Olind would be taking his wife, Amy, but Olind said she will be taking care of their 6-month daughter, Juliet.

So, who is so fortunate to be using the other ticket? Well, Olind will be taking Mott assistant coach Jarvis Wise with him.