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It seems like yesterday little Kevin Cox came to Sedona Red Rock High School looking to just “play ball,” as he called it then, knowing very little of the success he would have wearing a Scorpions uniform.

Senior Kevin Cox poses for a picture May 26 soon after he officially became a high school graduate from Sedona Red Rock High School. Cox finished with a 4.1 grade point average and will attend Occidental College in Los Angeles as a two-sport athlete for the Tigers.Four years later, the 6-foot-4-inch 18-year-old is on his way to Occidental College, an NCAA Division III program in Los Angeles, to play not only basketball, but participate in track and field as well.

“I’m excited for college. I’m going to hang out here for awhile, enjoy my last summer, but I can hardly wait to get things going,” Cox said.

As a freshman, Cox began his high school basketball career on the junior varsity team but within a week, then-Head Coach Mike Krajnak noticed this tall, skinny kid with lots of curled hair on his head diving for loose balls, jumping over opponents and getting out on the break when needed.

Whether through need, or just pure luck, Cox was called up from the junior varsity squad and eventually found himself a freshman starter for a basketball program that rarely starts 14-year-olds.

During his senior season, Cox led his Scorpions to an 18-10 overall record while averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game.

File photo/Larson  Newspapers Senior Kevin Cox tries to dribble past two defenders in a  game this season. Cox averaged 16.5 points per game and helped the  Scorpions go 18-10 overall this season. Cox played in the Arizona  Basketball Coaches Association 1A-3A North-South All-Star Game on  Saturday, May 29.Every time the young man leaped in the air for a blocked shot, he let out an “I’m the man” scream, and usually his father, Tim Cox, was standing and cheering with him, almost falling out of the stands himself.

One of the more memorable moments for Cox was when he dunked on a kid from Williams High School during his junior season to help lead his team to victory.

His pop almost fell out of the stands then, too.

Through the four years, Cox gained a little more strength, a little more speed and a little more mobility, making him one of the best athletes to come through the Sedona system.

“The transition from eighth grade to high school was huge but I liked getting up and down the court and I hustled, which is why I think I played varsity right away,” Cox said.

The humble Cox of course forgot to mention eighth grade was the first time he picked up a basketball, as if he picked up a how-to book on the game and went to work.

That, of course, is a joke, but his smarts were never a joke in the class room, as he recorded a 4.1 grade point average at SRRHS, making him one of the top students in his class.

Senior Kevin Cox  will run track and field at Occidental College along with playing  basketball.Basketball wasn’t the only sport for Cox, who was an outstanding track and field artist during his four years.

Cox also played football, but for one year only.

In track and field, Cox as a senior set several school records and wound up winning four gold medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash, and the long jump at the 3A West regional championships.

Cox also took home three gold medals at the 3A state track and field championships held at Arizona State University just a few weeks ago, winning the 100, 200 and long jump events.

In the end, Cox can look upon his high school career as a success but he believes it doesn’t mean anything if he doesn’t do something with the opportunities he was presented.

“I have the opportunity to get a college degree through my athletic ability, and I need to take advantage of that,” Cox said.

Although the next four years Cox will run track and play basketball as a Tiger, he will never forget the last four years as a Scorpion.

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