Kenny Lockett ’15 received his B.A. in biology in May and plans to focus on exercise science in graduate school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer.

Kenny Lockett - Big Man on Campus

Kenny Lockett ’15 received his B.A. in biology in May and plans to focus on exercise science in graduate school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer.

Kenny Lockett '15: Big Man on Campus

Those who know or have seen Blazer basketball power forward Kenneth Lockett Jr. ’15 on campus might be surprised to learn that, in high school, he didn’t have that many friends.

“I just kind of stuck with my little circle,” the biology major said. “But then I came here and it’s a smaller environment, and it’s like a lot of people are embracing you. I don’t want to use the term ‘popular,’ but I tend to know a lot of people, and a lot of people know me.”

Coming from Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia, with its population of over 3,000 students -- there were 650 in his graduating class -- Kenny thrived in the more intimate setting that Elms offered, and he immersed himself in college life.

Kenny served as a resident advisor in Rose William dorm this year, and has been a member of the Elms College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the past three years. He also was team captain of the basketball team this year, and he was named male Student Athlete of the Year and received the Iron Man award.

He finished his basketball career at Elms by placing second in program history with rebounds (668) and sixth in points (1,069), and these accomplishments are even more impressive given the fact that he played little during his freshman year. In 2014, he was named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) First Team All-Conference and this year made the NECC Second Team All-Conference.

“When I first got here, I was shy and timid, didn’t really want to talk to anyone,” Kenny said. “But I’ve noticed my growth -- I’ve changed a little bit, and become comfortable with talking with people and expressing myself.”

Kenny received his B.A. in biology in May and plans to focus on exercise science in graduate school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer. But first he’s going to take a shot this summer at making a basketball team in a semipro league in Sydney, Australia, where his cousin lives.

“I’m going to try out for teams and see what happens,” he said.

Kenny said he would recommend Elms to others from his school because “I feel like people work better under this smaller environment, because of the closer relationships with professors and students around you, and I think it helps build character.”

As for his own popularity with classmates: “That wasn’t my goal; it just sort of happened. But I like having it -- it’s nice,” he said with a smile.