WXXV Student Athlete of the Week: Moss Point Basketball’s Kedrick Osby

In WXXV’s final Athlete of the Week segment before Christmas, we profile one of only two young Mississippi State basketball players with at least three stars, Moss Point’s Kedrick Osby.

For the Osby family, basketball is simply a way of life.

Moss Point forward Kedrick Osby truly grew up with a basketball in hand, growing up watching his father coach and his brother play the sport.

Osby was eager to be on the court and would even join his father’s practices at a young age. “I usually practice with them. I used to try to run with them, but I was really small, so they wouldn’t let me in on all the drills and stuff. I was only in the easy drills because I didn’t want to get hurt because they were so much bigger than me. They they were 13 and 14 years old, I was five or six”.

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Now, Kedrick is a daily part of his father’s practice. The elder Osby is the head coach at Moss Point High School.

With his father being a basketball coach for most of his life, Osby moved to several different places and learned to adapt in the process. Osby says he’s thankful that through all the change he knew that one constant in his life would be basketball. “It feels good because I always know I have it. If I have nothing else, I have a basketball court and my family. I know that.”

Osby says basketball has helped him in all areas of life and has shown him that opportunities are never given, they are earned. “He taught me to always keep working. You have to work for what you want. You can’t wake up and want something, but you didn’t work for it. You have to work for everything.”

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An example of someone who gives his all to the sport is Moss Point’s own Devin Booker. The NBA guard recently visited the school for his jersey retirement ceremony and gave hope to many of Moss Point’s athletes, including Osby. “I’ve just got to keep working, you know, he never stopped working, he kept working, so I’ve got to keep working to get to the level he’s gotten to.”

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Osby is well on his way to achieving that dream. He is the number two basketball recruit in the state of Mississippi, has a three-star recruiting rating, ranked 53rd.rd nationally as a small forward, and was offered by both Southern Miss and Mississippi State.

He doesn’t plan to officially commit to a school until the spring semester, but he’s on cloud nine knowing he’ll be playing basketball at the next level. “It feels good. It feels good because a lot of people don’t get a chance to play college basketball, so it feels pretty good. I think about it every day.”

Moss Point’s next game will be Thursday night at home against D’Iberville.


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