Cincinnati’s Kilpatrick Motivated to Provide for Daughter

SK daughterNEWARK — For Sean Kilpatrick, the best thing about coming home this past weekend was not scoring 21 points in Cincinnati’s Big East win at Seton Hall.

No, the best moment may have happened before the game even started.

That’s when the junior from Yonkers, N.Y. ran out onto the Prudential Center floor and saw his 2-year-old daughter, Bailey, waiting in the crowd to see him play.

“Coming out of the tunnel being able to see her was just amazing,” the man they call “SK” told SNY.tv exclusively following Cincinnati’s 66-59 victory in which he went 5-of-15 from beyond the arc.

A former star at White Plains High School and Notre Dame Prep, Kilpatrick hadn’t seen Bailey since September. She lives with her mother, Brittany, in White Plains; Kilpatrick said he and the baby’s mother are not together.

“My mom actually helps along with that as well, so I get to see her on FaceTime or Skype or something like that,” Kilpatrick said.

“So to actually get to physically see her and her clapping and doing everything is just amazing.”

A Preseason All-Big East First Team selection, Kilpatrick said his own parents were separated and that he wants to make a different life for Bailey.

SK daughter 2“I don’t want my daughter to grow up basically the way I did,” he said. “I mean, I grew up kind of tough. It was tough for my mom and my dad.”

The 6-foot-4 Kilpatrick is averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Bearcats (18-4, 6-3 Big East).

He has scored 20 or more points in eight games this season, including three times in Cincinnati’s last five games.

“I think his understanding is much better,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “He’s much more an all-around player. He’s still gotta become better at blocking out. He’ll go get the ball but when his man is a rebounder, that’s probably his biggest weakness.

“But his ball-handling, his pace, letting the game come to him, controlling his aggression offensively is where he’s really developed…But obviously, he’s one of the class players in our league.”

Kilpatrick is planning on playing professionally down the road — hopefully in the NBA — to help provide for his daughter.

“Once I’m able to sit here and give my daughter a different background and a different way of life, that’s something major to me so I take that very personal, especially if  I’m sitting here playing basketball,” he said. “That is a full-time job.”

Kilpatrick remains best friends with former Bearcat Lance Stephenson, the Brooklyn native who is now averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 assists for the resurgent Indiana Pacers. Stephenson has two children of his own.

“It’s funny because we actually spoke [Friday] night after his game,” Kilpatrick said.

“It’s just amazing knowing that your best friend, even though he has a busy schedule and he’s going through what he’s going through with the NBA, he can still stay in touch with you.

“When I do have the open time just to go around and go to Indiana and especially to see him, it’s just amazing. So it feels like that beat, it never skipped a beat between me and him. Then on top of that we’re speaking every day, so it’s just amazing.

“I love him, just like he loves me and that’s the greatest part about it.”

And like Stephenson, Kilpatrick wants to end up in the NBA to help provide for his daughter.

“I have that type of confidence in myself,” he said.

“But also Lance, he always put that in my head, ‘You can make it here.’ It’s not like it’s an impossible thing. Everything is possible. And you gotta continue to keep God in your corner and continue to keep that type of faith in your corner that you can make it.”

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455 comments
jetsjerk
jetsjerk

What an ugly mess.  I didn't see much good at all.  How can our depth be so weak? Is Idzik is cleaning the earpiece on his phone right now?

Joe B.
Joe B.

If our secondary wasn't in shambles I could potentially see this team winning 10 games, but lets's be real even Eli Manning torched us with a 90 yard drive and a last second touchdown. Consequently, I wouldn't be surprised if we only won 6 games.

cippycups
cippycups

I don't put much stock in preseason. ESPECIALLY the 4th game. But I think last night was a blackeye for Idzik.


Since day 1 he has preached competition. We have seen his approach to avoid the stars names in favor of hard working, competitive, "got something to prove" players.


When you take this approach and the depth looks like it did lastnight...I think that means you haven't accomplished your goal

williamg1
williamg1

Brian Costello @BrianCoz

Wow, Sports Illustrated has the Jets finishing 5-11 and in last place. That's as pessimistic a prediction for them as I've seen. #nyj


I have a feeling that Rex will mention that to the team this week. 

juunit
juunit

@a57se 

I'd definitely bring Turner back over a guy like Ijalana or Freeman. 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@Brendan a Great article! The best part was the comment:

"Steve:

The Jets are way better than us."

#BOOM

Brendan
Brendan

Joe Philbin will curtail the PED usage by reading Frog & Toad to players every night at 9:30."

WW85
WW85

@Brendan They did a Jet one today & it was quite painful. About the only thing I agreed with was what they said about the front 7. 

WW85
WW85

@Tequila Joe Our secondary is not in shambles. We could end up playing zone & have a D at least as good as last year. With the improved offense, we can be in the playoffs.

nickballs
nickballs

@Tequila Joe wait, what about the other quarter plus where we shut him down...and ran him all over the field? that dont count?

Mathew Pelc
Mathew Pelc

How much depth can you build in one full season? Idzik has just been here for one year and change...

nickballs
nickballs

@cippycups ummm wait, so 4th preseason game IS important now?  im confused...how come no other teams/fans are concerned about the last preseason game that is filled with 3rd and 4th stringers?  but now we are worried about it?   wake up pal

nagel100
nagel100

@williamg1 they are correct.  teams has no pass defense in a passing league.  the recent AWOL incident shows how rotten the team is.  the guy should have been canned immediately.

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 ESPN had them going 7-9 but, interestingly, 7-5 with four games to go.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@a67se Yeah because its so common for a Jets player to have 2 strip sacks & a blocked punt in the preseason.

But I guess you think that qualifies as "not worth much."

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 That one came out yesterday, we had a little discussion about it. Lots of funnies in there, only a few things I vehemently disagreed with, and it's all in good fun. Drew Magary, the guy who writes them, is a Vikings fan and his Vikings WYTS is BRUTAL. So no one can accuse him of playing favorites. 

Bytor
Bytor

@a57se @Brendan The looney frenzy is already happening below if you care to dare.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@a57se @Brendan I went to seaworld and spoke with some Dolphins. They are clearly upset that they are being misrepresented by Miami. "These epithets need to be stopped," said Flipper the XIII. 

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

@a57se Yeah, Hank's not around so we have to coax him out so we can tell him to shut up and go away.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@WW85 @Tequila Joe Our pass defense was ranked 22nd last year, I'm glad you think that's good enough.

Joe B.
Joe B.

@nickballs @Tequila Joe You need to be consistent and have the ability to close games if you want to win them. Did you see the Bengals game? Did you see the ranga (Dalton) pick us apart? Did you see Luck destroy any confidence Patterson had and consequently not even have the testicular fortitude to show up for the next game? Yes, we beat up Eli and I loved it, but he still lead them on that late drive to make it a 10-7 game. Did we dominate that game, yes. Could you tell by the score, no...

lindro88
lindro88

He posted the same thing yesterday only forgot the part about the 90 yard drive.

juunit
juunit

@Bent @williamg1 

Is it that interesting? They probably went through it game by game, then looked at the overall record and were like "wait, the Jets can't have a winning season... LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE! There we go, all better."

williamg1
williamg1

@Bent @williamg1 I noticed that. They had some weird scores. 


Quite honestly, I don't know how you predict the Jets, only because so much of the outcome is riding on how well Geno plays. I think the Jets can be anywhere from 6-10 to 12-4. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Joe/Orlando @a57se Fonzie's on fire today.  I've never liked so many posts in my life.

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@Tequila Joe @Brian Serviss Trust me, I watch more football in a week than you have in your life. My comment came from yours saying that they are in shambles and only using one example to show why they are in shambles. Which was, yes, one drive 

nagel100
nagel100

@Tequila Joe 22 would be high compared to this year.   i'll say last would be more accurate.  you don't run on us you just pass.


no problem.  

WW85
WW85

@Tequila Joe Good enough for a top 15 D overall combined with an average offense, we will be a decent team. I think 9-7 but the upside to 11-5 if the offense can really run the clock.

WW85
WW85

@Brian Serviss @williamg1 Fish had a decent season last year & fought through some tough times. Tannehill getting better. Bills are a total mess.

WW85
WW85

@williamg1 @Bent 16th ranked offense & 12th ranked Defense. 9-7 ish  I think. We need a homerun on the outside to be really good I think. But if our 3headed monster can control the clock, we can go deeep I think.

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Bent Yeah I don't know where some of those scores came from.  I remember seeing Jets 13 Pats 7 and thinking "that sounds like an AWESOME game" haha.

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

@williamg1 @Bent 

Geno has looked like a completely different QB during the preseason.  I can't wait to see if it carries over next Sunday.  NEXT SUNDAY!  Holy smack-a-rollies!

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@nagel100 @Tequila Joe you think this pass defense is worse compared to the Cowboys, Redskins, Falcons, Panthers, Raiders, Titans, Lions? Last is not anywhere close to accurate 

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@WW85 @Brian Serviss @williamg1 But where have the fish improved? They had a decent season last year and didn't really improve yet they are this hot team that can derail the Pats. The Jets had a decent team last year and actually improved but are yet lower than dirt? Doesn't make sense 

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 If the Jets beat the Pats 13-7 I'll write a 10,000 word BGA.  I don't care.  I'll even make sections of it rhyme and maybe even write an orchestral score to accompany it.

williamg1
williamg1

@roadyhorns @williamg1 @Bent Yeah, he does look totally different. And noticeably bigger. One thing that I've loved is how he's stepped into the pass rush while throwing. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @Joe/Orlando Maybe you have to be in the right mood for it.  I've had fun going back and forth with him today.


WW85
WW85

@Tequila Joe You think our secondary is worse than last year when we had mostly subpar Milliner & terrible Cro?  This year we have better safety play, better Milliner & a left side maybe as bad as Cro. It's about the same. Our offense is clearly better. Even last year, we competed in virtually every game except a couple.

juunit
juunit

@Brian Serviss @WW85 @williamg1 

I'd think they improved the OL by getting rid of Martin and Incognito at the very least. Whether the new OL can actually protect Tannehill remains to be seen.