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Kodi Justice

School

Arizona State

Position
Guard
Major
Kodi Justice, B.S., Sociology (2017)

Classroom

Kodi Justice is an extremely hard worker, and the diagnosis of dyslexia at a young age never stopped him from performing in the classroom. He is not the type of student who wanted extra time on tests or sympathy because of his diagnosis, he just worked harder before the exams to be successful. Even while Justice faced adversity his freshmen year, he still finished his undergraduate education in only three years. Justice was determined to earn a master’s degree before his athletic eligibility was over, and that is exactly what he is doing. In the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters, he earned a GPA of a 3.0 or above making him a Sun Devil Scholar Athlete for the first time in his educational career. In order to graduate before the start of Fall 2017, he took 15 credits in Summer 2017 and successfully completed all 15 credits. This year Justice is beginning his master’s degree in liberal studies and is projected to graduate in Spring 2018.

Character

Justice endured both a season-ending injury halfway through a promising freshman year and a coaching change after that same season, and he has not flinched. He chose ASU because he always wanted to play in front of his hometown crowd.

Community

Justice has been involved in various philanthropic events in his time at Arizona State and also is a youth basketball referee for the City of Tempe. He also has been a great ambassador for the program through the local media.

Competition

Last year Justice was asked to guard 6-10 forwards on a regular basis due to some departures in the program and never wavered. In the final five games of 2016-17 Justice averaged 15.6 points, which included a career-high 22 points in the Feb. 26 win over NCAA Tournament-bound USC. He was in double digits in 11 games in 2016-17 and was 17-of-35 (.486) from the three-point stripe and perfect in nine free throw attempts in those final five games. A competitor at the highest level, he fought back from season-ending injury as a freshman and had to prove himself to a new coaching staff.

As of nomination time, Justice had started every game of the season and was averaging 13.6 points per game for the No. 3 team in the country.