Mount de Sales baseball star Kobe Butts, headed to Alcorn State University

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mount de Sales baseball star, Kobe Butts, may have had his senior season canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, but his future is still bright.

Kobe is heading to Alcorn State University on a full baseball scholarship.

He batted .347, hit two home runs with 21 RBI his junior year. He was also named to the All-Region First Team.

Through 12 games as a senior, Kobe’s batting average improved to .357 with 16 RBI, with a .488 his on-base percentage.

He was named Southeast Region Honorable Mention.

Here’s Kobe on why he chose Alcorn State University.


“They have great programs for their student-athletes to succeed, and they preach academics. That’s a big thing for me because I want to be successful whether it’s in baseball or not. And, they have a lot of athletes that have a 4.0 and stuff like that, and you know, I want to be like that.”

Kobe also talked about how the program fits his playing style.

“I would say they fit my playing style because it’s not all about winning, winning, winning. It’s about developing and getting people better. And you know, regardless of what your aspirations are, I’m sure you want to be the best athlete you want to be.

“I feel like they fit me in that category because I do want to be the best athlete I can be, and they’re going to help me better than I feel like any of the other schools that offered me would.”


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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at