Kush graduated from Bates College in 2010, where he was the top player on the men's squash team. Mahan was a clear repeat selection on the First Team All-Conference. Mahan (Kalamazoo, Mich.), who shared Player of the Year honors with Williams' Ethan Buchsbaum, put an exclamation point on an already outstanding playing career at Bates with his superlative senior season. Mahan was 18-4 in dual play in his second year at the No. 1 spot in 2009-10, including an 11-0 mark against NESCAC opponents. He finished his career with a 61-25 individual record.
Q & A with Kush:
Where were you born? Nairobi, Kenya
When did you start playing squash? At around 6/7 years old. Did you ever play other sports at a high level? I played some sports for my schools, like cricket.... But mainly just squash.
Why did you choose to play squash professionally? I have spent a great deal of time playing squash and wanted to continue competing at as high a level as I could.
Why did you choose PST? It is a great option for people playing Pro Tournaments in this region, and the tournaments are really exciting to be a part of.
Age? Where do you live now? 22 years old, living in New York City.
Please tell me one or two of your favorite squash stories (on court or off). My favorite story from college was probably winning my match at number 1 against Trinity College at our home courts, in front of my teamates and friends from Bates!
What do you think of Point Every Rally (no-let squash)? I think it creates a clean game and makes every point exciting.
What do you eat for breakfast? Lucky Charms.
Thoughts on squash in America? It is improving so fast, at every level.
Goal for a post-squash career? Graduate school in some field of health care.