Junior Markus Kennedy Commands A Look

Markus Kennedy, at 250 pounds, is a big boy. The junior out of Apex Academy has himself a plethora of offers as we head toward the spring.

The Class of 2010 needs some big fellas to emerge and announce their presence from a national perspective. One center who may be on the verge of a breakout is Pennsauken (N.J.) Apex Academy junior Markus Kennedy.

Originally from Philadelphia, the 6-foot-9, 250 pounder stayed in the city for his freshman season then slid over to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick the following year before the commute did in his plan to play for the Celtics.

"My mom was unhappy because the ride was two hours from where I live and the only school I go to and play right away and it wasn't far was Apex," Kennedy said. Kennedy told Scout.com he's intent on finishing out his high school career at Apex.

Despite a couple of switches, colleges have experienced zero issues when it comes to locating Kennedy. Especially Villanova, which has put Jay Wright on full alert with the young man.

"Jay Wright is working hard. He just gives me the phone call I'm allowed to have and I keep in contact with him. I keep in contact with the others but he sends me hand written letters and he just does the little things to show me that he's really interested in me."

Kennedy holds offers from the Wildcats, Temple, Penn State, Rutgers, Miami-FL and West Virginia. St. John's is interested as well. "I don't have any leaders. I'm considering anybody but (Villanova) is definitely one of my top choices." Temple, Penn State, Miami and West Virginia are right there too.

Kennedy's going to run with Team Final this spring. Though he's a block player, he's focusing on rounding out his package and becoming more of a diverse threat.

"As of right now, I'm still trying to get in the best shape I can for college. Physically I need to get bigger and stronger and work on my ball handling and shot, more so than my post moves.

"I have no problem with playing in the post but I want to be able to face the basket sometimes too."


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