Philly Native Stays Close

Markus Kennedy is a Philly guy. One of the spring's biggest risers will return home in the fall of 2010. Living Faith's big man inside made his college choice Wednesday afternoon.

What a difference a year makes. Markus Kennedy, a 6-foot-8 center, committed to Villanova Wednesday. Yes, imagine him next to Mouphtauo Yarou? Scary, right?

We asked Kennedy what he saw when he looked in the mirror a year ago. "A potential D-I prospect," he said. And today? "I see a future superstar. I know if I keep working I know I'll be able to do anything."

Kennedy had offers from Miami, Penn State, Rutgers and Temple. There were always whispers that he valued staying close to home. He attends Living Faith in Cherry Hill, N.J.

"When Jay Wright came to my school. He wanted to talk to my teachers and it left a real good impression on me. He cares more about school than anything."

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