Markus Kennedy Player Profile
Position: Power Forward
Size: 6-9, 245 pounds
Year: Redshirt Junior (Lettered 1 year, transferred from Villanova after 2011-12 season)
High School: Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H. (Kennedy spent a post-graduate year at Brewster after bouncing around high schools)).
Recruitment: Kennedy was a three-star recruit out of high school and signed with Villanova in 2009, picking the Wildcats over Temple and West Virginia. But he elected to reclassify and enroll in 2010 so he could spend the year at Brewster. He played one season at Villanova, averaging 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game, before transferring to SMU in June 2012. He picked SMU over Florida, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Rhode Island and Boston College.
Kennedy did not begin the season in the starting lineup, but moved into it once Yanick Moreira went down with an MCL sprain in December. He ran with his starting spot and averaged 13.2 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game in conference play. But he struggled with fouls down the stretch, which led to his absence for extended parts of some halves of games. Overall, he averaged 12.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Outlook in 2014
Kennedy enters his junior season and third with the Mustangs (including redshirt) as one of the team’s leaders, both on the court and in the locker room. He came into his own last season after shedding 50 pounds since arriving at SMU, and was a huge part of SMU’s success.
But Kennedy needs to stay out of foul trouble. He had seven games with at least four fouls, three of them resulting in fouling out. His progress in that area can’t truly be judged until playing games. Nonetheless, he has a firm grip on the starting power forward spot and will play a ton of minutes as long as he can limit the fouls. He should be one of SMU’s best and most reliable scorers and rebounders. The combination of Kennedy and Moreira at the 4 and 5 (respectively) should be incredibly productive.