Kennedy still has work to do to be eligible

SMU forward Markus Kennedy still has work to do in the classroom to meet eligibility standards for this season. Billy Embody has more from coach Brown on Kennedy's eligibility issues.

SMU may be without one of the biggest pieces of their team this upcoming season if Markus Kennedy can't become eligible for the 2014-15 season.

“As of today, Markus still has some work to do to meet eligibility standards for competition this season," SMU Head Coach Larry Brown said. "SMU provides great resources for its student-athletes."

SMU has tutors and support in the form of the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center and Brown continued to say that Kennedy is doing nothing short of working hard at regaining his eligibility.

"Markus is utilizing these resources and we expect him to continue to make the progress needed to regain his eligibility and get back on track to earn his degree," Brown said.

Of course, Kennedy still can earn his way back onto the court, but Brown is confident SMU will be in a good position to compete at a high level even if Kennedy isn't available for the Mustangs this season.

"Right now, nothing is final, as eligibility status can change at any point," Brown said. "Either way, we have a very talented and deep group and are looking forward to the season.”

Kennedy grabbed a starting role at SMU halfway through last season and never relinquished it after Yanick Moreira went down with an injury.

The former Villanova transfer was second on SMU with 12.4 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 7.1 boards per game.

A unanimous 2014-15 All-AAC preseason pick, Kennedy was selected to the Second Team of the All-American Athletic Conference teams last year.

SMU is No. 22 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Top 25. The Mustangs are entering their third season under Head Coach Larry Brown after going 27-10 en route reaching the 2013-14 NIT title game.

The 2014-15 season begins at Moody Coliseum on Nov. 14 when the Mustangs host Lamar at 8:30 p.m.

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