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SMU Hoops Player Profile: F Markus Kennedy

Patrick profiles SMU senior forward Markus Kennedy in the latest Pony Stampede hoops player profile.

Markus Kennedy Player Profile
Position: Power Forward/Center
Size: 6-9, 245 pounds
Age: 24
Year: Redshirt Senior (Lettered 2 years, 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.
Hometown: Philadelphia

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 also had interest from Florida, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Rhode Island and Boston College.

2014-15 recap

Kennedy missed SMU’s first 10 games because of academic issues and needed a few games to get back into true playing shape. He came off the bench at first, and stayed there as SMU started to hit its stride once conference season started. Kennedy needed most of the season to get back into 2013-14 form, but he was still a force off the bench. His 11.9 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game and 54.8 field goal percentage were all second on the team. 

Grade: B+

Outlook in 2015

Kennedy enters his final season and fourth with the Mustangs (including redshirt) as a respected team leaders. He’s been adamant about the team’s family over everything attitude keeping it together through the NCAA sanctions. While his measurable remain the same, Kennedy looks like he’s in the best shape of his career so far this preseason. He’s going to be playing more at center this year after the departures of Yanick Moreira and Cannen Cunningham, but he should be able to handle it easily. He has been prone to foul trouble in his career and had six games with at least four fouls last season, but if he’s in better shape, he may be able to cut down on the fouls. He will need to be extra careful early with Semi Ojeleye ineligible until mid-December. Regardless, he’s firmly entrenched in the starting lineup and is primed for a first-team all-conference type season. He and Moore were the only two players unanimously picked to the league’s preseason all-conference first team. 


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