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Villanova hosted American at the Pavilion on December 22, 2011 on a night Villanova Basketball alums returned.
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A skilled passer who brings a knack for rebounding ... Has the strength to be a plus for the Wildcats on the interior.
2011-12 Season: Averaged 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest in 31 games ... Averaged 14.8 minutes per outing ... Drew three starting assignments.
2011-12 BIG EAST Regular Season: Averaged 3.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest in 18 games ... Contributed two points and five rebounds in a 77-71 win at Rutgers on March 1 ... Added four points and three rebounds in 21 minutes at Georgetown on Feb. 25 ... Chipped in with seven rebounds and two points in 17 minutes against Notre Dame on Feb. 18 ... Came off the bench to add a season-high nine points in nine minutes at USF on Feb. 15, including his first career 3-point field goal ... Chipped in with four points and three rebounds on Jan. 25 at Louisville ... Made the first start of his college career on Jan. 5 against USF, contributing four points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots ... Collected a season-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points in 25 minutes at Marquette on Jan. 1 ... Also added four blocked shots in a season-high 25 minutes ... Produced six points and seven rebounds in an 83-69 loss at West Virginia on Dec. 28.
2011-12 Postseason: Appeared in both BIG EAST Tournament games, scoring one basket in the 70-49 win over Rutgers in the opening round.
2011-12 Non-Conference Highlights: Contributed six points and seven rebounds in a 73-52 win over American on Dec. 22 ... Established a season high with eight points to go with seven rebounds in a 74-58 loss at Saint Joseph's on Dec. 17 ... Picked up six points and six rebounds along with two assists in a 68-43 win over Boston University on Dec. 13 ... Supplied four points, six rebounds and a pair of steals in 14 minutes of activity at Temple on Dec. 10 ... Returned to action against Missouri after missing the Penn game on Dec. 3 with a shoulder injury ... Suffered a right shoulder contusion in practice on Dec. 2 and did not play against Penn the following night ... Officially listed as day-to-day ... Contributed four points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of a 65-64 loss to Santa Clara on Nov. 27 at the 76 Classic in Anaheim ... Added six rebounds in 12 minutes ofa 71-46 win over UC Riverside on Nov. 24 in Anaheim ... Collected eight rebounds to go with six points in a 106-70 win over Monmouth on opening night at the Pavilion.
Originally signed with Villanova in the fall of 2009 before electing to spend the 2010-11 academic year at Brewster (N.H.) ... Helped Brewster to a 31-3 record ... Tallied 19 points in a 74-72 win over Main Central Institute in December ... Was especially strong at the National Prep School Invitational in February ... Posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Robinson School ... Kennedy was enrolled at The Winchendon School for the 2009-10 year.
Jay Wright on Kennedy: "Markus is a versatile forward who has really benefitted from the prep school experience. He is a fine young man who has grown into an impressive basketball player. We think he will develop into an outstanding Big East power player as his college career unfolds. Under the tutelage of Jason Smith, we know he will be very well prepared when he arrives next fall."
Has a brother Mikeal (14) and sister Morgan (13) ... Parents are Roysall Kennedy and Barbara Kennedy ... Coached by Jason Smith at Brewster Academy ... Played AAU basketball for the New England Playaz ... A Liberal Arts major.