By Conor Glennon ‘20
For Crusader sports fans, perhaps the name Marquise Kennedy may ring a bell. Perhaps a few memories may even come to mind. Or, maybe even a few hundred.
Just one year ago, Kennedy was dropping jaws with beyond memorable performances.
After an incredible junior season with the Crusaders, big things were expected heading into his senior campaign. Kennedy surpassed all expectations in what very well could have been the single best individual season in Brother Rice basketball history.
After breaking countless records, Kennedy opted to continue his career at hometown and recent Cinderella story, Loyola University.
Kennedy, as expected, has impressed thus far. Averaging just over nine points per contest, he has helped jump start the Ramblers to a 3-1 record in the Missouri Valley Conference. As a true freshman, Kennedy has turned many heads in what has been a fantastic start to a long, but hopeful season.
Kennedy said, “My time at Brother Rice helped me learn how to develop connections with others. This has been the biggest help in my transition to Loyola.”
Kennedy’s biggest challenge thus far has not been on the court per say. He said, “The biggest challenge so far has been juggling school, basketball, workouts, and sleep.” As a high level student-athlete, Kennedy has found his first year to be busier than ever.
For many young basketball fans, playing in March is the dream. For Kennedy and the Ramblers, it is a legitimate possibility.
Kennedy said, “I am most excited about playing in the tournament. Playing nationally with the whole world watching would be a dream that would make all the hard work worth it.” The Ramblers must win their conference to have an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Kennedy most recently proved he belongs while pouring in 20 points en route to a dominant 34 point victory over fellow Missouri Valley ball club, Evansville University.
Kennedy will look to build off his recent stellar performance, as he continues to contribute to a tournament chasing Loyola Ramblers squad.