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    The Strange Trip of Keonte Kennedy

    The guy has taken quite an unusual path to Memphis.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/memphis-bas...210855239.html

    Who knows what could have been here at Xavier. He's pretty damn good when healthy, but we ended up with the better UTEP guard anyway.
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    Does anyone know off hand when Kennedy was at Xavier? What was the roster like at the time. I assume it was the first year of Steele? There should have been minutes available, but he never played. was he not ready, or just didnt get a chance? Seemed like we could have used him the last couple years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHettel View Post
    Does anyone know off hand when Kennedy was at Xavier? What was the roster like at the time. I assume it was the first year of Steele? There should have been minutes available, but he never played. was he not ready, or just didnt get a chance? Seemed like we could have used him the last couple years.
    He played in 22 games during Steele's first year.
    https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb...kennedy-1.html

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    I wouldn't put alot of stock in a kid's potential based on how Steele utilized him.

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    I wouldn't put alot of stock in a kid's potential based on how Steele utilized him.
    Well, thats kind of why I asked the question. Did he just get alot better after he left. Or was he always a solid player but just buried in Steeles moronic rotation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MHettel View Post
    Well, thats kind of why I asked the question. Did he just get alot better after he left. Or was he always a solid player but just buried in Steeles moronic rotation?
    At the time I thought he showed flashes at being a good player when he wasnít just taking 3ís, but after watching the last 4 years, unfortunately think itís the latter.

    Of course I was probably higher on Kennedy than most on here, so take it for what itís worthÖor maybe it was just his Xavier commitment video I enjoyed.

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    He averaged about 8.5 points in his third year out of high school at UTEP. I suspect he just wasn't particularly good as a freshman and has developed somewhat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoMuskies View Post
    He averaged about 8.5 points in his third year out of high school at UTEP. I suspect he just wasn't particularly good as a freshman and has developed somewhat.
    I would say KK is above average for all the frosh in his class with rides to D1 schools. Most players don't get a ton of PT nor score more than 6 points a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drudy23 View Post
    I wouldn't put a lot of stock in a kid's potential based on how Steele utilized him.
    Yes to that. Kennedy was a long athletic guard. He didn't see the floor a lot and, as I recall, he basically quit the team in the second half of his freshman year----"personal reasons' I think were the culprit. He had a game which could have been used, I think, in an up-tempo offensive scheme. Of course, Steele didn't run an up-tempo offense so most times X would push the ball up court then immediately circle the wagons and fall into some silly weave that often resulted in a long three attempt. Does this sound familiar?

    I recall Kennedy launching some ill-advised three balls and don't remember him as an effective outside shooter. Then, again, he was a freshman. I'm sure he had a fragile ego (like many frosh) and we all know Steele wasn't an effective communicator with his teams.

    So, Kennedy left for greener pastures, found them and he has had a decent, if not spectacular, career. Steele either ruined or failed to develop talent in his four years. We are so fortunate he is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xukeith View Post
    I would say KK is above average for all the frosh in his class with rides to D1 schools. Most players don't get a ton of PT nor score more than 6 points a game.
    This is a tough statement to prove, but I don't believe KK was "above average" his freshman year. He averaged 12 minutes per game and played in a total of 22 games that season, and averaged a measly 2 points. He played in 19 and 24 games in his other 2 seasons so 22 games is not a small sample for KK. He played 11 minutes against Creighton on February 3rd of that year, then he quit on his team and went home.

    KK didn't get a great shot at playing time his only year at Xavier. His minutes dropped off significantly after the first of the year. I blame Travis Steele as much as any for the lack of development by Kennedy and his departure.
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