John Beilein and Michigan have expanded their recruiting board in recent weeks, with offers to Justin Ahrens and Duane Washington Jr. It appears adding another guard to their 2018 class is a priority for the Wolverines, and another name that has entered the radar is Keonte Kennedy.
Kennedy, a 6-foot-4 guard from Texas, saw his recruitment take off after his performance at the Peach Jam, during which he averaged 11.6 points per game. Kennedy plays for RM5 Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. He also averaged 13.5 points per game and shot 39% from three-point range at Westlake High School as a junior.
Kennedy says he received offers from Mississippi, Arkansas and Georgia Tech after the Peach Jam, and that was also when Michigan began tracking him after watching him play.
The Wolverines, according to Kennedy, saw him play in Las Vegas as well, and started talking to him “about two weeks ago.” He’s talked with mostly Beilein and recently-hired assistant coach Luke Yaklich, and has already scheduled an official visit to Ann Arbor for October 7th when the Wolverines host Michigan State at Michigan Stadium.
“I just want to see the campus and the basketball facilities and all that,” Kennedy told UM Hoops.
“I really like Coach Beilein, but I also like that they have that Jordan exclusive deal. Not a lot of teams have that.”
Kennedy has no timeline for a commitment but says he plans on cutting down his list of schools in the near future.
“I’ll be coming out with a top-eight soon,” Kennedy said, “But my favorite schools right now are Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, VCU, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Murray State, Butler and Michigan.”
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