Kenney makes it official
MICHIGAN CITY — The time, the travel, the sacrifice.
It all came to fruition for Colin Kenney on Wednesday when the Marquette guard signed his national letter of intent to attend Furman.
“It’s kind of crazy to see how it all played out, the whole journey,” Kenney said after practice. “I’m definitely happy with the result. It’s definitely good to have everything official. To see the smile on my parents’ face, it meant a lot. It’s a great moment for me and my family. Furman’s a great fit for me. Really looking forward to it.”
Kenney averaged 21.7 points per game as a junior along with 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals, and 3.7 rebounds, earning Junior North All-Star recognition. He’s knocked down 157 3-pointers in his career, while shooting at a 42 percent clip from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-1 Kenney hit at an 85 percent clip from the foul line last year after converting 82 percent of his free throws as a sophomore. He’s also shot 52 percent or better overall from the field over the last two seasons, with better numbers projected to come.
“He put on about 10 pounds,” Marquette coach Fred Mooney said. “He’s gotten stronger in preparation for this season and for the future.”
The Blazers have won sectional titles each of Kenney’s three seasons. He enters his senior year sixth in career points (1,239) by a Marquette basketball player, including the third-most on the boys side. He’s 235 points shy of Jim Retseck (1,474), who went on to play at Auburn and was later drafted by the Golden State Warriors, for second place on the boys all-time list and 323 behind Ryan Fazekas (1,562) for the scoring crown. Fazekas began his college career at Providence and is now playing at Valparaiso.
“I think Colin will be a good fit for Furman,” Mooney said. “I told Colin you get out of life what you put into it and he’s obviously put a lot into basketball and he’s put a lot into academics. I’m very proud of him, what he’s accomplished, He’s a great kid. Furman’s getting a steal.”
Furman, which competes in the Southern Conference, is coming off a 23-12 campaign that included a run to the semifinals of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The 23 victories tied a school record for wins in a season. The Paladins are in their second season under head coach Bob Richey.