It has been a little baffling why a versatile and talented wing player like D.J. Kennedy was not highly recruited until late in his senior year. Several schools rushed to recruit the 6-foot-5, 185-pound small forward from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Schenley High School down the stretch, and Kennedy has decided to play his ball in the Big East.
With it down to St. John's, Georgia and New Mexico State, Kennedy is headed to the Big Apple.
"St. John's was the best place for me," said Kennedy. "I have a chance to play right away. It is in the Big East, and I get to play in Madison Square Garden and in a great city. It can't get any better than that. Also, it is an up and coming program, and I want to help bring it back up."
Although Kennedy's recruitment was slow to develop, he maintained a positive outlook over the past couple years.
"I feel like I've been overlooked thee whole year, really the past two years," said Kennedy. But I knew my opportunity would come and people would recognize what I can do."
As a versatile playmaker, Kennedy is capable of doing a lot of positive things on the court. He can lock down the opposition's top perimeter player. Kennedy also has a knack for coming up with the ball off the boards, has the ability to handle and finish in transition, and can also knock down a timely jump shot.
"They want to play me at the one, two and three," he commented. "They told me they would use me for whatever they need."
Kennedy was the No. 123 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.
D.J. Kennedy scouting report:
A multidimensional wing player, Kennedy can do everything from lockdown the opposing team's top perimeter scorer to handling the ball proficiently in the open court. With his athleticism and energy, he is also a dangerous rebounder on both sides of the court. His long distance shooting is the weaker part of his game, but he can make the timely three-pointer to keep the defense honest.