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Men’s Basketball Receives Third Class of 2019 Commitment

Hanako Maki | The PhoenixThe Loyola men's basketball team celebrates its Elite Eight victory over Kansas State.

The Loyola men’s basketball team received its third commitment from the high school class of 2019 Monday afternoon.

Marquise Kennedy, a current senior at Brother Rice High School in Chicago, announced his commitment on Twitter after taking an official campus visit to Loyola this past weekend. He’s the third member of the class of 2019 to commit to Loyola, joining Paxson Wojcik and Tom Welch. All three will start playing in the 2019-20 season once they sign their National Letters of Intent (NLI), which would make their commitments official.

Kennedy is listed as a three-star guard according to 247Sports.com, which also ranks him as the No. 6 player in Illinois. He also held scholarship offers from high-major schools Florida State University and Wichita State University.

Kennedy wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Kennedy played AAU basketball on the Illinois Wolves with Wojcik and Welch last season. The Wolves are coached by Mike Mullins — whose son, Bryan, is Loyola’s associate head coach.

With Kennedy’s commitment, Loyola could have five Chicagoland natives on its roster next year — including Welch, a native of southwestern suburb Naperville. Current Ramblers Cameron Krutwig and Christian Negron are from Algonquin and Elgin, respectively, while Lucas Williamson is also from Chicago.

Per NCAA rules, Loyola head coach Porter Moser can’t comment on Kennedy’s commitment until he signs his NLI Nov. 14.

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