With a stroke of the pen, Furman University gained a player who possesses one of the sweetest strokes to don a Marquette uniform. Accompanied by family, friends, and teammates, senior Colin Kenney put the pen to paper Wednesday afternoon to sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the Paladins.
“I’ve worked for this moment my whole life, and I’m blessed to be in the position that I’m in. I am extremely happy to officially commit to (head men’s basketball) Coach Richey and the Furman basketball family,” Kenney said.
Kenney averaged 21.7 points per game as a junior while posting 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals, and 3.7 rebounds per tilt. He’s knocked down 157 three-pointers the past three seasons, all while shooting at a 42% clip from beyond the arc. Kenney shot 85% from the foul line as a junior after converting 82% of his free-throw attempts as a sophomore. He’s also shot 52% or better overall from the field over the last two seasons.
Kenney enters his senior season already with the sixth-most career points (1,239) by a Marquette basketball player, 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’ basketball all-time scoring list and 323 behind Ryan Fazekas (1,562) for the scoring crown. Fazekas, who debuted at Providence, has two seasons of eligibility remaining at Valparaiso.
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.
Wednesday’s signing marked the second straight year Marquette will send a boys’ basketball player to a Division-I school. Buddy Jaffee is in his freshman season at Marquette University.