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Posted On: 11/2/18 2:08 PM
Yesterday morning, the city of Tyler’s top basketball prospects Jackson Kennedy and Scottie Turner decided to stay home and sign with Tyler Junior College. Kennedy is a top eighty prospect in the state of Texas and will bring a great inside and out game from the wing position. He is a small forward that possesses good size and strength and will be a catch and shoot threat at the junior college level. His game translates well because he will also be able to use his strong upper body to finish through contact and score in the paint.
“I love the fact that it was close to home and I loved how the environment felt when I went there. It just felt like home itself,” said Kennedy after signing his letter of intent. “When I arrive on campus, I want to prove to coaches that I am a versatile player that can rebound and score.” Kennedy was recruited by four-year schools such as: Dallas Baptist, Sam Houston State, Tarleton State, and UT-Tyler, but he wanted the chance to restart his recruitment.
Signing alongside with Kennedy, was his summer teammate and top 200 prospect Scottie Turner of Tyler All Saints. Turner earned TAPPS Second Team All-State Honors after averaging 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Turner also was being recruited by UT-Tyler, but also decided to go the junior college route and restart his recruitment.
Kennedy will be a part of the first graduating class at Cumberland Academy. When asked about his goals for his senior season, he states. “I just want to win district and set the bar for the upcoming classes. I want to go out with a BANG.” Look for Kennedy and Turner to have dominant senior seasons.