(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Lancers men’s basketball head coach Chris Oliver has announced the commitment of Thomas Kennedy, one of the most significant local recruits in recent program history.
An explosive 6’ 9” forward from Windsor’s St Joseph’s High School and London’s Southwest Academy, Kennedy was one of the most sought-after recruits in the province. This year, Kennedy’s outstanding play on the court saw him earn an invitation to Canada Basketball’s 2018 selection camp where he was a Top 20 finalist as well as the North Pole Hoops Windsor Showcase MVP.
He also played in the Canadian Youth Basketball League, where he averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game.
The son of Lancers basketball alumnus, and OUA all-star, Jim “JK” Kennedy, Thomas enjoyed an outstanding high school career with both St Joseph’s and the Southwest Academy.
With the Lasers, Thomas was the team captain and team MVP and a unanimous first team WECSSAA all-star in 2017. He averaged 19 points and 16 rebounds per game and was named St Joseph’s athlete of the year.
He also served as team captain at the Southwest Academy, where he captured the Academy’s 3-Tree award for excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. Kennedy averaged a double-double with Southwest, finishing with 12.6 points per game to go along with 10.1 rpg.
“Thomas is a special player and we are thrilled to welcome him home to Windsor,” said Oliver. “It is extremely rare for a player with his size, length, and athleticism to be able to not only finish around the rim, but also step away from the basket and make shots. He is uniquely gifted with strong ties to this community and we can’t wait to see him in a Lancer uniform.”
In 2017, Kennedy captured an Ontario Basketball gold medal with the Riverside Falcons and travelled to Italy with the Canada Elite team, where they captured a bronze medal at the European Jr Boys Championships. He also brought home a gold medal with U17 Team Ontario at the Canada Games.
“Thomas is an elite talent and an elite student and he has been around our program for many years,” added Oliver. “He works hard, wants to improve and learn, is coachable, and will be a great teammate. He checks all the boxes that we want.”
Kennedy is equally as excited to be joining the Blue and Gold in the fall.
“All student-athletes pursue a dream situation for a post-secondary career that includes academics, athletics, community, and a great relationship with teammates and coaches,” said Kennedy.”For me, going to the University of Windsor and becoming a Lancer is a dream situation.”