Austin Kennedy felt comfortable on a visit to Long Island University-Post this spring.
The St. Augustine Prep senior decided to make the arrangement more permanent.
Kennedy will attend the Brookville, New York, school on an NCAA Division II basketball scholarship.
“It was a really nice campus,” Kennedy said. “All the guys were getting along well with each other, and the coaches as well. It made me feel like I could fit in there. I loved it there.”
The 6-foot Kennedy led the Hermits to the Cape-Atlantic League and South Jersey Non-Public A championships over the winter.
He showed his grit and determination in a 69-66 loss to Don Bosco Prep in the state title game. Kennedy scored all 22 of his points in the second half and nearly led the Hermits to a dramatic comeback victory.
“With his size and what he brings, he has a chance to play right away (at LIU Post),” St. Augustine coach Paul Rodio said. “It’s exactly what he’s looking for.”
Kennedy averaged 13.5 points, four assists and 2.5 steals this past season and was named a first-team Press All-Star. He finished with 1,080 career points, and the Hermits were 84-7 and won three CAL titles, two South Jersey championships and one state title during the Medford resident’s three seasons as a starter.
“The last four years at St. Augustine have been great all around,” Kennedy said. “I’ve met new people and had fun. I’m going to miss St. Augustine a lot. It’s going to have a special place in my heart. But I’m ready for the next four years.”
LIU Post finished 10-18 last season. The school plays in the East Coast Conference, which consists mostly of teams from New York and Connecticut. St. Thomas Aquinas N.Y. won the league title this past season.
“It’s awesome to have the opportunity to play on a scholarship,” Kennedy said. “I’m ready to get to work for the next four years and see where it goes.”