Vanderbilt basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse appears to have finalized his roster for the 2022-23 season with the commitment of UTEP graduate transfer Keonte Kennedy.
The 6’5” 180-pound two-way wing will fill the final scholarship which suddenly became available when Gabe Dorsey entered the transfer portal in April, recently committing to CAA (Colonial Athletic Conference) member William & Mary.
On the surface, the experienced Kennedy appears to be an upgrade over Dorsey, who made minimal impact as a freshman. Despite missing 15 games last season with an ankle injury, he was the Miners’ third leading scorer at 14.1 points per game and led his team in rebounding with 6.1 boards per game.
Vanderbilt will actually be Kennedy’s third collegiate stop. The three-star prospect out of Westlake (TX) high school began his career at Xavier.
After playing sparingly as a freshman, he transferred to UTEP where he redshirted in the pre-COVID transfer era. When he finally got back on the court, it didn’t take him long to make an impact at his new school. He started all 24 games his sophomore season averaging 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds before his breakout junior year.
Kennedy will have two years of eligibility remaining.