Reports: SMU star Kennedy cleared to play

(SportsNetwork.com) - SMU forward Markus Kennedy, a unanimous preseason all- conference selection, has been cleared to play, according to multiple reports Friday.

The junior forward was ruled ineligible before the season started, reportedly over academic issues.

He is available to play in Saturday's game against Michigan, the reports said.

Emails sent to SMU athletic department spokesmen and coaches for the men's team were not returned Friday night.

News of Kennedy's ineligibility came months after SMU learned that prized incoming freshman Emmanuel Mudiay had decided to play in China rather than join the Mustangs.

SMU was still ranked No. 22 in the preseason Associated Press poll, but lost three of its first five games.

The Mustangs have won five in a row since.

Kennedy was named to the All-American Athletic Conference second team as a sophomore after leading the Mustangs in rebounding, blocked shots and steals.

He averaged 12.4 points in 37 games after sitting out the previous season following his transfer from Villanova.