Men’s basketball puts Gardiner on scholarship, adds Kennedy as walk-on

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Men’s basketball puts Gardiner on scholarship, adds Kennedy as walk-on

Tommy Gardiner appeared in three games in 2018-'19. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics)

Tommy Gardiner appeared in three games in 2018-'19. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics)

Tommy Gardiner appeared in three games in 2018-'19. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics)

Tommy Gardiner appeared in three games in 2018-'19. (Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics)

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Marquette men’s basketball has elevated sophomore Tommy Gardiner from a walk-on to scholarship player for 2019-’20 and added freshman Michael Kennedy as a walk-on, a Marquette Athletics spokesperson confirmed Monday. 

Gardiner, a 6-foot-7 forward, appeared in three games as a Golden Eagle last season. Gardiner, a two-time team captain in high school, takes the scholarship spot left open after back injuries ended Ike Eke’s career this summer.

Gardiner is the only remaining walk-on from last year’s squad as a player. Cam Marotta graduated and is now on head coach Steve Wojciechowski’s staff. Buddy Jaffee and Mike Lelito left the team.

Kennedy is a 6-foot-6 forward from Mequon, Wisconsin. He was a two-time all-conference honoree and team captain in high school, while also earning two letters in golf. He went to the same high school as Marotta.

The Golden Eagles still have an open scholarship slot for a possible transfer. The team will host walk-on tryouts next week.

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