By Adam Chasen:
Former D.C. basketball star and Washington Post All-Met Max Kenyi from Gonzaga High School, may be looking elsewhere after two-seasons at Harvard.
The 6’4″ long-armed combo-guard, had a strong freshman year for Harvard, but fought through an injury plagued campaign last season that saw his numbers drop, including minutes played. Kenyi played on the 2008 Gonzaga City Title team that was ranked as high as #10 in the country to end the season. His former Gonzaga basketball teammate, Cam Johnson, is an emerging star football player at UVA and a likely future NFL draft pick.
At this time, it is still unknown the level of interest for both Georgetown and Kenyi, but rumors of a potential match have recently circulated. Kenyi would likely provide depth at guard for the Hoyas and would fit nicely in the modified Princeton offense.
Even with the lack of Ivy league athletic scholarships Kenyi would likely be forced to sit out next season with still two-years of eligibility remaining. In some cases, a player is able to apply for a waiver to the NCAA and become eligible immediately, but those cases are not the norm.
Ivy League schools do not provide athletic scholarships, so it is unknown if Kenyi or Georgetown’s interest would be contingent on financial aid.
With the Hoyas currently traveling to China on an exhibition trip, and Kenyi’s high potential as a player, it would not be surprising to hear of other local schools showing interest as well. Kenyi was thought to be a player worthy of major conference basketball coming out of Gonzaga, but chose to join an up-and-coming Harvard squad led by a fairly big name coach Tommy Amaker.