The Falcons will add Kirkpatrick, a 5-10 guard from Free State High School in Lawrence, along with Rachel Konieczki, a 5-3 point guard from Rockford Lutheran High School, and Abby Siefker, a 6-2 center from Ottoville, Ohio.
NCAA regulations prohibit BG coach Jennifer Roos from commenting on prospective players until they have signed a national letter of intent with the school.
Kirkpatrick was named All-Kansas first team in Division 6A, the large-school division, after leading Free State High School to a school-record 16 victories as a junior. Last season she averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game and was named honorable mention all-state as a sophomore.
“Kennedy is very strong and athletic, and her offensive game is very strong,” said Free State coach Bryan Duncan. “She is a strong ball-handler, passer and shooter.
“She’s very smart and makes good decisions with the basketball. And she’s very unselfish.”
Kirkpatrick, who has a 3.87 grade-point average in high school, originally committed to Wisconsin-Green Bay but reopened recruiting when UWGB coach Matt Bollant left for Illinois.
“I had heard of Bowling Green, and when I visiting BG it was perfect for me,” she said. “The arena is beautiful, the coaching staff is awesome, and I think their systems fit me perfectly.
“I’m a good 3-point shooter, and I can drive to the basket and create my own shot. I’m working to develop my ball-handling skills and working to get stronger.”
Kirkpatrick is a left-handed combo guard who loves playing an up-tempo style.
“I was mostly a shooter for my AAU team,” she said. “I think the BG system fits me perfectly, because I love to come off ball screens.
“And coach Roos knows my game. I think it will be awesome to work with her and her staff on improving my game.”