Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Franklin scoring superstar Luke Kennard chose to attend Duke. The junior, who was named Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year earlier in March, is an exceptionally strong academic athlete, owning a 4.3 GPA. More than that, the 6-foot-6 swingman’s versatility makes him a perfect fit for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s offense.
Yet, that’s all the more reason why most of America outside of Durham will probably be totally fed up with Kennard four years from now. He’s the latest in a long line of fundamental, academically sound players who will ensure that Duke’s talent pipeline is full to the brim. By the end of his collegiate career he will surely be known as a dead-eye Jon Scheyer clone bound for a future graduate assistant spot on Coach K’s staff.
Of course, that’s not fair to Kennard. It just goes with the Duke territory.
To his credit, Kennard is much more than that. He’s a one man offensive dynamo in high school, dominating defenses across the Buckeye state. Competing predominantly against schools between Dayton and Cincinnati, Kennard averaged 41 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 assists per game. He racked up an incredible 920 points in just 23 games.
In one game alone he scored 59 points. The News & Observer reported that he surpassed 50 points three times and topped 40 points a whopping 13 times as a junior. You can see highlights of his epic 59-point performance below.
As Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow told the News & Observer, Kennard is much more than a shooter at the elite prep level.
“I think Luke will be very good at the next level,” Scout.com analyst Brian Snow said. “His greatest strength is that he is an elite shooter, but he is far more than just a shooter. Luke can also get to the rim, is a good passer, and is a good athlete who excels at both ends of the floor.”
And then there is the football factor. Like former Duke ever-present Greg Paulus, Kennard is also a standout quarterback on the football field. With Duke’s program soaring under coach David Cutcliffe, would he consider taking snaps for the Blue Devils in the fall before sending up shots in the winter?
Only time will tell, though that surely wouldn’t please Coach K too much. Either way, the junior sounds pretty secure about his decision.
“Being around Coach K and the players – how the program was ran – I could tell it was a very special place and I could see myself fitting in there,” Kennard told media after his announcement late Monday.
“I felt at peace with my decision. Duke was the best fit for me.”