THE WINNER: Luke Kennard
School: Franklin (Ohio)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 41 points, 10.4 rebounds, four assists and two steals while shooting 84 percent from the free throw line this past season, leading the Wildcats (20-4) to the Division II sectional final. A First Team All-State selection as a sophomore, Kennard tallied a career single-game high and set a school record with a 59-point effort in a 72-64 win over Monroe in February. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 16 recruit in the class of 2015 by Rivals and No. 24 by ESPN.
Academic excellence: Kennard has maintained a weighted GPA of 4.26.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally collecting and delivering canned goods to families in need and as a youth basketball coach.
“No player has made me feel more helpless as an opposing coach than Luke Kennard,” said Ben Buehner, head coach at Valley View. “He makes everyone on the floor better and he is a threat from anywhere on the court. To me there is no other person who is as valuable to their team’s success as he is.”
THE FUTURE: Kennard will be a senior this fall.