Move over, LeBron. Luke Kennard has one of your records.
Franklin senior guard Luke Kennard scored 44 points in surpassing LeBron James on the Ohio High School Athletic Association career scoring list Friday night.
Kennard, a Duke signee, has 2,652 career points and is No. 4 on the OHSAA career points list.
Franklin defeated visiting Brookville 90-64.
Kennard made a 3-pointer with 1:03 left in the third quarter to give him 39 for the night. Kennard mimicked a gesture James makes on the court.
The sold out, standing-room only crowd erupted in loud cheers.
Kennard saw a white board in the student section on the stage in the gymnasium with a countdown of the number points he needed. He knew he needed three on that possession.
“I pulled up from 3, saw it went in – gave it the little LeBron,” Kennard said. “That was just for fun. I’m really excited. I’m blessed to have that opportunity.”
Kennard entered Friday night’s home game against Brookville with 2,608 career points, 38 points shy of James for the No. 4 spot.
“I’m not a LeBron or anything,” Kennard said. “Not even close. But to be in that same category I’m really blessed to have that opportunity.”
James, who won three state titles with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary from 1999-2003, is aware of Kennard who played for the King James AAU team. James told Cleveland-area media Thursday he was pleased to learn about Kennard’s success.
“He’s good,” James said. “He’s going to Duke.”
Kennard, named a McDonald’s All American last week, is the reigning Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball winner. James is the only three-time Mr. Basketball winner in Ohio since the award started in 1988.
Kennard averages 38.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.3 steals this season for the Wildcats entering Friday.
“He’s one of my kids,” James said. “That’s great. I’m happy for him.”
Just three players are ahead of Kennard on the state’s all-time scoring list. That includes Geno Ford (2,680 points), Jay Burson (2,958) and Jon Diebler (3,208).
Franklin (18-1) plays at Carlisle on Tuesday. Franklin will host its Senior Night on Feb. 13 against visiting Eaton. Franklin concludes the regular season Feb. 20 at Valley View.