THE WINNER: Luke Kennard
School: Franklin (Ohio)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Wildcats to a 25-1 record and a berth in the Division II regional semifinals, scheduled for March 19. Kennard averaged 38.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and six assists per game while shooting 51 percent from 3-point range through 26 games. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Ohio Mr. Basketball award winner, he is a 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a 2015 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee. Kennard was a member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record and won gold at the FIBA U18 Championship last summer.
Academic excellence: Kennard has maintained a 4.22 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and as a youth basketball coach.
“Luke Kennard just does it all,” said Ben Buehner, head coach at Valley View High. “If you try to stop him, he is willing and capable of making passes and will find open guys. He has a unique combination of skills that allow his whole team to be successful.”
THE FUTURE: Kennard has signed with Duke.