Franklin freshman Luke Kennard has enjoyed quite the whirlwind of a past year and it got even crazier recently when the Ohio State Buckeyes offered him a scholarship to play basketball. Said Mark Kennard, who is Luke’s father: “We were definitely very excited about the offer”…
Franklin freshman Luke Kennard has enjoyed quite the whirlwind of a past year and it got even crazier recently when the Ohio State Buckeyes offered him a scholarship to play basketball.
“We were definitely very excited about the offer,” said a humble Mark Kennard, who is Luke’s father. Ohio State is definitely one of the schools at the top of Luke’s list, but ultimately it will be his decision and we don’t want to put any pressure on him.”
Kennard, a 6-foot-5 lefty, burst onto the scene last year in early April making his presence felt on the AAU circuit with the Cincinnati Knights, who are now under the umbrella of the King James Shooting Stars.
Kennard, along with nationally known teammates AJ Harris (Dayton Dunbar) and Nate Fowler (Cincinnati Moeller), are a three-headed monster on the AAU circuit that has become household names throughout the Midwest. IMG Academy guard MaCio Teague and Versailles wing Kyle Ahrens are also major contributors for the King James Shooting Stars along with the recently added Tony Anderson of Columbus Marion-Franklin.
A much taller version of Justin Bieber, Kennard, was able to come in and start right away during his high school season at Franklin. The frosh grabbed the point guard spot and ran with it. He helped lead the Wildcats to an unbeaten regular season mark and a trip to the district tournament along with creating a rock band like following over the course of the year.
“He really enjoyed the season and the whole experience this year at Franklin,” Kennard’s father noted. He really loved playing with all the kids on the team and I think they really accepted him coming in as a freshman and playing. It was probably the best season in Franklin basketball history, and the fan support was great all year.”
Kennard was at his best in his team’s sectional championship game against a very good Dayton Chaminade Julienne squad. The lefty scored 33 points in a 78-75 triple overtime triumph. For the season, he averaged 16.6 points per game on a team featuring Northern Kentucky signees Jacob and Justin Rossi.
As for Ohio State, it has known about Kennard for a while now. The Buckeyes were able to watch the youngster at the Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament in Kettering in a 64-49 win over Medina. Though, the name Luke Kennard was on OSU’s radar long before this past January. Kennard totaled 20 points that afternoon.
Franklin will be exposed to the national scene was once this coming winter as the Wildcats will be participating in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina along with a return trip to the Flyin’ to the Hoop. Playing in these types of atmospheres will further enhance Kennard’s already soaring stock.
“We want him to find a program that fits him, and him to fit a program,” noted the cordial Kennard. “Most of the programs that have been in contact really seem to fall along those lines.”
Interesting to note, Kennard use to sport around an University of Kentucky flat bill hat, but has since converted to a New York Yankees version.
“Luke likes Kentucky and Ohio State, but we decided it would be best to lose the college hats and go with the Yankees cap,” joked Kennard’s father. “We haven’t heard from Kentucky at this point, but we are really excited about the schools that have offered and been showing interest.”
Kennard will be busy this summer balancing high school basketball, AAU basketball which consists of July trips to Chicago and Orlando, and getting ready for the football season where the southpaw will likely start at quarterback.
“He will play football, and he really enjoys and loves it,” Kennard mentioned. “He will spend more time in the gym during the summer, but will be doing stuff with the football team as well.”
Most importantly, Luke takes all honors classes and carries slightly a above a 4.0 grade point average.
“He really is a humble kid, and rarely says anything about the attention he gets or the schools that he talks to,” Kennard said. “He wants to be an example for the younger kids that follow him, and stay humble and treat people the right way.”
Kennard’s father said, along with Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, and West Virginia stand out as some of the top schools to offer the frosh. Michigan is another school showing major interest, but the Wolverines have yet to officially offer.
Kennard will be taking some unofficial visits in the near future along with his busy summer schedule.