Franklin’s Kennard wins National Guard JJH Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award


The year-end competition for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio HS Boys Basketball Player of the Year is over. And it was a solid one. Over 96,800 votes were cast and this week’s winner is…

Ohio National Guard JJH Ohio Boys BKB Player of the Year

Winner: Luke Kennard, jr., Franklin

Kennard capped a stellar junior season by winning three distinct individual honors: the National Guard JJHuddle Ohio POY award, the Gatorade Ohio POY award and the AP’s Ohio Mr. Basketball award. A two-time SWBL Southwest Division Player of the Year and one of the country’s top junior prospects, Kennard broke Franklin’s single-game scoring record three times this season, the latest of which was a 59-point effort against Monroe. Averaged 41.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and four assists. Scored under 30 twice this season. College choices narrowed to Ohio State, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan. Votes: 50,010


Runner-Up: Peyton Aldridge, sr., LaBrae

Davidson commit became his school’s all-time leading scorer this season when he surpassed 1,548 career points. The previous record-holder? His mom – Lisa (Kuszmaul) Aldridge who set it in 1980. Called the “state’s most complete player” earlier this year by JJHuddle senior basketball writer Kurt Stubbs after a 34-point, 13-rebound, 9-steal game against Windham. Votes: 31,017

Third Place: Elijah Kahlig, sr., Fort Recovery

Findlay recruit is a four-time All-Midwest Athletic Conference selection (three-time first team) and the 2014 MAC POY. Averaging 21.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Averaged 19.3 points as a junior. Votes: 7,913


Week 1: Trey Smith, Delphos Jefferson
Week 2: Luke Kennard, Franklin
Week 3: Tyler Flanigan, Glen Este
Week 4: Colton Linkous, Tri-Village
Week 5: Connor Kern, Pickerington Central
Week 6: Patrick Bain, Bethel
Week 7: Wes Gerhardt, Lakewood
Week 8: Matt Seitz, McDonald
Week 9: Michael Howard, Grove City Christian
Week 10: Brennan Czuchran, Buckeye Local


*Winners receive a personalized banner from the Ohio National Guard & JJHuddle.



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