Franklin’s Kennard picks Duke, Coach K doesn’t rule out football


Kennard headed to the ACC, not Ohio State, Kentucky

It’s over. Luke Kennard has committed.

“I’ve decided to pursue my education and college basketball career at Duke University,” Kennard said Monday before a throng of reporters, supporters and cell phone cameras in Franklin High School’s packed gymnasium. He picked the Blue Devils over Ohio State and Kentucky. Michigan and Louisville were also in his final five.

Kennard’s recent official visit to Duke for the North Carolina game was the tipping point.

“He was blown away,” Franklin head coach Brian Bales said. “He just felt it.”

As celebrated a prospect as any the Dayton area has seen, Kennard was named the National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year yesterday. He generated over 50,000 votes. That came on the heels of being named Ohio’s AP Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year.

A two-time SWBL Southwestern Division Player of the Year, Kennard broke Franklin’s single-game scoring record three times this season, the latest of which was the highest (a 59-point effort against Monroe). Kennard averaged 41.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and four assists. He scored over 50 three times and under 30 twice. Kennard enters his senior season with 1,910 points. He scored 920 points this season. Also already owns school records for most career rebounds and 3-pointers made.

Kennard also held offers from North Carolina, Indiana, Dayton, Notre Dame, Penn State and Xavier.

Franklin is 36-0 in the SWBL Southwestern Division the last three years (winning three league titles).

Basketball isn’t Kennard’s only athletic endeavor. He also excels in football where he was named the AP’s Division III Ohio Offensive Player of the Year and holds an offer from Lousiville. Kennard owns school records for TD passes in a season (26) and career. He broke his own TD passes in a season record this past fall after originally setting it with 22 as a sophomore.

So no football senior season right? Not so fast.

“(Coach K) told (Luke) it was up to him, he didn’t care if he played,” Mark Kennard, Luke’s father told “We’ll see. I think football helps him to be honest with you.”

According to Mark Kennard a decision on football will “probably be made in the next few months.”

“That’s the big question mark,” Mark Kennard said.

And the last one.




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