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Ohio Mr. Basketball winner Luke Kennard of Franklin commits to Duke

By Michael Beaven Published: March 25, 2014

Franklin junior basketball standout Luke Kennard gave a verbal commitment Monday to continue his academic and basketball careers on scholarship at Duke University.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Kennard made an official visit to Duke on March 8 and felt comfortable with coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff.

Kennard, a 6-foot-6 guard, was named the Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year last week. He held offers from several schools, and then narrowed his list to Duke, Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina and Florida.

Kennard averaged around 40 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals this past season on a team that went 20-4. He has scored 1,910 career points at Franklin. He scored 920 points in 23 games this past season, Franklin coach Brian Bales said.

Scout.com and ESPN.com both have Kennard ranked high amongst juniors. He is a five-star recruit according to Scout.com, and is ranked by the service as the nation’s No. 3 shooting guard in the class of 2015 class. He is ranked as the No. 24 player overall in the class of 2015 according to ESPN.

Kennard scored 50 or more points three times this past season and shot around 50 percent from the field, 42 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the free throw line.

Kennard also plays quarterback on the Franklin football team and was named the AP Division III state Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 2,331 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns this past season for Franklin, which went 9-1.

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