All is not lost Duke fans, yes we had an early exit from the tourney but now is future time. Duke took a step toward that by securing a verbal commitment from 2015 shooting guard Luke Kennard. The 6’5, 180 lb Kennard earned both Mr. Basketball in Ohio and the state Gatorade player of the year award and still has another year of high school left. Kennard is the first commitment of the 2015 class for Duke.
Luke Kennard is not only an elite shooter, he is an elite basketball player period. At 6’5 , 180, Kennard has good size for a shooting guard and the passing touch of a point guard. He rarely makes a bad decision on the court and can fill up the stat sheet even if he isn’t scoring. He may be the quickest decision maker in the 2015 class, able to, in the blink of an eye find the open man or stop on a dime for the mid-range jump shot.
The ability of Luke Kennard to handle and drive to the rim and finish via floater, lay-up or mid-range jumper opens his game up and makes him nearly un-guardable on the high school level. He is going to be a very exciting player at the next level with not only his knack for scoring the basketball but his ability at making his teammates better
Not to be overlooked is his commitment to his studies, he is also an elite student as well. He applies that same fervor that you see on the court to the classroom. As seen with some two sport athletes (also a quarterback) Kennard is cool under pressure and plays the game at the pace he sees fit, not getting sped up or slowed down by defenses. He can hurt you whether he has the ball or not. And if you think Luke Kennard is strictly an offensive juggernaut, well you’d be wrong. Kennard can play or defend nearly any position on the court and is often asked to do so.
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