"I just felt really comfortable there," he said. "I liked the campus, I like the facilities, the players were a good group of guys. Everything was just perfect.
"I had been to Arkansas before but not to Jonesboro. I thought it might be out in the middle of nowhere. But I was impressed with all the buildings, the restaurants. I really surprised me."
He made the visit to Jonesboro with his Dad and Stepmom.
"They really liked it too," he said. "They were impressed like I was."
A 6-foot-4, 180-pound left-handed shooting guard, Kern has tremendous ranges on his shot. He averaged 15 points and 6 rebounds a game. He shot 42 percent on 3-pointers and 88 percent from the free throw line. He has been captain of his team two years and will be a three-year starter. He lettered as a freshmen, serving as the team's sixth man.
One publication has him ranked the No. 3 shooting guard in the Columbus area.
As a sophomore he helped lead his team to the Division 1 state title, the largest classification in Ohio. He said his school has more than 1,200 students in the top three grades.
He was also recruited by Duquesne, Ball State, Bowling Green, Ohio and Elon.
He played AAU for Nike All-Ohio Red for two summers and the Columbus Kings this past summer. ASU was his first offer.
Assistant coach Jeff Clapacs, who is from Ohio, was the main recruiter.
"That helps a lot,'' he said. "I like talking to him."
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