Kennard Picking Up Attention

Luke Kennard is one of the hottest names in the Midwest in the Class of 2015. He spoke with about his recruitment and how he's dealing with the attention.

One of the best freshmen in the Midwest also happens to be one of the most humble.

Luke Kennard, a six-foot-four standout shooting guard, has already received offers from Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, West Virginia, and Miami University. Yet, he's not letting that attention get to his head.

So much so that his father, Mark, suggested he went to school the day after receiving a Buckeyes' offer and didn't mention it to anyone.

"My family grew up teaching me to stay humble," Kennard said. "I think it's a [personality] trait, too. I don't go around bragging to people or anything. I don't want to be like that and be cocky."

He's also a standout football player, and although he plans on playing all four years on the gridiron during high school, basketball is definitely top of mind as college approaches.

Several Big Ten schools, including Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State, and Wisconsin have been tracking his progress.

"It's been so fun," Kennard said. "I'm just very blessed to have it all happening right now. It's just exciting to see all the coaches around and talking on the phone with them. It's just been really fun. I'm just taking it all in slowly and taking my time with it all."

Individually, his production on the court has been impressive.

"I think I have actually played pretty good," Kennard said. "Since my high school season, I think I have progressed so much. My shooting, I'm able to knock down shots. I can create shots when I need to and I can get my teammates the ball. I think I've played very well so far."

A ton of schools are coming after him, and although he doesn't have any favored, some are coming harder than others.

"Michigan was really the first school to talk to me and contact me," Kennard said. "I went to their summer camp and took an unofficial visit. I feel like they're going to offer me. . .They have a good education system, and I feel like if I don't play basketball after college that I can go get a job somewhere."

Along with singing high praises for Coach John Beilein and his staff, Kennard has been in contact with Michigan signee Mitch McGary about the Wolverines' squad.

The two Atlantic 10 teams currently in the mix for Kennard also offer academic benefits. Just because Xavier and Dayton aren't in a Big Six Conference doesn't mean they'll be at a disadvantage in his recruitment.

"Xavier and Dayton are both possibly one of the tops in the country [academically]," he said. "I grew up watching them, too. I would say those are two perfectly fine schools for me. I like them both."

Along with academics, the playing style and coaching staff are going to play a big role in his final choice.

Although all the schools are even at this early juncture, his family rooted for Kentucky when he was a kid. As an Ohio native, the Kennards also found time to see the Musketeers, Buckeyes, and Flyers as well.

"I would say Michigan and Coach Beilein," Kennard said when asked about which staffs he has good relationships with. "Coach [Thad] Matta and their staff has been really good to me. Xavier has, they try to get to everything. Dayton has, too. Purdue and Michigan State have, too."

He will likely take a visit to Indiana in June, in addition to getting to Xavier, Ohio State, Michigan, among others.

With a heap of Midwest interest, it will be interesting to see if Kennard stays local to the region or heads elsewhere for college.

"I know my parents want to watch me play whenever I go," he said. "They told me that wherever I go, they want what I want. They want what's best for me. I would say where it's located isn't a factor, it wouldn't change where I would want to go."

With his height and smooth stroke, it's no surprise that colleges have flocked his way. That being said, Kennard feels he can progress with his strength and quickness. Playing up on the AAU circuit has brought it to his attention that it's not easy playing against older and larger competition.

As July gets closer, expect Kennard's recruitment to continue to evolve. One thing is likely not to change, though, and that's his demeanor and humble nature.

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