Kennard has 'great visit' to Duke

Luke Kennard took an official visit to Duke this past weekend. His father recapped the trip and talked about the next step in recruitment with Scout.com.

Luke Kennard took his first official visit this pasted weekend. The five-star guard out of Franklin (Ohio) High traveled to Durham (N.C.) to visit Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.

"It went great," Luke's father – Mark – told Scout.com. "It was an experience that he won't ever forgot. The game, the atmosphere, the University and just everything about it was really a neat experience for Luke, Jenifer and I."

The elder Kennard said Luke and his family liked the personal feel of the University.

"One of the things is Duke is a very intimate setting," he said. "You get that feel from the basketball team, but also from the school. The campus is that way. Everybody is very friendly. The game last night. Cameron indoor seats 9,500 and you just get that feeling.

" "Coach K told Luke he'd really like to coach and him and told him he thought he fit his system well," he added. "It was just a really good visit."

Duke's style of play and system also stuck out to the Kennard's.

"The thing is he gives his players freedom," Kennard said. "He lets his players make plays and I think that's something that excited Luke. Also [we liked] the way his former players feel about him, and all his former players are assistant coaches."

To go with experiencing Duke's win over North Carolina, the Kennard's were able to see the campus and get a general feel for the school.

"He did the regular stuff and met with the admission guys and the academic guys, which was neat too," he said. "It's a great school and a beautiful campus. It was just a great visit."

What's the next step for Kennard, Scout.com's No. 14 prospect?

"That's something we are going to sit down to talk about," Kennard said. "Luke narrowed his list to five or six. We are going to take a hard look and see who else he wants to take an official visit too."

"I'd say Kentucky and Ohio State would be a couple [we might visit]," he added. "Obviously he only has five, and I'm not sure he'll take all five."

Although no dates have been set, Kennard said they talked to Ohio State about a possible official visit in April. To go with Duke, Kentucky and Ohio State, Kennard also listed North Carolina, Michigan, Louisville and Florida as being involved.

Kennard also noted that their plan is to come up with a decision in May or June.


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