Kennard ready for next step

CHICAGO - Luke Kennard will be an important piece to Duke's program moving forward. He discusses where he fits into the Blue Devils' program.

After a successful career at Franklin (Ohio), 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard Luke Kennard is almost ready to start his career at Duke.

The 2015 prospect feels like he can come in and help the Blue Devils right away.

“I think I can come in and have a pretty big impact,” Kennard said. “I can come in and score and shoot, that’s what I do best. Coach K talks to me a lot about not just playing one position. Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it and I’m excited for it.”

Kennard knows one of the keys to success as a freshman will be how well he defends.

“Defensively I’ve been working a lot,” he said. “I know I have to work hard on both offense and defense to be a great college player. I’m really excited about it and I’ll have a great time.”

The Blue Devils’ Final Four run and impressive season has only further legitimized his decision to choose Duke and play for Coach K.

“When I went back there (on a visit), I just fell back in love with it,” Kennard said. “It’s the place for me. It’s the place I fit in the most. Watching, visiting, talking to the coaches and players, there’s nowhere else I would want to be.

“It’s going to be great. Listening and learning from the best in Coach K is a great opportunity. I’m really excited to listen and learn from him. “

While in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American Game, Kennard and fellow commit Chase Jeter have done some recruiting for the Blue Devils.

“We’re talking heavily with Caleb Swanigan and Brandon Ingram,” Kennard said. “We’re in there and will see how it goes.”

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