Duke will host 5* Luke Kennard this week

The Blue Devils are moving forward with the class of 2015 on what seems to be an accelerated timeframe. This weekend the program will welcome five star wing guard Luke Kennard to campus for his official visit.

Luke Kennard won't be making his official visit to Duke on a very happy note. The 6-foot-6 scoring wing out of Franklin (Ohio) is coming off an upset loss in the state playoffs on Saturday night that ended his junior season all too soon.

Despite 31 points from the five star prospect, Franklin was stopped in its tracks by Thurgood Marshall by a 69-52 margin.

"There are tons of teams that can go to state and win it," Kennard told the local media following the loss. "We've been here the past three years. Hopefully, next year we can get over this hump. The offseason starts right now for us."

The off-season will now include a trip to Durham where Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have made the southpaw shooter the priority backcourt recruit in the class of 2015.

"Coach K and the assistant coaches have just been great to me," said Kennard. "He is one of the best coaches in America, and their style of play is kind of what I am looking for in a school."

The Blue Devils head coach also visited Ohio this year and has personally made Kennard a priority.

"Coach K has been to one of my high school games and I have communicated with him and the assistants quite often. I have gotten really close to all of them, and I think that is a special thing that a recruit needs to have with every school."

It's easy to see why Duke, and so many other programs, have made the five star prospect a priority as Scout.com expert Rob Harrington outlined in our winter "Junior Primer" series:

"Kennard should become an immediate contributor wherever he lands. A southpaw shooter, he first built a reputation on the basis of his long-range marksmanship. He spots up comfortably from deep and buries three after three. Clearly, his shot will remain a primary weapon going forward."

"That said, he has proved to be more than one-dimensional. He can put the ball on the floor and create for others, and his floor game includes slick dribble moves and passes. He's at least an average athlete, too, and he should okay, if not great, defensively."

"My chief concern actually isn't one you would expect: his jump shot. Yes, because as accurately as Kennard fires in bombs, he shoots with a low release and with the ball directly in front of his face. Will he be able to get clean looks against college-level closeouts, particularly given that he'll face some superior athletes?"

Aside from the Blue Devils, Kennard is being heavily recruited by a "who's who" of college basketball. He has offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Louisville to name a few. And while he's declined to name a top choice or two, he did offer some insight into who he will schedule his visits and what the order could mean.

"If I take an official visit and I just feel right at that school, I'll probably have a Top 5 by then, so I'll start with #1 and go there first, and if I think I really like that, then I'll go ahead and commit. But if not, I can start working my way through #s 2, 3, 4 and 5. I'm pretty open, I probably won't need to take all 5, but just in case you need to have that Top 5, just in case."


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