Luke Kennard is embracing the recruiting process.
"Louisville was awesome," Mark Kennard told InsideTheVille.com. "It was a great visit with, obviously, a great coach. They have great tradition and facilities. It's a great university and we enjoyed meeting the coaching staff and touring the campus and facilities. We had a good time."
Louisville, relatively new to Kennard's recruitment, entered the mix with the hot-shooting sophomore after former Xavier assistant Kareem Richardson joined Pitino's staff this spring.
"Coach Richardson got ahold of Luke's coach about a month ago and that's how it got started," Kennard said. "So we contacted him and set up this visit. I talked to him on and off for a few weeks, they invited us over and we went over and really enjoyed ourselves."
Though Louisville hasn't extended Kennard a scholarship offer yet, the Cardinals plan to track him next month during the evaluation period and continue building a relationship.
"They said they're interested in Luke and going to keep in contact and continue to build a relationship," Kennard said. "They will see him play in July. It's early and the first time we've visited Louisville and met Coach Pitino. They did act like there's pretty big interest there. Coach Pitino said he likes shooters. There was no [scholarship] offer made or discussed, but it was all positive."
According to Kennard, Xavier, Dayton, Ohio State and West Virginia have all offered scholarships. Michigan and Indiana are showing strong interest.
"We've taken six or seven unofficial visits to see the campuses and meet the coaches," Kennard said. "It's an early process now. Coaches want to develop a relationship with you and we're just taking it all in and enjoying meeting the coaches."
"We're trying to gauge where Luke would fit in and what style would fit him the best. We're not trying to make a rushed decision, that's why we're going through the process."