Kennard talks favorites

Franklin (Oh.) five-star shooting guard poured in 45 points in a win over Taylor County at the King of the Bluegrass Showcase held at Fairdale High School on Saturday night. Afterwards the nation's No. 4 shooting guard spoke broke down his list of favorites.

Franklin, Ohio five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard entered Saturday evening's game at the King of the Bluegrass Showcase held at Fairdale High School averaging about 40 points a game. Facing the Quentin Goodin led Taylor County squad, Kennard struggled from beyond the three-point arc – going 2 for 11 – but still managed to pour in 45 points and grab 13 rebounds in a 96-84 win.

Ranked as the No. 4 shooting guard in the 2015 class by Scout.com, Kennard has his pick of schools to choose from. Many college coaches have made Franklin High School are frequent destination to check in with the highly-sought after prospect. Rick Pitino made the short trip north in January, as did many others.

Following the game, the 6-foot-4 Kennard reiterated that he is closing in on the end of his recruiting process.

"It's been kind of busy, but I've kind of narrowed my list down to six or seven schools and that would include Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina and Florida."

Each program on his list has made a positive impression and will be vying for an official visit during the coming weeks and months.

His interest in Louisville and Kentucky is exists partially due family being originally from the Bluegrass State.

"Louisville because, I kind of grown up around basketball in Kentucky," explained Kennard minutes before leaving for the KFC Yum! Center to watch the Cardinals host UCF. "My grandpa and my dad are from Kentucky, they grew up in Paintsville. I really like Coach Pitino. He's come and visited me a couple times. The assistant coach (Kevin Keatts) was here tonight. They are very supportive and that's why I like them.

"The support that Coach Cal brings. I like their program and how they carry themselves. They've had a lot of success in the past and I really like their style of play."

He continued to describe his interest in each of his favorites.

"Coach K is one of the best coaches in America," he said of Duke. "Their style of play is kind of what I'm looking for in a school. They've had so much success and are really good academic school, too.

"Ohio State and Michigan have been with me the longest since my freshmen year," Kennard continued. "I really like the (Ohio State) coaching staff a lot, they're great. They've had some pretty successful years in the past. Coach Matta is a great guy, along with their assistants. I'm really close to Ohio State, so it's easy to travel up there to watch some games.

"I've been up (to Michigan) a couple times. Coach Beilein, I actually talked to him yesterday. He talked to me about how I would fit in there and be like another Nik Stauskas."

Florida is a recent addition to Kennard's list, but the Gators program will likely receive an upcoming visit.

"I haven't talked to Coach Donovan that much, but they want to me come down there and take a visit."

North Carolina is another program that has recruited Kennard for a long period.

"Coach Roy Williams has supported me a lot," Kennard said. "He's a great coach, one of the best in America. I went down there last year for a visit and I plan on taking another one. I plan on taking an official there. I like their style of play."

Next up for Kennard is scheduling his official visits, but while he has yet to set a trip yet, he says that those decisions will be made, "very soon."

Kennard is planning to make his decision soon, potentially as early as spring.

"Definitely by this summer," he said. "I've talked to my parents about that, so it'll be soon."

Kennard will consider multiple factors when the time to pick a school arrives.

"The coaching staff and the relationship that I build with them," he said. "Playing time could be a factor. The way I fit in with that program and possibly the players that go there, if I want to play with them or not. The academic point will always be a big part, too."


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