Luke Kennard talks basketball, U-M

Class of 2015 Ohio shooting guard Luke Kennard was in town last week to play in the Michigan Invitational with his AAU team, King James Shooting Stars. He gave GBW his thoughts on his team playing up in the 17 and under bracket, recruiting, and his thoughts on Michigan.

The King James all-stars team was in town last week to play in the Michigan invitational. What was surprising was that this team of freshmen and sophomores was playing up in the 17 and under bracket. Luke Kennard talked to GoBlueWolverine about the variance in the physicality of those older teams.

"It is a big difference guys are getting a lot stronger, taller and faster -- we've been scrimmaging teams like that getting us prepared this."

Because of his talents Kennard is continuing to receive interest from colleges. Just a couple of weeks ago he and his family traveled to the East to take in a campus visit from a well known school.

"I just took a visit to North Carolina, I have been having some conversations with them. Coach Hubert Davis saw me in Myrtle Beach play. I met Coach Williams. They were very nice. I took a tour of the campus, and watched the game when they played Duke actually. They just said they would keep in touch and come and watch us play."

As other colleges pursue Kennard, it is Michigan that seems to keep in constant contact through his coach or in conversation with him.

"My high school coach talked to coach Beilein -- but yeah I have been having some good conversations with them. They been saying how June 15 is coming ... I am thinking there is a pretty good chance that I get an offer."

Luke also had a chance to witness like other recruits Michigan's run in the NCAA tournament. He also had the opportunity to reflect on how he would fit in with Michigan offense and the way they play.

 "They played like they can, up to their potential -- if they play like that they are one of the best teams in the country. People have been telling me that I kind of play like Stauskas, and when I took a visit up there we set down with Coach Beilein he was showing us where I would be. I like to come off screens for shots. Yeah, we talked about how that would happen -- I could see myself doing that."

With Michigan's elite camp about a month and a half away, Luke might not be able to attend depending how his AAU schedule is. But as far as U-M's team camp he and his team might be able to attend that.

"I know I think we probably will be going to their team camp, the high school one.We have been the past two years. Our coach asks us every year where we would like to go and we say Michigan -- guys have a blast over there."

With Kennard's game evolving it is important that he continues to get stronger as well as work on those areas that he is weak in to become a better player.

"I have been in the weight room a lot; my high school coach works me out. There are some guys that come in and work me out to improve on things I need to get better at, and that has helped a lot. I would like to pick up my defense a little more, and I want to get a little quicker. I will be going to speed and agility training this summer, I am pretty sure."

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