Kennard In High Demand

COLUMBUS, Ohio --- As one of the best players in the class of 2015, it is no surprise that Luke Kennard is getting a ton of interest from college coaches. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is having an excellent spring leading his King James Shooting Stars AAU team to some tournament titles, and college coaches continue to track his progress.

"We've been to quite a few tournaments and won a few," said Kennard of the spring. "Our team is looking real good. We have picked up some new players like (2016 phenom) V.J. King, and we are playing pretty well right now."

Kennard feels his game is becoming more complete now and he has made some strides with his play since the high school season.

"We've been playing open gym and I have improved at going to the rim and being physical, so I am definitely getting better going to the basket," Kennard explained. "Also my shot has been pretty good as well."

Kennard has had numerous schools come out to see him during the April evaluation period.

"When we were in New Jersey (during the first April Evaluation Period weekend) there were quite a few," said Kennard. "There has been Ohio State, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan, Butler, quite a few have come."

During the high school season Kennard made several unofficial visits. One of them was to North Carolina, and he said he enjoyed the experience.

"We just walked around the campus when I first got there," Kennard explained. "Then we went to the hotel and came back, and I just love Coach Roy Williams. He came to one of our games in New Jersey. The coaching staff is great and the atmosphere at the game was amazing. We could barely hear in there."

Kennard also has been to Ohio State several times, and the Buckeyes continue to show him a lot of attention.

"Coach (Thad) Matta has turned them around," said Kennard. "This past season was unbelievable. My high school is going to their camp in mid-June. I talk to them as a staff quite a bit and I love Ohio State."

This year's NCAA Tournament was of particular interest in Kennard as he watched Michigan's run to the title game. Mo< "It is an honor to have a team that went to the Final Four about to offer me," said Kennard of Michigan. "I rooted for them the entire tournament, and Coach (John) Beilein and his staff are great to me. They treat me like family and their facilities are top notch."

Another school that Kennard has visited was Butler, and the Bulldogs continue to show him a lot of attention.

"Coach (Brad) Stevens is a great guy," said Kennard. "We watched them play Temple. Hinkle Fieldhouse is very big and a nice atmosphere. I like Coach Stevens and his staff a lot."

For now Kennard says he is in no hurry to make a decision, and he is just beginning to sort through everything.

"My family and I are just taking it slow," Kennard explained. "No one is pressuring me to make a decision early, but I know I am going to have to start narrowing it down and just see where football and basketball goes."

While it has always been assumed that Kennard is definitely playing basketball in college, football is now becoming a serious option. Louisville recently offered him a scholarship, and he is considering all options going forward.

"I would say I like basketball more right now, but my high school football coaches think I can be a pretty big quarterback, so I will just see where I go from here."

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