Heels Pushing Hard for Kennard

Roy Williams and his North Carolina staff remain very active in their recruitment of the 2015 class, including with Luke Kennard.

On January 4th, Williams traveled to Franklin (Ohio) High to see the star shooting guard.

Kennard scored a school record of 53 points in front of Williams. The previous record was 51, which was set by Kennard a month earlier.

"Him and coach [C.B.] McGrath came up and watched the game," Luke's father, Mark, said of Williams.

North Carolina began seriously targeting Kennard last spring and offered him a scholarship in late July. The Tar Heels have been aggressive in their pursuit of Kennard since.

"They obviously would like Luke to come to North Carolina and Roy wants to coach him," the elder Kennard said. "I'd say we will definitely do an official visit there. They are definitely in his top four or five."

What puts UNC among Kennard's top group of schools?

"They've been great," Kennard said of UNC. "All of them have been great. Coach Williams obviously has one of the top programs in the country. I know they are struggling now a little bit. But they have tradition and Coach Williams has been great. It's just a good school."

"When you look at all that and I think Luke fits their program, too, I definitely think they are at the top of his list," he added.

With last year's update to the NCAA visit rules, juniors can begin taking official visits after the New Year. According to the elder Kennard, UNC has not discussed possible visit dates with them. He did, however, say figuring out official visits may be the next step in Kennard's recruitment.

"We are going to start looking at it because if Luke is going to try and get this done by May or June, then he'd like to take them and get it done with," he said.

Kennard has been to North Carolina once. He visited unofficially for the Tar Heels' game against Duke last season.

North Carolina has stiff competition for Kennard, Scout.com's No. 15 prospect in the 2015 class. Among the schools he's also considering are Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan, and Florida.

Rick Pitino stopped by his school to watch him practice on Monday. John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski were in to see Kennard last month, according to his father.

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