The Blue Devils are the only school of the bunch to have hosted Kennard on an official visit. The 6-foot-5 Ohio native visited Durham earlier this month along with fellow 2015 prospect Chase Jeter for the game against North Carolina. That trip seemed to make a big impact on both the player and his family.
"It went great," Luke's father – Mark – told Scout.com. "It was an experience that he won't ever forgot. The game, the atmosphere, the University and just everything about it was really a neat experience for Luke, Jenifer and I."
The elder Kennard said Luke and his family liked the personal feel of the University.
"One of the things is Duke is a very intimate setting," he said. "You get that feel from the basketball team, but also from the school. The campus is that way. Everybody is very friendly. The game last night. Cameron indoor seats 9,500 and you just get that feeling.
"Coach K told Luke he'd really like to coach and him and told him he thought he fit his system well," he added. "It was just a really good visit."
Following the visit, Kennard was scheduled thinking of scheduling official visits to Ohio State and Kentucky, but those plans appear to have been put on hold in favor of an early announcement.
By Rob Harrington
Kennard should become an immediate contributor wherever he lands. A southpaw shooter, he first built a reputation on the basis of his long-range marksmanship. He spots up comfortably from deep and buries three after three. Clearly, his shot will remain a primary weapon going forward.
That said, he has proved to be more than one-dimensional. He can put the ball on the floor and create for others, and his floor game includes slick dribble moves and passes. He's at least an average athlete, too, and he should okay, if not great, defensively.
My chief concern actually isn't one you would expect: his jump shot. Yes, because as accurately as Kennard fires in bombs, he shoots with a low release and with the ball directly in front of his face. Will he be able to get clean looks against college-level closeouts, particularly given that he'll face some superior athletes?
The case may be prove to be that he's best as a third scoring option, rather than a player who takes on a vast share of the scoring load and thereby draws intense defensive attention. In my eyes, Kennard projects as a more efficient and overall more effective player for a powerhouse program — even in a potential tertiary role — than he would at a mid-major.
And, of course, that also may not prove to be the case. Kennard certainly can do some good things off the dribble, and as he becomes stronger perhaps he won't rely as heavily on his jump shot when facing elite competition. He also seems to thrive in more structured settings, which indicates that he may develop quickly as a player who navigates well off screens and by locating gaps in perimeter defenses.
He has a high floor due to his shooting and overall skill, and with a few tweaks — or at least questions answered in the affirmative — he could become a star at the next level as well.
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