Luke Kennard (#2 SG, #15 National), the Ohio Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year, has decided to take his exceptional talents to the east coast next year and play for Coach K at Duke.
While Ohio State and Michigan were both considered long shots to land Kennard according the the 247Sports Crystal Ball it still hurts to lose a such an exceptional prospect from right in the middle of Big Ten country.
Kennard had an absolutely ridiculous season at Franklin High School in Ohio. The 6-fot-6 junior combo guard averaged a state-high (and extremely impressive) 41 points, 10.4 rebounds, four assists and two steals per game game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.. He dropped 50 points or more three times during the season.
Apparently Kennard does not have enough fun destroying the competition on the basketball court, because he is also Franklin High School's starting varsity quarterback. He threw for 26 touchdowns against only five interceptions last fall. And apparently everything he touches turns to gold.
The B1G is missing out on a dynamic offensive player. Kennard has the ability to stroke it from NBA range and score at an elite level with his exceptional ball-handling acumen. Kennard actually shoots with his left hand and throws with his right hand. His ambidexterity allows him to be an excellent finisher at the hoop regardless of where he is taking the shot from.
Kennard's only apparent weakness is that he is not an elite athletic specimen on par with shooting guards like Andrew Wiggins. Clearly this has not affected him offensively, especially with his pro-level outside shot. However it could end up hurting him at the next level unless he bulks up a little bit more in order to knock quicker guards around. Still, this is nit-picking.
It is unfortunate Kennard will not be staying close to home, but expect to see his name a lot during the 2015 college basketball season.