Prospect Profile | Luke Kennard
6’5” 180 LBS G
37 G | 35.5 MPG | 19.5 PPG | 49.0 FG% | 43.8 3FG% | 88 3FGM | 85.6 FT% | 5.1 RPG | 2.5 APG
• Kennard certainly did a lot to boost his pro stock during his second season at Duke. Logging nearly nine more minutes per game than he did the year before, the two-guard, who paced the ACC in total minutes played, upped his scoring considerably, and in the process, played his way into the conversation as a potential first-round pick. After posting 11.8 points per game as a freshman, Kennard concluded his All-American campaign ranked second in the ACC in total points scored, and points per game.
The southpaw generated three 30-point outings a year ago, including the 34-point effort against Virginia Tech recapped below. He reached the 20-point mark 19 times, tied for the second-most in the country among high-major players.
• Last season, Kennard’s stroke proved to be a pivotal weapon. For starters, let’s look at the Franklin, Ohio native’s perimeter production. He nailed 88 3-pointers, third-best in the ACC, and converted 43.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc, which stood as the league’s second-highest mark. To simply label Kennard a 3-point marksmen, however, would be a mistake. He was extremely efficient in other areas as well, depositing 53.1 percent of his runners, and 52.1 percent of his chances around the basket, per Synergy Sports.
• Kennard, who will turn 21 two days after this year’s draft, was tabbed by Parade Magazine as the National Player of the Year following his senior season at Franklin High School. He also participated in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Did You Know?:
Kennard concluded his potent high school career with 2,977 points, second-most in the history of the state of Ohio. The all-time record belongs to Jon Diebler, a guard who went on to enjoy an All-Big 10 stint at Ohio State, and later played alongside Sixers forward Dario Saric with Anadolu Efes in 2015-2016.
Quote of Note:
“Being a member of the Duke Basketball brotherhood is always going to be special to me. I have nothing but love and respect for everyone in the Duke program. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, the best fans in the game and everyone in Franklin for being by my side every step of this journey. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m confident that I’m ready and have a great foundation for success at the NBA level.” - Luke Kennard, goduke.com [4/6/2017]