June 25, 2013

Cool Hand Luke

Luke Kennard is one of the more coveted scorers in the class of 2015. The Ohio native has plenty of scholarship offers and the attention of a lot of college head coaches.

The 6-5 SG knows exactly what he wants to experience when he picks a college destination. He articulates it with absolute conviction.

"Definitely academics. Definitely a great coaching staff. If they make me feel at home. Definitely the tradition. I want a school that has a great tradition and one that has a good tradition of winning championships. One that has had great players and stuff like that," Kennard told TarHeelIllustrated.com.

One of the programs recruiting him, North Carolina, fits all of the criteria, to any objective observer. The left-handed scoring guard has already taken an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill and Roy Williams and his staff have made it known that they're interested in him. Very interested in him.

" They like that I can score," said Kennard. "Coach (Hubert) Davis watched me in Myrtle Beach and they've been in contact with me ever since. I have spoken to CB McGrath and Coach Williams. He came up to see me in Columbus and we had some issues for an hour and a half, so he watched me warm up. I've spoken to him, maybe one time since then."

On the hardwood, Kennard has the reputation of a scorer. One who can make plays off the dribble with his innovative, and often unorthodox scoring moves. He's also known to be a knock-down shooter with range from the perimeter.

"I'm a playmaker. I can shoot it and have pretty good range. I can drive both ways to the basket, pass very well and overall, I can score," he said in regards to a self scouting report.

Another appealing thing about Kennard is the fact that he's not done growing yet. He's projecting as one of those tough covers for opposing wings because of his size and overall skill set.

"I'm 6-5 now, almost 6-6 and 180 pounds. My trainer said that my growth plates are wide open and that's why I have some pain in my knee. I'm hoping to be about 6-7," he said.

Aside from the Tar Heels, Kennard has had a lot of attention from many of the better programs in his region. He mentions Indiana, Ohio State, Butler, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Xavier as some of the more aggressive programs that are coming after him.

He's motivated by the attention, but he's even more motivated by picturing himself in a college uniform eventually.

"Just when I think about playing at that next level. I just want to play at the college level," he said.

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