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Name: Luke Kennard

School: Duke

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 24 (2015)

Birthdate: June 24, 1996 (20)

Birthplace: Franklin, Ohio

Family: 

- Raised by parents Mark and Jennifer Kennard

- Parents were involved in the recruitment process - father talked about being proud of him

- Mark started Luke in basketball at age 3 - has been to pretty much every game Luke has ever played

High School: Franklin High School

Accolades:

- 2014 and 2015 Ohio Mr. Basketball

- No. 2 All-time leading scorer in Ohio High School history (ahead of LeBron)

- 2015 McDonald's All-American

- 2015 Nike Hoop Summit - scored 22 for Team U.S.A.

- 2015 Jordan Brand Classic

- Scored 13.8 PPG for Team U.S.A. in winning FIBA U18 gold

- 2015 Parada National Player of the Year

Twitter: LukeKennard5

Instagram: LukeKennard5

Height: 6'5 (Numbers taken from 2015 Nike Hoop Summit)

Weight: 187

Wingspan: 6'5

Standing Reach: 8'2.5

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Played QB in High School

- Was offered scholarship to play QB at Louisville

- Member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

- Devout Christian

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 11.8 PPG

- 3.6 RPG

- 1.5 APG

- 0.9 SPG

- 42% FG

- 32% 3

- 89% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 10 games

- 20.4 PPG

- 6.2 RPG

- 3.2 APG

- 1 SPG

- 52% FG

- 41% 3

- 88% FT

Analytics: 

- 10th in offensive rating in the NCAA

- 11th in offensive win shares in the NCAA

- 3rd in win shares in the NCAA

- 9th in win shares per 40 minutes in the NCAA

- 7th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 19th in box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 1st in turnover percentage in the ACC for 2015-16

- 1st in points produced and win shares in the ACC for 2016-17

- 2nd in points per game in the ACC for 2016-17

Position: SG - Can play PG and SF as well

Greatest Strength: Shooting

Greatest Weakness: Defending ball screens

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 7

Speed: 7

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: 9

Jumpshot: 9

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: 6

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 7

Touch: 8

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 7

Steals: 6

Blocks: 5

Pick and Roll: 

- Very effective at getting into the paint off ball screens 

- Good at elevating and finding shooters

- Master of the pump fake to get what he wants

- Duke's whole offense is predicated on Kennard's ball screen game - has become an elite playmaker and decision maker 

- Kennard is a mediocre pick-and-roll defender, capable of getting caught in screens even though he usually recovers well

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Good playmaker

- Elite shooter

- Very help conscious - in the right place, head always on a swivel

- With Allen injured, Kennard has become Duke's go-to scorer and playmaker and he is very effective

- Kennard is a great basketball athlete - he moves withpurpose and can always get to where he wants

Game Analysis: 

- vs. William & Mary

- #4 Omar Prewitt

- #5 Greg Malinowski

 

- A-Set - Comes up for handoff, curls around left drive, elevates to kick to open 45 shooter and pass tipped, stolen

- Catches at left 45, pump, side step, hits deep 2 point jumper with confidence

- Pump at left 45, drive, finds Allen open at right 45 - quick move, drew multiple defenders

- Off baseline inbound, catches deep at right 45 and swishes 3

- Catches right corner, drives with left down middle, stops on a dime and fades, hits jumper - impressive separation

- Catches beyond 3 point right straightaway in rhythm, drives right into help defense, throws brick shot up trying to get fouled

- Curls off baseline screen, handoff, pumps to get defender to bite, then makes the correct bounce pass to open big - defender kicked it

- Excellent skip pass from left perimeter to Jackson right perimeter for 3 - he has become Duke'

- Another curl baseline for Kennard, catches at left 45, jabs left then drives right, help comes, bounce pass to the big for a dunk - They are running every play for him catching off a screen and attacking 

- Good defense on quick guard stopping middle penetration, forcing fadeaway shot and getting hand up

- Curling handoff at right 45 from baseline, switches directions with the ball quickly, goes short left corner and misses jumper

- Isolation beyond 3 point line, drives straight left, misses easy layin

- Catch and shoot open 3 right 45 - in and out

- A little late curling off screen but good contest on catch and shoot 3

- Drives middle, indecisive and turns it over losing dribble

- Catches off the curl, gets in lane and kicks to open Allen for corner 3 - missed

- Does a good job denying one pass away while his head is also on a swivel

- Off baseline curl, very quick drive right to the hoop for layin - NBA move

- Pump off catch at right corner 3, drives into heart of defense, gets in air and finds Jackson for open straightaway 3 - hits

- Catches right 45, drives middle, cross back over then hesitation and continue the drive middle - hits floater

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 - miss

- Gets beaten to hoop for layin off right ball screen from left 45 - and 1

- Against zone pumps from right 45, drives right, pumps again gets in air and finds weakside corner 3 shooter - miss

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 missed

- Pullup left 45, one dribble inside 3 point line

NBA Comparison: Jamal Murray

Current Ability: 7

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5-8

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Round

Opinion: Kennard's improvement in his 2nd year at Duke is incredible. He has been given more opportunity and has thrived as both a scorer and playmaker. Kennard is an elite shooter with a very quick first step and natural offensive instincts that cannot be taught. He has no real weaknesses. Kennard should be able to become an NBA starter as at least a knockdown shooter and probably as a second ball-handler as well.