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Elite 2015 prospect Luke Kennard pledges to Duke

Mar 24, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

Duke might have lost to No. 14 seed Mercer in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament last Friday, but some of the sting of that early exit went away on Monday evening as elite 2015 shooting guard Luke Kennard committed to Duke at a press conference at his high school.

The 6-foot-5 Kennard, who Rivals regards as the No. 16 player in the 2015 national class, chose the Blue Devils over his final list of Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan and Ohio State.

“Luke Kennard is another in a long line of shooters that have gone to Duke,” Rivals national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi told College Basketball Talk. “A sharpshooter with a college-ready frame, Kennard is a savvy player who doesn’t waste dribbles. He gives the Blue Devils yet another weapon on the perimeter.”

Kennard is Duke’s first commitment in the 2015 class and he took a visit to campus on March 7th before making his decision. The native of Franklin, Ohio attends Franklin High School and plays his grassroots ball with the King James Shooting Stars.

  1. hockeyfan28 - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    After the last few years they could bring in Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, and Bobby Hurley in their prime and no one would fear Duke after losing with across the board 5 star kids to the likes of Mercer and Lehigh

  2. astrozac - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    It’s more like Coach K, can’t bring in/keep/play a variety of recruits. The last decade or more it’s like he’s missing a key area in his rotation every year. This year he had no height and size, which is ironic in the last three years before that he’s been missing the athletic mid size guys/small forwards, which he had this year in Parker and Hood. You look at his mid 2000s teams and they were missing the same thing, the mid size athletic guys. 2010 the year they won it, they did so without a true point guard, using Scheyer and Smith, with plenty of tall guys. In the back to back championship years with Laettner and Hurley, he had the two Hills, Brian Davis and Antonio Lang, plenty of athletic players to complement the stars…

    He still brings in talent, but unless Kennard is really good, he’s looking at being behind Suliamon, Matt Jones and Grayson Allen. And hard telling how many will transfer, like Alex Murphy and others have over the years. Is it worth it to keep a bunch of four and five star guys on the bench, who will likely transfer anyway? Look at Coach K’s early 2000’s teams where he was using a six man rotation with a couple of big guys at times, the rest of the bench was made of guys who weren’t that good and he still had better overall talent and record….

    But then again with Okafor and Plumlee down low, plus Amile Jefferson and Cook and Tyus Jones and Matt Jones, Justise Winslow on the wings, he should have the balance and talent to be the title favorite.

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax - Mar 24, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Duke has always had the “unathletic, toolbag-looking, three-point shooting, charge-taking white guy” market cornered. Looks like that trend is continuing, and subsequently so will the early tournament exits when even the usual preferential treatment from the refs can’t save the Blue Devils once they face a team with some athleticism.

  4. nawlinsmitty - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    It’s amazing how people find every imaginable fault and turn their backs on a team when it hits a rough patch. The true definition of bandwagoners.

  5. mediocrebob - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Oh none of you wanted him to commit to your program?

    Sounds like some bitter buckeye/wildcat fans to me.

    • astrozac - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      ^ Naw, I’m a Duke fan, but just curious why they’d get someone they’re already two or three deep at position wise even in the coming years.

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