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Tuesday / February 21.

Duke Visit ‘Exceeded’ Kennard’s Expectations; Will Trip to Ohio State

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Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 2015 shooting guard from Franklin (Ohio), loved his official visit to Duke this past weekend.

“It really went great,” his father, Mark, told on Monday. “The intimacy not just of the program, but of the college, the atmosphere there is unbelievable. I think it kind of exceeded the expectations that we had.”

Kennard, as well as fellow recruit Myles Turner and others, saw Jabari Parker go off for 30 points and 11 rebounds in a 93-81 win over arch-rival North Carolina.

Kennard, who averaged 40 points per game this season, is a high priority for Duke.

“Coach K said they don’t promise you anything, but he believes Luke is a player, not just a 2 or a 3 or a 1, he believes he’s a player,” Mark said. “He can play any of those spots. If you watch Duke play, that holds true for a lot of his players, he lets them play. He believes Luke can come in and be a really good player there.”

Kennard is considering Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida.

His next trip may be to Ohio State in April.

“We do have one tentatively scheduled for Ohio State in April, but other than that we don’t have anything scheduled,” Mark said.

Kennard plans to pull the trigger this spring or summer — possibly as early as May or June.

“I talked to my parents, and my coaches about that, and I kind of made the decision of when I wanted to,” he previously told “I can enjoy my senior year, take the pressure off. I just think that’d be a good time to get it over with.”


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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.