Will Luke Kennard enter NBA Draft?

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, dclark@cincinnati.com


Duke guard Luke Kennard, who starred at Franklin High School, hasn’t announced his plans for next year following an oustanding sophomore campaign for the Blue Devils, but ACCSports.com’s Brian Geisinger offered four reasons why Kennard should go to the NBA.

An excerpt from Geisinger:


The emphasis placed on three-point shooting has never been higher in the NBA. The Houston Rockets attempt 40 threes per game. With a handful of games left on the schedule, James “The Running Beard” Harden and Houston have already raced past the single-season record for made three-pointers. Golden State previously set that record last season.

Kennard was the best shooter in the ACC this season — period. Kennard made nearly 44 percent of his three-pointers as a sophomore. According to Synergy Sports, Kennard took 281 jump shots in 2016-17 — second-most in the ACC. The Lefty connected on 44.3 percent of those attempts, which ranked third among ACC players.

In ACC play, Kennard splashed 46.8 percent of his triples, which ranked eighth in the conference, per KenPom.

Kennard was named first-team All-American by NBC, and a second-team All-American by USA TODAY at the conclusion of the regular season.

In February, Kennard passed the 1,000-point milestone as a sophomore.

Kennard averaged 19.5 points per game this past season and shot 49 percent from the field, making at least one 3-point field goal in every Duke game.

Kennard was Associated Press Mr. Basketball in Ohio his junior and senior years at Franklin.

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