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NCAA Basketball Scouting Reports: Luke Kennard (Duke)

NCAA Basketball Scouting Reports: Luke Kennard (Duke)

By: Wesley Brown

Name: Luke Kennard

School: Duke

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 24 (2015)

Birthdate: June 24, 1996 (20)

Birthplace: Franklin, Ohio



– 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



– 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



– 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


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.

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