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Could Luke Kennard Follow His Dad’s Path To The Bluegrass?

One of the many players Cal took in while watching some hoops in Augusta was 2015 guard Luke Kennard. Kennard who is capable of playing multiple positions and draws comparisons to Kevin Durant has been in touch with the staff of the Cats. “Coach Cal texts me some, Coach Orlando [Antigua] does too,” he said. “They said they’re going to come watch me play. Right at the beginning of the game, I kind of glanced over there and saw them sitting over there,” and if the number 21 player in the class of 2015 does end up in Lexington he would be following a similar path to the one his father took some 30 years ago.

Ben Roberts of the Herald Leader spoke with the elder Kennard about his son’s recruitment and found that Mark had played his college basketball at nearby Georgetown college. It turns out Luke has always liked the Cats

Kentucky hasn’t offered Kennard yet, but there’s definitely some mutual interest.

UK’s coaches invited the smooth-shooting lefty to visit the Lexington campus more than a year ago. He and his parents made the trip, which included a talk with Calipari.

“They just wanted me to come down and look around and talk to the coaches,” Luke said. “I went in Coach Cal’s office and he just talked about different stuff. He was straightforward with me and said this program’s not for everybody. You have to have that certain mentality to come here and play.”

Calipari found a willing recruit in Kennard, who grew up rooting for the UK basketball team despite living in the Buckeye State.

“I always loved Tayshaun Prince,” he said. “He was my favorite player in college.”

“I love Lexington,” Mark said, a few minutes after Luke talked about wearing Wildcats gear as a kid and touring the “unbelievable” facilities on UK’s campus.

Luke holds an offer from Ohio State already which is just up the road but if the Cats send an offer his way it definitely sounds like he has some interest. As absurd as it is to say Cal’s classes haven’t really extended into the twentieth ranked player range as he has been able to land a top 15 shooting guard. But as the class of 2015 starts to shape up Luke could be one name to keep an eye one. A Cat fan that can really play is always welcome in my opinion.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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10 Comments for Could Luke Kennard Follow His Dad’s Path To The Bluegrass?



  1. old man
    8:03 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Draws comparisons to Kevin Durant??? I don’t know who or where that came from, but it’s a far reach to compare a 16 yr old to probably the 2nd best player in the world.



  2. john
    8:27 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    1. That was my thought as well. Maybe a JJ Redick, but Durant? Ugh, no. There is a 5 or 6 inch size difference in Kennard and Durant.



  3. Chief McHeath
    8:38 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Love the formatting here. Slightly to the right, quote box, Comic Sans MS.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN?



  4. Bbnnbv
    8:48 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    He’s not that good just another player watched him play at palm beach a couple of times not even the best player on the floor



  5. Wowza
    9:26 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Nice, first to comment on your own post. Awkward save attempt with the humor.



  6. Spotter
    11:45 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    The kid can play. Ohio State and Michigan are on him big time and both have offered. He is waiting on the offer from Kentucky. Dad played at Georgetown, Ky. He is less than a 2 hour drive from Lexington. Family is originally from Paintsville, Ky. He will come if offered.



  7. Blue Leather
    6:18 am July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Read a tweet that Duke and Michigan St offered yesterday. Also read on another site that UK just offered. Not sure that is true.I hope so. would love to see him come to UK.



  8. Steve
    7:46 am July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Luke was offered by Cal last night! He also received offers from Duke and Michigan State this weekend! He is a big UK fan and has always wanted to attend UK!



  9. Live in Franklin, OH area
    9:09 am July 15, 2013 Permalink

    I live in the Franklin/Springboro area of OH and have seen Luke play several times. He is a smooth player and competitor. Its tough to gauage because the talent around him at his highschool is not very good at all. Most teams play extended zone and double team him and try to make rest of team beat them. He would have been better off transferring to another school but from a competitive point of view but i give him credit for staying true to his school. He is tall for a guard and has good handles and can shoot deep. Shot form needs some work as it will be hard to get off at next level.
    I have seen him around sporting UK gear over past couple years but also wearing other teams stuff. He also played QB for his football team and was getting some bigtime looks for that as well.



  10. Spotter
    9:57 am July 15, 2013 Permalink

    Disagree, he played Springboro, Ohio last year that had a 6’11” kid going to Illinois. Played at the Flying to the Hoop, plus the Beach ball classic. Kennard is a PLAYER! Already has a football offer from Louisville to play QB. Is that athletic enough for you? Lastly, the most impressive thing about this young left hander. He throws the football right handed.