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Luke Kennard’s father speaks very highly on unofficial visit to Lexington

One of Kentucky’s early targets from the class of 2015 is Luke Kennard, a 4-star shooting guard out of Franklin, Ohio. The 6’5 guard is currently ranked as the 21st best player in the class AND he has Kentucky ties. Mark Kennard is Luke’s father and he played college basketball in Central Kentucky. Kennard already has a ton of offers from a variety of big-time programs, including Duke, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Kennard’s father spoke to Larry Vaught on WLAP 630 this morning and brought up a few interesting tidbits about his son and his recruitment.

“Luke is a versatile player. He can use either hand. I think that’s why a lot of college coaches like him.”

“When he was 4 or 5 years old, he would play in kindergarten leagues. He’d always use his left hand. He was all left-handed. I told my wife one day, we’re gonna fix that. So we’d go up to this school close to our house, we’d work on it 3 days a week. We did that all summer. Most of the time, I would make him dribble all the way home. Once again, he was 4 or 5 years old. I’d make him dribble all the way home with his right hand. I’m in the truck following him.”

Mark Kennard talked about the unofficial visit to Lexington earlier this summer. “The visit was great. Obviously Kentucky is Kentucky. The tradition is unbelievable. The facilities are first class. Coach Calipari has done a tremendous job wherever he’s been at. Plus, he’s a great player developer. He didn’t put any pressure on him. He said if you know where you wanna go, let’s go ahead and get it done. He (Cal) was very complimentary of Luke. I think he’s excited to have Luke and Luke was excited. We’re excited. Luke’s been blessed and we’re very excited that Kentucky wants him.”

Kennard’s father said that they would like to have the decision made by the end of Luke’s junior year (probably April or May).

Mark Kennard also discussed that it’s tough to separate his family’s love of Kentucky from the recruiting process. He mentioned more than once that “Kentucky is Kentucky.” He also mentioned that Luke grew up idolizing Tayshaun Prince. The elder Kennard also believes that Luke fits Calipari’s system, considering his high school team ran the dribble drive offense. “Luke can get to the basket and he can shoot from the outside. He can play the 1, 2 or the 3. But that’s Luke’s game, getting up and down the court and just playing. It’s a system that I definitely think Luke would fit. I know he really enjoys watching Kentucky play and Coach Calipari.”


*BONUS: Luke Kennard is also a big-time high school football player. His father didn’t completely rule out the possibility of Luke playing both in college, but did say that playing both would be very tough and that he expects Luke will stick with basketball.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

24 Comments for Luke Kennard’s father speaks very highly on unofficial visit to Lexington

  1. MattNoscar
    11:53 am August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Is it a secret about WHERE in Central Ky Mr Kennard played college ball?

  2. Uncle Wes
    12:19 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    He did not leave the visit empty handed.

  3. You Outdid Yourself!
    12:23 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #2-Your posts are always so original and witty, but this latest one has to be your best ever! Promise us one thing, ok? That you will come back and post here again. And again. You are amazing.

  4. Deacon
    12:42 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    From those in the know, are we talking more Josh Carrier / John Hood, or are we talking more J.J. Reddick / Bryce Drew? I’m assuming he has the obligatory “Fundamentally sound, Good free-throw shooter, Gym rat, Coach’s son,” thing down.

  5. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    12:43 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    I hope he plays at UK. Luke being a very good football player should help with his mental toughness in basketball.

  6. J in Orlando
    1:01 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    4 he is more like a Mugsy Bogues/Yao Ming…maybe Jason Williams/Robert Traylor…no Im kidding he has a great jumper which makes his first step seem faster because you have to step into him on defense…if he can defend at the D-1 level, he is a starter

  7. jj
    1:09 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    I have seen him play against top flight competition in a national HS tournament. Shoots with either hand close to the basket. He is not the quickest player on the floor, but has good speed up and down the floor. He is very athletic.

  8. Bobbum man
    1:26 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    4- you sir, are a racist

  9. Hoosier Slow
    1:36 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    IU didnt want him. He isn’t that good. Maybe lower Major level type player.

  10. Deacon
    1:43 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Not a racist at all, anything but. Just mocking how every college BB announcer from Nantz to Packer describes white players from 6’0″ to 6’5″.

  11. Knows Better
    1:46 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Where are the twins?

  12. Linda
    2:31 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Excuse me Hoosier Slow IU has offered. Get your facts straight. Sore looser, just like your coach!

  13. Hoosier Slow
    3:10 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Linda, this is KSR, facts are optional. Don’t get ur granny panties in a wad.

  14. theSkinny81
    3:32 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    2 – How much did UL pay Montrezle Harrell? Or Chane Behanon? Rakeem Buckles they pulled away from MIAMI???? Surely to god, they didn’t go to UL for free after you offered them all that easy money at UK!!!

  15. CATandMONKEY
    3:43 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #4, He is a TOP 25 player. Repeat: He is a top 25 player in the class of 2015.

  16. HaysC.
    4:13 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #1- Dad played at Georgetown College. His sister is also currently a student a Georgetown.

  17. HaysC.
    4:15 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #15- We just sent a top 25 ranked, 5* player to Gonzaga.

  18. bigcatstanding
    4:24 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    #2 No he didn’t leave empty handed, left with a scholarship offer and an opportunity to play at the greatest college basketball program ever. And the comment about money exchanging hands, I understand why with Coach Cal and everything he’s done wrong not d****** . Show me your proof other than you’re over enlarged head from the watermelon seeds swelling between your ears. so bring on you’re merry band of midgets you call a championship quality team. pick your starting lineup for Louisville and their average size will be 6’3 while Kentucky’s starting lineup average size will be 6’8. after you’re epic beat down compliments of Kentucky, get back to me hahaha!!! BBN OWNS YOU YA YOU ILF#9

  19. Linda
    4:30 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hoosier, I prefer boxers. HA

  20. Moco
    7:59 pm August 18, 2013 Permalink

    Heard through the grapevine this kid was coming
    To Montgomery County High School to play under Happy Osbourne. Would have been a great addition

  21. bigcatstanding
    3:32 am August 19, 2013 Permalink

    #17 are you comparing him to Kyle Wiltjer because there games are similar, or because they are both white. because I think he’s much more similar to Doron Lamb. Bring him on, come on down.

  22. bigcatstanding
    3:37 am August 19, 2013 Permalink

    #11. Read yesterday that they would be in Lexington at the end of next week, same thing for James Young. I no one thing will sleep a lot easier after they’re in town lol.

  23. bigcatstanding
    3:43 am August 19, 2013 Permalink

    #8 how in the hell did you get racist out of what #4 said, from your response to his post the racist most likely is in your Mira.

  24. Blue Leather
    6:18 am August 19, 2013 Permalink

    #20 Happy did try to recruit him to MoCo. Had Mark a job at Apollo Oil. The Kennards turned Happy down.