IU’s academics, tradition impress family of 2015 guard Luke Kennard

  • 06/13/2012 9:57 pm in

After a sensational freshman season at Franklin High School in Ohio, the recruiting interest has picked up significantly this spring for class of 2015 prospect Luke Kennard.

The left-handed guard, considered by some to be the top 2015 prospect in the state, averaged 16.6 points in his first varsity season and is now hearing from several high-major schools.

One of them is Indiana, which hosted Kennard and his family on Tuesday for an unofficial visit.

“It’s a pretty awesome place with the tradition, the facilities, the university, it’s a really nice place,” Kennard’s father, Mark, told Inside the Hall. “Obviously the tradition is unique and the academics. IU is a great academic school. Most of their players have graduated within three to three and a half years. They really stress that. I think Coach Crean is a hands on guy. And he really pushes the academics and is really personable with each kid. He makes it a family atmosphere and that really stood out to us.”

Indiana assistant coach Steve McClain began recruiting the rising sophomore over the last month and quickly set up a trip for Kennard and his family to see the campus.

The visit included the opportunity to watch a workout and also play in open gym with the IU team. The intensity of the workout in particular stood out to Kennard’s father.

“The speed and the physicality was impressive,” Mark Kennard said. “They’re all in great shape. And they go full-go, 110 percent at all times.”

Besides Indiana, Kennard, who is expected to start at quarterback for his high school this fall, is also hearing from Dayton, Xavier, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Miami (OH), Louisville, Purdue, West Virginia and Tennessee. The Musketeers and Buckeyes have already offered a scholarship.

The elder Kennard said he believes several factors have led to the early interest in his son.

“I think coaches like his character, they like his grades. He’s highly skilled for his age,” Mark Kennard said. “That doesn’t mean he can’t get better because there are a lot of things he needs to improve on, but as far as the skill work, they compliment him on that. He’s able to use both hands whether it’s dribbling or shooting the ball. He’s very calm and poised on the court.”

The visit to IU, which is the sixth school to host Kennard thus far, gave the family an opportunity to see how he could potentially fit in.

“It’s early, but you always like to see where Luke’s going to fit and the style of play he’s going to fit,” Mark Kennard said.

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  • inLinE6

    Liked what I saw. Would be nice to pick the No.1 kid out of the state of OHIO!

  • awunderground

    Wow, he knows how to use the glass…

  • Shawn Congo

    Watched his HS playoff game this year. Kid was incredible & had incredible poise! Couldn’t believe he was a freshman!

  • Arch_Puddington

    I must be missing something. He seems like a smart kid from a good family, but on the court I see no explosiveness, no skillful moves, no deft passing, and a push shot only a mother could love. I trust Crean, but this guy seems less obvious to me than most of our other targets. Hopefully those who have seen more than I have seen are right…

  • Very good player. Saw him in Ft Wayne in early May and he’s very polished for his age. May not be as explosive as he will be eventually, but he is the type of player that can help a Big Ten program win games.

  • Arch_Puddington

    I’lI take your word for it. These clips were not impressive, but clearly those who know better than I do are impressed. Given the nature of things, I am sure we will see exciting highlights in the future.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    Incredibly mediocre clips. I wouldn’t recruit him personally, but I trust IU’s coaching staff.

  • WisconHoosier

    I thought the same thing, Arch. Yet I saw one site that listed him the #11 player in the class, so a lot of people believe he’s the real deal.

    Maybe Luke K will be amazing. I hope he is. Or maybe other kids pass him as they mature, and he drops out of the top 100.

    I don’t envy any coach’s job when it comes to recruiting. Except Purdue. That’s an easy job. All Painter has to do is call Indiana kids who want to stay in state but don’t get offers from IU, Butler, Notre Dame, Ball State, Valpo, Wabash, or . . . DeVry.

  • BrianS

    What has me excited right now is when Crean offers someone they had better take him up on it right now if they want to play at IU, because if they don’t someone else that is really really good is going too!

  • My favorite part of listening to all these kids and their families recap visits to Indiana? How impressed they are with how the current players look and work during workouts and scrimmages. I swear I think every kid has come away saying something like what his pops has said…….. “The speed and the physicality was impressive,” Mark Kennard said. “They’re all in great shape. And they go full-go, 110 percent at all times.”
    Gonna be a great year.

  • My favorite part of listening to all these kids and their families recap visits to Indiana? How impressed they are with how the current players look and work during workouts and scrimmages. I swear I think every kid has come away saying something like what his pops has said…….. “The speed and the physicality was impressive,” Mark Kennard said. “They’re all in great shape. And they go full-go, 110 percent at all times.”
    Gonna be a great year.

  • Reggie

    Looks like Collin Hartman as a freshman. Really hope he makes the top 100 when he is a senior to be.

  • Shknqk

    Ya gotta keep a oil perspective on these young guys. Little Gordon s shot ain’t exactly a thing of beauty. Also, what do you think sheehey and jordy etc looked like as rising sophomores? I like what I see but admittedly it’s hard to know what 3 years of development will yield.

  • HoosierKen73

    Agree the clips are not that great, but the kid just finihed his Freshman year …and he’s 6′ 5″ playing guard… He could easily be a 6′ 7″ guard by the time he graduates….there has to be a reason teams like Michigan, Xavier, Cincinnati, MSU, OSU, Dayton and Purdue among others are looking at him and he’s getting offers…

  • twarrior87

    I know it didn’t say we offered this kid and only that we are recruiting him. However, will IU get to the point eventually where we don’t offer anyone early unless they’re a top 50 player.
    It seems we are in a situation now where it would be nice to have some scholarships for guys like Semi Ojeleye and Marcus Lee. Not saying anything bad about the current 2013 class b/c we do need glue guys, but anyone that says they’d rather have Hartman than Ojeleye or Lee is kidding themselves.
    It seems alot of the top recruits in the nation wait until april or may to commit. The way IU has been recruiting there are no scholly’ left at that point.
    I fully trust CTC and the coaching staff when it comes recruiting. I’m just curious if it will get to the point where we only offer early to players of a certain caliber.

  • Reggie

    RT @grosenstein JaQuan Lyle on #IUBB: “I haven’t talked to them in a while.” about an hour ago

    My question is who is gonna be our next pg after Yogi?

  • CreamandCrimson

    It’s a good question. According to Greg Rosenstein…Tom Crean spoke with Stanford Robinson the other day and he wants him to work on playing the role of point guard.

    I would imagine getting a commitment from a PG for 2014 or would be a priority as well. In my opinion, Blackmon is a SG and Lyles is obviously a PF/C. So our 2014 class could be rounded out by a top PG and a swing player. Of course, if Robinson can become a legit PG, not just a wing player handling the ball, his height and athleticism would make for a scary on floor general.

  • SCHoosier

    Yogi’s gonna be there for four years..so names like Booth, Ashe and others we’ve heard will play into the picture.

  • SCHoosier

    Lot of 6-5 freshmen can’t tie their shoes..this kid is very smooth with the ball..has a soft touch with his shot and is probably worth keeping an eye on.

  • spiderman0551

    I agree somewhat but he’s just 14 years old probably. Looks like a kid who is at an advanced stage of his fundamentals and has good court vision. Looks like he’s good with the ball too. Heck, he’s still growing and will get a lot better as he gets older. I have 2 this age and they just started lifting weights so he’s got a lot of growing to do yet.

  • spiderman0551

    I agree somewhat but he’s just 14 years old probably. Looks like a kid who is at an advanced stage of his fundamentals and has good court vision. Looks like he’s good with the ball too. Heck, he’s still growing and will get a lot better as he gets older. I have 2 this age and they just started lifting weights so he’s got a lot of growing to do yet.

  • Really not sure what many of you are smokin’. This kid isn’t explosive?!? He just blew by everyone in both videos. Not impressive? He showed great court awareness, looked fundamentally sound, and showed a nose for the ball on several put backs. He even looked extremely smooth taking a 15 foot jumper with his off (right) hand. Granted, this was a highlight video, but still.

    I think some of you are looking for these kids to be the second coming of Calbert Cheaney… as freshmen in high school. The kid is the #1 player in the state of Ohio for crying out loud. Crean knows what he’s doing.

  • dmglotz

    Reminds me of John Shurna and he turned out to be a pretty good college player.

  • b_side

    Hyron Edwards will be a freshman when Yogi is a senior. Seamless transition (no pun intended).

  • b_side

    Hyron Edwards will be a freshman when Yogi is a senior. Seamless transition (no pun intended).