Q & A: 2015 guard Luke Kennard recaps Indiana visit

  • 06/15/2012 8:04 am in

2015 Franklin (OH) guard Luke Kennard was on campus Tuesday for an unofficial visit and his father, Mark, was impressed following the family’s first trip to Bloomington.

On Thursday night, Inside the Hall caught up with the 6-foot-5 lefty for his thoughts on IU’s facilities, the coaching staff and much more:

On the visit to Indiana and what he was able to see while in Bloomington:

“The coaching staff was great. I loved each and every one of them. They proved to me that they can make me the player that I want to become. The academics were great. I like all of the facilities. They really impressed me with everything. They took us on a tour of campus and it wasn’t too big and it wasn’t too small. I feel like it’s a nice distance from home so my parents could watch me. It was a really nice visit. I really liked it.”

On Cook Hall and Assembly Hall:

“They were great. Cook Hall looked brand new. Assembly Hall was great. It was big and I can see myself playing there sometime. You can tell all of the tradition that’s been there.”

On watching an IU workout and getting a chance to play in open gym:

“The workouts, they go very hard. Coach (Tom) Crean, he makes them go hard, which I really like. If they make a mistake, he’ll get on them and they’ll listen to him because they know that he can make them better by doing that. So they listen. Getting up and down with them, I had so much fun. They’re very big and strong. It was a fast pace, but I kept up with them and it was fun playing with them.”

On who impressed him in open gym:

“Victor (Oladipo), he was quick and he was strong and he can jump really well. He controls the game when he wants to and he can make plays happen. That’s a guy that I would look up to get myself better and watch him to make me a better player.”

On the strengths of his game and what college coaches tell him they like about him:

“My shooting and I can play pretty well on defense. I can pass pretty well, I can create plays and I can get my teammates open. I’d say that’s about it.”

On how he’s handling the early recruiting attention including offers from Ohio State and Xavier:

“I’m just taking it all in. And I’m trying to stay as humble as I can. I feel like I have right now, but I’m just taking it in and I’m not rushing anything. I don’t think I’m taking in too much at a time. I’m just going slow with the process and getting to know every coach real well. I’m just trying to take it all slow.”

(Photo credit: Dayton Daily News)

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  • hoosierhoopsmw

    I know that this is a small part of the above story, but I cannot stress enough how happy I am to have Victor on our team. Each recruit that we have brought in has said great things about our coaching staff/facilities, but several have also mentioned Victor in some aspect. It seems as if he is really emerging as a lead by example type of a guy as well as a vocal leader for this team. Looks to be something that recruits are noticing during open gyms and many recruits are looking up to him. So excited moving forward and cannot wait until the upcoming season. All my co- workers in Dallas can talk football as much as they want, but they better get used to hearing about my Hoosiers! For the Glory of Old IU!

  • Graber28

    It sounds like Indiana has made a good impression on this young rising star.

  • Graber28

    It sounds like Indiana has made a good impression on this young rising star.

  • calbert40

    I am starting to really like this kid already. Read his answers again…this young man is smart. That is a characteristic that is very undervalued for guys who handle the ball like he should (unless he continues to grow). I know some ITH readers were less than impressed with his videos (I didn’t feel the same way, btw….He’s just a freshman), but he just seems like a very solid recruit.

    He also seems to not be in love with OSU, which I like. I felt like the comments about the campus not being too big was in comparison to OSU. I also like how he mentioned IU was close enough for his family to come and see him, so we know he wants to remain relatively close to home.

    One recruiting service has him as #11 in his class overall, so I think he would make a great addition to the candy stripes!

  • Hammer

    Alex you do a great job asking these recruits questions and writing about them. Thanks for keeping us informed! Again Great job!

  • Hammer

    Alex you do a great job asking these recruits questions and writing about them. Thanks for keeping us informed! Again Great job!

  • Thanks, I appreciate that.

  • Michael

    I am just Happy that IU is back in discussion for players like this. Before TC, we would have not shot at top 100 players.

  • Scott

    I mean, anytime you can point to a player and say “he was a 3star kid when he got here, and now he’s an Academic-All B10 and a likely an all B10 player this year” that’s an impactful statement.

  • WisconHoosier

    With Sampson, we had a shot at them. Problem was, some of them were likely to shoot back.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t even wanna think about getting him, because if we don’t get Hyron Edwards, I’ll cry.

  • DarkSouth

    ???

    pretty sure Kennard would be a 2 or a 3, Edwards would be a 1. They could certainly play together.

  • 888

    Good one!! LOL!! That was funny!!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Really? I was under the impression Kennard was a pure PG. then I’ll say this, I’d rather have Jalen Coleman.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Really? I was under the impression Kennard was a pure PG. then I’ll say this, I’d rather have Jalen Coleman.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    I would not be opposed to IU cloning Oladipo in 4 year increments.

  • HoosierRyno

    I’m proud that our recruits can play great ball, but they ALL seem to have great character to go with it.

  • jtke223

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=teleGr8k43U

    This is from his AAU season before starting freshman year. And some school highlights towards the end from 8th grade.

  • SCHoosier

    Shot is a bit funky..but he has a really soft touch and can drill it. Good floor vision. Has to be a strong OSU target.

  • SCHoosier

    Shot is a bit funky..but he has a really soft touch and can drill it. Good floor vision. Has to be a strong OSU target.