The Duke Blue Devils are expected to have a busy night at the 2017 NFL draft, and former sharpshooter Luke Kennard will likely hear his name called pretty early. Kennard, who averaged 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game during his final season at Duke, is one of the best 3-pointer shooters in the draft, as he knocked down 43.8 percent last season.
Here’s a look at five interesting facts about the former Blue Devil.
1. The Only Thing He Does Left Handed Is Play Basketball
As pointed out by The News & Observer, Kennard is right-handed, but his father Mark wanted him to work on his game with both hands when he was only six years old. As Kennard said, he couldn’t stand it, but he’s grateful that his father pushed him for it.
“I hated it. I hated doing it … but I’m thankful for it,” Luke Kennard said.
Now, with his NBA future on the way, the fact that he can play predominately with his left hand, but also get the job done with his right hand with ease is something that will play in his favor. It’s something that may be overlooked by many teams and scouts as well.
2. He’s Ahead of LeBron James on Ohio High School Scoring List
LeBron James may go down as one of the best players in NBA history, but there’s one thing that he’ll never be able to claim he has on Luke Kennard. As ESPN pointed out, the former Blue Devil surpassed James in total points in the state of Ohio back in February of 2015. When all was said and done, Kennard finished up at No. 2 on the list, per USA Today High School Sports, but that’s nothing to be disappointed about, obviously.
To go along with that, as a senior Kennard was named as Ohio’s Gatorade Player of the Year, which was probably expected when he pushed his way up that high on the Ohio High School scoring list.
3. Kennard Was the No. 24 Prospect in the ESPN100
Kennard put pen to paper on his commitment to Duke on March 24, 2014, and was rated pretty high on the ESPN100 for the Class of 2015. While his scout grade was an 89, he was the No. 24 overall prospect, the No. 2 prospect in the state of Ohio and the No. 6 overall shooting guard.
For what it’s worth, being No. 24 may seem somewhat low, but he was in a pretty solid class that has a mix of great players, but he was still probably a bit too low. A few of the players in the 2015 ESPN100 (in order), include Ben Simmons, Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Caleb Swanigan and Allonzo Trier. Obviously, both Rabb and Swanigan are currently in the draft as well.
4. He Sings Plenty of One Direction
Back when he was playing in high school, Marcus Hartman of the Journal-News dug up some old videos of his team. Apparently, they loved singing along to some One Direction, as you can see from the video above and the one below as well.
5. Kennard Made Just One Visit Out of High School
Sometimes, when you know where you want to play, you just know. As 247Sports points out, Kennard had 11 offers from schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Dayton, Xavier, Penn State and of course Duke. Of that list, he only made a visit to Duke and was reportedly scouted by two former players in Steve Wojciechowski and Jon Scheyer.
Think Woj and Scheyer may have hyped up the potential of playing in front of the Cameron Crazies? That’s a pretty strong selling point, but regardless, Kennard seemed to know that he wanted to be a Blue Devil from pretty early on.