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Luke Kennard the Real Deal

March 8, 2017

This past Sunday the Blue Devils picked up a few more postseason awards. Sophomore Luke Kennard was unanimously named to the first-team All-ACC, first-team All- American by NBC, and second-team All-American by USA Today. He has also been named a finalist for the Jerry West Award, which goes to the top shooting guard in the nation. This season he averaged 20.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 50.4% from the field. He also ranks third in the ACC in minutes played averaging 35.8 per game. Entering this season Kennard was not on the radar. Some speculated that he would be a good sixth man for 3s when the Blue Devils needed them but, boy were they wrong. With Grayson Allen battling injuries and tripping ordeals Kennard has stepped up. He has relished into the consistent player Duke needs to lead them to victory. Last month he hit the 1,000 point milestone as a sophomore. His presences isn’t only being noticed in the ACC Kennard has caught the eye of many NBA scouts. Some scouts have called Kennard a special shooter and play

 

maker. Earlier this week a NBA Eastern Conference executive told Bleacher Report that Kennard has the potential to be like Chris Mullin, who was one of the most efficient NBA shooters of all time. Duke grad and basketball analyst for ESPN, Jay Bilas, said that Kennard is going to play a long time in the NBA and has the swagger that good players have. With the ACC tournament underway all eyes will be on the ACC scoring leader Luke Kennard and the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils play their first game of the tournament against Clemson at noon. To become ACC Champions Duke needs to win four games in four days. That is something that has never been done in the history of the tournament. To make this possible it will be largely up to the shooting abilities of the ACC scoring leader.

 

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