Duke Blue Devils: Luke Kennard Leads 2015 Recruiting Class

By Christopher Gamble
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Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Duke Blue Devils had the best recruiting class in the nation for 2014 with center Jahlil Okafor, point guard Tyus Jones, shooting guard Grayson Allen and small forward Justise Winslow. Now, Duke has already received a commitment for its 2015 class in shooting guard/small forward Luke Kennard.

Kennard, ranked 24th in the nation according to ESPN, is a 6-foot-6 swingman who should bring a load of versatility to any lineup. If Duke’s 2014 recruiting class stays for more than a year they could very well have one of the best college basketball teams in the Mike Krzyzewski era. Of course, a lot has to happen before that claim can be legitimately made and certain players would need to stay more than one year which is no guarantee these days.

Duke’s latest recruit is a left-handed shooter who reminds some of Jon Scheyer who averaged 14.4 points per game during his four years at Duke and is now on the coaching staff. Kennard is a wing scorer who should be able to add a huge scoring threat to the lineup from inside or outside. His shot is among the best in the country and is among the most consistent.

His ability to score inside and outside combined with his ability to pass and his willingness to get physical inside remind some of a Chris Mullin and that might not be far off. He might be more athletic than Mullin ever was though. Duke’s motion offense is a perfect fit for Kennard and he should also excel in the pressure man defensive scheme employed by Coach Krzyzewski.

Duke got themselves one of the toughest competitors in the 2015 class and Kennard should only get better with proper coaching and should truly excel in Duke’s offense where he could quickly become a household name.

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