COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two days after losing shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle to the European professional ranks, Thad Matta and the Buckeyes could be in line for a replacement as 2015 five-star guard Luke Kennard (Franklin, OH) makes his college decision at a ceremony at his high school at 7:45 pm Monday night.
Ohioan Luke Kennard, Nation's Top Shooting Guard, Set To Announce College Decision Monday Night
By Tony Gerdeman
Kennard (6-5 182) is the #1 shooting guard in the nation per 247Sports, and was named Ohio's Gatorade Player of the Year on Friday. He averaged 41 points per game this past season.
He had three 50-point games this season, including a 59-point outing against Monroe. He scored all of his team's 23 first-quarter points in that game, and also had nine three-pointers and 20 free throws.
Despite being an in-state target for the Buckeyes, Duke appears to be the favorite here as the Blue Devils were the only school to receive an official visit. Kennard is reportedly choosing between Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida and North Carolina.
Kennard is the #12 player overall in the 2015 class per 247Sports. Despite only taking one official visit, he has been to Kentucky and Ohio State several times on unofficial visits.
The lefty scorer burst onto the scene by winning an AAU national championship following his eighth grade season. As a freshman he was Franklin's point guard, and led his team to a 20-0 regular season. He was named the team's MVP, averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game, and was a Special Mention All-Ohio honoree. As a junior he averaged 28 points per game.
Ohio State currently has two commits in the 2015 class in five-star small forward Mickey Mitchell (Plano, TX) and four-star point guard A.J. Harris (Dayton, OH). Mitchell is the brother of Mike Mitchell, who was an Ohio State football signee in 2013. He has since left the football team, which has many wondering if that may put the younger Mitchell's OSU future in doubt as well.
Harris is a 5-foot-9 point guard, rated the #14 PG in the class per Scout. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Xavier and Dayton.
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