GoBlueWolverine made it down to the Cincinnati area this past weekend to take in 2015 Franklin…
Kennard "Loves Everything" About UM (w/video)
Also weighing on the minds of the Wildcats was a local seventh grader named Eli, who, after battling cancer, passed away at the hands of the awful disease, just a week prior. Eli, always hoping to be the ball boy for Franklin but never healthy enough to be able to do so, was with the Wildcats in spirit Friday as the team paid tribute to the courageous fighter by stomping Bellbrook for a 73-46 win.
"We dedicated our last couple games to him," Luke Kennard told GoBlueWolverine. "We wore our yellow tapes and yellow ribbon on our jerseys the past two games. But I know he's looking down on us and is proud of us.
I'm very blessed to have this opportunity and I'm glad that I celebrated it with my teammates."
Kennard finished the night with 26 points for Franklin, scoring the ball in several different ways, including a propensity to set up his teammates for easy buckets in traffic.
"I've been trying to get my teammates open, getting them good shots," said Kennard. "I feel like when a lot of my teammates get open shots and they start knocking them down, we can be a real effective team. That's what we're trying to do, and hopefully we'll make a run in the tournament."
Giving his smooth left handed jumper a break this past fall, Kennard utilized a strong football throwing right arm to lead Franklin to a 10-2 record, including a perfect 6-0 in conference play. Despite the differences in football and hoops, Kennard envisions himself in similar roles for both sports -- as a leader. Still two years away from graduating high school, Kennard is unsure of his future plans on the college level, fielding interest and offers from division one schools for both.
"I've talked to my coaches and my parents, and they still want me to still play football -- and I think I'm going to these next two years," said Kennard. "But that's still going to have to be a decision to make in the future.
I'm still thinking, but my top thing right now is probably basketball."
Recently taking trips to Ohio State and Butler, Kennard called the trip to see Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs "unbelievable." Still looking for time to make it up to Ann Arbor to see Michigan this season, Kennard's schedule hasn't allowed for much time to be a kid but did say he's "hoping" to be up to see the Wolverines soon.
Regardless, Kennard has seen plenty out of the Maize and Blue from the confines of his own home.
"I try to watch them anytime I can," said Kennard. "I watched them play Ohio State and they're just a great team. I feel they can make a big run in the tournament, and they're just very athletic. They've got every position taken care of and I think they're a really good team this year."
As June 15th inches closer, an important day for Michigan basketball recruits just wrapping up their sophomore years, Kennard remains atop the Wolverines' offer plans—and the feeling continues to be mutual.
"I'll be really blessed to have that offer," said Kennard. "It's definitely one of my top schools, and I love everything about them."
To watch the full video interview with Kennard, including highlights, press play below.
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