He stood out to Michigan’s coaches and to casual observers. Oh, and Luke Kennard (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) thought his performance last weekend at the Michigan team camp was pretty good, too.
The Class of 2015 guard showed up in Ann Arbor, Mich. knowing he was being recruited by the Wolverines and was on their list as one of their top targets for his class. But after he put on a dominating performance -- unofficially three games over 40 points as well as grabbing rebounds and dishing assists -- he might have raised his game even more.
Plus, Michigan’s coaches surrounded the court almost every game he played over the Friday-Saturday camp.
“I would rate it probably a nine out of 10,” Kennard said by phone Tuesday night. “I thought I did very well, scored when I needed to, found my teammates open, created shots and stepped up as a leader when I needed to be.
“I thought I did real well.”
Impressing Michigan’s coaches was part of the visit to the school for the team camp. The Franklin, Ohio, native took an unofficial visit to Michigan before the camp started -- he had already visited once before -- and toured the Davidson Player Development Center, the Ross Business School and the rest of the campus.
He said he liked the feel of the campus -- “not too big but not too small” -- and the business school stood out as it was the one part of this trip he had not seen before. He also met with academic advisors as well as the basketball coaches.
“I always look forward to going up there, talking to all the coaches and seeing what they have up there for me,” Kennard said. “I thought it went really well. It was fun. We went out to eat with the coaches and just had normal conversation.”
It was all part of a busy six weeks for Kennard. After his spring AAU season wrapped with the King James Shooting Stars, he took unofficial visits to Indiana, Louisville and Ohio State along with Michigan and his father, Mark, said he picked up scholarship offers from the Buckeyes and Xavier.
Kennard added a small wrinkle to his recruitment -- he’s starting to at least look into football. While at Ohio State, he worked out at their football camp and the right-handed quarterback also took time to meet with Michigan football coach Brady Hoke and some assistants during his weekend in Ann Arbor.
“We took a tour of Schembechler Hall and it was nice. I talked to them there,” Kennard said. “They said I am on their radar and they had been watching me. They said they want me to come down and throw for them and work out for them. They said they are recruiting me and I’m still on their radar.”
With basketball, Kennard is more on the Wolverines’ radar -- he might be at the top of their list as well when it comes to his class. For basketball, Michigan won’t offer Kennard until July 15, 2013.
“They said that even they won’t offer until then, they would like me to play for them eventually,” Kennard said. “They said that I’m like their top guy for their class and they aren’t going to stop and they want me to know they are still there and they want to be number one on my list and they are up there pretty high.
“I would say Michigan is probably, they are definitely in my top five if not at the top. They are definitely in the top five.”
Also on Kennard’s list are Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville, Dayton, Michigan State, West Virginia and Xavier.
Still, he said there is a long way to go until he makes a decision, especially since he won’t be on a college campus for three years. Interest in him, though, is starting to intensify.
For now, it’s about learning and improving.
“It’s been kind of busy. We’ve done three or four unofficial visits to different schools,” Mark Kennard said. “It’s been neat and he’s enjoying the process and just keep working to get his skills better and get him to be a better basketball player.
“When you go to these schools for unofficial visits and watch these guys work out, it’s a different level, it really is. It shows Luke what he has to do to get to that level.”