Duke

Kennard to hire agent, enter NBA Draft

Posted April 6

— Consensus All-American Luke Kennard will hire an agent and enter the upcoming NBA Draft, foregoing his final two years of eligibility.

“After considerable reflection, prayer and consultation with my family and coaches, I have decided to take the next step in pursuing my basketball dreams by entering the NBA Draft,” Kennard said. “Being a member of the Duke Basketball brotherhood is always going to be special to me ... I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m confident that I’m ready and have a great foundation for success at the NBA level.”

Kennard led Duke in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game. He scored in double figures in 35 of Duke’s 37 games on the season, eclipsing the 20-point mark a team-high 19 times. 

Kennard was the only unanimous choice for first-team All-ACC honors in 2017 and was selected MVP of the ACC Tournament after averaging 20.0 points and 5.3 rebounds to help Duke become the first team in league history to win four games in as many days to claim the ACC championship.

“I’ve loved coaching Luke and having he and his family in our program,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Luke’s skill set is such a perfect fit for the way the NBA game has evolved and we’re all excited to see him flourish at the next level. He is a wonderful person who will immediately be an asset to an NBA team.”

He made at least one three-point field goal in 40 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Duke history and the 10th-longest stretch in ACC history. His 1,147 career points were the fourth-most in Duke history by a player in his first two seasons, trailing only Jason Williams (1,333), Art Heyman (1,237) and Johnny Dawkins (1,165).

Duke will also lose freshman Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum to the NBA, transfers Sean Obi and and CHase Jeter and seniors Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones for next season.

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