Duke standout Kennard declares for NBA draft

Luke Kennard was named Ohio Mr. Basketball in 2014 and '15.

Two-time Ohio Mr. Basketball winner and Duke University standout Luke Kennard has declared for the NBA draft.

Kennard is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who hails from Franklin, Ohio. He just completed his sophomore season with the Blue Devils.

According to the Duke Chronicle:

“Kennard is expected to hire an agent and is projected as a mid-to-late first round pick in most mock drafts. His decision means that this is the third time since 1999 and second time in three years at least three Blue Devils have entered the NBA Draft early.”

Kennard released a statememnt Thursday. It read: ” I have nothing but love and respect for everyone in the Duke program. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, the best fans in the game and everyone in Franklin for being by my side every step of this journey. 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.”

Duke junior guard Grayson Allen has not made a decision on the draft, but multiple reports have stated that Allen is leaning toward returning for his senior season.