U-M Team Camp: Luke Kennard dominates Friday action


061312[1]Michigan’s annual team camp tipped off on Friday afternoon and a number of familiar names were in attendance. Michigan commitments Derrick Walton and Mark Donnal both put forth strong performances with their high school squads but the headliner of the day was 2015 guard Luke Kennard.

Simply put, Kennard was the top performer on Friday at camp. The Franklin High School guard started the day strong, leading his team to a 61-58 opening win against Mark Donnal’s Anthony Wayne squad.

Kennard converted nine of his first 10 shots in the win, and finished with 33 points, playing all 40 minutes.

The versatile guard turned in an even better performance in his team’s next game against East Grand Rapids. Kennard started hot once again, scoring 26 points in the first half on 11-for-14 shooting. He finished with 37 points, and eight rebounds, nearly outscoring EGR single-handedly in a dominating 63-38 victory.

More on Kennard’s recruitment as well as other camp standouts after the jump.

Kennard scored 15 points in his last game of the day, a loss against Chandler Park Academy. He struggled from the floor, but still led his team in scoring and helped erase an 11-point first half deficit.

Kennard averaged over 28 points per game on Friday, scoring at will, and carried his team to a 2-1 record on the day.  Michigan continues to put the full court press on the talented guard while hosting him in Ann Arbor this weekend. This was the second year in a row that Kennard impressed at Michigan’s Team Camp and it was clear that the talented youngster caught Beilein’s attention on more than one occasion.

Top Matchup: Mark Donnal and Anthony Wayne knock off Derrick Walton and Chandler Park

The best game of the day pitted Michigan’s two commitments against each other when Mark Donnal and Anthony Wayne High School narrowly defeated Derrick Walton’s Chandler Park Academy, 47-45.

Walton scored 31 points on 12-for-17 shooting, and added four assists and three steals in a losing effort. The point guard took control when the game was on the line, and made clutch baskets as the clock wound down, and converted two huge free throws with under a minute left to take a one-point lead.

But Walton’s performance wasn’t enough as Anthony Wayne made a three-point field goal with less than five seconds left to win the game.

Donnal turned in a solid performance, scoring 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting. The 6-foot-9 center collected five rebounds and added three blocks, and also did most of his damage in the second half. He converted four of five shots, and scored 11 points after halftime, in a game that neither team led by more than five points.

Walton had a chance to win the game as time expired, throwing up a double-clutch 90-foot bank shot prayer that just missed.

2013 Commitments Showing Improvement

Donnal and Walton impressed beyond their head-to-head match-up, showing off consistent improvement throughout the day.

Donnal’s footwork has gotten better steadily throughout the summer and he continues to play fundamentally sound basketball. He moves extremely well without the ball, and uses an impressive arsenal of moves in the post. He received noticeably more opportunities on the block with his high school team than we’ve seen on the AAU circuit. He scored 27 points in his first game, 17 in his second, and led his team to a dominating 42-point win in its last game of the day.

While Kennard was the most impressive player at camp, Walton wasn’t far behind. He averaged 19 points per game, and even when his shot wasn’t falling he still dominated the action. Walton played strong defense, found open teammates for easy looks and played smart basketball. One theme that’s developed while watching Derrick Walton this summer: he consistently elevates his play when his team is in trouble.

Name to Remember: Marqywell Jackson

Another impressive 2014 prospect in attendance on Friday was Detroit East (formerly Detroit Crocket) combo guard, Marqywell Jackson.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, can play inside and out, get to the rim, and hits the mid-range jumper with regularity. He’s a strong guard, who’s often matched up against smaller players, and uses his size to create his own offense.

Here’s footage of Jackson from his sophomore season at Crocket:

Look for much more from Michigan’s Team Camp in the hours and days to come.

  • SamGoBlue

    So is Kennard really so ridiculously good that he is better than Donnal and Walton (albeit at different positions), two 2013 guys who are both hovering around top 50 in their class?

    • Josh

      He’s not better than Walton, but being two years younger, Kennard’s potential is endless.

    • I think there’s a difference between the best player or top performer on a given day or the best player overall. But yes, Kennard is very good.

      • SamGoBlue

        Oh, I completely agree. I just wondered how close they might be in talent despite being two years apart.

  • fresh

    i like seeing marqywell jackson getting some exposure…………always like the instaters

  • jblair52

    Why no offer for Jackson yet? Any interest in the staff? A Top 100 6’4″ guard from Detroit…shouldn’t we be all over this? Game reminds me of Crawford from Northwestern

    • Mac

      That high release accurate shot for Jackson looks very nice.

    • YoYo

      Crawford from Northwestern?

    • YoYo

      NW U…got it.

      • jblair52

        haha yeah drew crawford from NW U…not high school…sorry

  • Wayman Britt

    Luke Kennard has I am made for Beilein’s style written all over him.

  • Paul

    Looks like Beilein is in early on yet another player (Kennard) before he blows up in the rankings! The ranking services should just follow Beilein around to see who he’s recruiting then immediately give that kid 4 or 5 stars (j/k – sort of)

  • Lsegundo

    I just got back from seeing Kennard blow up against Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday. He scored 50ish (out of Franklin’s 70 points or so). Good speed. Exceptionally lateral quickness and agility. Great handle. Finds open space and gets to it very, very well. Finishes with strength and aggression. Sees the court exceptionally well. Against Huron’s press, he was a one-man press break, always identifying the right pass to make and executing it accurately. Can pass full court with either hand. At first, I thought Franklin had scouted Huron and knew how to break its press. But, as the game went on, it was clear that Kennard was breaking it by himself. His teammates did not know how to attack it; but he did. To echo Wayman Britt, he’s perfect for Beilein’s offense.

    As for Jackson, I’ve seen him play since the 5th grade. He’s a fine player, but I’m not sure he’s a good fit for Michigan. In any event, he and his Mom were getting plenty of love from Beilein, Jeff Meyer, and Bacari after his last game.

  • eastside-finest

    Walton was the most feared player at the gym, but luke played well

  • sethbu

    Wait wait wait…So Derrick Walton scored 31 and had four assists. So he accounted for at least 39 of his team’s 45 points in the finals.

    I’m officially excited.

  • Bluemaddness

    kennard is a beast. I can’t describe how he plays. Hopefully MU can get this one!