Q&A: Luke Kennard talks recruiting at Michigan Invitational

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slideshow_1002300601_121711_Franklin021[1]Luke Kennard is one of the top prospects on Michigan’s class of 2015 recruiting board and was in action at the Michigan Invitational over the weekend during early AAU play. UM Hoops was in attendance to watch Kennard on Sunday and caught up with him afterward to grab an update on his recruitment.

First of all can you talk about your overall thoughts on your performance today?
“It was a game of runs, I shot the ball pretty good, took it to the basket some. Our defense gave up too many points, and I think that was a key factor for the loss.”

How did your game progress during your high school season? What’s the biggest thing you improved on?
“I think I’ve improved in my defense and my quickness. That’s what my high school coach really helped me improve on this last season.”

Can you give an update on your recruitment? What schools have shown the most interest lately?
“Right now Michigan and Ohio State are probably the most that I’ve talked to. I’ve talked to Indiana a lot, West Virginia. I think I have a few scheduled workouts with some colleges here soon. I just took a recent trip to North Carolina and I talked to Louisville too.”

Any recent offers?
“Not lately, but I think my last one was Indiana.”

How often have you been talking to coaches at Michigan?
“I’ve been talking to them quite a bit and they say that when June 15th comes around, I might be getting an offer soon.”

What Michigan coaches have you been talking to the most?
“We have talked to Beilein and coach Meyer the most.”

What have Michigan coaches been telling you about your game? What they like and what they want you to work on?
“They think I’d fit in really well with their program and how they run offensively, and I think so too. They tell me where I would be, like the 2 or 3. They want me to shoot the ball and that’s what I can do.”

How do you think you’d fit in with Coach Beilein’s system if you went to Michigan?
“They do ball screens and coming off picks, and I like to play like that. I like coming off, getting open shots. I really like how they play.”

What did you think about Michigan’s run in the NCAA tournament?
“We rooted for them. We thought they could pull it off. They played to their highest potential and if they played like that I think they would be one of the best teams in the country.”

Does their recent success influence your decision at all?

Yeah, I think it does. I’ve always said the tradition at the school would be a key factor for me going somewhere, and I think that even improved their tradition.”

Any plans for any visits in the next few weeks or months?
“I think we might try to go to Michigan State soon, and we might be going to the Michigan Team Camp. We did that the past two years. My coach always asks where we want to go, and I always say Michigan, because I always have a good time when I’m there.”

Do you have a timetable for when you want to make a college decision? When do you want to make a commitment?
“Right now, I don’t really have an exact time. Maybe at the end of junior maybe the beginning of senior year.

What kind of things go into making your college decision besides basketball?
“Definitely their education programs and how their education works and their staff. Michigan’s coaches make me feel right at home when I’m there, and that’s what I like.

How much is your family involved in your college decision?

“They are very involved. My parents, if my coach tells us we need to call (schools), my dad will call them and talk to them. And they always go to the visits with me. So they’re really involved.

What are your goals for AAU ball this summer? What’s the number one thing you want to work on?

“I’d like to get better at my quickness. This summer I’ll be doing a lot of agility training.”

How tall are you? How much do you weigh, and have you been getting bigger?
I am 6’5’’, close to 6’6’’. I think I’ve had growing pains the last few nights, and I weigh 180.”

  • Steve2081

    He does look a little quicker in that newest video.

  • Don

    Yes please. All sounds very encouraging.

  • Colby

    When is the Michigan Elite Camp?

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Elite Camp is June 8-9th, Team Camp is 28th-30th

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.ruddell Derek Ruddell

    I really like Kennard’s game! He’d be a nice pickup for the 2015 class.

  • deSal

    unrelated, and not sure if it’s been noticed or brought up but Zak Irvin got bumped up to 5 star status on rivals.

  • GregGoBlue

    The last few shooters that Beilein has brought in to play the 2 (Vogrich and Stauskas) have been a bit slow on the hoof, which has really affected their defense. I’m pleased that Kennard is working to improve his quickness this early in his career.

    • jblair52

      Kennard looks a little more physical too – that always helps the defense, especially in the physical-play of the Big 10

  • CarlBleich

    Wow that sounds way more encouraging than most prospect interviews. Sounds like Michigan is his leader.

  • Wayman Britt

    I just don’t know about Luke. Will he be able to get his shot off in the Big Ten conference?

    • Steve2081

      Yes.