The short answer, so to speak, is 6’6″. That makes Duke’s Luke Kennard the size of Michael Jordan and Julius Erving. But a 6’6″ player that Kennard resembles most is hard to pinpoint. The deadly Duke shooter might be more like 6’5″ marksman Ray Allen (some say Kennard is really 6’5″) or even the too often underrated college and NBA star Jim Paxson, another versatile 6’6″ guy from Ohio. Some people think Hall of Famer Chris Mullin when they contemplate Kennard’s future. Mullin was a slick 6’6″ lefty who many thought might peak with his great college career at St. John’s. Instead, Mullin ended up on the Dream Team.
Did we mention Kennard, like Mullin, is a lefty? It’s just one more aspect of his all-around game the confounds defenders. That might be how Kennard’s career goes — could be Mullinesque. And when the hoops archaeologists look for evidence, they might start with Kennard having scored more points in Ohio high school basketball than a guy named LeBron James. That’s how you become Mr. Basketball in Ohio two years in a row. As the 2017 NCAA Tournament begins, Las Vegas has Duke with the best odds (6-1) to win. Kennard can begin adding to his legacy in a big way. He’s already scored far more points in college, too, than LeBron James.