Various experts have Kennard as a top 20 pick, or landing somewhere between 16 and 24 on the board. With the NBA’s slotted rookie contract system, Kennard could get a four-year deal worth between $7 million and $10 million over the length of the contract.
Helping Kennard’s chances, he’s an excellent outside shooter in a draft that lacks outside shooters. He scored double-figures in 35 of Duke’s 37 games, he scored more than 20 points 19 times.
“Luke’s skill set is perfect for the way the NBA game has evolved,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We’re excited to see him flourish at the next level. “
Kennard graduated from Franklin as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball. He had college offers from Kentucky and Ohio State while a standout with the Wildcats.