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Franklin grad Kennard named second-team NABC All-American

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Duke sophomore guard Luke Kennard added another All-America honor to his résumé on Friday, garnering second-team recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The NABC team is one of four used to determine consensus All-America honors (also AP, Sporting News and USBWA). Kennard has already garnered second-team All-America status from Sporting News and the USBWA with the AP team set to be announced next week.

Kennard led Duke in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game while shooting .489 from the floor, .438 from outside the arc and .856 from the free throw line. His 722 total points on the year represent the 16th-best single-season total in program history, while his .438 three-point percentage ranks 10th on Duke’s single-season chart.

The Franklin, Ohio, native scored in double figures in 35 of Duke’s 37 games on the season, eclipsing the 20-point mark a team-high 19 times. He ranks second in the ACC in scoring and three-point field goal percentage, fourth in free throw percentage, seventh in three-pointers per game (2.38) and eighth in field goal percentage while averaging the third-most minutes per game (35.5) in the conference.

He has made at least one three-point field goal in 40 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Duke history and the 10th-longest stretch in ACC history.

Kennard eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career on Feb. 25 at Miami, becoming just the 12th Duke player (and fifth under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski) to hit that milestone prior to the end of his second season. His 1,147 career points are the fourth-most in Duke history by a player in his first two seasons, trailing only Jason Williams (1,333), Art Heyman (1,237) and Johnny Dawkins (1,165).

For his career, Kennard owns averages of 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.2 minutes. He is a career .461 shooter from the floor and .383 from three-point range. Kennard’s .867 career free throw percentage is currently the second-best in Duke history (min. 200 FTs made).

He has scored at least 20 points in 35.6 percent (26-of-73) of his games in a Duke uniform.

Kennard was the only unanimous choice for first-team All-ACC honors this season and was also a first-team NABC All-District 2 member and an All-District III selection by the USBWA. He has been named a member of the national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award and a final-five candidate for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Kennard was named MVP of the ACC Tournament after averaging 20.0 points and 5.3 rebounds to help Duke become the first team in league history to win four games in as many days to claim the ACC championship.

2017 NABC All-America Teams

First Team

Lonzo Ball, UCLA

Josh Hart, Villanova

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Frank Mason III

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

Second Team

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Luke Kennard, Duke

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Johnathan Motley, Baylor

Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga

Third Team

Markelle Fultz, Washington

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

Josh Jackson, Kansas

Lauri Markkanen

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

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