DURHAM, NC - MARCH 05: Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a basket against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke’s Luke Kennard makes Naismith Trophy finalist list

Duke sophomore Luke Kennard is among 10 finalists for the Naismith Trophy as the nation’s best basketball player.

The Franklin High School product is leading the Blue Devils in scoring at 19.8 points per game while shooting just over 50 percent from the floor.

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Kennard, who has been the most consistent player for a highly talented Duke team that has endured some ups and downs since starting the season with sky-high expectations, is also among 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award, which goes to the nation’s top shooting guard, and the Wooden award, another national player of the year honor. 

Kennard and the Blue Devils beat Florida State 75-70 last night and have a rematch with North Carolina on tap for Saturday night.