Luke Kennard hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
A rookie in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, Kennard recently donated basketball shoes to the junior varsity and varsity boys and girls teams at Franklin High School. Kennard is a 2015 Franklin graduate.
»RELATED: Franklin cheers ‘favorite son’ Kennard
»RELATED: 7 more great Frankin athletes
Frankin athletic director and boys varsity coach Brian Bales posted photos of the teams with their shoes and thanked Kennard, whom he coached in high school, on Twitter.
Jerry Snodgrass of the Ohio High School Athletic Association was one of several people to retweet Bales post, also noting that the gift from Kennard was ‘legal.’
A 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Kennard is averaging 6.4 points in 37 games this season for the Pistons. He scored a career-high 20 points in a win over San Antonio on Dec. 30, 2017.
The Pistons selected Kennard No. 12 overall in the first round of the NBA Draft last June.
At Franklin, Kennard was a two-time Mr. Ohio Basketball, one of six players to ever win the award multiple times. He finished his career as the No. 2 scorer in Ohio high school history with 2,977 points.
Kennard played two seasons of college basketball at Duke, averaging 15.7 points in 73 career games.
Franklin's Luke Kennard scores past Bellefountaine's Max Oyer in the Division II Boys Regional at UD Arena Thursday. Franklin's Austin Doliboa follows up. Franklin jumped out to a 52-24 halftime lead. JIM WITMER/STAFF