In honor of Luke Kennard entering the NBA draft, Franklin City Council has designated Thursday as “Luke Kennard Day.” NICK GRAHAM/ STAFF 2015

Thursday is ‘Luke Kennard Day’ in Franklin

Vice Mayor Carl Bray made the proclamation at Monday’s City Council meeting, where members unveiled a Duke University basketball jersey with Kennard’s name on it.

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Bray said there will be a number of watch parties to see which team will draft the local athlete.

Kennard, the Franklin High School standout, has played the past two seasons for Duke University.

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At Duke last year, Kennard averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range while rarely missing free throws and rarely turning the ball over.

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Kennard is expected to be selected in the first round in the NBA draft.

ESPN will televise the first two rounds beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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