Thursday is ‘Luke Kennard Day’ in Franklin

In honor of its favorite son being in the NBA draft on Thursday, Franklin has designated the day as “Luke Kennard Day.”

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.

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.

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.

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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