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By LARRY VAUGHT
If five-star Chicago guard Charles Thomas verbally commits to Kentucky Wednesday morning as expected, it will have no impact on what UK target Luke Kennard does about where he’ll play his college basketball.
The 6-6 Matthews has Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Marquette as his final five schools. He is a combo guard who is ranked the No. 12 junior and No. 1 shooting guard nationally by 247Sports.com in the 2015 recruiting class.
Kennard is a 6-5 junior combo guard from Franklin, Ohio, who plans to make his college choice sometime late this spring. Kentucky, Duke, Louisville and Ohio State are some of the schools he’s still considering.
“Matthews’ decision will not impact Luke at all,” said Kennard’s father, Mark. “He wants to play with great players in college. He wants to play with great teammates. He will not be impacted by what any particular player does.
“Matthews is a shooting guard, but he can play more than one spot. Luke can play more than one spot. You want to win and get better in college, so you want great players with you.”
Franklin won its first postseason game 66-68 over Dayton Alter Monday when Kennard had 26 points against a box-and-one defense that allowed his teammates to get and hit open shots. Franklin plays again Saturday at 6 p.m. in Dayton against Thurgood Marshall.
“We beat a good team in the tournament and Luke was able to pass and rebound and let some teammates step up,” Mark Kennard said. “It was a great win for our community.
“Right now he is just trying to get wins for our team. He’s had a fun year and a great time with his teammates. We’re just continuing to look at improving and not really worrying about recruiting right here at tournament time.”