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Five-star junior guard Luke Kennard chose Duke over Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State.

Following a Round of 64 loss to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament last Friday, it's been a rough few days for the Duke basketball program.

But Franklin (Ohio) junior phenom Luke Kennard helped lift the program's spirits Monday evening by delivering a verbal commitment to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.

Kennard, a 6-foot-4 guard, made the announcement during a press conference held at Franklin High School.

After averaging 40 points and over 10 rebounds per game for the Wildcats this season, Kennard earned Ohio Mr. Basketball and Division II Co-Player of the Year honors. He exploded for single-game totals of 59, 53 and 51 along the way.

Pegged as the No. 12 overall junior prospect by 247Sports, Kennard is Duke's first 2015 commitment. Headlined by Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, the Blue Devils landed the nation's top 2014 recruiting class.