Sometime Franklin High Schoolhouse standout Luke Kennard, a guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, had the No. 10 jersey he wore for the Wildcats retired Tuesday dark earlier the boys’ basketball game against Springboro.

Kennard addressed the crowd at Franklin’s packed gym, and started by thanking Springboro for its willingness to play what was supposed to be a home game for the Panthers on the route then that Kennard could attend the ceremony during a day off for the Clippers that followed a game against the Pacers in Indianapolis the night before.

“I want to thank Springboro for moving the game here. I heard it was supposed to exist at your guys’ place, and so thanks guys for making this happen,” Kennard said.

Kennard likewise thanked his teammates for pushing him “ever since nosotros were young kids.”

“They fabricated me meliorate as a player,” Kennard added. “They sacrificed a lot.”

Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard unveils a banner with his jersey No. 10 that hangs in the gym at Franklin High School.

One framed jersey volition be on brandish at the high school. The other was given to Kennard.

Kennard thanked his coaches – including Wildcats caput motorcoach Brian Bales, who shared anecdotes nigh the ii-fourth dimension Ohio Mr. Basketball (in 2014 and 2015) that included ane about basketball game shoes Kennard forgot to bring to a postseason tournament game at UD Arena.

“The community – Franklin, Ohio. Everywhere that I become, everybody knows where I’grand from,” Kennard said every bit he choked back tears. “The support that you guys have shown me since I was a little kid is incredible. I tin’t thank you guys enough for everything that you’ve done. I let everybody know where I’one thousand from. We put the urban center on the map, that’s for sure.”

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Kennard was over again emotional as thanked his family last. “The things that they sacrificed for me is something that I can’t even put into words. It’s been an incredible journey to share with them. Growing upward in such a small boondocks – to be where I am today – we’re proud of that.”

Kennard once again thanked the crowd, and finished past wishing the Wildcats good luck, and adding, “Go Bengals, too! Who Dey!”

Kennard, who had celebrated the Bengals’ AFC Championship win to accelerate to Super Bowl LVI with a tweet, said he’s going to try his best to attend the Super Basin in Los Angeles, with the Clippers idle that day.

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Final week, Kennard said it would be “really cool” to participate in the 3-point contest at the NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland later on this month.

Kennard was quoted in a story by’s Broderick Turner:

“We’ll see, peculiarly beingness back in Ohio. It would exist a pretty cool thing to do, dorsum home, friends and family unit, I know a lot would go. So, merely nosotros’ll see. It is what it is. Only focused on what we’ve got going on correct now and just trying to get better with the guys.”

Before last week, Kennard helped the Clippers rally from a 66-36 halftime deficit, scoring 80 second-half points in an improbable 116-115 win. Kennard had 25 points off the demote on 8-of-thirteen from the field – including 5-of-8 from 3-point range – with eight rebounds and 6 assists. He scored seven points in the final nine seconds, including a become-ahead, four-point play with one.9 seconds left.

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Last March, Kennard scored xx points in 18 minutes off the bench to assist the Clippers rally past the Atlanta Hawks.

Kennard agreed in Dec. 2020 to a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $64 million.

Kennard visited Franklin’s basketball game practise just days subsequently he was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Clippers.

Kennard, 25, the Pistons’ first-round choice out of Duke in 2017, is one of seven players from local high schools, the Cincinnati Bearcats or Xavier Musketeers on NBA rosters.

In Oct. 2019, Kennard’due south NBA season got off to a memorable starting time every bit he poured in a career-high 30 points off the bench to aid the Pistons win their season-opener against the Pacers in Indianapolis.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Luke Kennard (5) goes to the basket over Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson, left, and forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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