Kennard has chance to shoot his way into Duke’s plans in 2016-17

DURHAM, N.C. — When the games were the most important last season, Mike Krzyzewski trusted Luke Kennard.

A sharp-shooting 6-5 freshman, Kennard played 30 minutes or more in each of Duke’s last six games, beginning with the regular-season finale against rival North Carolina.

Kennard started all five of Duke’s postseason games — two in the ACC Tournament and three in the NCAA Tournament.

Clearly, Krzyzewski liked what he saw in Kennard, who averaged 11.8 points, made 42 percent of his field goals and sank a team-best 88.9 percent of his free throws.

That’s good for Kennard, of course. But now he has to show how he’ll fit in with next season’s Duke team.