Luke Kennard is a celebrity in his home town of Franklin, Ohio.
The Duke basketball star left the population 11,000 town two years ago to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski in North Carolina, and his hometown fans couldn’t be more proud. So proud, in fact, that people have started to steal the signs honoring him at the main entrance points of the town.
According to Ed Richter of Journal-News, in the past few weeks, two of the five existing signs have been stolen.
Authorities believe they are being stolen because Kennard has decided to enter the NBA draft, and they hope that the signs will become collectors items. Because of the theft, the remaining three signs have been removed to prevent any further loss.
“The only thing Luke did wrong was that he’s too popular,” said city manager Sonny Lewis during a council meeting this week. Kennard leaves Duke after his sophomore season, in which he averaged 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
With the signs costing around $155 each, the top $310 out of Kennards rookie contract might be going to the signs department at Franklin, Ohio.