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Nation’s top program pursuing Franklin point guard

Luke Kennard just finished his sophomore year of high school, but his recruitment is full grown.

Kennard, a skilled 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 27.9 points per game and won Division II player of the year honors last season, has some of the nation’s top programs in pursuit. Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina and Indiana are just a few of the schools showing serious interest.

“I don’t know if we ever really expected this, but he’s made a lot of sacrifices and played he’s well at the right times,” said his father, Mark Kennard. “He just taking it all in. He probably won’t make a decision until he’s a senior.”

Kennard, of course, is also a standout quarterback. Louisville recently offered him a scholarship and he hasn’t ruled out playing football in college. But it’s one or the other; he won’t attempt to play both sports.

“I think that’s just too much strain on your body,” Mark Kennard said. “A few guys have done it, like Charlie Ward and Bo Jackson, but it’s pretty rare.”

Thurgood Marshall may have lost its leading scorer when Ball State-bound Mark Alstork graduated, but the Cougars have plenty of Division I talent remaining.

Thurgood coach Darnell Hoskins believes he’s got future D-I players in rising senior guards Davion Ashe, Tremayne Hawkins and RaChaun Martin, and rising sophomores Derrick Daniels and Darnell Hoskins Jr.

“In my program right now, if everyone takes care of business academically, we have four or five can’t miss D-I players,” Hoskins said.

Martin’s picked up around a half-dozen offers, including Wright State, Cleveland State, Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Ashe, a versatile guard with excellent size at 6-foot-3, will get his share of offers.

Hoskins’ son is a lightning quick 5-foot-9 guard who averaged 20 points per game on the junior varsity. The 6-8 Daniels should be the most coveted of the bunch, assuming his game continues to develop. Dayton, DePaul and Tennessee have already expressed interest in the freshman duo.

While one Springfield senior recently made a decision, another is still up in the air. Wildcats guard Ryan Minney last week verbally accepted an offer from Miami-Middletown head coach Bob Nocton. Minney, who averaged 16 points per game last season, said he expects to sign a letter of intent next week.

His teammate, Sean Burroughs, is weighing his options. A 6-6 shot blocker who led the GWOC in blocks, Burroughs said he’ll chose between Georgia State and Kennesaw State(Ga.) in the next two weeks.

“It’ll definitely be one of those two,” said Burroughs, who also visited Valdosta State (Ga.).

“My mother’s in Athens and that’s right in between the two.”

Dayton appears to be on the outside looking in for Chicago small forward Vic Lawn. The recruitment of Middletown’s Vincent Edwards may be a Purdue-Michigan affair. So the Flyers are likely hoping 6-7 Pennsylvania sharp-shooter Jared Nickens doesn’t make a commitment while visiting Maryland next weekend. Nickens is scheduled to visit to UD later this month.

Thad Matta, meantime, landed a coveted prospect last week in Louisville native D’Angelo Russell. Russell, who attends powerhouse Montverde Prep (Fla.) is ranked by as the No. 12 shooting guard in the Class of 2014 and 39th best overall prospect.

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