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Thurgood sophomores garner college interest

Last season at Thurgood Marshall, Derrick Daniels was a high-potential rotation player and Darnell Hoskins Jr. was a high-scoring junior varsity player. Based on their performances this summer, they’re poised to become standout varsity performers — and well-known college prospects.

Hoskins Jr. and Daniels excelled on the King James Shooting Stars team that recently won a Under-15 national AAU championship in Orlando. Hoskins Jr., who moves to varsity after averaging more than 20 points per game on J.V. as a freshman, was one of the team’s leading scorers. He’s grown two inches, to 5-foot, 10 inches, since the last season.

The 6-7 Daniels, also a rising sophomore, showed more fluidity and an improved jumpshot.

“They both played really well, and they both received invitations to the John Lucas invitational camp,” said Thurgood coach Darnell Hoskins.

They also caught the attention of Dayton, Xavier, Tennessee, DePaul and Clemson.

“I don’t think either of [Dayton and Xavier] missed a single game,” the elder Hoskins said.

Hoskins said rising senior guard Rachaun Martin has offers from most of the MAC and Horizon League schools. Fellow 2014 guard Davion Ashe is on the verge of a few D-I offers as well.

Kennard visits UK: Luke Kennard’s an increasingly familiar name not only in this space, but nationally. Regarded by some of the nation’s top 2015 guard, the Franklin star’s become the subject of heavy national coverage. Somehow, though, he managed to quietly visit Kentucky last week.

Kennard’s visit, which somehow went under the radar until now, went well according to his father.

“The facilities are absolutely first-class. We took a tour of Rupp arena. All that stuff was really neat, and coach Calipari always makes his players better,” said Kennard’s father, Mark Kennard.

Kentucky, Michigan, Duke and Ohio State are among the primary contenders for Kennard, who also returns as Franklin’s starting quarterback this fall. He’ll pare his school list to five soon.

Tipp soph nets Wright State offer: Growing up the daughter of a football coach can be challenging. Tipp City rising sophomore Carly Clodfelter, for instance, has listed regularly to advice from her father – Beavercreek football coach Scott Clodfelter. The themes of their talks? Hard work. Toughness. Intangibles. No whining. Get it done.

“I don’t know if she always liked it, but she’s done a good job. She seems like she’s listened, and it’s made her a tough player,” he said.

The younger Clodfelter’s also taken the almost two-hour round trip to practice with her Cincinnati-based AAU team regularly, for six months out of every year. Her dedication paid off recently in the form of her first scholarship offer, from Wright State head coach Mike Bradbury.

“We were down in Georgia at a tournament and he watched a lot of Carly’s AAU team’s games. We went out there for a visit Wednesday and he offered her a scholarship,” Scott Clodfelter said.

Just entering her second year of varsity play, more offers are sure to come later for Clodfelter, who averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman.

Notes: Kent State offered Wayne junior Xeyrius Williams this week … Dunbar’s William Green has new interest from Ball State, Nebraska and Southern Miss … Senior forward John Luke Arrington, who transferred from Fenwick to Springboro, has interest from Mount St. Joseph’s (Cincinnati), but will likely play football in college … Bethel senior Patrick Bain picked up an offer from D-II Notre Dame College (Ohio) … Texas El-Paso assistant Phil Johnson, who coached Stivers coach Shawn McCullough at San Jose State, said UTEP plans to check out senior guard Robert Caldwell and his brother, sophomore guard Rodrick.

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