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Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Canterbury’s Darby Maggard expects to draw interest from college recruiters this summer.

Guard’s skills on display

– Darby Maggard was pulling double duty Saturday at Vernard Hollins’ second annual Always 100 Charity Challenge at SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse.

After scoring 17 points and earning game MVP honors as Maggard’s blue team won 45-41 in one game, the Canterbury junior was getting a few minutes of rest before switching the jersey to green and getting back on the court for another game in an hour.

It’s pretty much been that way for some time now for Maggard. In addition to working with the Always 100 program, Maggard also gets court time on the AAU circuit for Spiece GymRats.

“It’s nonstop, and it’s great,” Maggard said during some rare downtime. “I love it.”

Hollins, the former North Side standout, was on the microphone providing play-by-play during the all-star games for different age groups that run morning to night and help bring together some of the top area talent to showcase their abilities. It also gives players a chance to mix and match a bit and play alongside someone who might be an opponent during the high school season.

“I love the opportunity,” Maggard said of the all-star games and Always 100 program. “I feel like Hollins does a great job of bringing together kids in the community and letting you get to know people.

“It makes it more fun when you play in the high school season to play against people who you have played with.”

And playing constantly also gives the 5-foot-4 point guard some exposure to help keep playing when her days at Canterbury are done.

“I have some interest,” Maggard said of her college recruitment. “If anything big is going to happen, it will happen after July. We’ll see.”

Maggard said her current offers include IPFW, Belmont, Tennessee-Martin and Milwaukee.

“It’s a serious honor, and it’s humbling,” Maggard said of the Division I offers. “It makes me want to keep working.”

Maggard said she is working on improving in almost every facet of the game, but she is concentrating on certain areas.

“I would like to make sure my quickness and explosiveness keep getting better, and I would like to keep being able to knock down shots,” she said. “You have to push every time and keeping playing hard, every possession and good things will happen.”

Maggard is a two-year starter on the Cavaliers’ back-to-back Class A state championships. The quest for three straight state titles and six in seven years will come in 2A next year as Canterbury will move up a class.

“It’s amazing,” Maggard said of playing for Canterbury. “It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. Whoever is in front of us we scout and do the best that we can. That’s all you can do is go out and play hard after that.”

gjones@jg.net

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