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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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New 2012 Rankings This Week

  1. AJ Hammons 6’10 Carmel H Love his touch and footwork around the basket also passes well against double teams. I wish Carmel would give him more touches because he makes so many good things happen.
  2. Jeremy Hollowell 6’7 Lawrence Central H Extremely long, good shooter from distance, drives the ball well. Lots of upside but inconsistent. He should be a pro one day if he hits the weight room hard and continues to develop his game extremely hard. All the natural ability anyone could ever ask for.
  3. Gary Harris 6’4 Hamilton Southeastern H Good length, good set shooter, solid with the ball. Harris and Hollowell have the most upside in the class. Both are nowhere near their potential yet. Harris seems like a kid who wants to become better and might have a slight chip on his shoulder because he didn’t get the early attention that other 2012’s got from schools. Might be more of a 2 right now, but can also play point…I would like him to be more aggressive with the ball
  4. Ron Patterson 6’3 Broad Ripple H Athletic as you can get for this age, good shooter…set and off the dribble, solid defender. Weakness-would like him to tighten up his handles. Probably is going to be a SG in college as I don’t see him making the switch to PG. His athleticism will allow him to guard most HM guards.
  5. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6’3 North Central H- Crafty, strong as a bull, smart with the ball. He is a great defender because of his strength and great will to win. If you haven’t seen him play, think Byron Eaton the former Oklahoma State PG.
  6. Yogi Ferrell 5’11 Park Tudor H- Quick, very good with the ball i.e. change of pace, decision making. Outside shot has improved greatly but still inconsistent. When he has the outside shot going he is unstoppable.
  7. Austin Burgett 6’8 Avon M+ Can shoot, can put the ball on the floor, passes well, also rebounds. Added strength and aggressiveness could take his game to the next level, which is a very elite level. Burgett did not have the high school season most expected. He will have to be more assertive in the spring to keep his stock this high.
  1. Glenn Robinson, Jr. 6’5 Lake Central M+ Slasher that doesn’t force things, solid athlete, decent handles, good shooting form although he doesn’t look for his shot much. He would rather drive. Finished well at the rim against good size.
  2. Dejuan Marrero 6’5 Bowman M+ Solid athlete but not a freak, good rebounder, good motor. I definitely like his toughness and how he gets after on the court.I’m unsure what position he will play at the next level. It looks like he could end up being an undersized PF. He has a lot of work to do to become a perimeter player. Improving shooter, but still a lot to work on and I don’t think he has any ball handling skills whatsoever.
  3. Rhett Smith 6’6 Sullivan M True inside/outside player, good post moves, drives the ball well. Rhett has added some weight over the last year. I don’t know if it is mostly muscle or what but he is noticeably bigger than last summer. Weakness-not super athletic although he has a good first step.
  4. Rafeal Davis 6’5 Fort Wayne South M Shooter, good length, strong for age. Not a great athlete, he is long so he can dunk but he isn’t jumping out of the gym by any stretch. Weakness-early maturation and could be done growing.
  5. Nick Osborne 6’7 Muncie Central M Moves well, strong body for a sophomore. Rebounds out of his area. Right now, he gets most of his baskets off rebounds and when penetrators draw people and he is left with an easy lay-up. He has shown some post moves, but you aren’t going to throw it to him in the post and let him go to work.Decent leaper although he isn’t going to have many highlight dunks..
  6. Edward Seay 6’8 Merrillville M+ Long, active in the post. A high potential guy. Needs a lot of refinement, but could definitely get there in two years.
  7. Kellen Dunham 6’3 Pendleton Heights M Shooter, can create off the bounce, takes care of the ball. Is not very explosive. Lateral quickness worries me.
  8. Ronnie Johnson 5’10 North Central M Very quick, good lefty shooter, small right now. Brother is Terone Johnson.
  9. D.J. Ballentine 5’11 Kokomo M Crafty with the ball, good shooter but would like him to look to get to the rim more often.
  10. Dylan Langkabel 6’3 Morristown M Very good shooter, good elevation on his jumper, uses screens well, not going to go 1 on 1 to get his shot very often, competitor, decent handles. Athleticism/who he can guard will determine how high he can play at the next level.
  11. Brent Calhoun 6’8 Warren Central M Lefty (I love lefty post players), good shot blocker, developing jump hook. Slimmer than last summer. Improving athleticism. Potential is much higher than his current skill level.
  12. Tyler Corley 5’10 Lawrence Central M Quick, good handles, good shooter from the outside
  13. Kellon Thomas 5’10 Southport M- Leader, good decision maker, improving shooter, strong, finishes well in the lane. Weakness- shooting ability
  14. Patrick Ingram 6’3 North Central M Strong body, more of a mid-range shooter than 3pt shooter, likes to get to the rim.
  15. Mike Ramey 6’5 Southport M Quick, solid strength for his age, good with the ball, very good shooter.
  16. Harry Willis 6’1 Ben Davis M- Quick first step, great defender, will create easy baskets for other with his quickness, can finish inside against bigger players.
  17. Kendall Waters 5’11 Pendelton Heights M- Solid shooter, quick, good defensively, looks to make plays for teammates more than himself, very hard-nosed
  18. Tyler Alderman 6’9 Fishers M+ Probably will be moved to the Power Forward section. When I saw him, he was facing a zone defense that featured 2 6'10 players. He did show great athleticism...jumps really well, moves well, and can run
  19. Jared Drew 6’6 Lawrence Central M- Solid athlete, long, gets to the rim easily. Weakness-shot selection
  20. Jordan Burton 6’7 Edinburgh M Posts well, good post moves, good rotation on shot although flat, runs well, not explosive off the floor.
  21. Logan Irwin 5’11 L Whitko L+ Strong, leader, slasher, creator. Needs to improve shooting.
  22. R.J. Hunter 6’2 Pike M- Shooter, long, smart. Weakness-rail thin
  23. Brad Hartman 6’5 Union County L+ Good shooting form, gets after the boards, good basketball IQ
  24. Daniel Purvlicis 6’6 Noblesville M- Good looking shot, solid footwork in the lane, wingspan looks much bigger than his 6’6 height, needs strength work. Has to be more aggressive to make that next step in his development.
  25. Aaron Payne 6’2 Broad Ripple L Plays more of a pg position but struggles with decision making at times.
  26. Adam Botts 6’0 Muncie Central M- Good shooter, steady with the ball, leader
  27. Travis Britt 6’3 Culver Academy M- Strong, gets to the rim very well (Old for his grade I believe)
  28. Jodan Price 6’6 Lawrence Central L+ A true 6’6, potential guy right now, tentative at times
  29. Joel Smith 6’5 Heritage Christian L+ Strong, smart, good motor, solid mid-range set jumper. Might be done growing.
  30. Rashad Richardson 6’4 Lafayette Jeff L+ Long, handles the ball but is loose with it right now, unusual shoot from the outside but is consistent with it. Length is his major strength to his game.
  31. Da Veon Balls 6’0 Lawrence North L+ Quick, good handles, solid outside shot
  32. Kyle Wuest 6’2 Edinburgh L Athletic slasher with a good mid-range pull-up game.
  33. D.J. Neal 5’11 Fort Wayne North L+
  34. Riley Rapp 6’0 Guerin Catholic L+ Mostly a shooter right now, but has the ability and quickness to get to the rim off the dribble.
  35. Ben Gardner 5’11 Carmel L+ Lefty, great with the ball, quick enough to penetrate and finishes well at the rim. Looks to pass more than to shoot
  36. Jordan VanTreese 6’8 Lawrence North L+ Stephen’s brother, developing, plays hard, rebounds well
  37. Keith Cochran 6’9 Bluffton L+ Good touch, still catching up to his body.
  38. Nathan Cox 6’7 Morristown L- Solid post moves, good motor, unathletic, doesn’t move too well.
  39. Aloyis Gray 6’5 Brebeuf L+ Extremely long, active rebounder
  40. Mitch Yeagy 5’10 L Alexandria L Smart player, good shooter
  41. Shawn Heffern 6’5 Carmel L Strong with solid post moves
  42. Thomas Treadway 6’4 Zionsville Lanky, good set shooter
  43. Mike Lenz 6’1 Brebeuf Slasher, tough, good mid-range game

Monday, April 19, 2010

Final 2010 Overall Rankings

Here are the final rankings for the class of 2010 in the state of Indiana.

H=High major H- = High major Stretch

M+ = Mid-major, higher possibly, M=Mid-major, M- =Mid-major stretch

L+ = Low major, higher possibly, L= Low-major, L- = Low-major stretch

  1. Deshaun Thomas 6’7 Bishop Luers H
  2. Terone Johnson 6’3 North Central H-
  3. Chrishawn Hopkins 6’2 Manual H-
  4. Jesse Berry 6’1 Lafayette Jeff H-
  5. Erik Fromm 6’8 Bloomington South M+
  6. Donnie Hale 6’7 New Albany M+
  7. Ethan Jacobs 7’0 Tipton H-
  8. Russell Byrd 6’7 Blackhawk Christian M+
  9. Khristian Smith 6’3 Pike M
  10. Travis Carrol 6’8 Danville M
  11. Tyrae Robinson 6’1 Bowman Academy M
  12. Jordan Manual 6’8 Howe M+
  13. Daniel Turner 6’6 Mount Vernon M
  14. Jack Isenbarger 6’3 Zionsville M
  15. P.J. Hubbert 6’5 Mount Vernon M
  16. Jake Kitchell 6’8 South Central M-
  17. LaTroy Taylor 6’2 Gary Wallace M-
  18. Michael Harris 6’1 East Chicago L+
  19. Christopher Bond 6’4 Bowman L
  20. Julian Boatner 6’3 Bloomington North L+
  21. Kegan Clark 6’4 Jeffersonville L+
  22. Neal Beshears 6’6 Winchester L-
  23. DeArmond Davis 6’6 Mount Vernon L
  24. Brandon Demmings 6’2 Washington L+
  25. Chris Welker 6’4 Zionsville L
  26. Andre Hampton 6’1 Howe L
  27. Greg Miller 6’6 North Miami L-
  28. Mitchell Patton 6’9 South Knox
  29. Mike Kibiloski 6’7 Elkhart Memorial L-
  30. Colin Maltsberger 6’3 North Montgomery L-
  31. Robert Kitzinger 6’6 Carmel L-
  32. Thomas Anderson 6’7 Terre Haute North D2
  33. Andrew Rudakas 6’5 Wheeler L-
  34. Jeff Howard 6’8 Westfield L-
  35. John Michael Jarvis - Terre Haute South L-
  36. Roddy Richardson 6’2 Lafayette Jeff L-
  37. Leland Brown 6’4 Noblesville L-
  38. Brad Elam 5’10 Ben Davis L-
  39. Jordan Weidner 6’1 Danville L-
  40. Willie Rhodes 6’2 Warren Central D2
  41. KeVan Ford 5’11 Bowman D2
  42. Cyllk Joesph 5’11 Bowman D2
  43. Brad Karp 6’4 Valparaiso D2
  44. Parker Staufer 6’6 Southridge D2
  45. Justin Gill 6’6 Munster D2
  46. Kyle Ritz 6’0 Munster D2
  47. Zach Starr 6’1 Hamilton Southeastern D2
  48. Trip McFall 6’3 North Central D2
  49. Jeff Sustarcic 6’1 Union County D2
  50. Aaron Bluitt 6’1 North Central D2
  51. Jake Browne 6’6 Hamilton Southeastern D2
For all other rankings go to inbasketballsource.com and register an account in order to see the rankings.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

2010 Final Rankings Posted

My final rankings for 2010 have been posted on inbasketballsource.com. Make sure to check them out and leave some feedback!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

IndyBall.com Impressions (2013)

The 2013 class might not quite be as good as the 2012 group, but it looks to be very good. Again, Eric Gordon All-Stars have a great group of prospects.

Basil Smotherman, Jr. 6'5 Heritage Christian is long, baby-faced, quick, athletic, and is a great shooter from the outside. He plays smart and within himself. He has reportedly been offered by Purdue already. I was really impressed with his game in the first couple times I have seen him.

Zak Irvin 6'4 Hamilton Southeastern is built like Smootherman with his long, wirey frame. He played JV this year for HSE and should be a nice second option to Gary Harris next year for them.

Devin Davis, Jr. 6'6 Warren Central was really active, plays hard, he looked comfortable on the perimeter although he did most of his scoring damage inside. He had a nice dunk driving from the arc in a half-court set. I see him being a wing in college.

RJ Currington, who is from Schererville but attends Oak Hill Academy in Virgina, was not at the tournament this weekend.

Darryl Baker 6'3 Jeffersonville (Team Southern Indiana 2012 Red) was playing after being out the high school season with a knee injury. Baker is strong, good court vision, and can shoot it really well from distance. Hopefully, he will be 100% soon and I will get to see how he really measures up with the other top 2013 players.

IndyBall.com Impressions (2012)

2012 is a loaded class in Indiana. There is enough talent in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 classes in Indiana for college coaches across the nation to all get a piece of the action.

The Eric Gordon All-Stars 2012 team is just absolutely loaded. All the next players are on the EG10 team.

Jeremy Hollowell 6'6 Lawrence Central has added some muscle since last summer. Hollowell didn't have the high school season most people thought he would. It wasn't a bad year, but he was inconsistent and people questioned his motor. Today, he was back in his AAU form. He buried a couple of 3's sandwiched together with a couple of powerful dunks. His length, athleticism, and skill set is unmatched in the 2012 class.

Rhett Smith 6'6 Sullivan has also added some weight to his frame. I'm not sure if that has affected his quickness. His pump fake and drive game was very good last year. His 3pt form looks more smooth than it did last year.

Nick Osborne 6'7 Muncie Central is really strong for his age. Osborne dominated the glass in the game I saw. He is really active and tough inside. He even showed some lateral quickness by containing a guard on the perimeter.

Brent Calhoun 6'8 Warren Central has improved around the basket. He is finishing much more consistently now. He has always been able to block shots and rebound, but now he is a threat on the offensive end.

Dylan Langkabel 6'4 Morristown was not as athletic as he looked when I saw him during the high school year. He did knock down a couple of 3's though. His skill set will not be questioned when determining what level he can play in college. The deciding factor will be his athleticism and who he can guard.

There are other very good players that I have not listed. Ronnie Johnson (North Central), Kendall Waters (Pendleton Heights), Patrick Ingram (North Central).

Grant Meyer 5'11 Silver Creek (Team Southern Indiana) impressed me with his shooting ability. Quick release and always in control, I will be watching him this spring.

Sam Hunt 6'7 Jennings County (Team Southern Indiana) is a big man prospect I haven't seen before today. He did some good things and moved pretty well. I will be keeping an eye on him this spring.

I didn't get a chance to see the Indiana Elite One team featuring Ron Patteron, Kellen Dunham, and Kellon Thomas. I should get a chance to see them Sunday.

IndyBall.com Impressions (2011)

The club has started and it is great to be back. There is a lot of Indiana talent in the tournament. There aren't many out of state teams, but it is a good first tournament for most teams.

2011

Alex Pritchett 6'7 Bedford North Lawrence (Spiece Select) had a dominating performance Friday night. Pritchett is very active, great motor, tough, physical and finishes well around the rim. He has the ability to shoot from the outside, but is still improving. He can play at the MM level, but probably not higher.

Justin Gant 6'8 Terre Haute North (Spiece Select) was much more aggressive on the boards and in the post than I have seen him in the past. If he continues to play aggressive, he will have a great summer.

Austin Richie 6'1 Lowell (CAPS All-Stars) had a huge first half in a game tonight. When Richie gets into an offensive rhythm, he is tough to stop. His whole game improves when he is knocking down shots. He gets into the lane more and finds teammates better when things are going well for him. I'm not sold on his quickness yet or his ability to play PG at a level higher than LM. I hope to see him more this spring.

Brandon Dunaway 6'1 Corydon (Southern Indiana) always plays within himself, finds a way to get into the paint, and is a good shooter. He looks like a good D2/NAIA prospect.

Chandler Guion 6'2 Lapel (Spiece Indy Stars) was in foul trouble in the game I saw, but I was impressed with his athleticism and quickness. He is a point guard, but is usually creating his own shot rather than looking to create for others.

Nate Gross (sp?) 6'5 Madison-Grant (Spiece Indy Stars) is a very good offensive rebounder, good motor, and a pretty good athlete. LM would be a stretch, but I think he could be a really good player at the D2/NAIA level.

Isiah Hill 6'9 Howe Academy (Eric Gordon All-Stars) still impresses me with how much weight he has lost. That being said, he still needs a lot of work. He still needs to get into better shape and his offensive game needs a lot of work. He could be a project for a LM or MM school willing to take a chance.

Ryan Taylor 6'5 Lawrence North (Eric Gordon All-Stars) hit three 3's to start a game this afternoon. He also went coast to coast splitting a couple of defenders on his way to a lay-up. He needs to be a wing at Louisville and it looks like he making strides towards achieving that.

Chris Page 6'4 Plainfield (Eric Gordon All-Stars) puts up big numbers for Plainfield, but he was basically their only scoring option this year for a bad team. Page can shoot it from the outside and is good off the dribble. Who he can guard is a question for me.

I have not seen many of the 2011 teams play yet. I hope to see Indiana Elite Team Indiana Sunday along with a few of the other 2011 teams.

Friday, April 9, 2010

AAU Begins!

Friday marks the start of the AAU season. I will be attending the Indyball.com tournament held at North Central High School in Indianapolis. The national tournament going on this weekend is the Boo Williams Invitational in Virginia.

I'm trying to compile a database of all the teams from Indiana. If you are a coach, player, or parent and would be willing to send me a roster for the team you are associated with it, I would greatly appreciate it. Please include grade level of the team, high schools, and height.

This is like Christmas in April for basketball fans!