Seniors roll, but missing junior is all the buzz

  • 06/11/2009 11:43 pm in

Fans of Indiana high school basketball came to New Albany on Thursday night planning to see the best from Indiana’s 2009 and 2010 classes face off.

And if the results from Tuesday’s exhibition at Benton Central and Thursday’s showdown are any indication, the debate on which class is stronger is settled. It’s the class of 2009, which rolled to a 109-94 victory. Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls had 17 points and Derek Elston added eight points and seven rebounds.

What fans were not expecting was the absence of Lawrence North forward Dominique Ferguson, who was not listed in the game’s program just days after committing six turnovers in Tuesday’s exhibition. The official explanation: Ferguson hyper-extended his knee.

But the chatter around the gym suggested otherwise. If you are a member of a team and you’re unable to play, you show up and support your teammates, right? Ferguson didn’t do that.

Some suggested he decided not to show up on his own accord and not because of an injury. There was even buzz that Ferguson is on his way out at Lawrence North and headed to Oak Hill Academy. Call me crazy, but normally an injury doesn’t get you removed from the program, does it? (To be clear, a reader tells us Ferguson wasn’t in the program distributed at Tuesday’s game, either.)

Whatever the story is, it’s obvious that something doesn’t smell right. Which leads me to this point: On the surface, this isn’t the type of kid you build a program around. Indiana needs hard working kids who can bring stability. And at this time, talent aside, Dominique Ferguson doesn’t seem to fit that description.

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  • BobbyDigital

    Good piece. DFerg is very mysterious. I have never seen him play so I can not attest to his ability, but there seem to be more questions than answers.

  • Adam

    Insidethehall guys,

    Love the blog, check it at least 2-3 times a day. I was following your twitter account from the New Albany All-Star game and I ran across you post that questioned why Dominique Ferguson wasn't in attendance. No big deal,but he wasn't listed in the program at Benton Central on tuesday either (come to think of it DeShaun Thomas was listed as #11 but wore #12). Not sure why he didn't play but it might be because he injured himself late in the ballgame on tuesday. A high prospect like that might not want to risk injury in an all-star game. Just food for thought I guess. Keep up the good work, 8 hour work days in the office wouldn't be the same without ITH.

  • Adam

    By the way, if you want my recap from Benton Central on tuesday night go to HoosierNation.com basketball forum and look for the thread titled :Recap Last Night from Benton Central”. Thanks again.

  • BFowler

    I will be the first to admit I was wrong. I thought the Juniors would give the Seniors fits, but the Seniors came through. That tells me they have good leaders and team players on the squad. To me, it speaks well of the kids on that team. Especially their point guard, Jordan Hulls.

  • Kelin Blab

    ALex-

    I think you hit the nail on the head and I could not agree more. I don't think DF comes to IU which is fine and I think there is an issue of 'lack of development' that is coming into to play here…..

    3pts in the previous game I believe……
    Poor performances over the summer……
    Other LN teammates starting to show more promise…..Justin Martin ex.

    MMMMM sound familiar…..Remember the stephen van treese drooling we did……now is bait for other LN players……

  • BobbyDigital

    FYI… HoosierNation.com no longer works. You have to link it as Indiana.scout.com .

  • Jeff Neff

    I went to the game at Benton Central, and he was very unimpressive. I know it was only the second time I had seen him, but he just did not look like a top 50 recruit, let alone top 10. The juniors on Thursday night were much more confident, and more intense than they were on Tuesday. And I believe it's a direct reflection of Dominque being absent. I would take Hale in a heart beat over this kid!

  • Jeff Neff

    I went to the game at Benton Central, and he was very unimpressive. I know it was only the second time I had seen him, but he just did not look like a top 50 recruit, let alone top 10. The juniors on Thursday night were much more confident, and more intense than they were on Tuesday. And I believe it's a direct reflection of Dominque being absent. I would take Hale in a heart beat over this kid!