Notes from Saturday’s Elite Camp

  • 08/30/2009 8:23 am in

etherington070609Here’s what we’ve been able to piece together from Saturday’s Elite Camp that took place at Assembly Hall:

+ Both of IU’s 2011 commitments, Austin Etherington (pictured) and Matt Carlino, played well. Carlino’s shot reportedly looked much better than it did over the summer.

+ 2011 Muncie Central guard Jeremiah Davis attended the camp and the buzz continues to be that IU is in great shape with him. Davis is an AAU teammate of Etherington on Indiana Elite Team Indiana.

+ Current NBA players Eric Gordon, Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries all attended the camp. Both Novak and Jeffries spoke to the campers and Novak was spotted in IU shorts.

+ 2012 campers: Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell, Southport’s Kellon Thomas, Bloomington South’s T.J. Bell and Menomonee Falls (WI)’s J.P. Tokoto. Ron Patterson did not attend and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is spending the weekend taking unofficial visits.

+ 2013 campers: Jeffersonville’s Darryl Baker and North Oldham (KY)’s Darryl Hicks. I had a chance to see both players over the summer and they both have a chance to be special. Jody Demling of The Louisville-Courier-Journal is reporting that Indianapolis Cathedral’s Collin Hartman and Brent and Bryson Scott of Ft. Wayne Northup attended.

+ 2011 guard/forward Aaron Thomas from Cincinnati Aiken (OH) is in Bloomington this weekend, but we’re not sure if he played in the camp. The IU staff followed Thomas closely in July at the Kentucky Hoopfest.

+ Indianapolis Pike’s Marquis Teague did not make it to the camp and all signs continue to point toward Louisville for Teague.

+ 2011 Gary Lew Wallace standout Branden Dawson opted to attend Marquette’s ‘specialty’ camp according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Significant here is that Dawson is considered a Purdue lean and the Boilermakers also held a camp of their own on Saturday. The Journal Sentinel report also claims that Michael Cobbins, Vander Blue, Reggie Smith, Jeremy Lamb and DeJuan Marrero attended the Marquette camp.

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  • Kelin Blab

    *Glad to see TJ Bell attended….
    *Not sure what we have to do to get kids out of the Gary region area….at least they jilted PU also…
    *I am leading the badnwagon for Crean to sign KI ONLY! then J.Davis and Zeller for 2011……that 2011 class could be awesome.
    *The 2012 class is so so loaded, any combination of kids between patterson, DSR, Hollowell, Bell and I would be happy…..My early thoughts are we get 3 (Bell, DSR, and Patterson or Hollowell)
    * I think J.Davis is wating to see what KI does, but I think he commits either way.

  • aerialM

    honestly, I wasn't really bothered by the scholly numbers…until this article made me realize how many lures we have in the water and how limited we are with actual availability. I can't possibly see how we can be going after so many kids. Now, don't get me wrong; we need to be out there, selling IU, getting in with the top kids (both in and out of state) for the 2010 and 2011 classes, but at some point, won't the numbers hurt us in reaching certain kids? It won't be too had for other coaches to spell it out to some of them & I just don't see how we get out of this without a few bruised egos & broken promises in the least…

  • Kelin Blab

    aerialM….you raise some good points, I think it is a risk reward thing that I am sure many coaches do also….Ex.if Irving says no, we can't go running to J.Davis or whomever so we have to pursue both. These kids know the #'s so like Etherington he pulled the trigger early. The other important point is, IU is doing a lot of seed planting with H.S.programs….no we may not get some of these kids but there will be others at their schools and it helps that their coaching staffs get to know IU. Similar to what IU has established at North Central here in Indy…..

  • GFDave

    I like the Davis news, it would be great to have him.

    The list of players at the Marquette camp is very impressive. I wonder how it compares with the list of Purdue attendees. I was hoping Dawson would want to be a Hoosier.

    I agree with Kelin in that its hard for me to figure out why kids from the Region shy away from IU. We need to get Dakich on the case.

    I don't know how we're doing with DSR. He could take unofficial visits just about any weekend, but chose to do so when IU was holding camp. It may not mean anything, but to me its not a good sign.

  • Kelin Blab

    Dave….out of all the 2012 kids I think we are in the best shape with DSR. The north central IU link helps. It could be a situation where he wanted to get those unofficials out of the way early.I fully expect him to be in bloomington on midnight madness…..

  • tg1438

    I love the job that this staff is doing. I completely agree that they are surely planting that seed with coaches, younger players, and anyone involved in basketball. We may not land all of these players, but choosing from the best means your getting great players year in and year out.

    Kelin I'm jumping on the bandwagon of only KI, and then saving some for 2011. I'd like J.Davis, and if we can't get Zeller then maybe one of the other bigs (mayble Plumlee?).

  • GFDave

    I hope you are right and I have no firm reason to think otherwise. Its just hard to read the tea leaves sometimes. There's a long way to go with the 2011 and 2012 crowd. I'd love to land Dawson because of his reputation of being physical and tough. DSR fits that profile too.

  • FYI, I am working on an additional report with some scouting type information from the camp that I received. Not sure exactly when it will run, but it could be later today or tomorrow.

  • Aristocrat

    Thanks for all of the great IU Men's basketball recruiting information.

  • KRS

    You guys are missing out on reporting on another great kid that was there yesterday (and at the earlier camp this summer)….but I'll let you find out about him yourself.

  • SMan

    Please look into which guys were repeat Elite camp attendees this year! Thanks.

  • Kelin Blab

    Depending on who you listen too, but even the internet chatter is NOT very high anymore on Teague to IU. Either IU laid off some or began to read the L'ville writing on the wall with Teague. I am not sure if there is even a fall visit set up……

    I do believe Crean has made up some ground on 2011 and 2012 with PU. Painter had a running start but that has been erased….with the exception of the 'region' kids. Dakich and Nover need to hold a party up there or something…..

  • GFDave

    I like the Davis news, it would be great to have him.

    The list of players at the Marquette camp is very impressive. I wonder how it compares with the list of Purdue attendees. I was hoping Dawson would want to be a Hoosier.

    I agree with Kelin in that its hard for me to figure out why kids from the Region shy away from IU. We need to get Dakich on the case.

    I don't know how we're doing with DSR. He could take unofficial visits just about any weekend, but chose to do so when IU was holding camp. It may not mean anything, but to me its not a good sign.

  • Kelin Blab

    Dave….out of all the 2012 kids I think we are in the best shape with DSR. The north central IU link helps. It could be a situation where he wanted to get those unofficials out of the way early.I fully expect him to be in bloomington on midnight madness…..

  • tg1438

    I love the job that this staff is doing. I completely agree that they are surely planting that seed with coaches, younger players, and anyone involved in basketball. We may not land all of these players, but choosing from the best means your getting great players year in and year out.

    Kelin I'm jumping on the bandwagon of only KI, and then saving some for 2011. I'd like J.Davis, and if we can't get Zeller then maybe one of the other bigs (mayble Plumlee?).

  • GFDave

    I hope you are right and I have no firm reason to think otherwise. Its just hard to read the tea leaves sometimes. There's a long way to go with the 2011 and 2012 crowd. I'd love to land Dawson because of his reputation of being physical and tough. DSR fits that profile too.

  • FYI, I am working on an additional report with some scouting type information from the camp that I received. Not sure exactly when it will run, but it could be later today or tomorrow.

  • Aristocrat

    Thanks for all of the great IU Men's basketball recruiting information.

  • KRS

    You guys are missing out on reporting on another great kid that was there yesterday (and at the earlier camp this summer)….but I'll let you find out about him yourself.

  • SMan

    Please look into which guys were repeat Elite camp attendees this year! Thanks.

  • Kelin Blab

    Depending on who you listen too, but even the internet chatter is NOT very high anymore on Teague to IU. Either IU laid off some or began to read the L'ville writing on the wall with Teague. I am not sure if there is even a fall visit set up……

    I do believe Crean has made up some ground on 2011 and 2012 with PU. Painter had a running start but that has been erased….with the exception of the 'region' kids. Dakich and Nover need to hold a party up there or something…..