Adidas Invitational: Day One

  • 07/06/2010 10:49 pm in

(Photo by Ray Whitehouse of the The Herald Times.)

INDIANAPOLIS — The July evaluation kicked off Tuesday at North Central High School with a star studded cast of college coaches.

Among those spotted for a late morning matchup between Indiana Elite and Dream Vision were Tom Crean, Tony Bennett, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Thad Matta, Sean Miller, John Beilein, Ben Howland, Bob Huggins, Jamie Dixon, Brad Stevens, Bruce Weber, Josh Pastner and Bill Self.

Indiana Elite, which features Cody Zeller, Jeremiah Davis, Marshall Plumlee, Austin Etherington and Yogi Ferrell, beat California-based Dream Vision, led by 2012 five-star guard Shabazz Muhammad, 69-64.

Zeller was brilliant early, scoring Elite’s first three buckets with a jump shot, a dunk and a right hook. The 6-9 Washington forward said afterward that he’ll continue to stay the course on his recruitment and added that North Carolina has not offered a scholarship.

Davis was solid, but not spectactular. The one question on Davis that still needs to be answered is whether he’ll play the point or off the ball at the next level. One glaring omission from the crowd was Michigan State, who was at one time believed to be the team to beat.

Ferrell continues to show why he’s one of the best playmakers available in the 2012 class. His ball handling is a huge strength, his court vision is excellent and he knocks down shots when given room.

Etherington struggled for most of the game, but came up with a key deflection late to help seal the victory.

Muhammad, who played in another high-profile matchup in the afternoon against the Dallas Mustangs and 2011 five-star forward Le’Bryan Nash, is a smooth lefty from Las Vegas that can fill it up.

Tuesday was our first look this year at NBA Top 100 camp MVP Chane Behanan and our first ever look at Brewster Academy and NE Playaz point guard Naadir Tharpe. Behanan is an undersized power forward that can muscle his way to points in the paint. Tom Crean watched Behanan play for a while, but was not in the crowd after the game when Behanan reeled off a list of coaches he noticed watching.

Tharpe is a pure point guard with a solid handle. He told a group of reporters that Indiana continues to evaluate him and will decide soon whether to offer a scholarship. 7-0 center Kaleb Tarczewski, a 2012 recruit and Tharpe’s NE Playaz teammate, said Indiana is “high” on his list of schools.

In a late afternoon game at Northview Middle School, the Indiana Elite 16’s prevailed without the services of Hanner Perea (ankle) and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (knee). Smith-Rivera said he recently picked up offers from Miami (FL), Wake Forest and Ohio State and could return in 4-6 weeks, but added that he’ll take his time to ensure he’s 100 percent.

We finished the evening with our second viewing of Indiana Elite in pool play against the Dallas Mustangs and Nash. Zeller turned in another outstanding effort as he threw down a couple of monsterous dunks and finished with 18 points. Etherington also scored 18 points and said he felt 100 percent. The Hamilton Heights guard knocked down a few 3-pointers and hit eight free throws. Davis added 15 and Ferrell had 14 in the 75-70 win. Indiana coach Tom Crean watched the final few minutes of the first half and the second half.

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  • Kelin Blab

    + I am getting good Cody Zeller vibes from what I am hearing and will stick to my he is an IU lean prediction.

    + It seems the longer time goes on the more questions are raised about JD. For his sake let the summer season end soon. I don't think he is playing bad but maybe many are realizing he isn't a point guard…which is what IU needs.

    My final Hoosier Shootout recap….
    + Watched Nic Moore, Dejuan Marrero, and AJ Hammons again…along with Crean, Stevens, Izzo, Weber, Fife, and Painter and others….Not much else to add on their play from this morning. I did get a chance to talk to a their coach, whom I have known for years….He said if Nic Moore was at least 6ft tall he would be the best player in the state. He also said he is trying and has plans of going beyond mid major. Does not bode well for fife.

    Again, more was the best player I saw today hands down.

    I did get to see Darryl Baker from Jeff and I was very impressed by his play.
    + He got nailed 3 times by cheap shots by an AAU goon and didn't even flinch. He could have gotten frustrated but kept his head

    + Down 18-4 while Baker on the bench, Baker returns, defensive intensity returned….up 23-18

    + I know he isn't talked about much in the 2013 class but he is going to be one of the better players in the state. Really enjoyed his effort….

    Thanks Alex for the coverage today….

  • marcusgresham

    Tarczewski is rated #14 by Rivals and has 5 stars. That's the good news; the bad news is that he has 10 other schools listed, too.

  • GFDave

    It's really hard to understand what's up with Davis. I wonder if MSU has given up or feel very, very, very secure in his recruitment. If they have given up, is it because they think IU or somebody else has got him wrapped up or could it be that they no longer think he is good enough.

    It sounds like a head-to-head match-up between Tharpe and Moore would be highly entertaining and very informative. Does anybody know if that will actually happen?

  • Uncle Joey

    Or it could be that MSU already has 2 solid SG commits for 2011, and maybe Izzo believes that Davis truly isn't a PG, so there's not really a need for a 3rd SG for that class.

  • Plane1972

    It might also explain that cryptic comment from JD recently about “we'll see who's really interested” when discussing his late summer expectations about his recruitment.