Hartman, Cathedral win battle with Davis, Warren Central

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INDIANAPOLIS — A matchup that saw two Indiana commitments going head-to-head was just too much for Indiana head coach Tom Crean to pass up. The third-year IU coach was in attendance at Warren Central to watch the Warriors battle the Cathedral Irish.

Crean watched two of his future players, Devin Davis of Warren Central and Collin Hartman of Cathedral, square off Friday night. Cathedral trailed 21-20 at halftime, but ultimately got the better of Warren Central, winning 61-54.

Collin Hartman notched a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for Cathedral in the win. Hartman had a streaky night shooting the ball, but looked to make contributions on the glass and as a facilitator for teammates. He created openings for his teammates by drawing double teams and wisely passing to the open teammate. Hartman made a big play with the game winding down, knocking down a wide-open three to give Cathedral a 10-point lead with one minute remaining.

As usual, Hartman looked great handling the ball, using either hand to get by his man. Hartman brought the ball up the court for Cathedral occasionally and looked comfortable against full-court pressure. His collegiate position isn’t at guard, but it’s an added asset to know that Hartman is a more than adequate ball handler. On paper Hartman’s performance wasn’t eye-popping, but he contributed in multiple areas and showed how he is able to make his teammates better. Hartman and Cathedral take their 1-0 record to Broad Ripple tonight for a game against fellow Indiana commitment Ron Patterson.

Devin Davis, fighting through a back injury and the flu, scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. Davis didn’t dominate, but he did a little bit of everything and showed versatility. The first thing that stuck out about Davis was his improved ball-handling. Davis had been working to improve in this area all of the offseason and it looks to have paid off. On several occasions Davis beat his man off the dribble, forced contact and got to the foul line. In total, Davis was able to draw five fouls in the game and shot eight free throws. One on occasion, Davis drove from the left baseline, got past his man using the bounce and rose up to throw down a crowd-pleasing dunk. Davis even brought the ball up the court for the Warriors from time to time. Davis didn’t look to shoot very much, but when Cathedral challenged him to do so, he knocked down a contested 3-pointer from the right wing.

He also contributed well away from the ball by crashing the boards and challenging shots in the paint. Davis also showed good decision making as a passer, passing out of double teams and looking to make the extra pass. Overall, his statistics were not gaudy, but this was a good game for a guy wearing a back brace and battling the flu. In a game where he easily could have been given a pass for a lack of effort, his energy was outstanding. Devin and Warren Central return to action tonight at Franklin Central.

Here’s a brief post-game video Q & A with Devin:

And some highlights:

  • BaseballBuc

    Nic is a really good player. I just think it came down to the fact that Crean pretty much had Yogi in the bag for the next year and didn’t want to jeopardize that. As much as I like Moore, I would still take Yogi at IU because of his potential and since he has been playing with Austin, Cody, Buss, and Hanner in AAU.

  • BaseballBuc

    Nic is a really good player. I just think it came down to the fact that Crean pretty much had Yogi in the bag for the next year and didn’t want to jeopardize that. As much as I like Moore, I would still take Yogi at IU because of his potential and since he has been playing with Austin, Cody, Buss, and Hanner in AAU.

  • BaseballBuc

    Nic is a really good player. I just think it came down to the fact that Crean pretty much had Yogi in the bag for the next year and didn’t want to jeopardize that. As much as I like Moore, I would still take Yogi at IU because of his potential and since he has been playing with Austin, Cody, Buss, and Hanner in AAU.

  • BaseballBuc

    Nic is a really good player. I just think it came down to the fact that Crean pretty much had Yogi in the bag for the next year and didn’t want to jeopardize that. As much as I like Moore, I would still take Yogi at IU because of his potential and since he has been playing with Austin, Cody, Buss, and Hanner in AAU.

  • Uncle Joey

    How many 5’8″ kids truly do well in the big ten? No offense to Nic, but he just really doesn’t have the size to compete at the big ten level.

  • Diesel

    Buss put up 30 last night on an always well coached (Pete Smith) Guerin Catholic.

  • BaseballBuc

    Yeah that was the other thing I forgot to mention, Yogi is a couple inches taller and a lot quicker.

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    http://blogs.indystar.com/recruitingcentral/2010/11/29/iu-recruits-lyles-blackmon-other-top-players-in-dec-22-showcase-in-indy/

    This is the link to the information on the Michael Clark Duncan IPSAC Midwest challenge where IU players and targets Trey Lyles, James Blackmon Jr., Jeremy Hollowell, and Daryl Baker will be playing in the all-day showcase at Marshall High School.

    Also during the showcase Branden Dawson and Amir Williams will go head-2-head as will Baker and DeJuan Marrero.

    It’s Dec. 22nd and starts at 10 AM. There’s 8 games with 15 minutes between each game.

  • Anonymous

    He is thinking Ferrell, Patterson, Jurkin, Perea, Harris, Hollowell, Etherington and Zeller. Wouldn’t you??

  • JamesHardy

    I completely AGREE with you! These nay-sayers who are attempting to “not offend” Nic are obviously people who have never had the privilege of watching Nic play. I love Jordan Hulls….BUT….IF Nic were in the Big 10 right now….he is EASILY the 2nd best PG in the conference behind Kalin Lucas at MSU. Please don’t give me “He’s only 5’9″ and too slow or too short or too this or too that”…This kid has a heart and desire the size of the GRAND CANYON. I’ve never seen Yogi play. I watched Cody Zeller in the state finals game last year. I’ve watched DeShaun Thomas play for 4 years (seen about 12 games). I’ve seen Raphael Davis play for 2+ years. I watched James Hardy play for 3 years at Elmhurst before he decided to give up basketball for football when he got to IU. I watched Lloy Ball dominate back in the late 80s and early 90s. I went to grade school with Jon Neuhouser (Leo HS and Butler) and followed him through HS and college. All of these guys were taller than 6’4″ and were big time Division I recruits. I can honestly say I would take all 5 foot 9 inches of Nic Moore over ANY of them! I will be the BIGGEST Illinois State fan for the next four years as all the Big 10 coaches are kicking themselves in the arse for not signing this kid. MARK MY WORD!

  • SHEEHEYisApimp

    I just did some searching…Cody Zeller and Nic Moore COULD possibly face each other on December 30 at a Holiday Tournament in New Castle. If any of you get a chance to get away for the day and you haven’t seen Nic play…HE’S VERY WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION! Plus you get to see Cody play in person too…what an added bonus!

  • BaseballBuc

    So why exactly is he going to Illinois State?

  • Casey

    Apparently because he’s 5′ 9… I think everyone that has seen him play was shocked when he made the call so early for Illinois State.

  • SHEEHEYisApimp

    First and foremost because he’s 5’9″ and like someone else posted “how many 5’9″ PGs do you see in the Big 10?” Secondly, he waited and waited for Painter and Crean but neither thought enough to offer him a scholly. He was offered scholarships from Evansville, IPFW, Illinois St, and Valpo. Northwestern came in at the 11th hour but it was after he already gave a verbal to Illinois St. He is the younger brother of Michael Moore who played at DePauw and was a great player. If Nic were 3 inches taller…the whole nation would know who he is and you would hear about guys like Calipari and Coach K being all over him. That’s how good this kid is…not his fault that he’s vertically challenged. In his 50 pt game Friday night, I watched this kid SKY over 6’5″ Raphael Davis (future Boilermaker) for a tip-in put back. He has the heart and will to win that would look great in candy stripes. I know it’s not going to happen….but I’m just sayin…….

  • SHEEHEYisApimp

    He not only competes, HE SHINES, versus these big time D-I recruits every year. He outplayed DeShaun Thomas several times in the past 3 years. That Indy North Central team that was LOADED with D-I talent knew they only had to stop Nic to win the state title last year and he still went off for 28 points in ONLY 3 QUARTERS before getting hosed by the officials.

  • SHEEHEYisApimp

    Buc…have you seen Nic or Yogi play in person? I’m trying to find some justification in your comment that Yogi is “a lot quicker” than Nic. Yogi looked solid on film from what I saw. His speed was not one of the things that stood out to me though. Just sayin….

  • Casey

    Painter himself recruited Nic pretty hard his soph year, but never offered. Once the kid from Ohio verballed, Painter laid off.

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