Spiece Run ‘N Slam All Star Classic: Day Two

Inside the Hall hit the road on Saturday for the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam Classic in Ft. Wayne. We spent Saturday morning and afternoon at the Spiece Fieldhouse watching Indiana Elite Team Indiana, Spiece Indy Heat and Eric Gordon All-Stars 15′s. Our Saturday notebook follows:

2014 guard Jaquan Lyle (pictured) continues to show why he’s considered one of the best freshman both in the state and also nationally. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound Lyle is a brilliant passer and when he’s not facilitating for teammates, can also score off the dribble and from the perimeter. Many of his passes lead to turnovers because his teammates are simply not ready for his delivery of the ball. Lyle’s court vision for a kid that just turned 15 is remarkable. The Evansville Bosse freshman is still at four offers — Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Xavier — and will likely add an offer from Ohio State in the near future.

In a high-profile pool play game, Indiana Elite Team Indiana narrowly escaped the Illinois Wolves and it was Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell that set up Kierran Woods for the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired. The Park Tudor point guard finished with 14 points in the win and had 15 points in an earlier pool play win. Ferrell is striking the perfect balance of setting up teammates to succeed while still looking for his own shot. His jump shot continues to improve and his ball handling in traffic is an aspect Ferrell says he’s trying to improve upon.

Ron Patterson is still underrated nationally, but the Broad Ripple guard consistently plays defense and that will make him an instant factor upon his arrival in Bloomington. Patterson struggled a bit from the perimeter in the two pool play games on Saturday, but the elevation and form on his jump shot looked solid. One area Patterson is continuing to work on is ball handling and he played the point for a few stretches as Ferrell moved off the ball.

Indiana’s most athletic recruit, Hanner Perea, stood strong in a meeting with Illinois Wolves forward and Purdue commit Jay Simpson. Perea stepped out and knocked down a few perimeter shots on the afternoon, which is an area of his game that’s still developing, and also finished with authority at the rim several times.

Jeremy Hollowell was not in attendance for Elite’s first two games on Saturday, but did arrive in Fort Wayne for Elite’s first tournament game. The Lawrence Central forward did not play in the tournament opener.

2014 forward and IU commit Trey Lyles played much better on Saturday and scored in just about every way possible. Lyles has a solid arsenal of moves around the basket and can step out to the 3-point line and knock down shots. In a pool play game against The Family, Lyles spun baseline and finished with a flush on the other side of the rim. His agility and skill set for his size is remarkable. Another impressive trait Lyles possesses is his business-like approach to the game. He handles himself exceptionally well for a 15-year old. Despite rumors to the contrary, Lyles will return to Arsenal Tech for his sophomore season according to his father, Tom.

Lyles’ teammates, James Blackmon Jr., started out hot in a meeting with The Family, reeling off nine points in less than four minutes. Blackmon Jr. can shoot it with range, but he doesn’t settle for jumpers and attacks the lane with regularity. As a result, the Bishop Luers freshman went to the line frequently and converted at a high rate. Much like Lyles, Blackmon Jr. has been well-coached and his demeanor is impressive.

A 2013 name to keep on the radar is Mac Irvin Fire forward Russell Woods, who confirmed to Inside the Hall that Indiana has shown interest. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Woods is just beginning to sort through the recruiting process and Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, DePaul, Tenneesse and Marquette are also involved. Woods said Indiana watched him, presumably in an open gym, during the last contact period.

As Mike Pegram reported yesterday, Indiana has offered 2013 Detroit wing Byron Zeigler. The 6-7 Zeigler told Zach Osterman on Saturday that he’s planning to visit Bloomington at some point.

Non-IU related, but word broke out on Saturday that D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera will transfer from North Central to Oak Hill Academy for his senior season. No word on whether Smith-Rivera will still compete in June with the Indiana junior all-stars. If not, that would open a spot on the “core” roster that competes in both exhibitions.

We’ll have more from the Run ‘N Slam Classic, including video and Q & A’s, in the coming days on Inside the Hall.

  • Anonymous

    Is the Illinois Wolves’ team Yogi played against the same team with Jalen James, or is he playing in a different age group? If so, how did they look in comparison?

  • Anonymous

    Yogi is clutch!

  • Anonymous

    Tomorrow is a BIG day. Final chance to take your name out of the draft. Some of these decisions will greatly effect IU’s schedule (i.e.Shelvin Mack, Deandre Liggins, etc..) Also, did you see Michigan St just got Brandon Wood as a graduate transfer from Valpo? That kid is a scorer, and he doesn’t have to sit out a year…….their back court just got a HUGE boost

  • Anonymous

    Jalen was in the next age group down, but he was at the end of the bench watching the game along with the rest of the team. I saw him at Northrop on friday and he looked pretty good, probably a little advanced for his team cause he didn’t shine but he seemed to be ahead of them in a lot of ways, much in the way that Jaquan was mentioned at the top.

  • Anonymous

    Jaquan was rockin the IU gear on saturday, kid is good and Alex was spot on with his assesment of him, he was better than his team and they had trouble keeping up with him I think. Yogi is incredible, love that kid more every time I see him. Hit a big jumper to tie the game up too if I remember right. Hanner is a beast and was better than I expected offensively. Patterson is just tough and strong, got his hands on the ball all the time on defense. Trey Lyles is a stud, thicker than I thought but looked to be about 6’8″ tops, didn’t matter the kid can do it all and is just a freshmen.

  • Kelin Blab

    From twitter last night I read some interesting stuff….

    + Hanner scores on dunks because he can but his jumpshot was looking good

    + Trevon Bluiett is a stud. Took over the game at one point and can shoot it.

    + The backcourt of Ferrell and Patterson will make it hard for opposing guards with their pressure.

    + James Blackmon can put up points in a hurry!

  • eph521

    We tend to get enamored with the offensive skills of the recruits coming to IU, but you make an excellent point. Our team needs better defense and the idea of Ferrell and Patterson out top, with Perea, Jurkin and others in the paint should provide plenty of help in 2012. Personally I’m more of a defense-first type of fan, so I can’t wait to watch us shut down some opposing teams.

  • Anonymous

    Terrence Jones pulled his name. So did Ashton Gibbs at Pitt.

  • Anonymous

    If you get two steals in a game from each of your guards there’s a good chance that’s four lay-up opportunities. Eight potential points is a difference maker in most games.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Stupid pUKe…. They’re going to be really good next year.

  • Kelin Blab

    Not to mention with track like runners like Sheehey, Oladipo, Jurkin, and Zeller filling the lanes it could be nice

  • Anonymous

    Yogi is listed as point guard, but they may as well rename the position “setter” with that bunch. He’s just going to toss the ball up high and wait for one of them to spike it.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    This weeks tourney

  • SeattleHoosier

    Has DSR committed yet? Does IU still have interest? Haven’t heard much about him here.

  • RobD

    Ralph Sampson stayed in.

  • Anonymous

    According to Rivals, DSR has no interest in IU at this time. It lists Florida, G’Town, Louisville, K-State, UCLA and Xavier (still) as his top choices. I agree with @f7ac63a71e670a55717ecb62498c9918:disqus in that I don’t think he is the type of player we’d like to have due to his attitude.

    Also, if the reports of him leaving N.Central to go to Oak Hill are correct, I don’t think that bodes well for him wanting to play regionally. All of the Big Ten schools have dropped off his wish list according to Rivals.

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