adidas Invitational: Day One

Inside the Hall spent the opening day of the live July evaluation period at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. Our recap and notebook from day one follows. Photo courtesy of Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports.

Tom Crean was front and center for Indiana Elite’s opening game against guard Shabazz Muhammad and Dream Vision. Elite built a 16-point lead, but couldn’t hold off a brilliant effort by Muhammad, the country’s No. 1 player. Jeremy Hollowell paced Indiana Elite with 23 points in the 80-73 loss, Hanner Perea had 14 and Yogi Ferrell added six. Afterward, Ferrell blamed sloppy ball handling as a primary reason that Elite was unable to hold the lead. Muhammad finished with 39 points.

— Elite bounced back from the loss with a 81-73 victory over Connecticut Basketball Club, which features the country’s top big man, Andre Drummond. Ferrell was strong as both a playmaker and a scorer (15 points), Hollowell put up another twenty-point effort with 23 and Hanner Perea had seven, but four of those came on thunderous dunks that brought the Indiana fans on hand to their feet. The second dunk drew a questionable technical foul on Perea that was his fifth foul. Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley was in attendance for this game as was Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Texas’ Rick Barnes and Xavier’s Chris Mack.

2013 commitment Collin Hartman caught fire from the perimeter and finished with 22 points in an afternoon win over the Atlanta Celtics. Eric Gordon All-Stars coach Matt Green said Hartman is becoming more assertive in looking for his offense in recent weeks. Hartman’s teammate, Devin Davis Jr., had 10 points in a morning win over New Heights and four points in the Atlanta Celtics win. Green said he sees Davis Jr. ultimately playing the four in college.

2013 New Haven wing V.J. Beachem still claims offers from just Butler and Purdue, but told reporters he’s very interested in Indiana. Beachem has always been labeled as a “potential” guy, but is beginning to show signs of putting things together.

Buckley, Mack, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Illinois’ Bruce Weber and an assistant from Notre Dame were among those that made the drive to Westfield High School to watch 2013 point guard Demetrius Jackson. The Mishawaka Marian junior-to-be did not disappoint as he scored 21 points in a 67-65 loss to Team Southern Indiana. Crean caught a portion of Jackson’s evening game against Spiece Indy Express at Westfield.

2013 Detroit Chandler Academy point guard Derrick Walton Jr. told Inside the Hall he’s hearing from Indiana and would like to set up a visit to Bloomington. Buckley watched Walton Jr. go head-to-head with Fishers point guard Jaylon Brown at Westfield. Both guards scored 11 points in their matchup, but Brown’s team, Martin’s Wolverines, won the game.

2014 big man Jarred Reuter is playing two years up with the NE Playaz, but the 6-foot-8, 250-pound sophomore-to-be is already physical enough to hold his own. Reuter, who was unable to speak with the media after a 56-38 win over the Compton Magic Elite, already holds an IU offer.

Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue are already beginning to show interest in 2015 Indianapolis Cathedral guard Jalen Coleman, who is playing up with the Eric Gordon 15-and-under team that also features Greensburg’s Bryant McIntosh, North Central’s Perry Poindexter and Greensburg’s Sean Sellers. Coleman, a 6-foot-2, 155-pound guard, has already taken an unofficial visit to Bloomington and Poindexter, a 6-foot-6 forward in the 2014 class, said he hopes to visit Indiana after the July AAU schedule concludes.

2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett gave Inside the Hall a school list of Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida and Texas. Bluiett was lights out from just about everywhere on the floor and finished with 29 points in a 59-54 Spiece Indy Heat win over Garder Road Elite at Westfield. Buckley, Michigan State assistant Dane Fife and Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals were all in attendance.

2014 Evansville Bosse wing Jaquan Lyle was relatively quiet from a scoring standpoint in his debut for Spiece Indy Heat and mentioned Michigan State and Ohio State as the schools “showing the most interest” right now.

Inside the Hall will have more from the adidas Invitational, including video, video interviews and player evaluations in the coming days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Buttery-Jr/63704003 Tommy Buttery Jr

    I can’t wait to see how vicious a dunk it had to of been to call a Tech on

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Buttery-Jr/63704003 Tommy Buttery Jr

    I can’t wait to see how vicious a dunk it had to of been to call a Tech on

  • Kelin Blab

    Got to attend the second game today of Indiana elite….

    + Yogi has a nasty streak that I like. Played tough, strong, and ran the show well.

    + Hollowell needs 40minutes of Yogi’s nasty streak, but the 30minutes of it he brings was good. He just needs to get going and be more assertive early.

    + Hanner needs to develop his game. Minus the dunks and some impressive rebounding, you really didn’t know he was out there. He was in foul trouble but his game has a way to go. The refs got a taste of what is to come if you T up Hanner after a dunk that didn’t deserve a T. Thought those guys might need an escort out.

    + Alex was looking as dapper as ever despite sitting among a crowded bleacher section that was meant to hold 300 people but somehow held 500.

    Going back today to see, Lyle, Bluiett, Thompson, and others….will add my 2 cents.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking of taking my nephews to see the 2:30 game today. That place looked packed, do they turn people away at the door or is it easy enough to get inside to watch?

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking of taking my nephews to see the 2:30 game today. That place looked packed, do they turn people away at the door or is it easy enough to get inside to watch?

  • Anonymous

    If you’re talking about a game that features 4 top-50 recruits, multiple 5-stars, #1 or 2 player in nation, and time/location available nearly week in advance – yes, lots of people show.

    If you’re talking about the average AAU game – no, its not normal. They’re generally just family with a few friends and basketball people in attendance.

    At USSFA event two weeks ago, for example, a game featuring 5 D-1 prospects (including Trey Lyles) played to a sparse crowd of mostly family.

  • HoosNation

    im glad there are people out there with an interest in how kids perform when they don’t have the ball in their hands. as much talent that these kids have and are basically “selling” (add cali joke here) themselves during these aau events, its comforting to know at iu we are able to bring in high character young men.

    i have to admit that i was not the first in line to pat coach crean on the back. with that being said, i still have questions about his in game coaching strategies.  however, my initial belief that he could not recruit well has certainly changed. i think that calbert will have an influence on how crean approaches the game and possibly bring that old hoosier way of basketball….what i mean is being a national contender every year. not neccessarily the days of rmk…

  • HoosNation

    im glad there are people out there with an interest in how kids perform when they don’t have the ball in their hands. as much talent that these kids have and are basically “selling” (add cali joke here) themselves during these aau events, its comforting to know at iu we are able to bring in high character young men.

    i have to admit that i was not the first in line to pat coach crean on the back. with that being said, i still have questions about his in game coaching strategies.  however, my initial belief that he could not recruit well has certainly changed. i think that calbert will have an influence on how crean approaches the game and possibly bring that old hoosier way of basketball….what i mean is being a national contender every year. not neccessarily the days of rmk…

  • HoosNation

    im glad there are people out there with an interest in how kids perform when they don’t have the ball in their hands. as much talent that these kids have and are basically “selling” (add cali joke here) themselves during these aau events, its comforting to know at iu we are able to bring in high character young men.

    i have to admit that i was not the first in line to pat coach crean on the back. with that being said, i still have questions about his in game coaching strategies.  however, my initial belief that he could not recruit well has certainly changed. i think that calbert will have an influence on how crean approaches the game and possibly bring that old hoosier way of basketball….what i mean is being a national contender every year. not neccessarily the days of rmk…

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately not that cool.  A slightly over standard two-handed dunk with around a minute left and Elite up.  Hanner wasn’t talking trash, did nothing fancy and it was not a poor show of character.  I have never seen anything like it in all the bball I have seen.

    It was complete BS.

    The refs dogged Hanner that entire game.  I bet he had 3-4 fouls in the first 4-5 mins of his play.  Maybe one of them was legit.  It was sad.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with both you and HoosNation.

    Sad to hear that about Jaquan b/c he sounds like he is going to be a terrific player.  With him being an Indiana kid and Evansville no less (Cheaney), I figured he would be ours to lose. 

    But, to your point, I have appreciated chearing for the fine young men we have had on the team since Dakich and Crean cleaned house much more than those that played under Sampson.  I hope it stays that way!

  • Kelin Blab

    Wish list

    2012  Didn’t see any of those kids

    2013 a point guard. Didn’t see him but Demetrius Jackson has been good. I did see Derrick Walton today and he was really good. After that, we are done with that class

    2014 He is tops on my wish list over all. Traevon Bluiett. He is a glue guy, tough, strong, and he is the guy you will say at the end of the game, it didn’t seem like he had 22 and 8..but he did. TBuck was there watching him and He is tops on my list.

    Jaquan Lyle is a really nice player. Plays under control, lots of skills at either guard spot. Very unselfish.

  • Kelin Blab

    Wish list

    2012  Didn’t see any of those kids

    2013 a point guard. Didn’t see him but Demetrius Jackson has been good. I did see Derrick Walton today and he was really good. After that, we are done with that class

    2014 He is tops on my wish list over all. Traevon Bluiett. He is a glue guy, tough, strong, and he is the guy you will say at the end of the game, it didn’t seem like he had 22 and 8..but he did. TBuck was there watching him and He is tops on my list.

    Jaquan Lyle is a really nice player. Plays under control, lots of skills at either guard spot. Very unselfish.

  • Kelin Blab

    Saw a totally different kid today. Lyle was very under control, no incidents like that all today, played really well and IU for certain has not backed off. Buckley was there watching him and Blueitt today. Not saying it didn’t happen, but didn’t see one drop it today.

  • Kelin Blab

    Saw a totally different kid today. Lyle was very under control, no incidents like that all today, played really well and IU for certain has not backed off. Buckley was there watching him and Blueitt today. Not saying it didn’t happen, but didn’t see one drop it today.

  • Kelin Blab

    It is not normal….and not to be too bias but I really think it is IU driven. The larger crowds and standing room only crowds were related to IU recruits.

  • Kelin Blab

    It is not normal….and not to be too bias but I really think it is IU driven. The larger crowds and standing room only crowds were related to IU recruits.

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