Indiana Class of 2013 Rankings

Joe Eberhardt is a recruiting analyst for Inside the Hall and a high school basketball writer in Indiana. He created IndyHSHoops.com. You can follow him on twitter at @IndyHSHoops. (Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports.)

We continue our run through Indiana class rankings today with the class of 2013. Six of the top ten prospects have already made college commitments including Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. to Indiana. If you have any questions about the rankings, feel free to address them in the comments.

10. Nick Davidson, Andrean: Davidson is one of the better overall shooters in the 2013 class. He is a great threat to catch and shoot from 3-point range, but is improving his ability to pull-up and knock down mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers. The Andrean junior, who has committed to Valparaiso, is also a great free throw shooter and has a knack for getting to the line and converting at a high rate. Davidson knows when to make the right pass and uses his instincts to defend opponents reliably. Two areas Davidson could look to improve are his ability to get to the rim and score and his lateral quickness.

9. Brenton Scott, Ft. Wayne Northrop: Although not as highly touted in recruiting circles as his twin brother, Bryson, Brenton is a strong guard who makes the right decisions. He’s not as athletic or great at getting to the rim as Bryson, but has the slight edge as an outside shooter. Scott is also a smart passer who knows when to look for his own shot and when to defer to others. He rebounds the ball well from the guard position and is a willing defender every time he steps on the floor.

8. Zavier Turner, Indianapolis Pike: Turner is a lightening quick guard who excels at getting past his man to score tough buckets. Standing at just 5-foot-8, Turner has good strength and will go up against larger opponents in the paint to finish or earn trips to the foul line. He is also a capable shooter from 3-point range and he’s at his best shooting off the bounce in the half-court or in transition. Turner’s size can limit him somewhat defensively, but he uses his quickness well to defend on the ball and stay in front of his opponents. Wired to score, one area where Turner could improve is by looking to get teammates involved more consistently.

7. Basil Smotherman, Lawrence North: At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Smotherman is a skilled and athletic player with great size on the wing. He’s a solid shooter from deep, but also looks to get things going in the mid-range. A lefty who has committed to Purdue, Smotherman can use his size and strength to get to the rim and score against contact. One area Smotherman could improve is his overall consistency and playing with intensity each time out.

6. Devin Davis Jr., Warren Central: Arguably the hardest working player in the class, Davis can contribute in multiple aspects of the game. He has a great motor, a 7-foot-1 wingspan and good athleticism that helps him function as a great rebounder on both sides of the ball. Davis scores a number of points on the offensive glass by earning second chance points on put backs and by drawing fouls to earn free throw opportunities. He is also a reliable defender who uses his length and athleticism to help him defend players on the wing as well as in the paint. Areas that Davis could improve are his ball handling and shooting consistency from deep.

5. Collin Hartman, Indianapolis Cathedral: Hartman is one of the best long-range shooters in the class. The Cathedral junior can fill it up from the 3-point line and beyond using his soft shooting touch. He is at his best coming around screens to shoot from deep, but is also beginning to improve his pull-up game and shooting off the dribble. Hartman is a capable defender who uses good instincts and above average length to check opponents. One area where he could look to improve his ability to get to the rim and score off the dribble.

4. Demetrius Jackson, Mishawaka Marian: A tough lead guard with great strength and athleticism, Jackson prides himself on his ability to get to the rim and score against contact. He has a great build and isn’t afraid to go up against larger defenders to earn trips to the foul line. Defensively, Jackson uses his strength and quickness to stay in front of his man and function as a solid on-ball defender. He’s also a solid passer who can dish the ball to teammates on the perimeter as he breaks down his man. Jackson’s biggest need for improvement is his consistency as a jump shooter.

3. Zak Irvin, Hamilton Southeastern: Irvin is a smooth operator who makes those around him better, but can also knock down jumpers at a high rate. Irvin is a great mid-range and 3-point shooter who possesses the ability to knock down jump shots off the bounce or the catch when coming around screens. He is also an improving ball-handler with great vision. Irvin is a reliable defender, but should look to add bulk and get stronger to help round out his game before arriving in the Big Ten.

2. Bryson Scott, Ft. Wayne Northrop: Scott, a Purdue commitment, is a heady lead guard who is at his best when attacking off the dribble. He uses a nice blend of strength and quickness to score in the paint or distribute the ball to open teammates. Scott is a good shooter, but can be a bit streaky from 3-point range. The Northrop junior uses his strength and quickness equally well on the defensive end by playing with physicality and staying in front of his man. Scott’s biggest area for improvement is his shooting consistency from deep.

1. V.J. Beachem, New Haven: Standing 6-foot-7, Beachem brings size, athleticism and arguably the best shooting touch in the class to the wing position. He also has a reliable handle on the ball and can get to the rim and score or draw contact and get to the foul line. Beachem has the tools of a great defender with great length and quickness. The biggest areas Beachem can improve are adding strength and bulk to his frame and becoming more aggressive when attacking off the dribble.

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • HoosierDadE

    Correct me if I’m wrong ITH gang, but is the 2013 class a group that we are focusing on “out of state” talent?

    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take Beachem and Jackson…but I was just curious w/ my first question 

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    In terms of big men, yes, I’d say Luke Fischer and BeeJay Anya are the top two targets and both are out of state.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Davis over Beachem every time.  I know Beachem can shoot but I don’t know that he should be number 1 by any means.  I think Hartman has a lot more well rounded game than Beachem, but Beachem is a better scorer at this time.  I’m just not that impressed with VJ, I think he’s good but not great….I could be wrong though.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Davis over Beachem every time.  I know Beachem can shoot but I don’t know that he should be number 1 by any means.  I think Hartman has a lot more well rounded game than Beachem, but Beachem is a better scorer at this time.  I’m just not that impressed with VJ, I think he’s good but not great….I could be wrong though.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Davis over Beachem every time.  I know Beachem can shoot but I don’t know that he should be number 1 by any means.  I think Hartman has a lot more well rounded game than Beachem, but Beachem is a better scorer at this time.  I’m just not that impressed with VJ, I think he’s good but not great….I could be wrong though.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take Davis over Beachem every time.  I know Beachem can shoot but I don’t know that he should be number 1 by any means.  I think Hartman has a lot more well rounded game than Beachem, but Beachem is a better scorer at this time.  I’m just not that impressed with VJ, I think he’s good but not great….I could be wrong though.

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

    Joe: you had Devin Davis as #1 last year, right?  Has he fallen off (injury?), plateaued, or did the other four guys simply improve that much more?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich
  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich
  • Anonymous

    Joe, haven’t seen either of the Scotts play, but do you think Bryson can play the point in college or leans more toward being a small 2? 

    It also seems like Irvin is starting to put turn all that talent into production, do you think he (or Bryson Scott) can overtake VJ for the 1 spot?  Do you see Jackson moving further up your rankings? 

    Didn’t seem much of the ’13 class this summer but it feels like the top 7 guys are on an approximately similar level, followed by a bit of a drop off. 

     

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    Had Davis #4. Looking back a year, I had hoped that he would improve his perimeter skills, but his shooting still needs some work IMO. I still like him as a rebounder/defender, but I think he needs to improve his offense to contribute significantly as a scorer at the Big Ten level. Also, I felt like Irvin and Demetrius Jackson both improved significantly in the last year.

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    I think Bryson can play either position in college due to his ability to set up or score on offense. He’s a good outside shooter, but just needs to get more consistent. Also like Scott’s ability to create crafty drives/buckets off the bounce. I could easily see him starting/playing alongside Ronnie Johnson at Purdue as a “2”, but could also see him as a PG.

    Irvin really played well when I watched him in July, and he’s starting to round his game into much more than just shooting the ball. If he can improve his ability to score and attack off the bounce I could see him moving up.

    I really like Bryson’s game, but I’m not sure he has the upside as some of the other guys. That’s not to say that he can’t get better, but I feel like he is a little more polished than some of the other guys and has less room to improve. He’s probably the best “player” right now, but not necessarily the best prospect. (If that makes sense). If those other guys fail to make strides, I could see him being #1, FWIW.

    Jackson could potentially move up just depending on how he progresses over the next year. I’d like to see his shooting consistency improve. He can knock it down, but can also go on streaks from time to time.

    Want to see Beachem continue to produce (as well as improve his strength/body) to keep him at #1. As things currently stand, I just love his versatility, size and athleticism at the wing position. He’s pushing 6-7 and there might be a chance he continues to grow?

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

    Thanks!

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

    Thanks!

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

    Thanks!

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

    Ok, I misremembered; Hartman was #1 (I knew it was one of our commits, but I guessed the wrong one).  If you don’t mind, can you please answer the same question I asked about Davis, but this time about Hartman?  Thanks!

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

    Ok, I misremembered; Hartman was #1 (I knew it was one of our commits, but I guessed the wrong one).  If you don’t mind, can you please answer the same question I asked about Davis, but this time about Hartman?  Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    With regards to Bryson Scott being closer to his ceiling than others, completely understand.  The impression I’ve got from others is that he may not have as much long-term potential but hard to see enough guys putting it all together to bump him from most people’s “top-5″ lists for this class.

    Then again, there’s plenty of time for guys to develop before they move on to college.  Thank, Joe.    

  • Anonymous

    With regards to Bryson Scott being closer to his ceiling than others, completely understand.  The impression I’ve got from others is that he may not have as much long-term potential but hard to see enough guys putting it all together to bump him from most people’s “top-5″ lists for this class.

    Then again, there’s plenty of time for guys to develop before they move on to college.  Thank, Joe.    

  • Mike K

    Joe, Alex,

    What is the “level of difference” between the top 1-3 and the rest? In other words is this a tightly-bunched group in terms of talent and upside or are the top players on the list significantly better than those towards the bottom of the list? If the latter, at what point is there a fall off? 

    Thanks.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Joe might see it differently, but overall this class isn’t as good as 2011, 2012 or 2014.  There are really no dominant, program changing players at this point. I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the top couple of spots and No. 5 and No. 6.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Joe might see it differently, but overall this class isn’t as good as 2011, 2012 or 2014.  There are really no dominant, program changing players at this point. I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the top couple of spots and No. 5 and No. 6.

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    I’m sorry it took me so long to respond to this, I have some pretty awful internet. (Looking to switch providers, any recommendations?)

    With Hartman I think other guys caught up to him physically and athletically, and that has caused him to rely more on shooting to score. What’s funny (or embarrassing) is that last summer I wrote that he was at his best scoring off the dribble, and now I would consider that something he needs to improve on. I think it’s a combo of him needing to improve his ball handling/quickness, others catching up physically and him joining a new AAU team where he has to share the ball more.

    I’ll definitely eat some crow if I over-ranked him, but I feel like others have caught up to him and he doesn’t stand out as much as he did last summer. 

    I’d just like to see him become more aggressive/willing to mix it up off the dribble, but still maintain his shooting ability from deep. Him and Beachem are probably the two best shooters I can think of in this class.

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    I’m sorry it took me so long to respond to this, I have some pretty awful internet. (Looking to switch providers, any recommendations?)

    With Hartman I think other guys caught up to him physically and athletically, and that has caused him to rely more on shooting to score. What’s funny (or embarrassing) is that last summer I wrote that he was at his best scoring off the dribble, and now I would consider that something he needs to improve on. I think it’s a combo of him needing to improve his ball handling/quickness, others catching up physically and him joining a new AAU team where he has to share the ball more.

    I’ll definitely eat some crow if I over-ranked him, but I feel like others have caught up to him and he doesn’t stand out as much as he did last summer. 

    I’d just like to see him become more aggressive/willing to mix it up off the dribble, but still maintain his shooting ability from deep. Him and Beachem are probably the two best shooters I can think of in this class.

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    I’d agree with what Alex that there really isn’t an outstanding talent or prospect in this class. There could be some solid all-conference level guys, but I don’t know that I see a guaranteed/likely pro or All-American level guy in 2013. 

    I think you really see a drop off after 7 in terms of level of talent (high major vs. mid major), but the guys in the top 7 aren’t Gary Harris, Eric Gordon, Marquis Teague, Trey Lyles etc.

    I do think there is a difference between 1-4 and 5-7, but Hartman, Davis and Smotherman can all be significant contributors in the Big Ten if they work on the things they need to, and continue to do the things that make them Big Ten commits.

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

    No worries about the delay!  (I recommend Comcast btw … overpriced and terrible customer service, but far more reliable than when I had Verizon’s DSL.)

    Thanks for the explanation about Hartman. Looks like Smotherman is in the same boat.

  • hgdownunder

    You don’t even have BeeJay Anya listed as a 2013 target…. is it that hopeless?

  • hgdownunder

    You don’t even have BeeJay Anya listed as a 2013 target…. is it that hopeless?

  • hgdownunder

    You don’t even have BeeJay Anya listed as a 2013 target…. is it that hopeless?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    He’s not on this list because he’s not from Indiana. He’s on the 2013 recruiting board.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    He’s not on this list because he’s not from Indiana. He’s on the 2013 recruiting board.

  • hgdownunder

    Collin Hartman (Verbal)
    Darryl Hicks
    Demetrius Jackson
    Devin Davis Jr. (Verbal)
    Josh Newkirk
    Luke Fischer
    Malcolm Hill
    Mark Williams
    V.J. BeachemThis 2013 recruiting board?

  • hgdownunder

    Collin Hartman (Verbal)
    Darryl Hicks
    Demetrius Jackson
    Devin Davis Jr. (Verbal)
    Josh Newkirk
    Luke Fischer
    Malcolm Hill
    Mark Williams
    V.J. BeachemThis 2013 recruiting board?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich
  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich
  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich
  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich
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