Recruiting Roundup: Edwards earns MVP honors in Vegas

The Indiana staff continued to hit the road hard on Sunday, which was also the final day of the first April evaluation period for college coaches.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from day three of the April evaluation period:

· 2015 East Chicago Central guard Hyron Edwards, who picked up offers from Indiana and Purdue last week, led Indiana Elite Team Indiana to the 15-and-under title of the adidas VIP Exclusive Run in Las Vegas.

Edwards scored 30 points in the championship game and his national profile should raise as both Evan Daniels of Scout.com and Eric Bossi of Rivals.com were in attendance.

Here’s Daniels on Edwards:

Indiana Elite 2015 PG Hyron Edwards is dominating the c’ship game. Using speed & extra gear to get where he wants, when he wants

And here’s Bossi:

Indiana Elite starting to run away in 15U title game. Hyron Edwards is thoroughly dominating this game.

· The first session of the Nike EYBL wrapped up in Minneapolis and both Tom Crean and assistant Steve McClain both stopped in. McClain was at EYBL in the morning, while Crean watched Luke Fischer at the NY2LA Spring Extravaganza. Crean then finished out the day at the EYBL event.

Here’s a statistical look at the five prospects who participated in the event from Sunday:

Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat: Six points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in a 72-68 win over Southern Stampede.

Jaquan Lyle, Spiece Indy Heat: Five points, five assists, four rebounds and two blocks in a 72-68 win over Southern Stampede.

Trevon Bluiett, Spiece Indy Heat: 24 points, nine rebounds in a 72-68 win over Southern Stampede.

BeeJay Anya, Team Takeover: 14 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in a 51-50 win over Boo Williams.

Marcus Lee, California Supreme: Four points, four rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist in a 69-51 win over Jackson Tigers.

E.C. Matthews, The Family: Seven points, two rebounds in a 85-74 loss to Houston Hoops.

Spiece Indy Heat finished the session 2-2, Team Takeover was 1-3 and California Supreme went 4-0.

· 2016 North Central guard Eron Gordon picked up an offer from Purdue on an unofficial visit according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star. Neddenriep has a feature on Gordon that is worth a read.

· 2014 Montverde Academy guard D’Angelo Russell continues to list the Hoosiers along with Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Xavier per Bossi.

· Trevor Andershock of Indiana Basketball Source delivered high praise for the play of Devin Davis in his recap of the Nike Spring Showdown that took place in Merrillville:

He was a work horse for the Eric Gordon 2013 group. His rebounding was thoroughly impressive. Every time there was a shot missed in the intense battle between the Illinois Wolves, Davis would get go the rebound. He was also very good scoring over and through people inside. He is strong and athletic with good body control. He had the play of the tournament if Cliff Alexander didn’t do what he did Saturday night. Davis jumped for a fast break pass, while in the air he got the lone defender back to bite on a pass fake and once he came down from catching the pass, he took one dribble and pounded it home. Davis was also great defensively; he’ll be able to guard most small forwards in the Big Ten.

(Photo credit: Indiana Elite)

  • N71

    I can’t help but notice Trevon’s scoring.  I thought part of his success at Park Tudor was due to Yogi’s ability to find him in scoring position but 24 points in an AAU game…what’s going on?  You can be a future NBA player and be happy with a 14 pt game, but 24, that’s noteworthy.  He’s not the fastest, tallest, best shooter, etc. but he get’s it done.  Two state championships, tons of point and rebounds, and he’s just finishing up his sophomore year.  These are Damon Bailey/Deshon Thomas like high school stats/accomplishments and its being done so quietly.  Might be time for this kid to emerge as a star now that Yogi is off to college.

  • HoosierDadE

    I went to Banker’s Life to watch Park Tudor in the championship game last month and thought Trevon reminded me of Bradley Beal, I guess the former guard at Florida.  Though Beal is more athletic, basketball IQ and silky smooth jumper made me think of Beal…

    just my two cents

  • Naked Samurai

    Hyron Edwards looks neither surprised nor pleased to have won the MVP award in that picture.  LOL.

  • plane1972

    I thought the same thing. Act like you been there before, baby! All in a day’s work.

  • RB NC

    Devin Davis = Brandon Dawson
    We will see how the national pundits recover this summer after dropping Devin after he committed to Indiana.  If he was uncommitted the national scouts would be raving and driving fans to web sites to generate clicks.  Davis can guard multiple positions, can dribble the ball the length of the court, is phyical, plays tuff and with edge. 

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

    Not sure I’d go that far. Dawson was an elite, McDonald’s All-American talent. Arguably the best offensive rebounder nationally in the 2011 class. Davis is certainly a very good prospect and may be getting overlooked nationally, but to compare him to Dawson is placing unfair expectations on him.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    First, I love Tom Crean for this very reason. When he offered Edwards, I thought, “another way too early offer to a guy whose only 5’10″? Maybe pause for a second, see what he really is, is he gonna be Yogi? If not, I don’t see the sense in this.”. But, inevitably Crean proved to be an impressive scout as Edwards scored 30 points and “gets where he wants, when he wants”. That’s exciting. He’s the type of player I want around IU.

    Second, I’m glad to hear that Russell still says IU is interested in him. In my mind he’s our 2nd priority right now in 2014 behind Cliff Alexander, and I’d be overjoyed if we signed either one.

    Third, with everything I’ve heard about Cliff Alexander lately, I thought those who hadn’t should see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwFQEGFGCfE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    He looks really athletic for his size and shows an ability to get up. Way up.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    First, I love Tom Crean for this very reason. When he offered Edwards, I thought, “another way too early offer to a guy whose only 5’10″? Maybe pause for a second, see what he really is, is he gonna be Yogi? If not, I don’t see the sense in this.”. But, inevitably Crean proved to be an impressive scout as Edwards scored 30 points and “gets where he wants, when he wants”. That’s exciting. He’s the type of player I want around IU.

    Second, I’m glad to hear that Russell still says IU is interested in him. In my mind he’s our 2nd priority right now in 2014 behind Cliff Alexander, and I’d be overjoyed if we signed either one.

    Third, with everything I’ve heard about Cliff Alexander lately, I thought those who hadn’t should see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwFQEGFGCfE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    He looks really athletic for his size and shows an ability to get up. Way up.

  • Naked Samurai

    Yes, I thought Alexander was more earthbound than he apparently is.  A commentator praised his getting up and down the court and lateral mobility for a big man.  Nothing against Anya, who would work in a different environment, I really do think we need someone who is fleeter of foot.

  • Naked Samurai

    Yes, I thought Alexander was more earthbound than he apparently is.  A commentator praised his getting up and down the court and lateral mobility for a big man.  Nothing against Anya, who would work in a different environment, I really do think we need someone who is fleeter of foot.

  • MopLady

    for all the haters on Anya (“doesn’t fit our system”)–YOU CRAY.  You can’t coach size, and we need a banger.  CTC & Co. can coach and develop like nobody (Sheeladipo).  Imagine 3-4 years of coaching and conditioning to that size, and he’d be dominate.  Right now, I’d say he should be our top priority out of any recruit we are pursuing.

  • SCHoosier

    Loved the numbers Trey and Trevon put up…..re: Edwards I questioned the offer at his age and size..but no doubt the little dude can play. Davis is gonna be a real sleeper..seems to have real game in all areas. Crean et al doing a great job of talent analysis.

  • Naked Samurai

    It’s not necessarily ‘Cray’.  Not saying Anya won’t be a great fit, but you can have a lot of trouble getting a slow, plodding player to fit within a speedy, transition-oriented offense.  Coaches absolutely recruit for system.

  • SCHoosier

    Not hating on the guy (Anya)..just sayin’ that with limited spots..taking a very mobile, athletic big would not be a bad choice. Of course if the offer to Lee pushes Anya into committing earlier..even better. I do think that with the national pub IU is going to get next year…kids are gonna be callin Crean or returning his calls early and often..so better grab and offer now.

  • SCHoosier

    Think Greg and/or Pat Garaham (sp) ?)

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisSchutte3 Chris Schutte

    It seems like IU goes for a big class in the even years and a complementary class in the odds. I think its a good system, and they seem to be doing a great job keeping a balance of guards/wings and bigs. 

  • Kelin Blab

    Not sure what this kid has to do to get ranked and the recognition he deserves. He just plays and wins. For me he is an IU priority for any class.

  • Kelin Blab

    Not sure what this kid has to do to get ranked and the recognition he deserves. He just plays and wins. For me he is an IU priority for any class.

  • Kelin Blab

     I am not sold on Anya completely and given the mobility of the post IU has he is quite different. Having said that, comes from a great High School program and AAU team…..would be a huge get.

  • coach cousins

    Do you honestly think CTC would recruit Anya this hard if he didn’t believe he would fit? Anya will be fine…and IU will be able to play any style and be prepared for any situation. Regardless if they have to run in the open court or slow it down in the half court. They would be able to adjust

  • Talking bout the Hoosiers

    Gordon just got an offer from PU… what would his big bro say about him playing for PU?

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