Vonleh, Russell highlight day one of adidas Invitational

  • 07/12/2012 12:03 am in

Inside the Hall spent the opening day of the July evaluation period at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. Our recap and notebook from day one follows:

· 2014 Haverhill, Massachusetts forward Noah Vonleh (pictured) finished with 12 points as his Mass Rivals team fell to the Atlanta Celtics 71-63 in front of a strong contingent of coaches. IU associate head coach Steve McClain watched Vonleh as did Thad Matta, Ben Howland, Jim Calhoun and Kentucky assistant John Robic.

We’ll have an in-depth feature in the coming days on Vonleh, but it’s interesting to note that he’s only visited four schools to this point and all are within a car ride for him: Boston College, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Providence. The 6-9 forward, ESPN’s No. 4 player nationally, mentioned Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky and Ohio State as the four schools that are contacting him via phone and text most frequently.

He said he’d planned to take an unofficial visit to Bloomington when he was in Chicago from adidas Nations in June, but that didn’t work out.

· 2014 Louisville native D’Angelo Russell poured in 21 points in front of McClain as the Louisville Magic crushed the Compton Magic in a super pool game. Russell, a consensus five-star prospect, recently took an unofficial visit to Kentucky, but holds offers from Indiana, N.C. State, Louisville, Missouri, Ohio State and Xavier.

· Joining Russell on the Magic this month is 2014 Paintsville (KY) forward Shane Hall, who is an athletic big man with a lot of upside. Hall has already taken two unofficial visits to Bloomington and has an offer from UAB. Listed at 6-8 and just under 200 pounds, Hall needs to add upper body strength, but his ability to score around the basket in a variety of ways makes him an intriguing prospect. Hall mentioned improving his perimeter shot as one area of his game he’s looking to improve on this summer.

· It was a disappointing start of the evaluation period for IU commits Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. as the Eric Gordon Central Stars dropped a super pool game to the Memphis Magic 66-63. Davis finished with nine points and Hartman had six.

· 2014 Park Tudor wing Trevon Bluiett is playing this week with Spiece Blue and finished with 16 points in a loss to Team Shockaz. According to a couple of reports on Twitter, Michigan had three coaches to watch Bluiett and Notre Dame, Purdue and Illinois also checked in on him.

Elsewhere: Luke Fischer and the Wisconsin Swing are playing in the NY2LA Next Level Invitational in Milwaukee and won their opening game easily over Inland Empire. The Nike Skills U Academy continues Thursday in Washington D.C. and Jaquan Lyle, Stanford Robinson and Semi Ojeleye are all listed on the roster. We’ll have coverage from that event as well as the Nike Global Challenge which BeeJay Anya, Marcus Lee, Theo Pinson, Kuran Iverson and Trey Lyles are all participating in.

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  • Corey Schroyer

    I really hope collin and devin can pick it up a little by the end of this summer!

  • Trey Black

    I kinda wish that we didn’t pick up Hartman or Davis. Just a 3 man class of Fischer Robinson and another big (Lee, Anya, Ojeleye, Iverson)

  • HoosierStoff

    Could not agree more! Both were early commits, and now I am really starting to worry that neither is going to step up. Plenty of time though! As a Cathedral grad myself (Class of 2006), I am really hoping Hartman can bounce back from the time off due to injury and play at the level he was when offered!

  • SCHoosier

    re: Davis and Hartman..I really think it boils down to the role Crean sees for them in the IU system. Davis is athletic enuff to fill a couple of roles..in my opinion..the jury is still out on Hartman. For example..the MU staff should go all in for Bluiett. Coach B likes to spread the floor..penetrate and kick to 3 pt shooters always have a green light to take the shot. Perfect role for Trevon…as a shooter in that offense.

  • IUJarbo

    Don’t worry about Davis, he’ll does all the little things that don’t show up in an AAU box score. There is a reason he is rising in all the rankings.

  • IUJarbo

    Don’t worry about Davis, he’ll does all the little things that don’t show up in an AAU box score. There is a reason he is rising in all the rankings.

  • achurt

    What is the obsession with the name “Magic” for all of these teams?!
    I’ve always thought it was one of the dorkiest sounding names in the NBA…

  • marcusgresham

    I’m not sure, but could there be some financial backing from Magic Johnson–kind of like the “Eric Gordon All-Stars”? I could be wrong, just a thought.

  • HoosierKen73

    Would love to see Vonleh as a Hoosier. Out of all the guys (forward sized) we’re going after in the 2014 class, IMO he has the most upside. There are others at guard I really want to see us get as well. But I’m very ‘high’ on Vonleh. Seems like a Watford kind of guy, with more length, athleticism and quickness, and believe me, that is not meant as a knock on Watford. I love Watford..was so glad to see him win that ESPY last night. I think Vonleh would make a great compliment to Lyles….certainly make that a very strong recruiting class.

  • HoosierKen73

    Would love to see Vonleh as a Hoosier. Out of all the guys (forward sized) we’re going after in the 2014 class, IMO he has the most upside. There are others at guard I really want to see us get as well. But I’m very ‘high’ on Vonleh. Seems like a Watford kind of guy, with more length, athleticism and quickness, and believe me, that is not meant as a knock on Watford. I love Watford..was so glad to see him win that ESPY last night. I think Vonleh would make a great compliment to Lyles….certainly make that a very strong recruiting class.

  • CreanFaithful

    U of M… just sayin. But agree he would be deadly in that system.

  • SCHoosier

    My bad..that’s like an announcer saying The University of Indiana:)

  • twarrior87

    Remember Oladipo and Sheehey were both just 3 star recruits coming out of high school. Look what Crean has turned them into. CTC seems to have a knack for getting everything out of a player and getting them to work hard and bring their game to the next level. If CTC thinks Hartman and Davis are his guys, then I will not argue with him.

  • WisconHoosier

    I’m really sold on Davis, and I’m very glad he’s coming to IU. So this is not me countering you, IUJarbo.

    But the thing I like about some of the players we’re recruiting is that many of them are clearly elite players. There’s not much discussion about IF they’ll ever be any good – just talk about how good they’ll be.

    Vonleh, Ojeleye, Pinson, Lee, Iverson, now Chris McCullough – these are not role players or glue guys.

    So I agree with what you’re saying about all the little things that don’t show up in a box score, especially in AAU.

    But we also need elite players who do all the big things that do show up in the box score, and, despite the success of Sheeladipo, I sure hope we get them.

    (And again, I believe Davis will be a terrific player for IU.)

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Davis is an impressive athlete. So he fits that mold. But I still contend its a different story with Hartman. Sheehey and Oladipo are impressive athletes that became more skilled. In order for Hartman to be successful, he has to overcompensate with skill to make up for a relative lack in athleticism. He can do it, but it’ll be tough.

  • DarkSouth

    Probably because there aren’t any college teams named the “Magic”. Only so many teams can be “… Elite” or “… All-Stars”.

  • DarkSouth

    Probably because there aren’t any college teams named the “Magic”. Only so many teams can be “… Elite” or “… All-Stars”.

  • Ya I’m really starting to question Crean with Hartman, not so much with DDJ though

  • recker

    Hartman seems like he hit his peak two years ago.Seems like the type of player we could get anytime and already have a player like him in Alex E. Sounds like he would be a good mid major player I think we can do better.