Indiana All-Stars crush Juniors in first of two exhibitions

  • 06/08/2016 8:10 am in

The Indiana Junior All-Stars may have more talent on paper than this year’s Indiana All-Stars, but you wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday night at Bloomington South.

In a exhibition that was never close, the Indiana All-Stars crushed the Juniors, 118-96, in the first of two games this week between the teams. They will meet again on Thursday night in Lebanon.

Eugene German, a point guard from 21st Century Academy in Gary who will attend Northern Illinois, led the Seniors with 19 points. Five others scored in double figures, including Mr. Basketball and Virginia signee Kyle Guy, who finished with 16 points.

Indiana signee Grant Gelon had five points on 2-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes. He also had six rebounds, an assist, a steal, two blocks and a turnover.

The Juniors, who trailed by 19 points less than nine minutes into the game, played better in the second half, but the contest had already been long decided.

The Indiana All-Stars had 22 offensive rebounds for 20 second chance points and also outscored the Juniors by 15 from the foul line.

North Central’s Kris Wilkes paced the Juniors with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Southport guard Paul Scruggs had 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, but also committed four turnovers in 22 minutes.

The Indiana All-Stars will play Kentucky this weekend on Saturday in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Sunday in Louisville at Bellarmine University in their annual series.

The full boxscore from the game is available below:

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  • I am Baby Cakes

    5 points… well he didn’t score the least amount on the team.

  • Molon Labe

    No, but he did get the lowest amount of minutes.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Probably for a reason. But not by much. Only 3 played over 20.

  • Arch Puddington

    Having watched the game, I can assure you there was a reason. Granted, it was a playground game of dribble penetration and one-on-one offense, which is clearly not his strength, and I am sure he would be more productive in a more structured offense. But even allowing for that, it was not an inspiring performance.

  • Mathsketball

    This game is not the best litmus test for his collegiate success. I want to see him playing his proper role in a proper game before I’m going to count him out.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    we all knew GG was going to be a work in progress. i do think he’ll have an opportunity to be a solid contributor in a couple years if he can shoot as well as everyone says. as for this season, he’ll spend a lot more time keeping TP company than on the floor. and that’s…ok

  • IdahoHoosier

    His stat line suggests he did more than just shoot. It appears that he is willing and able to compete (steal, blocks, rebounds). Promising sign and great fit for what IU expects from players.

  • Miamihoosier

    Im glad Gelon is coming in. There’s no way you can have 13 guys getting minutes. We have 11 guys who will expect to see the floor next yr. Thats hard to juggle. Gelon and Priller are better talent-wise than the student managers a lot of coaches use these scholarships on, and are probably more valuable for practice as such. Neither will ever see meaningful B1G minutes, but thats not always what its about. Gelon will likely be a great student, have a great attitude, and in 1-2 yrs, could develop into a great scout guy for the shooters that Michigan, and others throw at us.

  • TomJameson

    I think GG will surprise a lot of folks. Looking at his stat line it looks like he’s not afraid to contribute in other ways than offense. 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and zero fouls.

    Give him a freshman year working/developing, give him some minutes where possible, another off-season of development, then let’s see what he does in his Sophomore year. That’s where I think the surprise will hit.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    So you think Crean is signing a couple guys that he knows will sit the bench? So that he won’t have to worry about giving them minutes?

  • FKIM01

    Yeah…I think it’s a tad early to say he’ll never make a meaningful contribution.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    There is nothing wrong with people making a prediction his career. I don’t think he’ll contribute and is there to keep the seats warm. Part of going to Indiana is getting criticized. No safe spaces.

  • inLinE6

    In a couple years? If by his junior year he’s still a non-factor, I guess we get a perfect replacement for Mr. Priller.

  • inLinE6

    Not saying Priller shouldn’t get a scholarship but if Ryan Burton walks on but plays ahead of him, it seems a bit unfair to me. I totally expect scholarship players to play ahead of walk-ons. Not to discourage walk-on players or see them in any different way. But that’s how scholarship works, right?

  • inLinE6

    Certainly hoping for the best, but I’m not holding my breath thinking he’s going to be another Hartman. Hartman played much better in high school.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    That is the biggest thing.. guys want to compare him to Hartman or Zielsloft.. I know Hartman dealt with some injuries in HS. Zeisloft was pretty good in HS. Gelon was pretty meh in HS.

  • inLinE6

    Agree. Although Crean was known for finding some hidden gems but those kids actually played surprisingly solid back in HS. Hardman was a top25 recruit coming into HS but his rankings sunk due to injuries in later years. I saw no comparison between Gelon and Hartman. Despite the position difference, better compare Gelon with Priller.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    you’re right. i can see the value in recruiting some 4-year guys, but only if they actually produce.

  • FKIM01

    Well, I don’t think negative comments about 18-year-old recruits belong in fan forums unless they are character-related and proven. I just hope it pisses the kid off enough to play with a huge chip on his shoulder.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Thank you for your in-person insights…I appreciate it! I’ve seen the Indianapolis-area kids a number of times and I agree with your opinion on Paul Scruggs. He can get a bit demonstrative at times and some will say he exhibits bad “body language” or “attitude” (at times, I would agree but he’s young and can improve upon that and I’ve yet to see anything all that concerning or disrespectful there). In short, he’s a terrific lead guard prospect.

    Kris Wilkes typically plays with quite a bit of energy and effort so I’m surprised that was lacking last night. Two guys I’d like to ask you about…Jaren Jackson and Joey Brunk. Jackson has gotten a lot of hype for his improvement since the high school season ended and I haven’t seen him in that time. How’d he look to you? Brunk is a player I always enjoyed watching at Southport. He’s probably not a star but I think he can be a very nice player for Butler and he seems like a great kid, did you have any thoughts on Brunk? Thanks again for your time and comments!

  • Arch Puddington

    Glad to hear Wilkes normally plays with more fire. Once he came to life last night, he was exciting to watch. He’s a very talented player, that’s for sure.

    Brunk looked really good. Rugged frame, great motor, even hit a three (or at least a long two). Probably not quite long enough or bouncy enough to be dominant at the next level, but he looked solid. Butler will love him.

    As for Jackon, neither he nor Williams, the other top big guy in that class, were impressive. In many ways they are the exact opposite of Brunk: long and bouncy, but not especially productive. Both are a bit awkward with the ball, neither rebounded ver well, and most surprisingly, neither looked to be a strong rim protector. The senior guards got to the rim repeatedly – I’m talking dozens of times from the start to the end — and were consistently able to score or get fouled, and when they missed, the seniors often collected the rebound. Jackson wasn’t credited with a single block, and while Williams had three, I think that if you had been there you would have been surprised at how little either could defend against layups. I will say this: both are still extremely slender, and I would bet that in the years to come they will gain both strength and better command of their skills. I suspect one or both will be very good someday.

  • TomJameson

    Man, lol, you and baby cakes are pretty hard core! I’m thinking that, just possibly, CTC knows what he’s doing. He’s had some flubs, but mostly he is right on in finding talent.

    Again, I never said he would be coming in ablaze, I said in 2 years I think he’d be contributing. He’ll end up being a good, solid, 4-year player.

  • Darrell Allen

    I love some of these comments. Only an idiot could fail to discern that some folks on this site must believe white guys can’t compete! I guess they are too young to remember Larry Bird’s Celtic teams! Recall last year’s pre-season, so many early negative comments discounting potential contributions by Zeisloft, Bielfeldt & Hartman! LOL

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think any coach in the world would sign a recruit knowing he would ride the bench.

    Nobody can prove their point about Gelon, because nobody can see the future. We all have our opinions though! lol

  • TomJameson

    I think that Gelon will produce, not this year, but in his Sophomore year he’ll be getting minutes to come in to hit some threes. He really can shoot, just needs the “shot doctor” to straighten him out a bit.

    I think it’s really, really, early to start throwing these players under the buss. Let’s let them at least join the team first! LOL

  • TomJameson

    He did have 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, and zero fouls to add to that 5 point.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Many thought CH would have not made a contribution when he came to B Town, I’d say that worked out well. cream sees something in Grant, I trust Coach

  • Arch Puddington

    Tom, I don’t at all mean to run him down or say that what I saw represents anything other than one meaningless exhibition game. But there were three high D1 guards there last night — CJ Walker, Kyle Guy, and Paul Scruggs — and they were in a whole different league physically. His productivity, such as it was, came late, long after the result was a foregone conclusion, and against the smallest, least athletic player in the game.

    But one game is not a full story. I sincerely hope it was an aberration, and that he emerges as a productive Hoosier.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect your opinion and observations and wasn’t responding to you because I thought you were running him down. As a matter of fact, I appreciate your synopsis of the whole game.

    My only problem has nothing to do with anything you said. I just think that GG hasn’t even joined the team in Bloomington yet, and some are already throwing him under the bus. I guess I just want to believe that Coach Crean saw enough of something in him that he wanted to get him to IU.

    Maybe he envisioned a decent 4-year player who could grow into a role, on a squad that wasn’t made up entirely of 5-star, one-and-done players. lol

  • jimmygoiu

    Colin Hartman was a solid player in HS, and anyone that followed him knew! that he would play at IU. GG is not that way. I just do not understand what hyperCrean was doing in accepting a commitment from a kid he had seen in a couple of AAU games. Sometimes he just cannot help himself. That scholarship would be incredibly valuable with the loaded 2017 class. GG will not play a meaningful minute this year at IU. Was he the best player/teammate that IU could have signed for this year? CTC accepted him BEFORE he played a game his senior year. GG is not the best player on his high school team, by a long shot. Sasha S can play, and I would welcome that offer being held for him this year. Sorry , but I have seen him play.

  • jimmygoiu

    I saw Larry Bird play in high school 6 times. I saw him score 27 and 18 rebounds in the regional, and score 42 and 30 rebounds in the regular season. I like white players, black players-basketball players! GG is not a B1G level player, and I wish he was.

    I do not remember any poster critical of NZ, CH or MB. They are all proven players. Maybe GG will be a servicable player in year 4 of his career, which is when NZ came to IU. I would love for GG to go to another school for 3 years and develop his skills, and if it is warranted, transfer to IU and get his masters while he contributed to the team on the court. I just don’t see him contributing in the next few years, if ever. Sorry.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    It is proven that he wasn’t a recruit for a wannabe again powerhouse to recruit.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Thanks for the reply…I appreciate your thoughts (and the time it took to write them!). I’ve always enjoyed watching Joey Brunk and I’m glad he had a nice game. I agree with you, he probably doesn’t have the length or athleticism to be a dominant force in the Big East but I think he can be an instant contributor and a very solid four-year player for the Bulldogs. A frontcourt with Wideman, Brunk, Fowler and Andrew Chrabascz plus Kelan Martin as a wing will be a good test for what our own deep frontcourt.

    I think Paul Scruggs is going to end up a Hoosier (I actually anticipate him being the only top in-state 2017 guy we land but we’ll see soon enough) and I’m very excited for what he could become. Wilkes is an exceptional player and I’d love to have him in Bloomington. I haven’t seen Malik Williams and it sounds like he’s likely headed to MSU. As for Jaren Jackson, I’ve never been all that impressed with any of the his games that I’ve seen (a handful) but many on the AAU circuit rave about what he could become. Anyway, thanks again Arch, I love any time someone offers personal insight on guys they see in-person!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    I guess we will see how it all plays out.