Brooks Jr. leads North Side to SAC holiday tournament title

  • 01/01/2018 9:08 am in

Throughout the season, we’ll be keeping track of how Indiana’s four class of 2018 signees fare throughout their final high school campaigns. In addition, we’ll also be keeping tabs on several key recruiting targets in the class of 2018 and 2019.

Here’s our latest update, covering games played the week of December 24-31:

Class of 2018

Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon: The future IU point guard continued his stellar play as he poured in 38 points in a 77-67 win at Indianapolis Tech on Dec. 28. Less than 24 hours later, Phinisee finished with 29 points in a 67-59 win over Bedford North Lawrence at North Central on Dec. 29.

Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley: Anderson did not play last week as South Bend Riley, the No. 1 team in Class 4A, is off until Jan. 2.

Jerome Hunter, Pickerington North (Ohio): The four-star forward had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, in a 67-57 win at Toledo Rogers on Dec. 28.

Jake Forrester, Westtown School (Pa.): Forrester finished with a game-high 25 points and also added six blocks, five rebounds and two assists in a 72-68 win over Dillard in the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament in Delaware on Dec. 28. He followed that up with 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a 74-62 win over Sidwell Friends on Dec. 29 in the same event. Forrester was named to the seven-man all tournament team.

Romeo Langford, New Albany: Langford (finger injury) did not play in New Albany’s 62-56 win at Evansville Central on Dec. 28. He is expected to play on Friday when New Albany hosts rival Jeffersonville.

Class of 2019

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: Jackson-Davis finished with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 66-51 win at Greenwood on Dec. 29.

Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North Side: The five-star forward had 14 points as North Side cruised to a 75-40 win over Concordia in its opener of the SAC holiday tournament on Dec. 28. Brooks had 22 points in a 66-58 win over Homestead in the semifinals of the SAC tournament on Dec. 29. Brooks finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds as North Side beat South Side 90-62 to win the SAC tournament on Dec. 30.

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  • TomJameson

    I don’t think scoring will be a problem next year. And, I think the defense will continue to get better. 2018 looks like it could be a good year. Of course they will still be freshmen, and it’s a big step up to D1 and the B1G. At least there will be some senior leadership around to help, so overall, I think it’ll be much better all around.

  • inCMitrust

    If you look at the minutes played this year by the players graduating and look at our new players; next year we our going to have a lot of minutes being played by newcomers. I include Race with the newcomers and 1 more player whether it be Romeo or a transfer. I think newcomers will probably get half of the 200 minutes. We will be young, but I’m excited about what I’m seeing from these guys.

  • inCMitrust

    This year is proving that senior leadership can be overstated. With the two seniors we will have next year I like the fact that they led by leaving it all on the court. I think that reflects what Archie wants and will be a good example for the new guys.

  • BruceA

    I’m liking RP the more I see him. I believe we have a legit point guard coming to B-Town!

  • TomJameson

    I’m excited about the 2018 class too. It has the possible ability to be an amazing class, and year. Not predicting a banner by any means, but a solid turning around year.

    Of the 5 seniors graduating, only 2 (RJ & JN) are starters. 2 (CH & FM) are first-off-the-bench players, and TP isn’t either. I think there are 3-4 starters from the existing roster.

    All things remaining as they are now JM, DD, one (or both) DG or AD, and probably JS. That right there can be 4-5 starters. Obviously, it’s way too early to guess at those things, for anybody. But it is kinda fun to do. 🙂
    I can see Race being a starter, and those freshmen are really going to mix things up, and it depends if Archie will stick with the 3-guard lineup, which he may not do. We’ll have pretty good depth, just not at the guard spots.

    So … My extremely early WAG at the starting lineup would be JM, DD, DG, RP, and AD. I don’t see a grad-transfer making it into the starting lineup, and another late-minute recruit would have to be awesome (Romeo) to make it as well. Thousand ways this could go.

  • bball at nick’s

    Tomorrow the B1G bludgeoning and bloodbath begins! And I mean a clobberfest for all teams involved, including Purdoodoo and the Spartans. Prediction: Penn State will make a lot of noise!

  • Sandra Wilson

    Why, is their band going to all the games? This prediction must be based on their 1 point loss to the Rider Broncs on Dec. 22? There won’t be any clobbering of MSU. Probably not much of Purdue either.

  • Mark Bando

    I would not be surprised if we start three freshmen next year

  • Mark Bando

    5 three pointers by hunter. Keep it up.

  • Sandra Wilson

    It’s too bad he won’t get to start his career with a team like Yogi Ferrell joined. Of course he will have the advantage of having a former point guard teaching him. With our guard situation, he’ll sure get a lot of playing time to learn on. Let’s hope he can make the transition to college ball painlessly.

  • TomJameson

    Juwan is the only Senior on the 2018-19 roster. Maybe I should have just said “leadership”, and left off the senior part. For next year, the upperclassmen of Juwan and De’Ron will provide good leadership (IMO). And while it wouldn’t surprise me to see Phinisee step into a leadership role as well, in this instance I’m talking about leadership as it relates to teaching the freshmen the systems, and how to act.

    In other words, Phinisee will be a leader on the court, a JM and DD will be leaders of the team.

  • BruceA

    That is true. Time will tell!

  • inCMitrust

    McRoberts will be a senior.

  • bball at nick’s

    Look at their entire preseason and get back to me. Your “band” joke is funny, but I refrained from laughing, since I’m afraid of laughing last if I now laugh first. NOT-LOL! I think you and I should start putting down money. LOL. I think among our max 9 wins will be upsets of MSU or PU or both. Why, because we are a soft, temperamental team, still have Crean’s genes.

  • inCMitrust

    The players departing this year are accounting for about 85 minutes of playing time now. Not sure who will be starting next year, but I guess I’m pointing out the newcomers will be picking up those minutes and more, i.e. I believe they are better than a lot of our current roster.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I share your thoughts on an upgrade of talent, toughness, and skill. I think your starting lineup is a great guess, but I’m guessing DA in place of DG. He adds more consistent outside shooting and can play either guard or forward.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    RT, DA (or JH), and RP…..

    The only lock starter being JM

  • Mark Bando

    Yep, JM the only lock starter. Hopefully DD develops more consistency. RP at the point and then two guys who give us outside shooting and perimeter defense.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think you are right Mark. It will be interesting to see if JS and CM develop. I think we have what we are getting with DG, a good microwave bench player. I think DD either starts and becomes a force or backs up JM and we go with more athletic, better defenders, outside shooting.

  • MOHAWK Hoosier

    is austin boucher pg ft. wayne , northside still on indianas board? MOST OF KEION BROOKS POINTS START WITH AN ASSIST FROM BOUCHER. he can also score at will. led team in scoring in chamoionship game of recent holiday tourny with 27 pts. he also rebounds at a good rate. if not offered he would be great walk on.

  • dennis powell

    If he is the kid I’m thinking of he had 31 against Concordia. I really liked him. Hustler and active.

  • dennis powell

    Brooks is very athletic but stands around a lot. I saw a 6-7 sophomore from Concordia push him around at will. He is maybe the thinnest 6-9 kid I’ve ever seen. It some systems he will thrive. Not sure if he’s right for IU.

  • Darrell Allen

    From reading the above posts, I deducted no one sees him having any chance for starting? I find that amusing to say the least!

  • inCMitrust

    Amusing indeed. He has proven his worth to his teammates, the fans and the coach. It did take awhile for some to come around including Coach Miller. I don’t know if he will ever start, but his minutes are going up and don’t see that changing this year or next.

  • N71

    I thought the same thing about Kris Wilkes. I fall into an NBA mentality sometimes when I look at a 17 year old thinking they’re 27. Keion is still growing and developing and I see him as a long, mobile, athletic wing like Wilkes. Race on the other hand will likely be our thicker interior type that can push people off the block or back them down when things get tight.

  • N71

    Based on the most recent snapshot I’d guess Juwan and Zach and then throw darts from there. We need a point and Robert looks really good (against other high school players). We need a shooter so I’ll be irresponsible and pencil in Romeo. Now some beef, so either DeRon or Race. We could go 10 deep though with Damezi, Jerome, Justin, Al, and Devonte. The progression (or not) of Devonte and DeRon will influence everything.

  • dennis powell

    I don’t rule out the possibility that he could be a good player I mean he is tall and athletic and has a nice looking shot so anything is possible. I have only seen him play the one time so my knowledge is very low on what he can do. It’s just the lack of hustle that bothered me. It may just be the system he plays in.

  • Steve Morgan

    Next year we will see the beginning of AM’s footprint on the packline. I believe I have heard that he can see DA and JH as 2s, which would be some great and much needes length up there. If JS can play the 3 (I liked the look of his 3 ball last game), JM at the 4, and DD/RT/JF at the 5, the court on the defensive side really starts to shrink. To the comments about recruiting for a system (see WI), I think you are seeing that here in AM’s first class. Good times to come!