Throughout the post-season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2010 signee Victor Oladipo and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino, as well as other notable prospects being recruited by Indiana, are performing at their respective schools. (Note: This is not intended to be a complete list of players Indiana is recruiting. Only players with games this past week are included in this week’s report.)
+ Victor Oladipo – DeMatha (MD): Eight points in 53-47 win over St. Johns’s on March 7 and 12 points and 12 rebounds in 71-52 rout of Gonzaga on March 8. Up next: Ballou in the City Championship later today.
+ Matt Carlino – Bloomington South (IN): 14 points in 71-61 regional semifinal win over Evansville Harrison on March 13. Led the Panthers with 19 points and 11 rebounds in 58-56 regional final loss to Jeffersonville on March 13, snapping a 49-game winning streak for South.
+ Branden Dawson – Gary Lew Wallace (IN): 16 points in 47-35 regional semifinal win over Plymouth on March 13 and 13 points in 71-52 regional championship win over West Lafayette on March 13. Up next: Ft. Wayne Elmhurst on March 20 at Lafayette Jefferson.
+ Cody Zeller – Washington (IN): 29 points and 13 rebounds in 52-45 regional semifinal win over Corydon Central on March 13. Led the Hatchets to regional title with 21 points and nine rebounds in 55-47 win over Boonville. Up next: Danville on March 20 at Southport.
+ Jeremiah Davis – Muncie Central (IN): 21 points in 66-52 regional semifinal win over Lafayette Jeff. 12 points in 50-44 regional final loss to Carroll.
Back in the dark ages of journalism, (18 months ago) to find out if a promising prep basketball player had say, received an offer from a prominent in-state school, one needed to use archaic means, such as telephones and e-mail, to connect with said players and their coaches and confidants and confirm such news. Ah, the joys of social networking.
Translation: I follow Yogi Ferrell on Twitter, and just about 12 hours ago, he announced to the Twitter world (Tworld? Let’s make that happen) that he had, in fact, received an offer from IU.
“Got offered by IU,” Ferrell said via his Twitter account. This comes on the heels of a March 7 trip to Illinois to watch the Illini take on Wisconsin. That visit, according to Ferrell’s Twitter feed, (can’t you tell I’m enjoying this?) yielded an offer from Illinois as well. So according to Rivals, this brings Ferrell’s offer tally up to four, with IU and Illinois joining Butler and Purdue in the chase for the Park Tudor sophomore.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Ferrell, whose real first name, by the way, is Kevin, has been on the radar for quite some time. In fact, he was once considered the No. 1 player in the nation — in the fifth grade. I point you to this 2005 Indianapolis Star article, (in pdf format) which features Ferrell prominently in its exploration of what then qualified as a needs-to-be-explained phenomenon: basketball players getting attention from sportswear companies and other industry figures at an alarmingly-young age.
So add Ferrell, one of a number of talented 2012 prospects coming out of Indianapolis, to the list of prospects with a scholarship offer from IU.
The recruiting buzz lately, as most of you know, has orbited around adding a big man to the 2010 recruiting class.
The two most-prominent names being mentioned thus far are Will Yeguete (pictured), a forward from Florida with an impressive offer sheet, and Moses Abraham, a D.C. product that IU entered late for but seems to have made up ground on in a short time.
Yeguete was on campus this weekend for the Northwestern game, and I got the chance to catch up with his coach, Aubin Goporo, who said the visit made a good impression on Yeguete.
“He said the visit went very well,” Goporo told Inside the Hall on Monday night. “He enjoyed his time.”
Yeguete, a native of Meaux, France, who has lived in Florida for the last two years, will take all of his visits before making a final decision on where to sign. Goporo said Yeguete hasn’t set a firm date to announce his commitment yet and has taken three visits thus far. Yeguete has offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech and Indiana, among others.
With effective post play still at a premium in IU’s rotation, Goporo said he believes Yeguete will “make an impact in his freshman year, no question about it.” He described Yeguete as a well-rounded player who can play facing the basket or with his back to it, and sees the court and moves the ball well.
“The kid is a hard worker, and the kid enjoys a challenge,” Goporo said. “(He) understands the game really well.”
Goporo did say he wasn’t sure how much IU’s tradition, a strong Tom Crean selling point, would matter to Yeguete.
“He’s looking for somewhere that he’s going to fit in well,” he said.
On Moses Abraham: I’ve been e-mailing back and forth with his adviser, Joe Boncore. Abraham was unable to make a scheduled visit to IU for the Northwestern game due to illness, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to get to Bloomington before he makes his decision, which Boncore said will come Sunday. Boncore added that Roshown McLeod’s departure will have no effect on Abraham’s decision.
Update: Our good friend Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times reports that Abraham won’t visit IU, but that the Hoosiers are still in consideration. So there you go.
Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2010 signees Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey and 2011 commitments Austin Etherington and Matt Carlino, as well as other notable prospects being recruited by Indiana, are performing at their respective schools. (Note: This is not intended to be a complete list of players Indiana is recruiting. Only players with published stats are listed.)
+ Victor Oladipo – DeMatha (MD): Team-high 17 points as the Stags beat Paul VI Catholic, 81-59, on March 4. DeMatha plays St. John’s today in the WCAC semifinals at American University.
+ Will Sheehey – Sagemont (FL): Sheehey’s senior season ended on March 5 with a 52-37 loss to Jacksonville Providence in the Class 2A semifinals. Sheehey finished with 4 points on 2-of-10 shooting.
+ Austin Etherington – Hamilton Heights (IN): 11 points as the Huskies fell 52-37 to Mt. Vernon (Fortville) in Sectional 27 at Mt. Vernon.
+ Matt Carlino – Bloomington South (IN) (Pictured, Photo by Chris Howell of the Bloomington Herald-Times): 12 points as the Panthers won Sectional 15, 76-47, over host Columbus North on March 6. 15 points in a 76-37 sectional semifinal win over Columbus East on March 5. Up next: Evansville Harrison on March 13 at Seymour.
Will Yeguete, a 6-7, 210-pound forward from the Florida Air Academy, will visit Bloomington today for the regular season finale against Northwestern according to Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times. Here’s the only videos we’ve come across to-date of Yeguete (Thanks to Kelin for sending these along). Yeguete is wearing No. 15 in blue in both videos. Enjoy.
Joe Boncore, 2010 four-star forward Moses Abraham’s adviser, confirmed to Inside the Hall on Monday what Adam Zagoria reported just a little while ago: IU is in Abraham’s top seven, and coaches are still working on ironing out the details to get Abraham to campus for the March 6 game against Northwestern.
“They want him, and (Moses) can help right away,” Boncore said in a text message. “He likes the fact that if he goes there and they turn it around he will never be forgotten.”
Such news on Abraham, who Tom Crean offered just a couple of weeks ago, is encouraging for Hoosier fans hoping Crean can pick up a commitment from a early-impact post player, and Abraham certainly seems to fit that bill.
We’ll keep up with Abraham’s recruitment as it unfolds, and — hopefully — we’ll have something more on IU target Will Yeguette, a Florida-based forward prospect soon as well.
Victor Oladipo isn’t known for putting up a lot of points. But when needed, the IU signee from DeMatha is certainly capable. Such was the case last night as Oladipo scored a career-high 26 in a 73-69 win over No. 1 Gonzaga.
“When my team needs me to score, I can score the basketball,” said Oladipo, who previously had scored 20 points just once in his high school career. “Just because I don’t usually score a lot of points doesn’t mean I can’t score.”
The upset win wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for the Stags, who are 25-3 overall and 16-1 in conference.