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Report: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera back on the board

Update: Smith-Rivera told Greg Rosenstein of The Indiana Daily Student that’s he’s considering the following schools: Florida, Miami, Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Ohio State.

When asked about IU, here’s what DSR told Rosenstein: “Maybe they’ll continue to recruit me, but who knows. I really like the atmosphere there and they’ve shown a lot of love.”

According to a report by Brian Snow of, 2012 North Central guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has decided to re-open his recruitment.

Smith-Rivera committed to Xavier back on October 24, which was not exactly surprising given the relationship he had built with both Chris Mack and assistant coach Travis Steele.

The 6-3, 210-pound guard spoke openly in the past about his desire to play with two of his AAU teammates, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin, but it’s unclear how the Hoosiers might fit into his recruiting picture this time around.

Smith-Rivera, rated the No. 25 prospect nationally by and No. 22 nationally by, described himself as “wide-open” to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

Indiana currently has commitments from Perea, Jurkin, Yogi Ferrell and Ron Patterson for its 2012 class.

IPSAC Midwest Challenge: Jeremy Hollowell

2012 Lawrence Central wing Jeremy Hollowell met with the media following a 64-55 win over Cincinnati Aiken last Wednesday in the IPSAC Midwest Challenge. Hollowell scored 22 points.

Joe Eberhardt of Inside the Hall and IndyHSHoops was there as Hollowell talked about Lawrence Central’s play early in the season, his recruiting picture and more:

IPSAC Midwest Challenge: Trey Lyles

2014 Indianapolis Tech forward and IU commit Trey Lyles met with the media following a 73-70 loss to East Chicago Central in the IPSAC Midwest Challenge on Wednesday. Lyles scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Joe Eberhardt of Inside the Hall and IndyHSHoops was there as Lyles talked about the tough loss, the adjustment to playing varsity, his emphasis on rebounding and more:

IPSAC Midwest Challenge: James Blackmon Jr.

2014 Ft. Wayne Luers guard and IU commit James Blackmon Jr. met with the media following a 72-62 win over Indianapolis Arlington in the IPSAC Midwest Challenge on Wednesday. Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

Joe Eberhardt of Inside the Hall and IndyHSHoops was there as Blackmon Jr. talked about his early commitment to IU, the strengths of his game, Trey Lyles and more:

Jaquan Lyle one of the best in Indiana’s 2014 class

A small group of reporters huddled outside the Evansville Bosse locker room following the Bulldogs’ 79-71 loss to Washington on Friday.

We were there to try and speak with Bosse’s heralded freshman Jaquan Lyle, who picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana and is drawing attention from a bevy of high major schools.

But as our conversation with Bosse coach Shane Burkhart drew to a conclusion and a reporter from the Illinois’ Rivals site asked about his star freshman’s media availability, it became clear that a conversation with Lyle was off limits.

“Nope, not gonna happen. Sorry. He’s 14, man,” Burkhart said.

Credit Burkhart for not further feeding the growing hype surrounding Lyle.

“He’s 14 years old,” the Bosse coach explained. “And we’ve got so many things we’ve got to do to keep his head above water. We’re not really concentrating so much on the basketball stuff, we’re concentrating on trying to keep people away. We’re trying to get him to a point where he is what he is to grow up.”

The natural talent Lyle possesses is clear from the moment he steps on the floor. Friday was Lyle’s lowest point total (16) in four games and the 6-4 wing struggled until late, when he hit three consecutive 3-pointers with Cody Zeller on the bench.

“As a freshman in four games, I don’t know if you can ask much more than that,” Burkhart said. “He’s meeting the call. He just struggles a little bit at the point of still learning the basics of some of the game.”

The strength of Lyle’s game is his versatility. He’s not yet explosive off the dribble, but he excels on the perimeter as a shooter and a facilitator for his teammates.


Zeller goes for 27 points, 20 rebounds in win at Bosse

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s eight verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.

You can send us stats or results for this report at (Thanks to Kelin for the special assist on some stats this week.) Here’s our latest update:


+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Twelve points in a 50-44 win over Western on Dec. 17 and 15 points in a 79-60 loss at Noblesville on Dec. 18.

+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Twenty-seven points, 20 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a 79-71 win at Evansville Bosse on Dec. 17 and in front of Indiana coach Tom Crean, scored 18 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 61-42 win over Sullivan on Dec. 18.

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+ Michael Chandler (Lawrence North): Twenty-two points in a 70-53 win at Indianapolis Arlington on Dec. 17.


Evansville Bosse coach reacts to Jaquan Lyle’s tweet

Update: Lyle’s Twitter account has been deleted.

EVANSVILLE — Did Evansville Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle tip off future plans for a commitment to Indiana via Twitter?

That’s what a reporter asked Bosse coach Shane Burkhart following his team’s 79-71 loss to Washington on Friday night. The tweet, shown below, suggests the 14-year old Lyle could be favoring the Hoosiers at the early stages of his recruitment:

Lyle, who finished with 16 points and is not yet speaking to the media, already has scholarship offers from Indiana and Xavier.

Here was Burkhart’s response after he was asked about Lyle’s tweet: “I don’t know. I don’t. Jaquan is a practical joker. He loves to joke.”

Indiana already has two commitments for its 2014 recruiting class — Ft. Wayne Luers guard James Blackmon Jr. and Indianapolis Tech forward Trey Lyles.

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