LOUISVILLE, Ky. — His Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) career may have ended with a loss in the Peach Jam semifinals, but class of 2015 guard Kenny Williams still has a chance to go out on a winning note in his final AAU event.
Williams, who plays for Boo Williams, averaged 10.0 points and 2.6 rebounds at the Peach Jam, but struggled with his shooting over five games. He connected on just 15 of his 45 field goal attempts.
“I was really cold at Peach Jam, especially from inside the 3-point line,” Williams said. “I couldn’t really get my midrange going a lot, so it was tough for me to get my offensive game going with those jump shots not falling.”
The loss in the Peach Jam, however, wasn’t the end for Williams as he’s in the midwest this week for the AAU Super Showcase, where he’s being scouted by numerous high major schools.
Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley was in Louisville on Thursday to watch Williams and his Boo Williams teammates win a pair of pool play games over ABC/Bank Hoops and the Oklahoma Wizards.
The Hoosiers offered Williams a scholarship in late May and with two former Boo Williams players already on campus in Bloomington, he’s quite familiar with the program.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the summer moves along, the recruitment of class of 2016 Southport center Joey Brunk continues to add new suitors.
The 6-foot-9 big man added an offer from Indiana following the first July evaluation period and now two other Big Ten schools have followed with offers.
Brunk entered July with offers from Iowa and Purdue and has added Indiana, Michigan State and Northwestern as a result of his strong play with Grassroots Indiana.
In an interview with Inside the Hall at the AAU Super Showcase, he broke down the new offers from the Spartans and Wildcats.
“Coach (Tom) Izzo thinks I fit in well, playing with my back to the basket,” Brunk said. “I can help, I can get people shots from the inside when they double, I can kick it back out and they can play through me. I take what they say and try to use it to get better.
“Coach (Chris) Collins was talking to me on the phone and told me, ‘I’ve won at every level and this isn’t going to be any different.’ He means business, he expects to win and he wants to turn it around.”
At this point, Brunk said he has no leaders in recruitment and is focusing on continuing to grow his game. As a sophomore at Southport, he averaged 15.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocks per game as the Cardinals finished 15-8.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Class of 2015 Columbia (Mo.) guard Jimmy Whitt has been one of the biggest risers in the national rankings thanks to his play this summer.
The 6-foot-3 guard was a standout at last month’s NBPA Top 100 camp and last week, he led his KC Run GMC team to the semifinals of the Under Armour Finals in Suwanee, Georgia.
As a result, Whitt has risen up to No. 51 nationally in the latest 247Composite rankings and has a strong list of schools in pursuit. After KC Run GMC dropped its opener of the AAU Super Showcase to BABC in overtime at Freedom Hall, Whitt went through some of the schools who are involved in his recruitment.
“SMU, Arkansas, Missouri, Creighton, Colorado, Marquette, Memphis, Illinois,” he said.
Indiana, which scouted Whitt at the Under Armour Finals and had associate head coach Tim Buckley in attendance for his first game in Louisville on Wednesday night, is also in the mix, but has yet to offer a scholarship.
“I hear from them a lot,” Whitt explained. “I hear from coach Crean. I’ve talked to them recently, I want to say in the last four days. We’ve just been catching up on the tournaments we’re going to and how things have been going. It’s been going real smooth.”
Whitt is very familiar with the IU program as he took an unofficial visit to Bloomington earlier in his prep career and also has family that resides in Fort Wayne.
He also has a cousin who currently attends IU and another cousin who also plans to attend the school.
After Raymond Spalding’s decision to commit to Louisville on Sunday, Indiana has moved on quickly with other frontcourt options remaining on the board.
The latest prospect to receive a scholarship offer is Lexington (Tenn.) center Nick Marshall, according to Brian Snow of Scout.com.
The Indiana staff scouted the 6-foot-10 center at the Under Armour Finals in Atlanta, where he was playing with Team Thad, this past week during the second July evaluation period.
Rated the No. 123 prospect nationally by the 247Composite, Marshall told reporters in Atlanta that Indiana is among his top five schools:
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Since his freshman year of high school at Lawrence Central, 6-foot-2, class of 2016 guard Kyle Guy has noticed a shift in his game.
“I’ve become a lot more confident in the rest of my game,” he noted on Thursday to Inside the Hall. “My freshman year I just sort of shot a lot of threes, and now I’m trying to expand my game, be more of a point guard.”
On Thursday, at the Battle at the Beach, thousands of miles from Indianapolis, Guy was able to showcase his newfound confidence in front of many college coaches — including Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley and coaches from California and Oregon State, among others — for Indiana Elite.
In their 61-59 win over Inland (CA), Guy scored eight points and recorded three assists and two rebounds. But Inland featured a rising 6-foot-1 guard, Derrick Bruce, who scored more than 30 points.
“I had actually never heard of him before this, but he can play,” Guy said. “It was surreal to be out there playing like that. It was great competition.”
It was in front of colleges who have shown significant interest, too.
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — During an interview on Thursday following a game at Battle at the Beach, 2016 power forward Aurora (Colo.) De’Ron Davis was asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
His face lit up.
The 6-foot-9, No. 22 prospect in his class rattled off a list of high-major programs that included Arizona, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, Duke and California.
“It’s pretty much all I can ask for,” he said. “I’m just taking it all in and enjoying it right now.”
Davis and the Colorado Hawks flew into Las Vegas on Thursday and drove five hours to Redondo Beach, making it just in time for a late-evening game against the Las Vegas Knicks.
And utilizing his physical advantage, Davis scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in front of Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley and other college coaches for a 60-56 Hawks win.
“I’m always having a good time out there, but at the same time you’ve got to look at the big picture,” Davis said. “Like if I play a team without a big man, post up. But if I play a team bigger than me, I’ve got to show my outside game. It all depends, really.
“I just like helping my team and doing whatever I can to get the win.”
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — 2016 forward and longtime Indiana target T.J. Leaf has recently seen an explosion in his recruitment. Just in the past week, the 6-foot-9 junior, the No. 18 prospect in the 2016 class according to the 247Composite, has received offers from Florida and Louisville.
On Thursday, Inside the Hall caught up with Leaf at Battle at the Beach after he recorded 31 points, five rebounds and three blocks in two evening games for Compton Magic Elite in front of multiple college coaches — including Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley.
Our full conversation with the Foothills Christian (Calif.) forward is posted below:
Earlier this summer, you talked about hoping to become more of a wing player. How do you feel that adjustment has gone, so far?
“I think I’m definitely evolving my wing skills to be more of a 3-4 instead of a 4-3. So I think I’m doing a pretty good job of that.”
What other parts of your game have you been working on recently?
“Just continuing to get healthy, a consistent jump shot, those are pretty much the main things. And then just continuing my wing skills and dribbling.”
Your first game tonight, your team won by 20 points. How were you feeling out there?
“I felt pretty good. I mean all our guys got to play a lot, so it’s good for everyone to get looks out there in front of the college coaches.”