HD Video: Gary Harris talks AAU, Indiana, recruiting

We’ll have no shortage of content from the IndyBall.com Shootout over the next few days, but here’s a video interview with 2012 Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris after his second pool play game at North Central on Saturday afternoon.

The five-star junior talked about the AAU season getting underway, Indiana, a timeline for cutting his school list, a new school in his recruiting picture and more:

And here’s a dunk by Harris from a pool play game against Spiece Indiana Select 2012:

Update: We’ve added a longer highlight reel of Harris after the jump:


IU assistant watches Huntington Prep’s Djimde on Thursday

Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley was in Huntington, West Virginia on Thursday to watch Ibrahima Djimde, according to Jody Demling of The Courier-Journal.

The 6-9, 230-pound Mali, Africa native recently received his college entrance test score, which is leading to more recruiting interest. He’s a member of the 2011 recruiting class.

Djimde, who goes by the nickname “Ibby,” is rated the No. 53 center nationally by ESPN.com.

Here are some quotes on Djimde from Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford from an interview conducted by Zach Osterman for Inside the Hall back in February:

“I saw him in the spring, and I didn’t like him. I saw him in the summer and liked him a little, but he still wasn’t ready. Since we saw him in the spring until we got him in August, he was a different player. From Aug. 18 to now, he’s a completely different player.

“He improves every day. He’s a four-year kid that’s gonna work hard. He can defend the four and the five.

“There is some interest there (from Indiana). He plays so hard, he’s one of those kids that, he’s intriguing because of his size and athletic ability, and then he plays hard.”

2011 forward Jamari Traylor looking at four

According to information published earlier this week by The Lawrence Journal World, 2011 IMG Academy forward Jamari Traylor is down to four schools: Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi State and St. John’s.

Traylor took an unofficial visit to Bloomington on Mar. 28, but has yet to take an official visit to any of his finalists. He played in Sunday’s NeXt All-American Classic at the Sears Centre in Chicago and finished with 11 points.

The 6-8, 215-pound senior told the Journal World that he doesn’t have a favorite among his final four schools, but added that he plans to make a visit to Lawrence in the coming weeks.

The potential early departures of the Morris twins — Marcus and Markieff — to the NBA Draft could open immediate playing time for the Chicago native at Kansas.

But despite rumors last week that the Morris twins would opt for the draft, the Journal World reported today that both Marcus and Markieff are still undecided. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Apr. 24.

Update: The Morris twins will enter the draft and have signed with an agent.

Here’s a link to an in-depth Q & A we did with Traylor last month.

The spring signing period begins on Apr. 13.

AAU Preview: IndyBall.com Shootout

Inside the Hall will kick off its spring AAU coverage this weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout in Indianapolis.

Fans in the area will be able to watch nearly all of IU’s verbal commits and also some of the prospects still on the radar at North Central High School and nearby Northview Middle School. Admission is $8 per day or $14 for a weekend pass.

Here’s a look at some of the notable teams that will participate: (Sunday game times and locations will be determined after pool play concludes on Saturday.)

Indiana Elite Team Indiana
Who to watch: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Ron Patterson
When & Where: 3:15 p.m. Saturday (North Central Main Gym), 5:45 p.m. Saturday (North Central Main Gym)

Eric Gordon All-Stars (16 & Under)
– Who to watch: Collin Hartman, Devin Davis Jr., V.J. Beachem, Zak Irvin
– When & Where: 10:15 a.m. Saturday (North Central South Gym Court 2), 4:30 p.m. Saturday (North Central Main Gym)

Spiece Indy Heat
– Who to watch: James Blackmon Jr., P.J. Thompson, Trevon Bluiett
– When & Where: 5:45 p.m. Saturday (North Central South Gym Court 1), 8:15 p.m. Saturday (North Central Main Gym)

D3 Pride
– Who to watch: Gary Harris
– When & Where: 10:15 a.m. Saturday (North Central Main Gym), 12:45 p.m. (North Central South Gym 1)

Eric Gordon All-Stars (15 & Under)
– Who to watch: Bryant McIntosh, Jaraan Lands, Jaquan Lyle
– When & Where: 10:15 a.m. Saturday (Northview Auxiliary), 4:30 p.m. Saturday (Northview Main)

Here’s a printer-friendly spreadsheet.

Both Alex Bozich and Joe Eberhardt contributed to this post.

Bluiett a key piece to Park Tudor’s 2A title run

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Trevon Bluiett walked calmly with his teammates into the press room of Conseco Fieldhouse. A smile beamed from ear to ear on the face of the heralded freshman.

As the media peppered Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling and junior Yogi Ferrell with five minutes of questions following the Panthers’ 2A state championship victory, Bluiett had yet to say a word.

“Trevon, keep it down over there,” Schilling joked.

Bluiett smiled at his head coach and then promptly answered a question on his 21-point performance against Hammond Bishop Noll as if he’d been there many times before.

Complete poise. No hesitation. Total confidence. These are usually not words used to describe a freshman, but they seem to fit Bluiett.

As Noll focused much of its attention on stopping Ferrell, the future IU point guard looked to Bluiett and the freshman delivered.

8-of-13 from the field. 4-of-6 from the foul line. Eight rebounds. Two steals. Two blocks.

But perhaps most impressive of all, a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

“He’s got a high IQ for the game,” Bluiett’s father Reynardo told Inside the Hall on Tuesday. “Just playing along with Yogi for a year, he reads him and his other teammates and knows tendencies pretty well. He studies the game and always seems to be a step ahead of everybody as far as knowing where to be.”


Hollowell talks about decision to join Indiana Elite

As first reported earlier today by Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star, 2012 IU commit Jeremy Hollowell will play this spring and summer with Indiana Elite.

The 6-7 Hollowell played for the Eric Gordon All-Stars last year, but decided to make the move to Indiana Elite for the opportunity to play with fellow IU commits Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin.

Inside the Hall caught up with Hollowell on Tuesday night for a brief Q & A:

On the decision to move to Indiana Elite:

“After I committed to IU pretty much I knew I was going to do it. It seemed only right to do it. I’m going to be going to college with those guys. So having a chance to play AAU with them, getting a feel for playing with them, just bonding over the summer, that can only help us prepare for the future and things like that. So I just thought it would be a good thing to do.”

On getting back on the court this weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout:

“I’m excited to get back into the AAU season. My last AAU season. I’m just ready for a great summer, really.”

On the opportunity to play with future teammates this spring and summer:

“I think it’s pretty big. Knowing those four were playing with each other and them being on another team, it kind of seemed like, ‘why wouldn’t I be playing with them?’ I’m going to school with them, so I think that was a major part of it. Just knowing that we’re going to the same school, having the opportunity to play AAU with them. I still like my Eric Gordon team, though. This is just what I wanted to do, seemed like the right thing to do, so I’m going to go ahead and do it. Nothing against my team from last year, just preparing for my future.”

ITH Scouting Report: 2012 commit Ron Patterson

Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and recruiting analyst for Inside the Hall. You can follow him on Twitter at @IndyHSHoops and read his blog, IndyHSHoops.com.

An Indiana target since his freshman year of high school, Ron Patterson excited Hoosier fans by committing to the Hoosiers in August of 2010. The junior guard led his Broad Ripple team to a city championship this year, the school’s second consecutive crown. Patterson will be teaming up with fellow Indiana commitments Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin and Hanner Perea on an Indiana Elite team this summer.

The first thing that stands out about Patterson is his explosive athleticism. Also blessed with a great wingspan, the junior guard plays much bigger than his 6-3 frame. He’s a formidable shot blocker for his size and rebounds very well from the guard position. Patterson excels at finishing above the rim, and isn’t afraid to go up with the ball against bigger defenders.

Patterson has improved his shooting ability throughout his high school career. Patterson has grown to become a reliable 3-point shooter, both off the bounce, and in catch and shoot situations. He also is able to knock down the pull-up mid-range jumper, a weapon he’ll often use in transition. Patterson’s rugged and physical play helps him on the offensive end and he’s able to finish against opponents after contact and get to the foul line.

Defensively, Patterson is great on the perimeter, using his length, strength, quickness and great instincts to lock down opponents. One area where Patterson could improve is his ability to handle the ball. Tightening up his handle a little bit would help Patterson become more dangerous off the bounce, and increase his productivity. Once Patterson begins his career at Indiana, fans will quickly appreciate his hard working attitude.

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