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2012 Intro: Jeremy Hollowell

The Essentials: 6-6, 195-lb forward for Lawrence Central and Eric Gordon Central Stars

The Schools: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Tennessee and Xavier have offered scholarships. Florida, Louisville and Michigan have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 17.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg for Lawrence Central, which finished 8-13.

The Leaders: Hollowell told Mike Pegram of Peegs.com at the adidas May Classic that Indiana and Ohio State are two schools that stand out. Hollowell is originally from Ohio.

The Quote: “They (Ohio State) might have a little edge because I’m from Ohio. But it’s the same with Indiana, too. I’m still keeping it open.” – Hollowell to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

The Scout Says: “Thanks to his performance in Bloomington, Hollowell’s stock is on the rise. A near 6-foot-6 wing with a pretty complete game, things seem to come easy to Hollowell. He handles well enough to create his own offense, has size to post up other wings and he can shoot the ball with range. He’s also a competitor who is willing to take a tough defensive challenge and help out on the glass.” – Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi on Hollowell’s performance at the adidas May Classic.

The Video Interview (courtesy of Jody Demling):

2012 Intro: DeJuan Marrero

The Essentials: 6-5, 205-lb forward for Bowman Academy and Spiece Indy Heat

The Schools: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue have offered scholarships. Florida, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan and Xavier have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 17.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg for Bowman Academy, which won the Class A state championship.

The Leaders: Long considered to be a Purdue-lean, the Boilermakers, Illinois and Ohio State are believed to be the three schools in the best shape with Marrero, who has not named a leader publicly.

The Quote: “It is cool. I know they are two big rival schools, and knowing I have Indiana and Purdue shows me that my hard work has paid off. It is great to have two great schools recruiting me.” – Marrero to Brian Snow of Rivals.com on being recruited by Indiana and Purdue.

The Ranking: The Hoop Scoop ranks Marrero the 38th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Video Interview (courtesy of Daniel Poneman):

Marrero video highlights from the state championship game are after the jump …

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2012 Intro: T.J. Bell

The Essentials: 6-7, 185-lb forward for Bloomington South and Indiana Mean Streets

The Schools: According to Rivals.com, Indiana, Oregon, Oregon State, Virginia, Washington and Washington State have offered scholarships. Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Purdue have expressed interest.

The Leaders: Indiana and Virginia are believed to be the two schools recruiting Bell the hardest. Bell’s mother, Quacy Timmons (formerly Barnes) played at IU and in the WNBA for four seasons.

The Quote: “I’m hoping for more colleges to come in during the summer. I’m trying to have fun with it. I’m just trying to play and get better. And I want to get bigger. I’ve been trying to work on it. We have weight class in high school, so that helps.” – Bell to The Indianapolis Star.

The Ranking: ESPN’s Scout’s Inc. ranks Bell a 95 on its 100-point scale.

The Scout Says: “In the first game of the day, Bell, a 6-foot-7 power forward, was active and aggressive for the Indiana squad. He scored with his right hand in the paint and owned the offensive glass, scoring off put backs and tip-ins. Although he’s not the quickest, Bell was willing to run the floor and finished when he had opportunities in the open court. Bell finished with 25 points against JSA Indiana.” – Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels on Bell at the adidas May Classic.

The Highlights (courtesy of The Herald-Times):

2012 Intro: Peter Jurkin

The Essentials: 7-0, 195-lb center for United Faith Christian Academy and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Clemson, Indiana and South Carolina have offered scholarships. Memphis, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee have expressed interest.

The Leaders: Indiana, with its ties to Jurkin via Director of Operations and Video Coordinator Drew Adams, is believed to be in great position with the Sudanese big man. Jurkin, however, has not named a leader publicly.

The Ranking: ESPN.com ranks Jurkin the 16th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “Jurkin is thin but very long. He runs well and covers a lot of ground with each step. He is best on the defensive end right now as he is an excellent shot blocker. He shows good touch on the offensive end and can shoot face up jumpers to 15 feet but needs to be more aggressive with his offense. He obviously needs to improve his strength and girth. He also needs to improve the strength of his hands. He is a solid rebounder with his length and bounce but needs to get stronger in order to hold his ground in the paint. Great upside on this kid.” – ESPN Scout’s Inc. on Jurkin.

The Highlights:

2012 Intro: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

The Essentials: 6-3, 220-lb guard for North Central and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier have offered scholarships. Georgetown, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 19.5 ppg for North Central, which won the 4A state championship.

The Quote: “You can really see that they want to get better and they want to become a better team. They’re all about winning games and whatever it takes to get the job done, that’s what they’re gonna do.” – Smith-Rivera to Inside the Hall after watching IU’s open practice last fall.

The Ranking: ESPN.com ranks Smith-Rivera the 24th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “After struggling some with his outside shot at the beginning of the season, Smith-Rivera has caught fire from deep and is now a very reliable shooter. He is still at his best going to the rim using his power and great ability to change speeds, but now that the perimeter jumper keeps defenders honest he is even tougher to deal with.” – Rivals.com analyst Brian Snow on Smith-Rivera’s performance at the adidas May Classic.

The Video Interview:

2012 Intro: A.J. Hammons

The Essentials: 7-0, 260-lb center for Carmel and Spiece Indy Heat

The Schools: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Xavier have offered scholarships. Butler, Kentucky, Ohio State and Purdue have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 8.3 ppg, 7.8 rebounds and 4.8 for Carmel, which finished 15-7.

The Quote: “I’m pretty much focused on trying to get my schoolwork done right now. I really don’t just have one college I like. I’m looking for somewhere I can develop more and get playing time. It’s pretty open right now.” – Hammons to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.

The Ranking: The Hoop Scoop ranks Hammons the 94th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “We’ve seen the progression for this kid over the past year and we can see the light slowly coming. The 7-footer out of Carmel (Ind.) is being more aggressive on both ends and is starting to show his potential. Offensively he has a go-to move in a right jump hook, now we’d like to see him add from there, but he already has what many young posts are missing. Defensively he contests shots and he certainly got his hands on quite a few on Sunday.” – Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels on Hammons at EYBL Los Angeles.

The Highlights:

2012 Intro: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

The Essentials: 5-10, 165-lb guard for Park Tudor and Indiana Elite

The Schools: Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Virginia and Washington have offered scholarships. Michigan and Xavier have expressed interest.

The Numbers: 23.4 ppg, 4.6 apg for Park Tudor, which fell to Wheeler, 41-38, in the Class 2A state championship.

The Quote: “There are other schools who are, and have been, really recruiting Yogi very exclusively. I’m not real sure that IU wants Yogi, just right now. I don’t know.” – Ferrell’s dad, Kevin, to Zach Osterman of Inside the Hall.

The Ranking: The Hoop Scoop ranks Ferrell the 86th best prospect in the 2012 class.

The Scout Says: “Few elite point guards have emerged from the class of 2012, but with continued development “Yogi” is knocking on the door. Bigger than advertised at just a shade under 6 feet tall, he’s got super quickness, a tight handle and outstanding floor vision. A fine vertical athlete who takes the ball right at bigger defenders near the rim, what really sets Ferrell apart is his deadly pull-up jumper (which is true out to 22 feet).” – Rivals.com analyst Eric Bossi on Ferrell following the adidas May Classic.

The Highlights (courtesy of UMHoops.com):

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