IndyBall Shootout player evaluations: 2012 class

Inside the Hall hit the spring AAU trail in Indianapolis over the weekend for the Shootout, which featured several IU commits and recruiting targets. Here are notes on prospects in the 2012 class from editor Alex Bozich and recruiting analyst Joe Eberhardt. (Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Hanner Perea, La Porte La Lumiere, Indiana Elite Team Indiana

– Bozich’s take: The Colombia native was somewhat limited by a sore hamstring, but still managed to display that elite athleticism that is responsible for his rise up the national recruiting rankings. Offensively, he’s far more dangerous at this point hovering around the paint and looking for lobs and putbacks. Playing with a point guard like Ferrell that will drive into the lane and look his way should produce plenty of opportunities for easy buckets. But in order for Perea to become more well-rounded offensive threat, he’ll need to develop a more consistent post game and continue working on his jump shot out to 10 or 12 feet. Defensively, Perea changed a number of shots with his tremendous length.

Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central, Indiana Elite Team Indiana

– Eberhardt’s take: A late addition to the Indiana Elite team, Hollowell didn’t appear to miss a beat. He looked great all weekend long, scoring by knocking down perimeter jump shots and attacking defenders off the dribble. Hollowell looks to have improved his athleticism heading into this weekend, finishing several dunks in traffic and pleasing the crowd with his bounce. He also played a big part in Indiana Elite’s defensive game plan on Gary Harris, helping to hold the fellow 2012 star to just four field goals in the Indiana Elite vs. D3 Pride matchup. This weekend was a solid all-around performance for Hollowell, showing off the versatility that makes him so impressive. As long as Hollowell continues to assert himself, he should be one of the most productive players on the AAU circuit this summer.


IndyBall Video: Jaquan Lyle interview, highlights

2014 Evansville Bosse guard Jaquan Lyle picked up an offer from Indiana last winter and finished an impressive freshman season with a sectional title and averages of 15.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The talented freshman kicked off the AAU season with the Eric Gordon All-Stars on Saturday at the Shootout and Inside the Hall caught up with Lyle after a pool play game for a Q & A:

Check out two highlight reels of Lyle from Saturday and Sunday games in Indianapolis after the jump:


IndyBall Video: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell highlights

2012 Park Tudor guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell is Indiana’s floor general of the future and the IU commit put on a display of stellar play at the Shootout on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the first look at Indiana Elite that was posted yesterday, here are some additional highlights of the five-star point guard from this past weekend’s play:

IndyBall Video: Collin Hartman interview, highlights

2013 Indianapolis Cathedral forward Collin Hartman kicked off the AAU season on Saturday with the Eric Gordon All-Stars 16-and-under team, where he’ll play with fellow IU commit Devin Davis Jr. as well as Purdue commit Basil Smotherman, Zak Irvin and V.J. Beachem.

Inside the Hall caught up with Hartman after a pool play game at the Shootout for a video Q & A:

Highlights of Hartman, taken by Joe Eberhardt, are available after the jump:


HD Video: Jeremy Hollowell talks Indiana Elite debut

Shortly after making a verbal pledge to play at Indiana, 2012 Lawrence Central wing Jeremy Hollowell joined four of his future Hoosier teammates on Indiana Elite Team Indiana.

Inside the Hall caught up with Hollowell after his first game with Indiana Elite and the 6-7 junior talked about building team chemistry, the crowd that showed up at North Central, his relationships with Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Perea and more:

HD Video: Ferrell ready to build chemistry with future teammates

2012 Park Tudor guard and IU commit Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell is expecting a big spring and summer out of himself and his Indiana Elite teammates.

Inside the Hall caught up with Ferrell after his spring AAU debut on Saturday at North Central and IU’s point guard of the future explained why this year’s Elite team might be better than last year’s:

Joe Eberhardt also caught up with Yogi for an interview and that video is available after the jump:


No surprise: Cody Zeller wins Mr. Basketball award

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

Three state championships at Washington High School. The Trester Mental Attitude Award. A selection to the McDonald’s All-American game. And now, Mr. Basketball.

On Sunday, The Indianapolis Star named IU signee and Washington senior Cody Zeller to the state’s most prestigious honor, Mr. Basketball.

Zeller joins his brothers — Luke (Notre Dame) and Tyler (North Carolina) — as the third member of his family to win the award. He was also the third Zeller to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

He’s the 26th Mr. Basketball to sign with Indiana.

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