2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson is known as a lockdown defender, but the Indiana commit can also light it up from the perimeter and finish at the rim.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Patterson put together a solid weekend of play at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic and Inside the Hall has compiled video from two of his pool play games with Indiana Elite. Watch high-definition quality clips of Patterson (wearing jersey No. 34) at the Run ‘N Slam in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Watch Patterson’s dunk on Michigan State commit Kenny Kaminski from City League Hoops TV after the jump.
Inside the Hall continues its high-definition video collection from this past weekend’s Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic this morning with 2012 commit Hanner Perea.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Colombia native stood strong in a pool play game against Purdue commit Jay Simpson and also showed a little range from the perimeter. Watch high-definition quality clips of Perea (wearing jersey No. 12) at the Run ‘N Slam in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Illinois Wolves director and coach Mike Mullins is no stranger to coaching elite Division I talent, particularly at the guard position.
The Wolves have produced several notable alums, including Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers and Demetri McCamey, who recently finished up a stellar career at Illinois.
As Indiana looks for point guard help for its 2013 recruiting class, the Hoosiers have been in touch with Mullins about another member of the Wolves’ program, Jalen James of Chicago Hope Academy.
“Coach Buckley and I talked. We’ve had Coach Buckley and Coach Crean recruit plenty of our players before,” Mullins told Inside the Hall at the Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic. “Jalen’s been recruited by most of the Big Ten already. I think Tim (Buckley) has been looking for someone else in that class for another point guard option.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound James is beginning to emerge on the national scene with his strong play this spring on the AAU circuit.
Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Northwestern were in to see James during the most recent open period and Baylor and Cleveland State have already extended scholarship offers.
“He’s a kid that came from a very little school that didn’t get a lot of publicity,” Mullins said. “I think he’s going to be a pretty good player. He has good size, frame and skills.”
Mullins said James has improved in several areas, including becoming more of a vocal leader, since last fall.
2014 Ft. Wayne Luers guard James Blackmon Jr. is considered one of the best shooters in his class nationally and last September, the freshman gave a verbal pledge to Indiana.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Blackmon Jr. put together a fantastic weekend at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic and Inside the Hall captured our first in-depth video look of the IU commit. Watch high-definition quality clips of Blackmon Jr. (wearing jersey No. 12) at the Run ‘N Slam in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Indiana secured a pivotal in-state commitment last fall when 2014 forward Trey Lyles opted for the Hoosiers before ever playing a high school game at Arsenal Tech in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-9 Lyles was recently named the national freshman of the year by MaxPreps.com.
Inside the Hall got our first look at Lyles this weekend at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic in Ft. Wayne. Watch close to four minutes of high-definition quality video of Lyles (wearing jersey No. 9) at the Run ‘N Slam in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Inside the Hall got its first look at 2014 Arsenal Tech forward and IU commit Trey Lyles on Friday at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic in Ft. Wayne. We caught up with the 6-9 freshman after a pool play win at Northrop High School for a Q & A:
On his mindset entering the Run ‘N Slam:
“Just to play hard every play. Every game, play hard. Just try to do within my capability for us to win as a team. Not try to go out there and show out as an individual, but score as much as I can, do whatever I can, but help the team win as a group leader.”
On what he’s trying to improve the most about his game:
“Probably just getting the mentality that I can score whenever I want, be more selfish, but I’m very much a team player. But sometimes I’m too much of a team player when it gets down to games where they really need me to score. I might be very passive at the beginning, but I need to work on being more selfish. Just playing against better competition and better guys will help me out a lot.”
On being able to focus on getting better rather than his recruitment:
“It helped me to commit early so I could get a lot of the pressure off me. I still got to go out there and play hard and perform as well as I can, but committing early kind of helped out in the long run.”
On why he decided to commit early to Indiana:
“Just the coaching. They’ve got a great coach and the recruits are great. We’ve got a lot good guys coming into play with us. I just thought that would be the best situation for me in the future.”
On the competitiveness between the 2012 recruits and 2014 recruits:
“It’s just a competitive spirit that we have as individuals. We’re all going to the same school. Hopefully we can get the 2012 guys playing against the 2014 guys in a game.”
Inside the Hall hit the road on Saturday for the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam Classic in Ft. Wayne. We spent Saturday morning and afternoon at the Spiece Fieldhouse watching Indiana Elite Team Indiana, Spiece Indy Heat and Eric Gordon All-Stars 15’s. Our Saturday notebook follows:
— 2014 guard Jaquan Lyle (pictured) continues to show why he’s considered one of the best freshman both in the state and also nationally. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound Lyle is a brilliant passer and when he’s not facilitating for teammates, can also score off the dribble and from the perimeter. Many of his passes lead to turnovers because his teammates are simply not ready for his delivery of the ball. Lyle’s court vision for a kid that just turned 15 is remarkable. The Evansville Bosse freshman is still at four offers — Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Xavier — and will likely add an offer from Ohio State in the near future.
— In a high-profile pool play game, Indiana Elite Team Indiana narrowly escaped the Illinois Wolves and it was Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell that set up Kierran Woods for the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired. The Park Tudor point guard finished with 14 points in the win and had 15 points in an earlier pool play win. Ferrell is striking the perfect balance of setting up teammates to succeed while still looking for his own shot. His jump shot continues to improve and his ball handling in traffic is an aspect Ferrell says he’s trying to improve upon.
— Ron Patterson is still underrated nationally, but the Broad Ripple guard consistently plays defense and that will make him an instant factor upon his arrival in Bloomington. Patterson struggled a bit from the perimeter in the two pool play games on Saturday, but the elevation and form on his jump shot looked solid. One area Patterson is continuing to work on is ball handling and he played the point for a few stretches as Ferrell moved off the ball.
— Indiana’s most athletic recruit, Hanner Perea, stood strong in a meeting with Illinois Wolves forward and Purdue commit Jay Simpson. Perea stepped out and knocked down a few perimeter shots on the afternoon, which is an area of his game that’s still developing, and also finished with authority at the rim several times.
— Jeremy Hollowell was not in attendance for Elite’s first two games on Saturday, but did arrive in Fort Wayne for Elite’s first tournament game. The Lawrence Central forward did not play in the tournament opener.