2012 Indiana commitment Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell finished with 16 points (including the game-winner), five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the Junior All-Stars 104-102 sudden death win over the Indiana All-Stars on Wednesday at Kokomo’s Memorial Gym.
Watch highlights of Indiana’s point guard of the future 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):
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first of the two annual All-Star games between Indiana and Kentucky came down to the final 15.7 seconds.
And in the game’s final play, it was Indianapolis Pike’s Marquis Teague, who is headed to Kentucky, isolated against Louisville Eastern’s Remy Abell, who will play at Indiana.
Give round one to Indiana.
Teague milked the clock all the way down under three seconds and as Abell backed off slightly in anticipation of the drive, the Kentucky-bound point guard elevated and knocked down a game-winner from just inside the 3-point line.
The shot lifted Indiana to a 105-103 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
“Teague hit a big shot,” Abell said. “Big players make big shots. I gave him the jump shot most of the time the whole game, because he just wanted to drive, but he took another jump shot. I contested it the best I could.”
Indiana has won 22 of the last 25 games in the series.
Mr. Basketball Cody Zeller finished the two Indiana All-Star exhibition games with totals of 51 points and 40 rebounds. Watch over 90 seconds of new video of Zeller from Wednesday’s exhibition in Kokomo 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):
2012 Indiana commitment Hanner Perea scored six points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Junior All-Stars 104-102 sudden death win over the Indiana All-Stars on Wednesday at Kokomo’s Memorial Gym.
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A video interview with Perea is available after the jump …
One person that didn’t talk to ESPN.com’s Mike Fish for the A-HOPE investigative stories that were published last month was Hanner Perea, the 6-foot-8 forward from Colombia that verbally committed to Indiana last October.
“People said they are trying to make me go to IU. I picked IU because that’s where I feel good. I feel that I’m going to be in a nice place with good people around me. That’s why I picked IU. … They never tried to push me. The first thing they told me was I could go anywhere I want. I like IU. I’ve been around IU a lot, so that’s why I picked them.”
“I read it. I didn’t know somebody was doing a story like that. Not everything they said is true so I’m not going to worry about it. I haven’t done anything wrong.
“I’m just going to keep playing and doing what I’m doing. In the end, everyone will know what is true. When I first saw it, it bothered me but I just have keep moving ahead.”
While this story will continue to come up as a discussion piece between now and the time of Indiana’s first practice in the fall of 2012, the final outcome will be determined by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
If, as Mark Adams told Dopirak, IU’s compliance folks and the NCAA are both aware and comfortable with everything that has taken place, this should be a non-issue moving forward.
One of the newest names to emerge on Indiana’s 2013 recruiting radar is Belleville (IL) guard Malcolm Hill. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard, who plays AAU with the SW Illinois Jets, took an unofficial trip to Bloomington on Sunday.
On his visit, Hill had the opportunity to tour campus with assistant coach Bennie Seltzer and also participated in a camp at Assembly Hall and Cook Hall. Inside the Hall caught up with ESPN.com’s No. 36 overall player in the 2013 class on Wednesday night for a Q & A:
(Editor’s note: HD video of Hill from the adidas May Classic is available after the jump.)
On the Sunday trip to Bloomington:
“It was just a visit. I looked around their campus and went to their camp and that’s all. They have a nice campus, it’s a good environment and I saw that they have good study habits. Their study program has their kids make time for school and basketball.”
On Cook Hall and the camp:
“I really like the practice facility a lot. I talked to Coach Crean. We went through drills. We talked about how their style of play was and how they do team ball instead of individual basketball.”
On his feelings about Illinois and Missouri, who were the first two schools to offer and the other schools recruiting him:
“I’m kind of neutral about it. I’m not too excited. But then again I’m not just waving it off. I’m glad they offered me a scholarship. The other schools that are looking at me are Ohio State, Xavier, UCLA, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Providence and Tennessee.”
It’s not often that a basketball game ends in a sudden death scenario.
But last night’s Junior-Senior All-Star in Kokomo did just that after D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to tie the game at 102.
After Smith-Rivera hit the buzzer beater, game officials decided on a 1-minute overtime. The juniors won the tip, held the ball for 50 seconds and Smith-Rivera was fouled.
But the junior guard, who is headed to Oak Hill Academy in the fall, missed both free throws and time expired with the score still knotted at 102.
The second overtime was declared “sudden death” and Yogi Ferrell hit an off-balance baseline jumper to lift the Juniors to a 104-102 win.
Here’s what the Indiana-bound point guard, who finished with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks had to say afterward:
Notable final stats: Cody Zeller (25 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks); Austin Etherington (two points, two assists and six rebounds), Gary Harris (15 points), Hanner Perea (six points, 15 rebounds), Ron Patterson (eight points).