Nike Spring Showdown Video: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

One of great things about the ITH community is all of the tips we receive from our readers both via e-mail and Twitter. Such is the case with the following video of Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell that GBuc12 tweeted to us last night.

Here’s another look at Ferrell from the Merrillville Spring Showdown a couple of weeks ago, via 14judge on YouTube:

Inside the Hall also posted video of Ferrell from the event, which you can watch at this link.

AAU Preview: Run ‘N Slam Classic in Ft. Wayne

The spring AAU circuit continues in Indiana this weekend with the Bill Hensley Memorial Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic in Ft. Wayne.

Spiece’s premier event of the spring begins on Friday evening and runs through Sunday at venues throughout the city. Admission is $5 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday.

Here is a look at some of the players to keep an eye on (All times listed are Eastern Standard Time and are pool play games):

Indiana Elite Team Indiana (17-and-under)
Who: Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell (injured), Ron Patterson and Yogi Ferrell
When and Where: Friday at 7:30 PM vs. Club Ohio at Spiece Fieldhouse Court #2, Saturday at 8:00 AM vs. ICP Portland at Spiece Fieldhouse Court #1 and Saturday at 12:30 PM vs. Illinois Wolves at Spiece Fieldhouse Court #3.

Spiece Indy Heat (16-and-under)
Who: James Blackmon Jr., P.J. Thompson, Trevon Bluiett, Trey Lyles
When and Where: Friday at 7:30 PM vs. Michigan Warriors at Northrop Court #14, Saturday at 9:30 AM vs. Waterloo Wildhawks at Spiece Fieldhouse Court #3, Saturday at 2:00 PM vs. The Family at Spiece Fieldhouse Court #1.

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IU recruits move down in updated Scout rankings

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels announced updated 2012 recruiting rankings this morning and here’s a look at how the prospects with Indiana ties landed after the update:

No. 14: Gary Harris (previously 14)
No. 15: Mitch McGary (previously 65)
No. 22: Hanner Perea (previously 16)
No. 26: Jeremy Hollowell (previously 23)
No. 36: Yogi Ferrell (previously 20)
No. 80: Ron Patterson (previously 63)

As noted in the headline, each player committed to Indiana moved down in the rankings. Peter Jurkin is not in the top 100, but is rated the No. 25 center in the class. Other notables: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (23), Raphael Davis (81), Kellen Dunham (87), Glenn Robinson (90), Ronnie Johnson (93).

Indiana looking at 2013 point guard Jalen James

With a pair of wings — Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. — already on board, Indiana continues to look for point guard help for its 2013 recruiting class.

Word of God (NC) Josh Newkirk surfaced on the radar a couple of weeks ago and this week, Illinois Wolves director Mike Mullins tweeted that Indiana is beginning to show interest in Chicago Hope Academy’s Jalen James.

Add IU to schools on 2013 PG Jalen James

The 6-foot-3 James is considered a pure point guard, but is only in the beginning stages of the recruitment process.

“He’s just going through the process,” James’ brother, Jonathan, told Inside the Hall on Tuesday. “It’s new. He’s basically just focusing on AAU. He won’t make a decision until his senior year.”

The list of schools showing interest in James is lengthy. According to James and his brother, Baylor and Cleveland State have offered and DePaul, Dayton, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Xavier have all expressed interest.

Rivals.com listed him among the 2013 players from Illinois that will receive strong consideration for the top 150 when the rankings expand.

But despite the early offers and attention, James has no favorite and is focusing on improving his game this spring and summer.

“I’m working on my jump shot. Strength wise, I’m trying to get bigger and also work on my speed,” James, who is working out at Chicago’s Attack Athletics, said on Tuesday.

Another significant part of the Chicago point guard’s game is defense, which he said was the first thing he was taught in basketball.

“Ever since I was younger, I was shorter than everybody,” he said. “So I had to get my points off of steals, that’s why I love defense so much. I was really the shortest player when I was younger, but I hit a growth spurt, so now it’s just carried on with me. I just love defense.”

Video of James after the jump

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Eric Gordon All-Star Classic Video: Devin Davis Jr.

Warren Central wing and Indiana commitment Devin Davis Jr. put together a stellar sophomore high school season despite battling a stress fracture in his back that kept him at less than 100 percent.

The 6-foot-5 Davis, ESPN.com’s No. 27 player nationally in the 2013 class, averaged 15.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for former Indiana guard Greg Graham.

Watch a new collection of highlights of Davis Jr. from this past weekend’s Eric Gordon All-Star Classic in the embedded media player below:

A quick video Q & A with Davis Jr. is available after the jump.

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Eric Gordon All-Star Classic Video: Zak Irvin

2013 Hamilton Southeastern wing Zak Irvin continues to build a strong national profile with his play this spring for the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Irvin has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Xavier and interest from Baylor, Butler, Michigan, Michigan State and Vanderbilt.

Watch new video of ESPN.com’s No. 41 player in the class of 2013 in the embedded media player below:

Recruiting roundup: Makanjuola, McGary, 2012 rankings

The weekend in Bloomington brought news of a visit from 2011 Word of God (NC) big man Yemi Makanjuola. The 6-foot-9 Nigeria native began his playing career in the United States at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia before moving to Word of God this past season. There’s not much information out there on Makanjuola, but here are links to a few brief video clips that were sent to us by ITH reader Kelin (scroll down on each link): Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3.

The national profile of Brewster Academy’s Mitch McGary continues to rise after another fantastic weekend for the Chesterton native. Here’s what Eric Bossi of Rivals.com had to say about McGary from the Jayhawk Invitational:

Skilled and athletic in the paint, the 6-foot-10 McGary has advanced his game further than just about any prospect in the last year. An offensive-minded guy, he’s the rare big guy who is already comfortable playing facing or with his back to the basket. He rebounds, runs the floor and is a pretty good rim protector defensively. The Indiana native made the move of the night when he caught on the right block, gave a fake to his right shoulder and then spun to his left to swish a right-handed jump hook from 8 feet. He’s left-handed, folks.

MaxPreps.com released a top 100 for the class of 2012 and four Indiana commits made the cut: Yogi Ferrell (20), Hanner Perea (53), Jeremy Hollowell (60) and Ron Patterson (76). Other notables: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (9), Gary Harris (26), T.J. Warren (75), DeJuan Marrero (80), A.J. Hammons (98).

Joe Eberhardt has video of three 2014 prospects  from the Eric Gordon All-Star Classic over at IndyHSHoops: North Central’s Perry Poindexter, New Castle’s Bryant McIntosh and Greensburg’s Sean Sellers. McIntosh visited Bloomington last season. Joe will have more on Zak Irvin and Devin Davis Jr. from that event later this week on ITH.

Michigan Prep Stars released a spring highlight reel of Detroit Pershing guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker, who has offers from Michigan, Baylor, Florida State, Indiana, Minnesota, Dayton, Iowa State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Fairfield and Oakland.

Illinois Wolves coach Mike Mullins tweeted that Indiana is now recruiting 2013 Chicago Hope point guard Jalen James.

(Photo credit: Coast 2 Coast Hoops)

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