Cody Zeller’s final game in the Hatchet House was a memorable one.
After receiving a pregame standing ovation, Indiana’s Mr. Basketball scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds as the Indiana All-Stars held off the Junior All-Stars, 117-113.
Zeller shot 11-of-16 from the field, 4-of-6 from the foul line and also had three blocks.
The Juniors, led by 25 points from Kokomo’s D.J. Balentine and 22 points from Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, looked to be in position for the upset as they built a 106-98 lead with 5:45 remaining.
But the All-Stars tied the game at 111 at the 1:45 mark and Warsaw’s Nic Moore knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute.
Hamilton Heights guard and IU signee Austin Etherington finished with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting and added two assists and a rebound in 16 minutes.
For the Juniors, Lawrence Central wing Jeremy Hollowell scored 15 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists. Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson added nine points, three rebounds and two assists and Park Tudor’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell had four points and two assists.
The All-Stars, minus Branden Dawson and Marquis Teague, will scrimmage the six core juniors and the six north juniors on Wednesday night in Kokomo.
Postgame video of both Zeller and Etherington is available after the jump.
When Indianapolis’ five-year contract as the host of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament expires in 2012, the event will begin rotating between the United Center in Chicago and Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Big Ten made the announcement after its annual meeting of the Council of Presidents/Chancellors at the Big Ten office in Park Ridge, Ill.
The decision, according to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, was unanimous among council members.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney expressed excitement over the conference’s decision to rotate the event between Chicago and Indianapolis.
“What we wanted to do is get back to Chicago. We’re really pleased that we could get to the United Center.” Delaney said on a conference call Sunday afternoon. “And we’re really pleased that we had enough events that we could see Chicago, get back to Chicago and also continue to have a strong presence in Indy.”
“I absolutely see no reason, not only as the coach at Indiana, but from anything I’ve seen as a coach walking into that environment, that it shouldn’t stay there,” Crean said. “I’m hopeful that it does. I think any support that can be shown is really good.”
The United Center hosted the first four Big Ten men’s tournaments before the event rotated between Conseco Fieldhouse and the United Center from 2002-2007.
Future Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Sites
— 2012: Conseco Fieldhouse — 2013: United Center — 2014: Conseco Fieldhouse — 2015: United Center — 2016: Conseco Fieldhouse
A couple of quick videos worth sharing of 2014 commitment Trey Lyles. The first is an interview with Lyles from the adidas Nations camp in Chicago and the second is a mixtape of Lyles from last month’s Spiece Run ‘N Slam from our friends at CityLeagueHoopsTV:
With the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games a week away at Bellarmine University on June 10 and Conseco Fieldhouse on June 11, the final tuneup for the Indiana teams will come on Monday and Wednesday with exhibition games against the junior all-stars.
Here’s a look at the exhibition games including venues, start times, rosters and other notes:
— Monday at Washington, Wednesday at Kokomo: The exhibitions kick off Monday night at the Hatchet House in Washington with the girls at 6 p.m. (eastern) and boys at 8 p.m. Start times will be the same for Wednesday’s exhibitions at Kokomo. Admission is $5 at the door.
— Senior roster: The seniors are led by a trio of McDonald’s All-Americans: Mr. Basketball Cody Zeller of Washington (Indiana), Pike’s Marquis Teague (Kentucky) and Gary Wallace’s Branden Dawson (Michigan State). Other notables: Austin Etherington of Hamilton Heights (Indiana), Bloomington South’s Darwin Davis Jr. (Xavier), Center Grove’s Andrew Smeathers (Butler) and Warsaw’s Nic Moore (Illinois State).
— Core junior roster: The junior team is comprised of six “core” players that will play at both exhibitions, six “south” players that will play on Monday only and six “north” players that will play on Wednesday only. The core players include Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell of Park Tudor (Indiana), North Central’s D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson (Indiana), Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), Kokomo’s D.J. Ballentine and Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris.
— South junior all-stars: Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana), Avon’s Austin Burgett (Notre Dame) and North Central’s Ronnie Johnson (Purdue) highlight the six junior south all-stars that will compete in the game at Washington.
— North junior all-stars: La Porte La Lumiere’s Hanner Perea (Indiana), Ft. Wayne South’s Raphael Davis (Purdue), Pendleton Heights’ Kellen Dunham (Butler) and Bowman Academy’s DeJuan Marrero highlight the six junior north all-stars that will compete in the game at Kokomo.
After watching the 2012 five-star guard at a variety of events, here are our thoughts on the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Harris:
— Explosive Athlete: Harris is an electrifying athlete when attacking the rim. His impressive leaping ability allows him to dunk over opponents in traffic or in transition. He also uses his leaping ability to get off the floor to rebound the ball well and contest shots on the perimeter.
— Improved Shooter: A year ago, people questioned the Hamilton Southeastern guard’s shooting consistency. Perimeter shooting, which was once a question mark of Harris’ game, is now one of his strongest offensive weapons. He can knock down jumpers off the dribble, in transition or coming off screens in a half court set.
— Strong going to the rack: Harris has an attacking mentality off the bounce. The 6-foot-4 guard has exceptional quickness and a reliable handle which helps him to get to the rim. Harris can finish with either hand and has a knack for drawing contact and getting to the foul line.
— Perimeter defender: Harris has the potential to be a shutdown defender on the wing. He has a great blend of athleticism, footwork, intelligence and length that allows him to lock up opponents. Harris also plays the passing lanes well which often leads to steals or deflections.
— Harris on what he’s trying to improve: “I would say my consistency shooting the ball, but that’s not just the main thing. I’m trying to work on all parts of my game because there’s no one part that’s good and can’t get any better. I’m just trying to make my total game better and work on all aspects of my game.”
Watch video of Harris from April’s IndyBall.com Shootout after the jump …
After watching the 2013 Cathedral and Eric Gordon All-Stars forward at a variety of events this spring, here are our thoughts on the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Hartman:
— Versatility: Hartman is a player with the ability to contribute to almost every area of the game. His solid ball-handling ability allows him to bring the ball up the floor and play a point forward type role in certain situations. Offensively, Hartman can score down low against undersized defenders. He’s also a smart passer who can attack the defense off the bounce and find teammates on the move for open shots. Hartman is also a solid rebounder who isn’t afraid to mix it up down low against bigger, stronger opponents.
— Shooting ability: Hartman is a respectable shooter from deep — though streaky at times — who can stretch the defense with his ability to knock down shots past the 3-point line. He moves well off screens and works hard to get open shots on the perimeter. One weapon that Hartman could add to his shooting arsenal is the ability to hit the pull-up, mid-range jumper which would make him more difficult to defend.
— Aggressiveness: A weakness of Hartman’s has been his unselfishness. The rising junior is a good passer and willing distributor, but sometimes his deferring to others can be to his own detriment. He has the ability to score and make a big impact on games offensively, but he has a tendency to not be aggressive enough on offense. If Hartman can have an attacking mentality and look to score more often, he’ll become a more productive and consistent player.
— Hartman on his role in AAU: “Just mix it up. Spot up when they (his teammates) drive or cut. Try to attack when I get the ball, rebound, play some defense and be vocal.”
Watch our complete spring video collection of Hartman after the jump …