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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Eric Gordon All-Star Classic Video: Jaquan Lyle

2014 guard Jaquan Lyle is considered one of the top freshmen both in Indiana and nationally after helping lead Evansville Bosse to a Class 3A sectional title. He averaged 15.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game for coach Shane Burkhardt.

The 6-4, 187-pound Lyle has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Xavier and interest from numerous high-major schools. Inside the Hall was in Merrillville over the weekend for the 2011 Eric Gordon All-Star Classic and here’s new video of the talented freshman:

Gary Harris discusses recruitment in radio interview

2012 Hamilton Southeastern guard and IU recruiting target Gary Harris was a guest on “Ahead of the Curve” on Saturday morning on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis.

Hosts Chris Hagan and Kent Sterling talked to the five-star junior about a variety of topics and we’ve transcribed some of the more interesting things Harris had to say below. The full interview can be heard at this link.

On the hype surrounding him and if it gets to be too much:

“I don’t think it’s too much. It just comes with it. I wanted to be a good basketball player so I worked hard at it. It’s just what I have to deal with. I enjoy it because I’m only going to go through it once. I’m just having fun with it, I’m not trying to let it get to me.”

On what he’s trying to improve upon the most:

“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.”

On whether the recruiting process is weighing on his mind every day:

“You just have to manage it. I think my parents take a lot more calls than I do. They try to shield a lot of that stuff away from me so I don’t have to think about it so much and so I can just be a normal kid at times. Every day I’m thinking about it because sooner or later I’m going to have to make the decision and it’s going to be one of the biggest decisions of my life since it’s my college. It’s not just going to affect my four years while I’m there, but it’s going to affect the four years after I’m done so I just have to think about it and decide what school’s going to be best for me.”

On what he’s learned from playing football that he can apply to basketball:

“I would just say taking hits. In basketball, I get bumped going to the rim, taking hard falls. I’m used to it. I’m used to the physical contact because I play football. It’s nothing that I haven’t seen since football is a lot more of a contact sport than basketball.”

On a timeline for a decision:

“That’s a good question, I wish I knew that. I could wait until next year end of basketball season if I wanted to. I’m just worried about getting better right now. I feel like I find the right school, feel like I’m comfortable enough to commit to a school then I’ll do that.”

Scouting Indiana’s newest commitment: Remy Abell

As the dust begins to settle on Remy Abell’s commitment to Indiana, there’s been no shortage of questions in the comments about the role that Abell will fill upon his arrival in Bloomington. Is he a point guard? More of a combo? Or will he see time on the wing?

In an effort to paint a clearer picture on the 6-4, 180-pound senior from Louisville, here’s a comprehensive aggregation of scouting notes on Indiana’s newest recruit:

AAU coach Jeff Davis:

“Indiana is not just getting one player, they are getting a guy that can play three different positions for them and can guard three different position. He’s only going to get better with his attitude and what kind of competitor he is. It’s a great situation for Indiana and for him.”

High school coach Jason Couch:

“The kid knows how to win. He’s a great teammate and he makes everyone around him better.”

ESPN.com’s player evaluation:

Abell is a scoring combo guard that can knock down threes and play the point in a pinch. He is a must find for the defense in transition and in the half court set because he can change the scoreboard in a hurry.

Scout.com’s Evan Daniels from last year’s adidas May Classic:

Playing a combo role for Jeff Davis’ squad, Abell, a 6-foot-4 combo guard left his imprint on the game, especially in the second half. With the game getting close, Abell began relentlessly attacking the rim and scored on nearly a half dozen straight trips during a run in the second frame. Although he didn’t do much by way of jump shooting, Abell has a strong handle, good vision and is a quality defender.

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