The July evalation period kicks off this week with one of the summer’s best events: The adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. adidas’ premier event of the summer begins on Wednesday morning and runs through Saturday afternoon at North Central High School and venues throughout the city.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children 18-and-under and free for pre-school aged children and younger.
Here is a look at some of the players and teams 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, Yogi Ferrell When and Where: Wednesday at 1:15 PM vs. Dream Vision at North Central Court #1, Wednesday at 6:15 PM vs. Connecticut Basketball Club at North Central Court #2, Thursday at 2:30 PM vs. Atlanta Celtics at North Central Court #2.
Indiana Elite One (17-and-under) Who: Ron Patterson When and Where: Wednesday at 3:45PM vs. Team Eleate at Eastwood Court #16, Wednesday at 8:45 PM vs. Guardsmen Basketball 2 at Eastwood Court #16, Thursday at 12:00 PM vs. Northern Kings at Eastwood Court #16.
Spiece Indy Heat (16-and-under) Who: James Blackmon Jr., Jaquan Lyle, P.J. Thompson, Trevon Bluiett, Trey Lyles When and Where: Wednesday at 3:45 PM vs. Garner Road Elite at Westfield Court #20, Wednesday at 8:45 PM vs. Martin’s Wolverines at Westfield Court #20, Thursday at 1:15 PM vs. Michigan Mustangs at Northview Court #4.
If Indianapolis Tech plans on making a leap into Class 4A contender status next season, a pair of sophomore guards — Mike Jones and Jeremie Tyler — may be the key. Both prospects are receiving interest from Indiana according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.
Inside the Hall compiled video of both Jones and Tyler from the recent USFFA High School Shootout at North Central and Carmel. Watch clips of the talented duo in the embedded video players below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Peter Jurkin will not play in the July summer period due to injury, a stress fracture to left shin he sustained during his school season. Peter rested this spring and his leg has improved. His doctors want him to improve his strength in his leg. Peter and his doctors think it’s best to continue to rehab and prepare for his senior season since he’s already committed. Despite some reports to the contrary, Peter will remain in the 2012 class at United Faith Christian.
2014 Speedway guard Justin Brent put together a stellar freshman campaign that included several 20-point games and as a result, high-major schools have started to take notice in the 6-foot-4 prospect.
Inside the Hall caught up with Brent, who recently took an unofficial visit to Bloomington, earlier this week for a Q & A:
On his recent unofficial visit to Bloomington:
“When I was there, it was great. They showed me around, took me on a little golf cart type thing and we went around the whole campus. And then I played open gym with the players. That was the thing that excited me because I was so nervous, my first shot was an air ball. But then after that, I did really well. It was real cool.”
On the feedback he’s received from the Indiana coaching staff:
“When I was there, they said the main things that caught their attention was my character, that I was smart and my athletic upside. They said they noticed that from when they came to watch me play football at Lucas Oil. They couldn’t tell I was a freshman because even if the ball wasn’t coming to me, I was still running my routes perfectly fine.”
On the schools that have expressed interest:
“Indiana, Purdue, Georgetown, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Marquette, Dayton, Detroit and Wright State. Those are the only ones so far.”
On his style of play, strengths and weaknesses:
“I play point guard for my high school team and I’m pretty big for my age so I really don’t have a problem driving to the bucket. I worked on my jump shot a whole bunch going into my freshman year so now if they’re backing a way, I can hit the jumper, I can hit the mid range jump shot. My left hand can always get stronger so I’m improving that a lot. Jump stopping is one thing my coach stresses a lot. I try to use that a lot.”
Victor Oladipo scored 23 points in an overtime win (over teammates Jordan Hulls and Will Sheehey) at the Indy Pro AM league at IUPUI on Thursday night and Inside the Hall was there to capture video of the Indiana sophomore wing. Watch over three minutes of clips of the bulked-up Oladipo (wearing jersey No. 6) 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 junior guard Jordan Hulls talked to reporters following a loss in the Indy Pro AM League at IUPUI on Thursday night. Watch and listen to what Hulls had to say about his progress this offseason and more in the embedded video player below: