Shelt seeking dominance from IU commit Hollowell

The difference in the impact of a focused Jeremy Hollowell versus the unfocused version is something that Lawrence Central coach J.R. Shelt is well-versed in.

Shelt saw how Bloomington South turned Hollowell into what he termed “average” last December. Hollowell scored just five points in that 65-51 home loss.

He’s also quick to point out the performances last winter where opponents simply had no answer for his star player, who finished his junior season with averages of 18.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

And as Hollowell prepares for his final high school season, Shelt is looking for more consistent focus.

“It’s night and day. He’s a top ten player in the country when he’s focused,” Shelt told Inside the Hall on Saturday at the USSFA High School Shootout at Warren Central. “When he’s not, he gets average in a hurry.”

One knock on Hollowell throughout his prep career has been a perceived lack of passion, but the 6-foot-7 forward’s laid back demeanor hasn’t stopped him from blossoming into one of the country’s top players.

“It is his personality. His mom is quiet. His dad is quiet,” Shelt said. “So he’s going to have to fight to get that out of him. But once he learns to play with that passion, that energy, his game goes to another level. So that’s just something we’re going to focus on from now until next April.”


Spring highlights: Ron Patterson

Yet another spring highlight heel courtesy of our friends at CityLeagueHoopsTV. This time it’s 2012 commit Ron Patterson:


HD Video: Ron Patterson at Spiece Run ‘N Slam (May 10, 2011)
Denver Double Pump Video: Ron Patterson Highlights (April 26, 2011)
IndyBall Video: Patterson, Perea interviews, highlights (April 12, 2011)

Spring highlights: Jaquan Lyle

Thanks to our friends at CityLeagueHoopsTV for this new spring highlight reel of 2014 target Jaquan Lyle:


Spring Scouting: Jaquan Lyle (May 25, 2011)
Indiana State AAU Tournament: Jaquan Lyle interview (May 23, 2011)
Eric Gordon All-Star Classic Video: Jaquan Lyle (May 2, 2011)
IndyBall Video: Jaquan Lyle interview, highlights (April 11, 2011)

Video: Trey Lyles at the USSFA Shootout

2014 Indiana commitment Trey Lyles was instrumental in helping Indianapolis Tech advance all the way to the title game of this past weekend’s USSFA Shootout. The Titans, who won just seven games last season, look poised to make a giant leap forward in the 2011-2012 season. Inside the Hall caught up with Lyles on Saturday for a video Q & A:

USSFA High School Shootout: Day Two

CARMEL — Tournament play of the 2011 USSFA High School Shootout began Sunday morning at Carmel High School and by the end of the day, Lawrence North was the last team standing. The Wildcats, led by the stellar play of Eron Harris, finished the weekend undefeated.

Inside the Hall was in attendance and here’s a rundown of the prospects we caught on day two:

Trey Lyles, Indianapolis Arsenal Tech: Lyles continued his strong play as he helped lead Tech to the finals of the 1st place bracket, where the Titans fell to Lawrence North. Lyles scored 32 points and pulled in double digit rebounds in that contest. The 6-foot-8 forward knocked down jump shots from the perimeter, earned his way to the foul line and was efficient working out of the low post. Lyles was relentless on the glass and his hard work was rewarded with second chance points throughout the day. Sunday was another productive day for the youngest Indiana commitment, who has been busy for most of the spring with Spiece Indy Heat and adidas Nations.

Jeremy Hollowell, Lawrence Central: Hollowell was outstanding on Sunday as he scored 26 points in an 84-73 win over Bowman Academy and 28 points in a 64-57 loss to Tech in the tournament semi-final. He scored in nearly every way imaginable: jump shots from all over the floor, attacking the rim and finishing contested drives, earning second chance points on the offensive glass and scoring out of the low post on occasion. Hollowell was also effective as a distributor as he drew double teams and was able to teammates for open looks. Lawrence Central clearly missed 2012 point guard Tyler Corley, who was out of town at an Elite Camp, but Hollowell did his best to lead the Bearcats all weekend long.


Recruitment status quo for five-star guard Harris

Despite a report that surfaced earlier this month at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris has not eliminated any schools from consideration in his recruitment.

“Those are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest right now,” Harris said at the USSFA High School Shootout at Warren Central on Saturday afternoon. “All of my options are still open.”

Those schools making the hardest push for the five-star guard are Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Louisville and Notre Dame.

But even as Harris prepares for the final July evaluation period of his prep career, a busy spring AAU and camp schedule have taken precedence over narrowing the focus of his recruiting picture.

“I’m not sure yet, I haven’t had time to figure things out,” he said. “I’m sure I’m going to get to some visits in the fall when I’m not as busy with all of this basketball stuff.”

All of the basketball stuff Harris is referring to is an AAU schedule with D3 Pride, the Indiana Junior All-Stars, the NBPA Top 100 Camp and this week, the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago. (Note: Harris was measured at 6-foot-6 with shoes, 198 pounds without shoes and with a wingspan of 6-foot-7 at the Durant camp.)

The Hamilton Southeastern senior-to-be said his participation in the LeBron James Skills Academy last summer in Akron was a learning experience that is now paying dividends.

“I have a lot more confidence going into everything,” Harris said. “Last year I had never done anything like that and I didn’t really know what to expect. Now since I’ve been through it I know what to expect and have a different mentality going into it.”


Greg Graham praises Crean’s “guts” in hiring of Cheaney

Inside the Hall had the chance to catch up with former Hoosier and NBA guard Greg Graham, who is now a physical education teacher and the basketball coach at Warren Central, on Saturday at the USSFA High School Shootout.

The primary focus of our conversation was 2013 commitment Devin Davis Jr., but we did ask Graham about the recent hiring of his former Hoosier teammate, Calbert Cheaney, as Indiana’s director of basketball operations.

Here’s what Graham had to say:

What did you think about Calbert Cheaney going back to Indiana as director of basketball operations?

“I knew that was going to happen. It was just a matter of when. Cal’s been down there the last few seasons, golf outings and I know he has a great relationship with Crean. I think it’s good for Indiana basketball. This is something that’s been wanted for a long time. To finally have a coach to finally come in and have the guts to hire a Knight guy, that’s good. And I think that’s primarily where the separation with Hoosier nation is from. If you don’t have any former players down there who are involved with athletics, I mean, people around here grew up watching Knight and his players. I think you have to still keep that connection and that tradition going.”

Do you think that’s the biggest thing Crean has done, that the past two coaches didn’t do, is embrace the tradition?

“I think it is the number one thing. And people have been wanting that. Crean finally was brave enough and had enough confidence in himself to bring a player back. I mean, why not? He’s probably arguably the best player that the Big Ten has ever seen. I say that loosely, but he’s the all-time leading scorer (in the Big Ten). He’s a proven player, I think he can help with recruiting, I think he can help a lot of those guys develop their game.”

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