Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and writer in Indiana. He created Indy Hoops Blog and contributes to the Hoosier Hoops Report. You can follow him on twitter at @IndyHoopsBlog.
The 2013 class in Indiana isn’t very big, but it’s full of talented players. This particular class is loaded with guards and wings, but lacks an elite big man. There are at least seven sure fire high-major players in this class and potential for more to emerge. If you have any questions about the rankings, feel free to address them in the comments.
10. Brenton Scott 6’0 PG (Ft. Wayne Northrop) - He’s not as highly regarded as his twin brother, but is still a good player and capable point guard. He’s more of a distributor than Bryson, looking to set up teammates rather than score the ball. He’s a solid 3-point shooter, and will fill it up if given the opportunity. He really gets after it on the defensive end and plays with a tough mentality.
9. Richard Freeman 6’7 PF (Lawrence Central) - Freeman is an athletic player with great length and bounce. He can shoot the mid-range with consistency, but I’d like to see him assert himself down low more. Added strength and aggressiveness down low would really benefit his game. His skill and production hasn’t caught up with his upside, but he’s got plenty of time to improve his game. He’s one of the better long term prospects in this class depending on his improvement and development.
8. Demetrius Jackson 6’1 PG (Mishawaka) – Jackson is a quick and smart point guard who uses his athleticism to break down the defense. He looks to set up teammates early and often which is good, but he needs to look to assert himself as a scorer as well. His shooting form is solid, but consistency can be an issue for him. As he improves his skill and relies less and less on physical talent, he’ll improve as a player.
It’s only a matter of time before the complete Indiana hoops schedule is released, but for now, we’ll have to live with bits and pieces being revealed.
In a release this afternoon, ESPN announced that Indiana will travel to Mackey Arena on February 8 for a meeting with Purdue.
The 7 PM tip will be IU’s only Super Tuesday appearance of the season.
Here’s the complete breakdown of Super Tuesday appearances by school for the upcoming season:
- Purdue (4)
– Michigan State (3)
– Ohio State (3)
– Illinois (3)
– Wisconsin (2)
– Indiana (1)
No love for the following schools: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State.
This came across the wire a little while ago, but here’s a copy of the Notre Dame release on the subject. Purdue and Butler will play in the other match-up, and then the opponents will switch in 2012. Early impressions suggest everyone is giddy as a schoolmarm about the event, dubbed the Crossroads Classic.
It’s too early, obviously, for deep reaction to the Irish, but having covered them over the last year, here are four names to watch for: Tim Abromaitis, Scott Martin, (yes, that one) Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant. The former pair are solid, scoring wings with legitimate 6-foot-8 size and plenty of athleticism. Atkins and Grant are both freshmen, but talented and about to get plugged into Mike Brey’s points-happy offense.
Release after the jump. (Courtesy of Bernie Cafarelli at Notre Dame media relations.)
Ron Patterson could have left the state of Indiana for college. But ultimately, he decided it would be best to stay home.
During his second visit this week to Bloomington, the Broad Ripple guard gave a verbal commitment to Tom Crean on Sunday afternoon.
“It was close to home,” Patterson told Inside the Hall of his choice to play for the Hoosiers. “I wanted to stay. After this visit, I knew I wanted to come.”
Patterson summed up Crean’s reaction to the news, which was delivered in person, with four simple words.
“He started going crazy,” he laughed.
The 6-3 guard, ranked No. 57 nationally by Scout.com, had offers from several schools including Tennessee, Xavier and Virginia Tech. But ultimately, Indiana, the first school to offer Patterson during his freshman season, won out.
He’s the second member of IU’s 2012 class, joining 7-footer Peter Jurkin, who committed on Monday at adidas Nations in Chicago.
With his decision out of the way, Patterson said he’d like to see one of his former AAU teammates join him in Bloomington.
“I’d like to see Jeremy Hollowell come play with me,” he said.
Here’s Inside the Hall’s scouting report on Patterson from the Kentucky Hoopfest:
It’s not difficult to become a fan of Patterson once you observe all of the intangibles he brings to the table. While others are focused on scoring as much as possible or attempting to throw down ridiculous dunks, Patterson sticks to the basics: hard-nosed defense, finding the open man, finishing in traffic and crashing the boards. His shot from the perimeter is also continuing to improve. He’s not the most highly sought after recruit Indiana is pursuing for the 2012 class, but he’s probably the best fit in terms of filling a need. And if he can develop the handle to run the point, that’ll make him even more valuable at the next level.
+ Kentucky Hoopfest Video Interview: Ron Patterson
+ 2012 Intro: Ron Patterson
+ Q & A: 2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson
Our friend Jody Demling of The Louisville-Courier Journal is reporting that Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson has given a verbal commitment to Indiana.
Patterson, a 6-3 guard from the 2012 class, had been considered an Indiana lean and a recent unofficial visit apparently helped the Hoosiers pick up their second commitment in less than a week.
We’ll have more on this developing story very soon.
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.
+ Eric Gordon strengthened his case for a spot on Team USA by scoring 15 points in a 98-51 win over China on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
+ Gordon tells the Los Angeles Times he has a good shot of making Team USA’s final roster.
+ Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com writes that the battle for the final spot on Team USA might be Gordon vs. Stephen Curry.
+ Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times reports that Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers freshman-to-be James Blackmon Jr. took an unofficial visit to Indiana.
+ According to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, the Big Ten single plays for basketball this year will be the same as last season with a reversal of venues. Translation: IU gets Michigan State once (road) and Penn State once (home).
+ Tom Crean recently welcomed Sam Alford, Steve Alford and Calbert Cheaney to Cook Hall.
+ UMHoops has highlights of Yogi Ferrell from adidas Nations.
+ Eamonn weighs-in on Tom Izzo’s recruiting explosion at ESPN’s College Basketball Nation and Matt Norlander writes on The Dagger at Yahoo that Izzo is winning the offseason.
I’m in New York for a couple days for the World Basketball Festival. During today’s media session at Radio City Music Hall, I snuck in a question to USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo about what he’s seen from Eric Gordon, and what his chances are of making Team USA as they trim the roster down from 15 to 12 soon as the World Championships approach at the end of the month.
The squad is guard and wing-heavy, so Gordon has some competition to make the final cut.
Here’s his lengthy quote in its entirety:
Well there was a guy that worked for me for years and many of you will remember the name — he’s gone now — Cotton Fitzsimmons, who coached in the NBA for many years. I hired him out of Kansas State back in the 70’s in his first NBA job. He used the line: “You can never have too many shooters.”
So when you get down to looking at a roster, and if you truly believe in a team concept and components that you need to be successful, it’s not just a group of stars or the 12 best players. “Who complements one another?”
And people coming off the bench should be specialists. And shooters are at a premium — especially in international ball. So for that reason, I would tell you that Eric Gordon has a great opportunity. Now, he has to earn it during the course of what happens in the next few weeks. But he can shoot the ball.
He kind of reminds us of a few players — not that he’s that similar –but the name we keep coming up with is Vinnie Johnson, who played with the Pistons a few years ago. [Note: It’s been more than a few years.] Because Eric is a strong kid, big body physically, can really go to the basket when he gets a little speed up, but he can definitely fill it up. He can shoot it.