Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson was the second player to join Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class in August of 2010 when the junior gave a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers.
Here’s a new collection of video highlights of the Indianapolis City Player of the Year from the Double Pump tournament that was held earlier this month out in Denver. Thanks to ITH reader Stephen for providing the film of all four Indiana Elite games:
2011 Indiana signee and Mr. Basketball took home the MVP for the Gold team at this past Friday’s Kentucky Derby Festival Classic at the KFC Yum! Center.
Watch a collection of Zeller highlights in high-definition quality in the embedded media player below:
Gary Harris and his D3 Pride team competed in the 2011 Spring Showdown in Merrillville this past weekend.
Inside the Hall caught up with the 2012 Indiana target to get an update on his recruitment. A brief Harris highlight reel from the Spring Showdown follows after our Q & A:
What areas of your game have you been working on since the high school season ended?
“I’m just improving my game overall. I’m trying to improve my passing, shooting and ball-handling, and just improve in every aspect.”
Where are you at in the recruiting process?
“I’m just taking it slow still. Everything is still open and I haven’t trimmed down my list or anything yet.”
What schools watched you during the contact period in April?
“Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Louisville, Tennessee, and Indiana. Those were pretty much all the schools that stopped by.”
Has anything further come from Kentucky recruiting you?
“Not really, we’re just talking a little bit, but it’s nothing too serious. They haven’t offered or anything like that.”
What do you think about some of the young players in Indiana that have made commitments?
“Those guys felt like it was the right situation for them, but I’m just trying to take things slow. I think it shows that Painter and Crean have done a great job recruiting the state.”
Although the 2014 class in Indiana looks very strong early, it appears that the Indiana staff will also look outside of the state when recruiting the current freshman class.
Inside the Hall caught up with 2014 Grand Rapids (MI) Christian guard Drake Harris for a quick interview. We discussed his recruitment and more in the Q & A below:
What was your freshman season at Grand Rapids Christian like?
“I learned a lot through the season and matured a lot offensively and defensively. We made it pretty far in the tournament and I thought I led my team pretty well all season.”
How would you describe your game to someone who has never watched you play?
“Definitely my offensive game is my biggest strength. I can score the ball from anywhere on the perimeter, I can take it to the whole and I have the ability to dunk. On the defensive end I can lock people down too.”
What are you trying to work on and improve during the spring and summer?
“I want to increase my 3-point range and improve my shooting overall.”
What are the schools that have been recruiting you so far?
“Indiana, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State. Indiana offered me a scholarship this past summer.”
What schools have you visited?
“So far I’ve visited all four of those schools.”
What are your thoughts on the recruiting process so far?
“I’m just taking my time and having fun.”
According to a report by Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal, 2011 Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell will visit Bloomington on Monday.
Abell was recently released from his National Letter of Intent with Bradley after the school fired Jim Les. The 6-4 Abell told Demling that he’ll consider IU, Xavier, Butler, Penn State and Western Kentucky.
Here’s what he said about the Hoosiers:
“Yes, I like IU a lot. I like where it’s at and I like the program. They have some great pieces there, especially if I get to go play with one of the top recruits in the country, Cody Zeller. He’s a great player and IU has one of the elite programs in the country. It would be an honor to play there and for coach (Tom) Crean. I am really looking forward to seeing what IU has to offer.”
Indiana currently has one scholarship remaining for the 2011-2012 season.
Abell is rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and a 2-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com. He was selected for the Kentucky All-Star team and was named first team All-State by The Courier-Journal. He averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals and had 25 blocked shots during his senior season.
(Photo credit: Jody Demling)
LOUISVILLE — Setting up for charges. Diving for loose balls. Running the floor. All things not often associated with all-star games.
But not in the case of Cody Zeller.
The Indiana signee did all of those things on Friday evening at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
And for his effort, Zeller was rewarded with a team MVP award as Gold defeated White, 126-122, in the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
“That’s just how I play,” Zeller said afterward. “Just playing to win. It was a good thing we got the win.”
The Indiana Mr. Basketball finished 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.
“It’s awesome how hard he plays and how good he is,” Austin Etherington, who also played for the Gold team, said of Zeller’s effort. “I just hope he’s not a one-and-done. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
Etherington struggled from the field and finished with just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in 14 minutes. But the future IU guard said he enjoyed the three day experience in Louisville and getting to know some of the top players from around the country.
“It’s been a lot of fun. Being with the guys and knowing that next year we’ll be seeing them again and building friendships with them was a lot of fun.”
NBA Scout on Zeller: I had the chance to talk with an NBA scout and got an overwhelmingly positive review of the future IU big man. “He’s got it.” Zeller’s efficiency and understanding of the game were two things that stood out most: “He shoots and he makes. A lot of guys shoot a lot, but they miss. If I was a coach, I’d find a way to get him shots. You can find guys to miss on any street corner. He’s definitely as good as advertised.” He also mentioned Zeller’s use of ball fakes as something he doesn’t seen often enough from others in the high school game.
Etherington finishes second in 3-point shootout: The Hamilton Heights senior finished second to Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby in the 3-point shootout, which took place at halftime. “I choked, I’ll say that,” Etherington said with a smile. “I was feeling it and then I ended up not coming through at the end.”
Future Big Ten foes: Four future Big Ten opponents were in the game and here’s a quick look at how each did:
Amir Williams – Ohio State/Gold: 11 points, eight rebounds and a block in 17 minutes
Branden Dawson – Michigan State/Gold: 23 points, three rebounds, two steals, one assist in 18 minutes
LaQuinton Ross – Ohio State/Gold: 26 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, seven turnovers, two steals in 26 minutes
Andre Hollins – Minnesota/White: Four points, two rebounds, one steal, one block, one turnover in 22 minutes
LOUISVILLE — Indiana signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller participated in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Night of the Future Stars on Thursday evening at Bellarmine University.
Zeller teamed with Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby to win the 2-on-2 contest over Louisville signee Zach Price and Oklahoma State signee LeBryan Nash. Due to an uneven amount of participants, Zeller also played a game with Kevin Ware in the 2-on-2 contest.
Etherington was paired with Kansas commit Braeden Anderson in the 2-on-2 contest, but fell in the first round to Minnesota signee Andre Hollins and Western Kentucky signee Derrick Gordon.
In the 3-point shootout, Etherington advanced to the finals (to be held this evening at the KFC Yum! Center) with 14 points, while Zeller managed seven points. Video of both Etherington and Zeller in the 3-point shootout in the embedded media players below: