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Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford

Three of the six Indiana signees – Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford – practiced together for the first time this afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Basketball Classic. I’ll have more on the practice, including quotes from all three players, later this evening and tomorrow. For now, here’s a picture I took of the three of them before the workout:

Final Rosters announced for Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Basketball Classic

Here are the final rosters for the 2009 Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Maurice Creek, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford will play together on the Gold team. Inside the Hall will have coverage throughout the weekend beginning late on Thursday.

Gold Team

Maurice Creek, Indiana, 6’5″, 200, Guard
Tyler Griffey, Illinois, 6’8″, 230, Forward
Jon Hood, Kentucky, 6’7″, 190, Guard
Jordan Hulls, Indiana, 6’0″, 170, Guard
Brendan Lane, UCLA, 6’9″, 205, Forward
Michael Snaer, Florida State, 6’4″, Guard
Daniel Orton, Kentucky, 6’10″, 260, Center
Christian Watford, Indiana, 6’8″, 215, Forward
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, 6’1″, 190, Guard
Rodney Williams, Minnesota, 6’6″, Forward
Kyryl Natyazhko, Undecided, 6’11″, Center

Coaches: Vince Walden, IMG Academy – Florida; Lewis Howard, Largo H.S. – Maryland

Black Team

Nolan Dennis, Memphis, 6’5″, 180, Guard
Rakeem Buckles, Louisvile, 6’8″, 203, Forward
Eric Bledsoe, Undecided, 6’0″, 160, Guard
Lakeem Jackson, South Carolina, 6’5″, 220, Forward
Elijah Johnson, Kansas, 6’2″, 183, Guard
Noel Johnson, USC, 6’7″, 180, Forward
Mike Marra, Louisville, 6’4″, 200, Guard
Eric Murphy, Florida, 6’10″, 220, Forward
Raymond Penn, Oklahoma State, 5’9″, 150, Guard
Peyton Siva, Louisville, 6’0″, 180, Guard
Stephan Van Treese, Louisville, 6’9″, 225, Forward
DaShonte Riley, Syracuse, 6’11″, Center

Coaches: David Gaines, Christ School- North Carolina; Andre Flynn, Fayette County H.S. – Georgia

Creek, Hulls and Watford to compete in Derby Festival Classic

Mark Shallcross, communications manager for the Kentucky Derby Festival, just sent along a press release with the rosters for the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.

Three Indiana players, Maurice Creek, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, will compete April 11th at Freedom Hall and will also participate in the Night of the Future Stars on April 10 at Bellarmine University.

Creek, Hulls and Watford will join Mike Marra (Louisville), Rakeem Buckles (Louisville), Lorenzo Brown (NC State), Jon Hood (Kentucky), Lakeem Jackson (South Carolina), Elijah Johnson (Kansas), Noel Johnson (USC), Brendan Lane (UCLA), Eric Murphy (Florida), Daniel Orton (Kentucky), GJ Vilarino (Kentucky), Raymond Penn (Oklahoma State), Peyton Siva (Louisville), Michael Snaer (Florida State), Stephan Van Treese (Louisville) and Maalik Wayns (Villanova).

Siva, Snaer and Wayns are McDonald’s All-American’s.

Ticket information: Basketball Classic tickets are $17 and $12 (includes $2 KEC facility fee) and are available at TicketMaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com), the Freedom Hall Ticket Office, or by phone (502) 361-3100 or (800) 487-1212.

Inside the Hall will have coverage of the Night of the Future Stars as well as the Derby Festival Classic.

Hulls leads South one step closer to perfect regular season

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update:

+ Jordan Hulls: The future IU point guard led his team to a pair of wins — 91-46 at Perry Meridian on Friday and 73-67 vs. Detroit Country Day on Saturday — and the Panthers moved to 20-0 on the season. Hulls had 14 points in the win over Perry Meridian as Bloomington South completed its second straight undefeated season in Conference Indiana. Hulls backed that up with 27 points on Saturday as South, No. 5 nationally, knocked off No. 4 Detroit Country Day in front of a sold out crowd. Hulls was 8 of 14 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line.

+ Maurice Creek: Hargrave Military Academy improved to 21-1 with a 106-84 win over the North Carolina JV team in Chapel Hill. Creek scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Creek told Inside the Hall over the weekend that he’ll be participating in the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville the weekend of April 11.

+ Christian Watford: Shades Valley dropped the Alabama Class 6-A Northeast Region Finals 53-50 on Friday to Vestavia Hills. Watford scored 17 points, but his 3-point attempt with six seconds remaining didn’t fall.

+ Derek Elston: Tipton, No. 2 in Class 2-A, moved to 18-2 with a 60-47 win over Frankfort on Friday night. Elston had a game-high 21 points.

+ Bobby Capobianco: Loveland moved to 9-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference with wins over Withrow and Milford. In Tuesday’s 64-54 win over Withrow, Capobianco had 17 points and 10 rebounds. In Friday’s 57-55 win over Milford, the 6-8 forward had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

+ Bawa Muniru: No statistical information available, but I did answer some of your questions about Bawa in a piece last week.

+ Matt Carlino: Carlino’s Highland team finished the regular season with a 24-3 record and earned the No. 1 seed in the AIA 5-A Division I tournament. Highland will face Corona del Sol at 7:00 PM local time on Thursday. You can view the tournament bracket here.

Hulls erupts for 30 as South remains unbeaten

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update:

+ Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South improved to 17-0 with a 77-44 win over Warren Central on Saturday. Hulls had a season high 30 points on 11 of 18 shooting. The Panthers will get their toughest test of the season this coming Saturday in Bloomington as Detroit Country Day, led by Ray McCallum Jr., comes to town. Both teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally by USA Today.

+ Christian Watford: The 6-8 swingman dropped 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 63-52 Shades Valley win over Pinson Valley. Shades Valley is 23-5.

+ Maurice Creek: No individual stats were available from the Hargrave Military Academy Web site, but the Tigers improved to 20-1 with a 104-77 win over Rise Academy on Saturday.

+ Bobby Capobianco: Loveland split a pair of games last week with Wilmington (50-45 loss) and Winton Woods (53-48 win). In the Wilmington loss, Capobianco had 18 points and 11 rebounds and in the win over Winton Woods, he had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

+ Derek Elston: Tipton, No. 2 in Class 2-A, crushed No. 9 Carroll 65-34 on Friday night. The Blue Devils improved to 17-2 and Elston had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

+ Bawa Muniru: No information available.

+ Matt Carlino: Highland won its regular season finale 58-37 over Central to finish 24-3 and will begin postseason play this week. Carlino scored 14 points.

Carlino putting up big numbers for No. 1 Highland

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update.

+ Matt Carlino: The No. 17 player in the 2011 class, according to ESPN, scored 16 points in a 72-58 Highland win over Dobson on Tuesday and 31 points in a 73-68 win over Cesar Chavez on Friday. Highland is 8-0 and No. 1 in the power rankings on azcentral.com.

+ Christian Watford: Watford poured in 36 points and 15 rebounds in 65-56 win over Huffman on Friday and then had 20 points and nine rebounds in 45-43 win over Erwin on Saturday. Shades Valley is 16-3.

+ Jordan Hulls: Hulls scored seven points in 74-55 victory on Friday over rival Bloomington North. Earlier in the week, he scored 26, including six straight 3-pointers, in a 99-52 rout of Center Grove. Bloomington South is 9-0 and No. 11 in the USA Today Super 25 Poll.

+ Bobby Capobianco: The 6-9 Capobianco had 22 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a 77-61 Loveland win over Winton Woods on Friday.

+ Maurice Creek: Hargrave moved to 13-1 with a 96-77 win over Averett on Friday. No individual numbers for Creek were available.

+ Derek Elston: Elston and the Tipton Blue Devils, now No. 2 in Class 2-A, bounced back from a loss in the Hall of Fame Classic with a 50-40 win over West Lafayette. Elston scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

+ Bawa Muniru: No individual stats are available; Mt. Zion Academy is 12-4.

Watford turns in a pair of 30-point games

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how the six Indiana signees and 2011 commitment Matt Carlino are performing at their respective schools. Here’s our latest update.

+ Christian Watford: 31 points from Watford weren’t enough as Shades Valley fell 76-70 in overtime Friday to Pinson Valley. Watford had 33 points and 20 rebounds in a 74-61 win over Hewitt-Trussville last Monday.

+ Jordan Hulls: Bloomington South, No. 1 in Class 4-A, remained unbeaten with wins over Lawrence Central and Jeffersonville. In Friday’s 70-49 win over Lawrence Central, Hulls had 14 points. On Saturday Hulls had 14 more, including six of eight from the free throw line, in a 73-54 win over Jeffersonville.

+ Maurice Creek: Hargrave Military Academy moved to 12-1 with a 83-73 win over Patrick Henry on Wednesday as Creek had 14 points and three steals. Hargrave is off until January 11 for winter break.

+ Derek Elston: Tipton moved to 7-0 with wins over Westfield and Mt. Vernon. Elston had 30 points in Friday’s 76-53 win over Westfield. Tipton is now No. 1 in Class 2-A.

+ Bobby Capobianco: Loveland picked up a pair of wins — 52-31 Tuesday over Kings and 62-47 Friday over Anderson — and Capobianco looks to be 100% after returning earlier this month from a left foot injury. Capobianco had 25 points in the win over Anderson and 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Kings.

+ Bawa Muniru: No information available.

+ Matt Carlino: Highland moved to 6-0 with a 63-53 win on Monday at Desert Mountain.

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