We’re on the scene in Freedom Hall for the 2009 Derby Festival Basketball Classic. Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford will be participating for the Gold Team. As we move closer to tip-off, we’ll team with the Herald-Times for a live blog.
Future Indiana teammates Maurice Creek and Jordan Hulls advanced to the finals of the Wazoo Sports Derby Festival Classic 3-point shootout Friday night at Knights Hall at Bellarmine University.
In total, four players advanced to the finals of the event which will be held at halftime of Saturday’s Derby Festival Classic game.
Creek led all shooters with 17 first round points while Hulls tied Louisville signee Mike Marra with 15 points.
Dunk contest: Creek and Christian Watford both participated in the preliminary round of the dunk contest, but neither advanced to Saturday’s final.
2-on-2 contest: Creek and UCLA signee Brendan Lane fell 13-8 in the final to Eric Bledsoe (undecided) and Rakeem Buckles (Louisville). Hulls, who teamed with Stephan Van Treese (Louisville) and Watford, who teamed with Peyton Siva (Louisville), both fell in the first round.
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:
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.
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
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
Alex has been slurping Bloomington South’s Jordan Hulls the last few months, and deservedly so: He’s been having quite the impressive season and has his team on the verge of a state title.
Alex has not been the only one noticing the play of Hulls, though. Gatorade has named him the Indiana Player of the Year. He joins some pretty good company the last few years as Tyler Zeller was your winner last year, Eric Gordon grabbed it two years back, Greg Oden snatched it the previous two years, and um, A.J. Ratliff won it the year before that.
As the Basketblog notes, Mr. Basketball isn’t announced for another two weeks, but one could assume Hulls has a good shot at that one, too.