Joe Eberhardt is a recruiting analyst for Inside the Hall and a high school basketball writer in Indiana. He created IndyHSHoops.com. You can follow him on twitter at @IndyHSHoops. (Photo credit: Jack Arent/adidas Nations.)
We conclude our look at the top players in the state of Indiana today with the class of 2012. Only three of our top 15 prospects remain uncommitted. If you have any questions about the rankings, feel free to address them in the comments.
15. RJ Hunter, Indianapolis Pike: A great long-range shooter who can knock down shots off the dribble or the catch, Hunter is committed to play for his father at Georgia State University. The 6-foot-5 wing possesses good length and quickness and is a reliable perimeter defender. Hunter can score off the bounce, and also get to the line where he knocks down free throws at a high rate. His biggest area for improvement is adding strength and bulk, which should help him to improve his defense and ability to finish in the paint.
14. DeJuan Marrero, Bowman Academy: Marrero is an undersized power forward who doesn’t let his size hold him back as a rebounder. He will crash the boards against opponents of all sizes and uses his strength, athleticism and high motor to win rebounding battles. Marrero’s relentlessness on the offensive glass earns him plenty of trips to the free throw line and second chance points in the paint. He needs to improve his perimeter skills, but there is no questioning Marrero’s hard working attitude and production on the glass.
13. Patrick Ingram, Indianapolis North Central: The Iowa-bound guard is great finisher who uses his strength, quickness and athleticism to get to the rim and score down low. The 6-foot-2 guard is also a good defender on the perimeter who uses his physicality to frustrate opponents. Ingram is a solid mid-range shooter, but has a tendency to be streaky from the perimeter and should look to improve his long-range shooting to round out his offensive game.
+ Sunday was a big day in Orlando at the AAU Super Showcase for 2012 recruiting target Gary Harris as the Hamilton Southeastern senior put up 26 points and added eight rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots in a win over Rodney Purvis and the CP3 All-Stars in front of Tom Crean. Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal has the details.
+ Indiana Elite opened Friday’s Super 64 event in Las Vegas with a 53-50 loss to Double Pump Elite and a 80-65 loss to Dream Vision and Shabazz Muhammad at Rancho High School. Elite also fell to the Atlanta Celtics on Saturday, 63-58, to finish their super pool with a record of 0-3. Tournament play at the Super 64 got underway on Sunday and Elite advanced to the round of 32 with a 84-60 win over Full Package Elite at Desert Pines High School. Elite has the potential for three games on Monday and begins play this morning at 10:20 a.m. local time against the DTA Devin Harris Superstars at Rancho.
+ Evan Daniels of Scout.com (premium link) reported that 2013 Indiana target Byron “Bo” Zeigler had Duke, Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State and Central Florida watching him in a Sunday game in Las Vegas. Zeigler also received a mention in the Rivals.com Sunday notebook from Vegas.
2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson scored a team-high 23 points for Indiana Elite One in a 66-54 pool play win over the Northern Kings. Watch high-definition quality of Patterson from that contest, as well as his postgame meeting with reporters, in the embedded media players below: (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)
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.
Watch high-definition quality clips of the three future Hoosiers in the embedded videos player below (Note: You can expand the videos to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
2012 Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson is known as a lockdown defender, but the Indiana commit can also light it up from the perimeter and finish at the rim.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Patterson put together a solid weekend of play at the Bill Hensley Memorial Spiece Run ‘N Slam All-Star Classic and Inside the Hall has compiled video from two of his pool play games with Indiana Elite. Watch high-definition quality clips of Patterson (wearing jersey No. 34) at the Run ‘N Slam in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Watch Patterson’s dunk on Michigan State commit Kenny Kaminski from City League Hoops TV after the jump.