Late heroics from Harris lift Hamilton Southeastern

  • 12/13/2010 6:44 am in

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens/J. Scott Photography)

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s seven verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.

You can send us stats or results for this report at [email protected]. Here’s our latest update:


+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Thirteen points in a 69-46 win over Lewis Cass on Dec. 10 and 18 points in a 78-58 rout of Tri-Central on Dec. 11.

+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Eighteen points and 17 rebounds in a 61-36 win over Edgewood on Dec. 10. Washington lost for the second time this season on Dec. 11 at Forest Park, 70-65. Zeller finished with 29 points and eight rebounds.

2011 CLASS

+ Kelvin Amayo (NIA Prep): Averaging 19.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the Newark, N.J. based NIA Prep.

+ Michael Chandler (Lawrence North): Twenty-four points and 12 rebounds as Lawrence North fell to Scott County (KY) 92-78 in Lexington on Dec. 11.


+ Hanner Perea (La Porte La Lumiere): Thirteen points and 16 rebounds as La Lumiere beat South Bend Riley on Dec. 7. La Lumiere also played St. John’s Military (WI) on Dec. 11, but no stats for Perea were available on the school’s web site.

+ Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Park Tudor): Ten points in a 67-42 win over Beech Grove on Dec. 10. Game-high 29 points as Park Tudor moved to 5-0 with a 59-36 win at Covenant Christian on Dec. 11.

+ Peter Jurkin (United Faith Christian Academy, NC): According to this story in The Charlotte Observer, Jurkin is suffering from a stress fracture in his foot.

+ Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple): Eighteen points in a 56-45 win at Cardinal Ritter on Dec. 10. Team-high 19 points in a 66-58 win over Harding on Dec. 11.

2012 CLASS

+ Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern): Banked in a 3-pointer with ten seconds remaining in overtime to lift Hamilton Southeastern past host Noblesville, 56-55, on Dec. 10. Harris finished with a game-high 25 points.

+ Jeremy Hollowell (Lawrence Central): Twenty-three points as Lawrence Central fell to Pike, 73-55, on Dec. 10.

+ Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy): Brewster won on both Dec. 10 (74-72 over MCI) and Dec. 11 (81-73 over Notre Dame Prep), but McGary’s stats were not listed on the school’s web site.


+ Collin Hartman (Indianapolis Cathedral): Eight points, nine rebounds and two blocks in a 64-56 win over Indianapolis Tech on Dec. 10. Eight points in a 75-54 win at Perry Meridian on Dec. 11.

+ Devin Davis Jr. (Warren Central): Fifteen points in a 61-57 win at Fishers on Dec. 9. Fourteen points as Warren Central fell at Avon, 62-52 on Dec. 11.

2013 CLASS

+ Basil Smotherman (Heritage Christian): Twelve points in a 57-54 overtime win at Columbus East on Dec. 7 and 15 points in a 77-63 win at Bishop Chatard on Dec. 10.

+ Darryl Baker (Jeffersonville): Five points in a 65-50 win over Seymour on Dec. 10 and 13 points in a 85-57 rout at Madison on Dec. 11.

+ Mark Williams (Cleveland Benedictine): Eleven points in a 72-53 win over Chicago Lincoln Park on Dec. 10 and 16 points in a 62-55 loss to Columbus Walnut Ridge on Dec. 11.

+ Zak Irvin (Hamilton Southeastern): Five points in a 56-55 overtime win at Noblesville on Dec. 10.


+ James Blackmon Jr. (Ft. Wayne Luers): Thirteen points, in front of Tom Crean, as Luers beat Ft. Wayne South, 76-74, on Dec. 10 and 21 points as Luers won 60-52 at Anderson on Dec. 11.

+ Trey Lyles (Indianapolis Tech): Twenty-two points and eight rebounds in a 64-56 loss at Cathedral on Dec. 11. Eighteen points as Tech drilled Gary Roosevelt, 99-78, on Dec. 11.

2014 CLASS

+ Ernie Duncan (Evansville Harrison): Eighteen points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 65-56 loss to Castle on Dec. 10.

+ Jaquan Lyle (Evansville Bosse): 19 points as Bosse knocked off Princeton, 76-72, on Dec. 10.

+ Jaraan Lands (Brownsburg): 12 points in a 85-43 loss at Pike on Dec. 11. Brownsburg fell to Zionsville, 45-40, on Dec. 10, but no individual stats for Lands were available.

+ Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor): Thirteen points in a 67-42 win over Beech Grove on Dec. 10. Thirteen points in a 59-35 win at Covenant Christian on Dec. 11.

(Note: 2013 prospect Darryl Hicks, who has an offer, is sitting out this season at Louisville Trinity due to KHSAA transfer rules.)

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  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Saw Ron Patterson this weekend.

    + He is big guard with EXTREMELY long arms. Defensively he guarded the PG and the poor kid just could get away from him, around him, and got pushed around pretty well.

    + Offensively, he does need to work on his jumpshot and shot selection…and he is a charge or dunk on somebody waiting to happen when he goes to the basket

    + What I liked the most is a kid that plays hard all the time and plays with so much emotion. I can make the case he is a victor oladipo clone but physically bigger.

    I know there has been alot of Kelvin Amayo talk/chatter/debate…..
    I love our 2012 group, 2013, and 2014…..however next year I want to go to the tourney and if the kid can help us do that…I am all for it. Crean obviously wants a scoring penetrating guard and thus far has struck out on a bunch (Irving, Selby, Teague, J.Davis) I say go for it…..worry about schollys and other stuff later…..

  • Plane1972

    By my quick count, our commits and targets went 22-9 based on this report. Not bad. Hope to continue seeing guys who lead their teams to Ws.

  • MillaRed

    With TP, DE and BC coming back, and adding Zeller to lock down those tough rebounds, the situation could be worse. Hanner will make it much better but I think the combination of those four are enough to get a tourney bid next season.

    With that being said, we could use depth everywhere to include the point. This guy has a body like Tyreke Evans. Maybe he is a late bloomer and that’s why he isn’t high on recruiting boards. But 19 ppg in that part of the country cannot be ignored. Lock Amayo down and we’ll have the bigs we really covet in 2012.

  • MillaRed

    Amayo’s favorite player = Dwayne Wade. Do we know anyone that is close to Wade? My detective-like instincts are clicking………

  • RobD

    Can we get some more info on Kelvin Amayo? Where is he? How sure are we that IU has interest?

  • Amayo tweeted that he’s interested in IU. We’re working on trying to get a story.

  • JerryCT

    The videos are always good but it is the other stuff I like hear about and this article did it for me.
    Athletic, defensive, hard working developer, rises to the challenge against more touted players ………….seems perfect for CTC and IU.

    Also I like where he is from. CTC used to have connections in the NYC area and recently in Balt/Wash. I love getting the indiana kids but we need to send “shooter” or somebody back into these hotbeds and yank 2 + kids a year from these areas to make a national statement.

  • MillaRed

    You can’t teach what this guy has, a freight train of a body. The LeBron’s
    and the Tyreke Evans’ of the world get to the rim because no one wants to
    take that charge. I for one would not want to get in front of this kid. He’s
    a monster. We really don’t have a player like this. He really is VO with
    another 20 pounds. But he can handle the ball better and seems quicker.

  • JerryCT

    It would be terrific to have player who can get somewhat near the lane w/o the high ball screen.

    Like i say with our current team ( except Rivers and maybe VO ) …….when TP comes out to set a screen for Jones everybody in the arena knows what happens next.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Milla…I think I am more impressed with how big this kid is. I mean he is a BIG guard who is also athletic. I won’t drool too much, we got this way with BJ Young who said all the “I love IU’ things then went to Arkansas for some strange reason. Yes Kelvin tweeted he is interested in IU and loves DWade….lets get him on campus for a visit.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Milla…I think I am more impressed with how big this kid is. I mean he is a BIG guard who is also athletic. I won’t drool too much, we got this way with BJ Young who said all the “I love IU’ things then went to Arkansas for some strange reason. Yes Kelvin tweeted he is interested in IU and loves DWade….lets get him on campus for a visit.

  • Anonymous

    What about Alex Etherington 2013?

  • jgongora86

    Kelvin Amayo has amazing court vision. No one can teach that. Even if he can’t shoot well right away, he compliments Cody Zeller in a big way. Whenever decides to drive the lane he will have the great option dishing the ball for a more open trey, or dishing it to Cody’s great hands for an easy two.

  • Anonymous

    I know that 7-2 is not great, but it is not bad either. KY is ranked #16 and they really got the home court advantage big time versus IU, 44 fouls called against us and 31 points made at the FT line for them. Plus young talent always plays much better at home than on the road. Further, did anyone else notice that BC beat Maryland on the road in their first ACC game? I think that we will see that BC is a very solid team this season. That guy can coach! So no tears so far. If we win the next 4 games, 2 in Vegas against pretty good teams, then the non-conference will have been a BIG success!

  • BaseballBuc

    I just want to know one thing, is he for real or another David Williams?

  • jcopey

    I was at the HSE vs. Noblesville game to watch Harris & Irvin. The refs really let them bang, there were bodies flying everywhere, esp. in the 2nd half. Harris is very athletic and took the majority of his team’s shots. He had a massive highlight putback dunk in the first half. . . came running in on left side of lane off the miss, grabbed it with two hands and jammed it. He was waaaaay up in the air…the crowd was still murmuring about 5 minutes later.

    He forced a lot of shots, but most high school best players do that. He didn’t rebound like I expected him to, but he was shooting a lot from outside – which he did hit 5 3-pointers. Overall, he looked about like I expected him to. His release is a bit slow, and he got his first 2 3-pointers partially blocked. Like I said, very athletic player with a great will to win.

    Irvin was a non-factor.

  • stonaroni

    If he keeps doing this 14 ppg and 8rpg with power dunks, we will talk more and more about him. Alex has been coming on strong.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the update.

  • stonaroni

    Nic Moore is a great kid and have seen him play numerous times. He is going to Illinois State and I think he is better than that but I do not think he is IU caliber. He is not as good as Dee Davis, and Dee is at X.

    Nic will be a strong PG at Ill St from day one and have a great career.

    Nic Moore would never be the reason why IU beats UK or any other school because he was never in the cards at IU, nor was he offered a scholly to IU.

  • HoosierFromCT

    Everything sounds great about Kelvin Amayo and I would love to have him. What does this mean for other potential recruits? It seems like our perimeter play is all set now that we have Yogi-Ron-AE and HOPEFULLY Harris. So do we really need Kelvin ?

  • stonaroni

    Let’s get him in. Let’s get better now. I think UK and BC exposed us at guard and in the paint. Zeller improves us next year, AE will give us at least another shooter on the floor who can score, rebound, drive and dish. If Amayo, can deliver us a true PG who can out tough and out physical the opponent, sign him up. Evan Turner wasn’t a great PG, but he was an outstanding scorer. Get us a kid who is better with the ball than Turner who can be powerful and dish to shooters like, Mo, Hulls, CW, AE, etc and we will be in business next year.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    When you do Alex, could you try to find out why he transferred high schools so many times? I lost count but it looks like he played for four schools in four years, maybe only three in four years?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’ll get to watch HH and the Etherington boys 1/7 and 2/15 and possibly one other game so I’ll let you all know what I see out of Alex after those games. I’d like to see him play the 29th against Lyles and Tech but I don’t know if I’ll make that one.

  • Anonymous

    Great. They don’t call you Aceman for nothing.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I agree. I think UNI is down a little bit this year so we should be able to win that one, but if we get New Mexico it worries me because they look pretty good again this year and you know Alford will have them up to play IU.

    If they can get by that one then 11-2 is likely because SIUE and SCS are both weak schools at home.

    11-2 means we’d only need a 7-11 record in the Big Ten to get to 18 wins and 18-13 is a definite NIT bid. Get a couple upsets (even 1 with a win in the B10 tourney) and we’re a bubble team. Wins against NW, PUke, Wisc, Minn, Mich, & Iowa at home then you only need one road win at NW, Mich, Iowa, or somewhere else to get to that 7-11 record. Who knows, it could be better than that if they get on a roll and pull off an upset or two (like OSU at home or MINN on the road)

    Hey, it’s possible, right?

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    You know the high school game of the year as far as IU recruits could be the Broad Ripple/Park Tudor (Yogi/Buss) game on 2/12 but that’s Valentine’s Day weekend so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to manipulate that one. Then Broad Ripple goes to Tech the next weekend which is Lyles/Patterson so that would be a good one too.

    If anyone wants to get together for a couple of these games with IU recruits playing just let me know. I’m down for a scouting trip.

  • MillaRed

    Yes we do. We need high level players to compete with high level players. Some of these kids will leave early for the pro’s. Otherw will get injured. One will transfer. We just need to load the whole thing up. Can you see this guy spelling Yogi and the other way around? Kelvin and Yogi on the floor together with Cody and Hanner filling the lanes? Um, bring it on man!

  • stonaroni

    So are you a Kokomo boy Aceman?

  • stonaroni

    With AE, WS, Buss on the wings ready to fire from deep. As Clark Kellog would say, “That is a team with Spurtability!”

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07


    I live in a small town about ten minutes away now. It’s too bad they don’t play at Western this year because that’s real close to my house. It would be more convenient than going to Taylor or NW but they’re still within 15 minutes.

  • Anonymous

    The schedule I am looking at makes me think that we win 8 games: Pn St-h. MI-h, at Iowa, IL-h, MN-h, Iowa-h, NW-h, Purdue-h. Then I count two toss-up games, at MI and at NW. Then I count 8 losses. All in the Big 10. So the range is 8-10 to 10-8. Then add in 11-2, for a range of 19-12 to 21-10. Is this a positive “spin”, probably?. But it is my projection. The IL and Purdue home wins are the key to the year. I hate them both!

  • Anonymous

    Ace, I would love to , but, for now, I am in FL. Is anyone from ITH going to be in Vegas for the two games? Want to arrange a meet up? I am up for it

  • Anonymous

    Is that 6’9″ accurate now? If so, that means he’s grown a couple of inches, right?

  • Anonymous

    This is not going to be a fun team to try to move the ball against in the next several years.

  • Anonymous

    Prep school kid from New Jersey. Listed at about 6’4″. Some have said he’s a PG/SG combo–the PG part is what I would assume makes him the most attractive, given the lack of depth at that position. Not a great shooter from what I’ve read, but can really get to the basket.

  • Anonymous

    I’d think Shooter probably has some west coast connections, too.

  • Anonymous

    Given the recent recruiting successes, I’d venture to say the days of David Williamsesque players are long gone.

  • Anonymous

    I especially don’t see a way you could have taken Moore with Yogi already being an under-sized player.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Ha, enjoy it man. It’s 12 degrees right now with a nice blanket of snow.

    I wish I was going to be in Vegas, but unfortunately, I will not!

  • Iubballdude

    Wow…I thought I was the only IU fan in Kokomo 🙂

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Brett graduated before I went through Western. He was a blast to watch though. I know that his kids are going to do things the right way. I’d definitely like to have both of them.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Ha, no, there’s a bunch of us! My best friend is actually from Kokomo and he now lives in Lafayette. It’s great to go watch an IU game at his house and then stop a couple times on my out of town with my IU gear on!