Etherington, Zeller post big numbers in holiday tournaments

  • 01/02/2011 4:54 pm in

Washington’s Cody Zeller (40) catches a pass from Kurtis Anthony (24) in the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic on December 30 at New Castle. Washington fell to Center Grove, 68-64. Photo by Jamie Owens of J. Scott Photography. Click here to view a gallery from this game and other Indiana high school games.

Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s eight 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:

2011 SIGNEES

+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Hamilton Heights went 4-0 in two days and won the Richmond Holiday Tournament. Etherington was named MVP of the event. Twenty-six points in a 77-45 rout of Northeastern on Dec. 28. Followed that up later in the day with 29 points in a 67-43 win over Floyd Central. On Dec. 29, Etherington scored 20 points in a 66-40 win over Guerin Catholic and scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 66-61 win over Tipton.

+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Twenty-four points in a 84-57 conference win over Mt. Vernon (Posey) on Dec. 28. Led Washington with 24 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist in a 68-64 loss to Center Grove in the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 30. Washington also fell to Warsaw, 46-44, in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Classic. Zeller had 13 points and 15 rebounds. He was named to the all-tournament team. (Inside the Hall coverage links: Here and here.)

2012 COMMITMENTS

+ Hanner Perea (La Porte La Lumiere): Did not play as La Lumiere was off for holiday break.

+ Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Park Tudor): Twelve points in a 67-48 win at Tri-West on Dec. 28. Seventeen points in a 49-40 win over Winchester at Mackey Arena on Dec. 29 in the SuperHoops New Year Classic. Twenty-one points in a 76-53 win at Lapel on Dec. 30.

+ Peter Jurkin (United Faith Christian Academy, NC): Seven points in a 68-48 win over the Arden Christ School on Dec. 29. UFCA won 65-54 at Walton on Dec. 28, but no individual numbers for Jurkin were available. UFCA also played at I.C. Norcom on Dec. 30, but no results were available.

+ Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple): Fourteen points, five rebounds and six blocks in a 72-56 win over Jeffersonville at Mackey Arena on December 29. On Dec. 30, scored 25 points in a 72-59 win over Southport and seven points in a 45-38 win over Chatard in the Broad Ripple Tournament. Patterson attended the Indiana-Ohio State game at Assembly Hall on Friday.

2012 CLASS

+ Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern): Twenty-three points in a 76-72 overtime win over Lawrence Central on Dec. 29. Harris also attended the Indiana-Ohio State game at Assembly Hall on Friday.

+ Jeremy Hollowell (Lawrence Central): Twenty-two points and nine rebounds in a 76-72 overtime loss at Hamilton Southeastern on Dec. 29.

+ Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy): Did not play as Brewster Academy was off for holiday break.

2013 COMMITMENTS

+ Collin Hartman (Indianapolis Cathedral): Did not play. Cathedral returns to action on Jan. 4 against Indianapolis Northwest.

+ Devin Davis Jr. (Warren Central): Nineteen points in a 59-50 loss to Munster in the Marion Tournament on Dec. 29. Did not play (back) in a 47-45 win over Marion on Dec. 30.

2013 CLASS

+ Basil Smotherman (Heritage Christian): Did not play. Heritage Christian returns to action on Jan. 7 at Park Tudor.

+ Darryl Baker (Jeffersonville): Thirteen points and six rebounds in a 72-56 loss to Broad Ripple at Mackey Arena on Dec. 29.

+ Mark Williams (Cleveland Benedictine): Twenty-two points in a 58-56 loss to Hoover on Dec. 28 and 19 points in a 67-60 loss to Berlin Hiland on Dec. 29.

+ Zak Irvin (Hamilton Southeastern): Missed Hamilton Southeastern’s 76-72 overtime win over Lawrence Central on Dec. 29 with a sprained MCL. Irvin is expected to be out for a month. (Update: Irvin will be out at least the next three games.)

2014 COMMITMENTS

+ James Blackmon Jr. (Ft. Wayne Luers): Twenty-seven points in a 90-68 win over Ft. Wayne Snider in the Summit Athletic Conference Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. On the second day of the SAC Tournament, Leuers beat Wayne 73-72 in overtime on and lost to Northrop 78-74. Blackmon Jr. hit 10-of-10 free throws in the second half of the Northrop loss.

+ Trey Lyles (Indianapolis Tech): Did not play. Tech returns to action on Jan. 7 at Brebeuf Jesuit.

2014 CLASS

+ Ernie Duncan (Evansville Harrison): Seventeen points in a 68-65 double overtime win over New Albany on Dec. 29.

+ Jaquan Lyle (Evansville Bosse): Did not play. Bosse returns to action on Jan. 7 at Evansville Central.

+ Jaraan Lands (Brownsburg): Fifteen points in a 57-53 loss to Perry Meridian on Dec. 30.

+ P.J. Thompson (Brebeuf Jesuit): Brebeuf won 61-58 at Martinsville on Dec. 30, but no individual stats were available.

+ Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor): Seventeen points in a 49-40 win over Winchester at Mackey Arena on Dec. 29 in the SuperHoops New Year Classic. Nine points in a 76-53 win at Lapel on Dec. 30. Park Tudor beat Tri-West, 67-48, on Dec. 28, but no individual stats for Bluiett were available.

(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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  • hoosierfan2

    I saw Austin Etherington play against Northeastern and Guerin Catholic and he looked pretty impressive.

    Some things I liked:
    His shooting-So smooth and effortless, looked great from 3 and from the line (which was nice to see for a change)

    His size and length-Usually the tallest player on the floor he exploited it well by shooting over people at times

    His athleticism-Not an Oladipo but still had some impressive blocks and a big dunk against Northeastern.

    Some things I didn’t like:
    Didn’t move that well without the ball-Not entirely his fault as his coach didn’t seem to want to run him off screens and try and get him open, but still, stood around too much for my liking.

    Seemed a little passive at times-He was the best player on the floor at all times but in the two games I watched there were times that he didn’t assert himself enough. I don’t think this is a big deal seeing as at IU he’ll be a role player.

    Overall I was impressed by Austin Etherington. His shooting stroke is so smooth and impressive, and he even scoring a four point play. I don’t think he’ll come in and start, but I do think IU will greatly benefit from his ability to stretch the floor and maybe that will help Jordy Hulls penetrate into the lane.

  • stonaroni

    Will someone please start giving AE some love? 22ppg over 4 games in 2 days and he led his team to the championship. He is exactly what we need on this IU team NOW and NEXT year.

    He is a 6’6″ SG/SF who can score, shoot from 23′, rebound, pass, defend, dunk, make FT, etc. At one point he was ranked #57 in the nation as a prospect. Once he committed to IU his stock dropped just because he committed early.

    I would love to see him get some legit minutes next year, he is a competitor and will help out greatly in our scoring droughts.

  • BaseballBuc

    James Blackmon Jr. is REALLY good.

  • OrlandoHoosier

    I really don’t think his stock dropped due to an early commitment. He was injured and missed some time during the past 2 AAU seasons. I hope he continues his excellent play and works to improve.

  • Luke72

    Austin will give us a solid shooter next year! Lots of great combos available for next year. The upperclassmen better step it up or they’ll be watching the freshman and sophs from the bench!

  • MillaRed

    Hopefully this tournament will result in AE getting more love from the recruiting boards. There is a reason why Cody and Company like the idea of playing with him on the wing.

  • Anonymous

    If the guy can play, he can play regardless of how many stars are after his name. Didn’t help Charlie Miller perform. In fact, sometimes I think coming into college with less pressure can help. Who would have thought Kirk Haston would turn into a 3rd-team All-American, 1st round selection (albeit an NBA bust due to injury)? Not saying AE has that potential by any means, but even McDonald’s All-Americans don’t live up to the hype.

  • Alex this is the best information that ITH suppies. IU Alum and out-of-state fans would have no access to this info on our own.

    I predicted early on there would be no post-season for IU and as we sink further its a great hope and distraction to be able to follow the future in more and more detail. For instance how did Guy Harris play in overtime? Does he seem to be a take charge/clutch player? How does James Blackmon Jrs 27 points as a freshman compare to other freshman who had great college careers?

    There are only so many ways one can cover an IU loss- yeah we didn’t quit – sure someone had a good game but its all basically depressing. Perhaps each week you can focus on one of these high school games where an IU recruit or target made the difference.

    When I was a kid in Brooklyn and the Yankees would beat the Dodgers in series after series we would always say “Wait till next year!” At my age I don’t know how many next years I have left so let’s read about the future now!

  • I am visiting my parents from Florida. It is nice to be back in Indiana. In the week I have been here I have seen 10 games in 4 days (one of them being the IU/OSU game). I am making up for lost time and living in a state that could care less about HS basketball. Anyway, I was able to see both Etherington (vs. Northeastern) and Zeller (v.Center Grove/Warsaw) play.

    Etherington

    + capable of playing at a different level than his opponents.
    + great shot and plays with patience
    + plus athleticism

    – I didn’t really sense that he was playing as hard and even as well as he is capable. I am eager to see him play with more fire.
    – echo hoosierfan2 in that he stood around a bit too much but in context Hamilton Heights was dismantling NorthEastern and Etherington wasn’t really needed (He didn’t play at all in the 4th Quarter)

    ps Alex Etherington is just as fun to watch. He is uber athletic and not afraid to drive to the rim. He had two or three highlight dunks and scored appr. 20 pts against NorthEastern (unofficial on the pt count – that is my own rough count)

    Zeller

    It was hard to get a good accurate read on Zeller IMO because teams were doing whatever they could to take him out of the game. For instance, in the Center Grove game they stuck a 6’0 kid on him, had him bury his nose in Zeller’s chest, and just follow him around the court. In both games Zeller constantly battled pressure and double teams. I do not have a trained basketball eye but what I saw that I liked was

    + excellent foot work
    + great post moves that often created opening in double and triple team situations
    + good range (hit a three pointer in first shot of the day) – he got the ball on the perimeter and waited to move the ball around but no one guarded him and eventually pulled up and drained it.
    + hustle. The kid flat out hustled. He never quit he was often the first or second play back on defense and out running in transition. He was beat up, thrown down, and hardly ever alone but he never stopped moving. He always following the ball in the post on reverses, setting screens, and doing whatever he could to get open.

    I would write a minus on Zeller if I could think of anything that really stuck out but it doesn’t. Zeller is the real deal and in time, when he gains muscle and learns the nuances of B10 play, he will be really special.

  • good point. How much love was VO receiving this time last year?

  • Anonymous

    Even better and more timely point jacob. We knew VO was playing at a powerhouse H.S., but beyond that none of us could have predicted he’d have this much impact so early on. Guys like that come in with a chip on their shoulder. They work that much harder to prove the scouts wrong and more importantly to prove to the coach they deserve playing time.

  • MillaRed

    After reading many columns, Tweets and comments over the last few weeks I’m beginning to think the real turning point for our Hoosiers is 2012. When looking at these defeats, I am seeing a common denominator we can’t seem to overcome and that is upperclassmen.

    We had early season talk about CWat going pro after next year and if Mo gets back going pro etc. From where I am standing that just isn’t going to happen. I think there is a very good chance both of these guys are on the 2012 roster with Jordy. Will others from that class be here? I think those chances are getting slimmer every year until they show us something we haven’t seen consistently.

    This gives you the three I have already mentioned as seniors along with Will and VO as juniors, Cody and AE as sophs and that incredible class of 2012. We are bigger, more athletic, deeper and have many top 50 recruits on the roster. I just don’t see a major shift in power until this occurs.

    On an extremely sour note, when putting the current team in perspective, Michigan started 3 freshmen and a sophomore and took care of Penn State today. That says a lot about where we are right now.

  • Anonymous

    Just in case your questions about Harris weren’t rhetorical, he seemed to be the go to guy in OT but he didn’t take away from the other players if they had an opportunity. A true team player that can also come up big when his team needs him. And the hang time that kid has in the air is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    2011 isn’t a lost season. Our 09 class is getting better and that core group will be a pretty strong group of juniors next year. Creek’s health will aid our defense mightily, nevermind our offense. Hulls will likely be more comfortable as a scorer and distributor next year. He’s much stronger and picks up his dribble less but he does still struggle a bit in this area. I expect it to be a real rarity next year. VO will likely start and Sheehey should give us some experienced talent off the bench.

    I think we start Hulls/Creek/Oladipo/Watford/Zeller because they’re our best five players and bring VJIII, Sheehey, and Elston off the bench. We need more production from the 4/5 as far as defense and rebounding goes, but I think this team can still think tournament in 2011. It’s also a transition year around the Big Ten as many teams lose a lot of upperclassman talent.

  • stonaroni

    Very fair assessment. AE is a “team” player which can result in facilitating for his team to win instead of dominating and having his team follow.

    Hamilton Heights offense results in either fastbreaks or the PG making an entry pass to AE and that is it. Once the pass is made by AE, there is very little motion after that. It is a very basic, basic offense that involves few screens, picks, cuts, backdoors, etc.

    I think we will all see he is a perfect fit for IU. CTC talks about guards rebounding, at 6’6″ he rebounds well. And yes, AE has a very smooth shot. Imagine him on the perimeter Diebler style being able to catch and shoot 4 or 5 3’s a game. If he is hot, great, if not he can penetrate, score at the rim or dish. IU is missing that player right now. VO is developing into that guy. AE is not as athletic, but has more polish on his offensive game, especially shooting touch and range.

  • stonaroni

    Very true, so many kids are rated high because of athleticism or the do 1 or 2 things exceptionally well. But if a 6’11” kid is athletic can rebound and dunk like a monster doesn’t mean he is NBA bound. He has to be strong, defensively sound and develop a mid range shot to play in the NBA.

    College basketball is full of 3 and 4 star kids who develop and dominate, become all conference and all american style players.

    I really think AE is one of these kids, not touting NBA, but someone we will grow to love and appreciate for his basketball IQ, floor game, shooting, and hardwork.

  • MillaRed

    So you are saying Zeller can bring more than 2 pts and 2 boards before
    picking up 14 fouls? That’s asking a lot isn’t it? j/k

  • LDIU

    I saw Etherington in the Tipton game. He runs the floor quite well and has great jumping and athletic skills. My real question is his shooting ability. I don’t think he hit anything from the field longer than a layup of dunk. He does play good defense and seems to be quite aggressive (which we can surely use.)

  • JerryCT

    “My real question is” …………..I understand that offensive stats are easy, proliferate and capture fans attention.

    BUT “My real question” is can any of these guys play lock down defense ? Any fan watching our floor product the last 2 seasons MUST have defense as “their real question”.

    As such Patterson’s 6 blocks is the most impressive stat out of all the ones listed

  • MillaRed

    These kids are simply more athletic Jerry. And that certainly translates into better D. If you watch our zone, you can see the lateral quickness and footwork just isn’t Big Ten ready.

  • stonaroni

    Are you serious??? Is this Austin or Alex? Alex is a Soph and still developing his shot. Austin can make it from anywhere around the arch.

    LDIU, in the Tipton game he was 4-9 from the floor and scored 12 points. He missed 2 3 pointers (0-2). You saw the kid miss 2 3’s after playing 4 games in 2 days, scoring 22ppg, leading his team to the championship and being named MVP.

    What is sad is that he only took 2 3 pointers and only 9 shots when he is the best player on the team. But, I will give him credit because Seth Small scored 25 and was on fire and Austin, the team player, kept feeding him the ball.

    Did you not see the 29, 26, or 20 point games from the previuos 3 tournament games?

    Have you not heard me and others talk about how this kid can shoot the rock? He made 6 3’s in Vegas in the Final 4 semi-final game of the tournamnet infront of the big name coaches. He made the 3 that sent them to overtime which they eventually won…….as a Sophomore.

    As a JR last summer in Vegas he went out and nailed 6 more 3’s in a game infront of the big name coaches on the big stage. he had 4 in another game, 3 in another, and 2 in his other game.

    Need I say it again as I have posted many times, this kid was ranked as the #2 shooter in the nation behind Austin Rivers in the 2011 class by the Sporting News. X, Butler, IU, ND, Okla St, New Mexico all had offers because he is 6’6″ and could shoot. He got these offers as a Soph. NW, UC, OSU, Tenn, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Michigan, etc, etc, etc were heavily recruiting this kid…….as a Soph because he could shoot the 3 at 6’6″. Had he not committed, he would have had more offers as a JR because he is 6’6″ and can shoot the basketball.

  • stonaroni

    Are you serious??? Is this Austin or Alex? Alex is a Soph and still developing his shot. Austin can make it from anywhere around the arch.

    LDIU, in the Tipton game he was 4-9 from the floor and scored 12 points. He missed 2 3 pointers (0-2). You saw the kid miss 2 3’s after playing 4 games in 2 days, scoring 22ppg, leading his team to the championship and being named MVP.

    What is sad is that he only took 2 3 pointers and only 9 shots when he is the best player on the team. But, I will give him credit because Seth Small scored 25 and was on fire and Austin, the team player, kept feeding him the ball.

    Did you not see the 29, 26, or 20 point games from the previuos 3 tournament games?

    Have you not heard me and others talk about how this kid can shoot the rock? He made 6 3’s in Vegas in the Final 4 semi-final game of the tournamnet infront of the big name coaches. He made the 3 that sent them to overtime which they eventually won…….as a Sophomore.

    As a JR last summer in Vegas he went out and nailed 6 more 3’s in a game infront of the big name coaches on the big stage. he had 4 in another game, 3 in another, and 2 in his other game.

    Need I say it again as I have posted many times, this kid was ranked as the #2 shooter in the nation behind Austin Rivers in the 2011 class by the Sporting News. X, Butler, IU, ND, Okla St, New Mexico all had offers because he is 6’6″ and could shoot. He got these offers as a Soph. NW, UC, OSU, Tenn, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Michigan, etc, etc, etc were heavily recruiting this kid…….as a Soph because he could shoot the 3 at 6’6″. Had he not committed, he would have had more offers as a JR because he is 6’6″ and can shoot the basketball.

  • Anonymous

    Jurkin had 4 points in the first game and 3 points in the second game against Norcom where UCAF was soundly beaten 71 – 47.

    Through the first 3 days of the GSK tournament he was avg. 7 rpg but he was not listed among the final statistical leaders of the tournament.

    All information was found on Bryan Hanks blog: http://bhanks.encblogs.com/

  • stonaroni

    CZ and AE can both play defense better than what we are seeing on the floor as a current product. VO will be a stud defender and is solid now.

    I think AE mentioned something last summer in a ITH interview that he held Le’Bryn Nash to 10 points in a game last summer and he was pretty pleased about that. Nash is rated as the #2 SF in the class of 2011.

    JerryCT, CZ pulls down more boards in 1 game than IU did against OSU. Yes it is high school., but at 6’11” CZ is athletic and has a nose for the ball.

    CZ gives us a player with heigth that we do not have. Offensively and defensively, he should match up well. He is tough on the blocks and a little jump hook with his length is undefensible.

    AE gives us a guard/SF that can play the #3 and be a couple inches taller on defense and post his man up onffense as well causing mismatch issues. See JerryCT, I am already thinking of possessions in close games where these guys can be used unlike anyone we currently have. Also, AE can shoot from anywhere on the floor whci helps our scoring droughts.

  • stonaroni

    Good point, but I cannot figure out if the positioning is bad on help D because we are too slow with the feet or too slow recognizing and anticipating the play? Either way it has to improve and should with CZ and AE.

  • MillaRed

    Ya know at this point I have to believe it’s a lack of ability. Our defense
    hasn’t been there since Coach arrived. Marquette played TOUGH D under CTC.
    They were everywhere it seemed.

    At this point Jordy, Verdell, Elston and to some extent Watford just are not
    light on their feet. Throw in an unhealthy Mo and our typical starting 5 is
    bad defensively.

    Give VO a year in the weight training program and his defense may be All Big
    Ten next year if not after.

  • MillaRed

    By the way, did you see Elston putting his hands all over Sullinger when
    banging down in the paint? Sorry but that was just hard to watch. Not a good
    indicator that we are getting better on D.

  • JerryCT

    I had advocated a zone , especially a zone trap , and now feel a zone will be worse than man-man D because:

    + our attitude is passive vs aggressive on D
    + our work rate is low
    + we try to “help” vs defend our assignment first
    + perhaps our quickness is also challenged thhus even more space allowed to shooters
    + difficult to rebound out of this ( Minn can be murder on the boards )

    Personally I would get basic and play man D with:

    + an obvious aggressive style like ball denial and wing traps unless the other team has a Pritchard ==> expected result is aggressive team attitude
    + reduce “help” so each player is personally challenged
    + the above should increase work rate

    Also to send the message we need to evaluate playing time by over weighting who can defend say 60 % to 30% offense and 10% intangibles.

    If we do this the lineup probably changes radically with :

    + more VO, WS, JR and Moore minutes , Roth does not seem to hurt us either
    + Mo and VJ are thus challenged to step up or watch and I think Mo would be first to respond

    Don’t know about you Millared but I am getting sick to my stomach watching teams basically take shooting practice against us early , establish a groove and then hit even the contested shots.

    I would rather they just beat us with an athletic play than beat us while we watch

  • JerryCT

    Thanks for defensive breakdown. I know this is more difficult to “scout” but it is the primary weakness HS kids bring to college and right now what IU needs the most

  • MillaRed

    Not pointing a finger directly at you David but I think people are looking too much into Jurkin’s stats. We are not recruiting him to score 15 ppg at IU.

    – He was the first recruit to pull the trigger and it was the beginning of a domino effect. I give him credit for that.
    – We have been getting killed inside and this is a very long and athletic kid that can eventually shut down the lane.
    – Not making excuses but does his team stink? Furthermore, I know he’s had injury issues.
    – I have seen the film on him and he looks better defensively than all 3 of our bigs. Like…..right now.
    – In summary, I think he is a role player. He will provide immediate depth inside and eventually start at center. In other words, we haven’t had a kid like this in 20 flippin years! A TRUE center.

  • MillaRed

    I agree. Sick to my stomach comes to mind. When their shooters are looking
    at each other and laughing I am embarrassed for the program.

    Defense is all about effort, communication and most importantly, ability. We
    are so bad right now I have to believe it’s the lack of ability that is the
    problem. They look like they are playing in mud.

  • JerryCT

    Probably a little of both but so many things seem to go wrong that it is hard to isolate.

    If we went to ball denial and less “help” we might get beaten on drives, back doors but we take positioning and help out of the equation for all to see who can defend and who can’t.

    Again I would rather see us lose this way than have the other team just take 3pt shots like in practice and bury us while our defense watches or tries to close out in a panic from 15 ft away.

    I just do not see the work rate and this must be established first.

    On positioning I believe WS plays with the best geometry on the team and this explains his ability to often get a hand on the ball

  • MillaRed

    Interesting post thanks for the info.

  • MillaRed

    You kind of put it in a nutshell IMO Jerry. Who leads the team in deflections? Steals? Steals for dunks?

    How about VO and Will by a mile.

    Who are the two most athletic kids on the team?

    I love it when these guys get into a passing lane and bolt for a layup/dunk. Those are easy points we just didn’t get last year.

  • Anonymous

    I was just trying to provide statistical info since I noticed there were no stats for Jurkin from the games. I’m not trying to pass judgment on him based on his scoring output.

  • stonaroni

    Interesting as I have both heard and seen the same lack of discipline and poor coaching.

    Funny, Heights has the best shooter in the state and he only gets 4 shots from a zone defense….brutal. So that is 3 games out of 10 where we know he has gotten, 4, 6 and 9 shots in a game.

    So again, when we look at AE in high school ball, do not judge. He is far better in the summer amongst talent playing aginst better competition with better coaches.

    Are you an MIC scout/coach? They have been laughing about Heights’ bad offense for years.

  • Kelin Oladipo

    Jurkin was not recruited for his scoring just like Guy wasn’t and if he could enroll now we sure could use him. Who needs your last two years of high school anyway.

  • stonaroni

    If it was his fifth foul you are talking about, yes it was bad. Get your arms out, stay balanced, and at least flop and fake a charge. That was the fifth foul in 7 minutes of play.

  • stonaroni

    I really think WS has earned the minutes that VO gets. Vo has earned his minutes and I think WS and VO should not share minutes.

    CTC has to look at this team and project who will help them win now, but more importantly next year. Will Sheehey needs minutes because he plays hard if nothing else.

    Pretty said that Dakich had to point out that VO is playing at a different effort level compared to the rest of the team. WS plays hard too. At least put the 2 motors out there and watch them run.

  • MillaRed

    Agreed. Go pick him up Kelin. I’ll rent him a house Reggie Bush style.

  • MillaRed

    I agree 100%. As it stands right now we need to focus on development. I
    mentioned it before, I think VJ has peaked and his minutes should drop.

    It may be unfair to Mo but until he is 100% mentally and physically the same
    goes for him.

    I wouldn’t be upset at all if both of them started.

    By the way, thank God Jordy can shoot.

  • MillaRed

    I’m not going to pretend to be a D1 coach, but I have a message for our 3
    bigs…..

    “It is OK if the person you are guarding scores once in a while! We do not
    have to foul them EVERY time.”

    Heck, let them score so they aren’t in the double bonus 10 minutes into the
    game.

    I wish our guys would just hold their ground and make these guys shoot over
    them. Geez!

  • MillaRed

    I know you are AE’s biggest booster and honestly this time last year I was kinda “ehhhh.” But I think I speak for many when I say, “we are digging AE.” I don’t think that is an issue any more.

  • MillaRed

    Buc, this kid may be the best recruit we have coming in regardless of class. I am following him and he is unstoppable. The best player on a team that starts pretty good seniors.

    10-10 in the last game from the FT line.

  • MillaRed

    Gotcha/ Others have. Like I said, not pointing fingers.

  • BaseballBuc

    Agree 100% Milla. It’s funny, I was listening to the Dakich a week or 2 ago and some guy called in and said James Blackmon Jr. is better now than any guard IU has. Of course he got laughed at and rightfully so. But from what I’ve seen and heard, he is one of those guys that players like playing with because he passes. Now he can score if he needs to and probably will need to until he gets to IU, but the kid is really good. Can’t wait until he suits up in the candy stripes.

  • MillaRed

    The best party is his dad is an Indiana coach so I don’t expect a decision
    change from him or Lyles.

  • Anonymous

    Etherington and Zeller look great for next year!……..Now is there anyone left to recruit that could help us in the low post next year? You know with Chandler off the board