The first April evaluation period continued Saturday with IU coaches present again at events in Merrillville, Minneapolis and Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from day two of the April evaluation period:
· 2013 Flint Beecher (MI) guard Monte Morris (pictured) continued his stellar play at the adidas Exclusive VIP Run in Las Vegas and drew the praise of Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels:
2013 guard Monte Morris is having a terrific game so far for the MI Mustangs. Has a pair of threes, a pull-up from 18 & a nice finish at rim
Morris scored 26 points in an 81-80 overtime win over Team Bradley on Saturday night. Fans in the Indianapolis area may get a chance to see Morris next weekend as his Michigan Mustangs are scheduled to be at the adidas Spring Classic at North Central.
· 2013 Antioch (CA) Deer Valley power forward Marcus Lee is a name to keep on the radar as Tom Crean watched Lee in Minneapolis per The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling. Lee is playing this spring and summer with California Supreme. (Update: Here is Demling’s update on Lee.)
— Anya: Seven points, two rebounds and two blocks in a 54-51 Team Takeover loss to CIA Bounce and 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks in a 68-60 loss to Meanstreets. Team Takeover is 0-3 through Saturday’s games.
— Lyle: Nine points, five assists and four rebounds in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and seven rebounds and three assists in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams. Spiece Indy Heat is 1-2 through Saturday’s games.
— Bluiett: 13 points and one rebound in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams.
— Lyles: 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal in a 73-64 Spiece Indy Heat win over Meanstreets and 12 points, four rebounds and a steal in a 42-40 loss to Boo Williams.
· In Merrillville, N.D. Kendrick of the Recruit Recon reported Indiana assistant Steve McClain scouted 2014 Chicago Curie big man Cliff Alexander, the 2014 Greensburg duo of Bryant McIntosh and Sean Sellers, 2015 Marquette Catholic wing Ryan Fazekas, 2016 Ft. Wayne Luers guard Vijay Blackmon and 2015 Cathedral guard Jalen Coleman. Alexander ripped down a backboard at the event.
Here’s video of Alexander taking down the backboard, via Ball is Life: