Juniors claim 122-110 exhibition win over Indiana All-Stars

  • 06/06/2017 10:33 pm in

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Through the first five minutes of Tuesday’s exhibition between the Indiana All-Stars and the Junior All-Stars, it appeared Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes would be the storyline of the night.

At the first timeout, Wilkes had 16 points and the Indiana All-Stars had a comfortable 28-19 lead.

But a 3-point barrage midway through the first half by De’Avion Washington of Terre Haute South kept the Juniors close going into halftime.

And in the second half, an offensive barrage was unleashed by the Junior All-Stars.

Seven players finished in double figures and the Juniors scored 72 second half points to claim a 122-110 exhibition win at New Albany in front of about 1,000 fans.

“They were definitely just out-muscling us early,” Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow said. “They’re a lot bigger than us and they were just getting their way on rebounds. We just knew that coming into the second half, we couldn’t let that happen.”

South Bend Riley forward Damezi Anderson led the Juniors with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field.

As important as Anderson’s performance was, the Indiana All-Stars simply had no answer for the numerous weapons on the floor for the Juniors.

Jallow scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and blocked three shots. The aforementioned Washington had 21 points, including a 5-of-8 performance from behind the 3-point line.

Tindley’s Eric Hunter had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Aaron Henry of Ben Davis chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. And McCutcheon guard Robert Phinisee had 14 points and five assists.

Not even Wilkes, who finished with a game-high 33 points on 15-of-32 shooting, could muster up enough offense to overcome the performance put on by the Juniors in the second half.

“It meant a lot to us,” Hunter said of the win. “This was set up for us to lose, really. They got six practices before. And we got an hour of practice.”

The annual series now shifts north to Plainfield on Thursday for a second exhibition between the two teams.

It will be the final tuneup for the Indiana All-Stars in advance of this weekend’s series against Kentucky.

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  • BannerOrBust

    Where was Romeo?

  • BannerOrBust

    The 2018 class is going to be loaded in the state of Indiana. I hope Archie can get some of them to commit to the program.

  • IUintheD

    Good question.

  • pcantidote

    The travel was too much for him 😉

  • IU_theoracle

    They said previously he was playing in the Adidas World Championships in Europe.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Playing in the Adidas nationals in Europe.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I figured the juniors would win. More talent in that class from top to bottom. If they would’ve had Romeo it would have gotten much uglier.

  • BannerOrBust


  • VOXAC30

    Was Coach Arch in attendance?

  • Nathan Philpott

    If they would have put seniors Tyler Harris from Northeastern and Nike Sibande from Indianapolis Attucks on the team…the seniors would have done a lot better. They are much more athletic and had better stats than some of the other players. I was shocked they weren’t on the team. Harris and Sibande are hard to guard. They were two of the best players on the court this past Friday night in Knightstown…along with Adaway from Logansport.

  • TomJameson

    Coaches are not allowed to even attend that game. I hope Arch wasn’t there, it would be a violation. I’m sure he was not in attendance. 🙂

  • pdhoosier

    Why is that??

  • TomJameson

    The 2019 class is going to be pretty loaded as well. Hope Archie manages to save a scholarship or two to add to the one that Juwan will free up by graduating.

  • TomJameson

    I do not know why those particular guys didn’t get on the team, but I heard from somebody on the premium forum that there were players that were turning down their invites to the All Star team. Probably a variety of reasons why, if true.

  • pdhoosier

    I was fortunate enough to attend the game. It was very fun and really exciting to see the juniors turn it on! I have a few takeaways….
    – Jallow is the real deal. He has good size and heat court awareness, especially on D. He was pitted against Wilkes all night down low and did a great job. He made great switches and you could hear his coach praising him constantly. He would’ve been “more involved” but it was a very guard heavy game. Regardless, I would be more than thrilled if he’s a Hoosier.
    – Phinisee and Hunter are great and they basically mirror DG (phinisee) and CuJo (hunter). They both have great handles and can both cram with the best of them.
    – Anderson was different. For the first 3/4 of the game I didn’t like him, he shot whenever he got it and seemed out of control, but for the last ten minutes, he nailed some threes and got several boards. Not sold yet, but he could be good.
    – Wilkes may go down as the biggest miss in the past regime’s tenure. He is just great and ridiculously talented.

  • Arch Puddington

    Nice update. I have expressed doubts in the past about Jallow’s offensive game, but it is clear that I am just not as good as college coaches at accounting for a player’s development over time (duh!). I saw him his freshman and sophomore years, at which point it was obvious that he was athletic and could defend, but was pretty rough offensively — a flat shot with a bit of a stiff delivery, not good enough off the dribble to penetrate, not big enough to post up. But the older he gets the more it becomes apparent that he is a hard worker and a a player whose skills are really progressing. He has gone from somewhere in the low three star, 150-ish range to more like 80-ish for a reason. Hope he comes to IU.

  • TomJameson

    Not sure, but probably has something to do with recruiting.

  • It’s not an evaluation period, so coaches can’t be out watching players right now.

  • That junior class is going to be key. Glad to see some of the player’s we’re targeting played well.

  • Oh, and loved Phinisee’s 5:1 assist to turnover ratio.

  • marcusgresham

    Not sure which ones, but a couple of guys aren’t on the team because it conflicts with their graduations.

  • b_side

    Given the timing, Gary Harris will forever be Crean’s biggest miss in my mind. Swap him for Hollowell and Crean’s still our coach, along with banner 6 hanging from the rafters.

  • Nathan Philpott

    The kid from Ft. Wayne and somebody else couldn’t come due to graduation. Harris and Sibande weren’t mentioned for that reason. Harris had 15 points in the junior all Star game last year when the Junior’s won.

  • pdhoosier

    Right on, thanks Alex!

  • TomJameson

    That makes sense Marcus. Plus, I wonder how many also had other game commitments like Romeo did.

  • Doug Wilson

    The 2020 Class Will have Damon Bailey’s son.