IU signees and targets shine at Forum Tip-off Classic
Throughout the season, we’ll be keeping track of how Indiana’s four class of 2018 signees fare throughout their final high school campaigns. In addition, we’ll also be keeping tabs on several key recruiting targets in the class of 2018 and 2019.
Here’s our second report:
Class of 2018
Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon: The future IU point guard scored 32 points and added nine assists and six rebounds in an 84-55 win over Kokomo on Dec. 8. In Saturday’s Forum Tip-off Classic at Southport, Phinisee finished with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 63-58 loss to Indianapolis Tindley. McCutcheon is 4-2 this season.
Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley: Anderson started off the week strong with 25 points on Dec. 5 in an 84-55 win at South Bend St. Joseph. He followed that performance up with 19 points in a 62-48 win over Mishawaka on Dec. 7. In Saturday’s Forum Tip-off Classic at Southport, Anderson had 23 points and eight rebounds in an 81-75 overtime win over Jerome Hunter and Pickerington North.
Jerome Hunter, Pickerington North (Ohio): The IU signee had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a 59-41 win over Pickerington Central on Dec. 8. In Saturday’s Forum Tip-off Classic at Southport, Hunter finished with 21 points in an 81-75 overtime loss to South Bend Riley. Hunter picked up two technicals in the loss.
Jake Forrester, Westtown School (Pa.): Forrester finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 76-66 loss to Our Savior (NY) on Dec. 3. Forrester had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Georgetown Prep at the National Hoop Fest on Dec. 9. Forrester was scoreless in 10 minutes in a 77-69 win over Holy Spirit at the National Hoop Fest on Dec. 10.
Romeo Langford, New Albany: Langford played through an illness on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 1 Bulldogs fell 49-47 in overtime at rival Floyd Central. Langford finished with 15 points in the loss. He bounced back at Saturday’s Forum Tip-off Classic at Southport as he went for 42 points in a 97-59 beatdown of Keion Brooks Jr. and Fort Wayne North. Archie Miller and Tom Ostrom attended the Floyd Central game and Ostrom was in the stands again on Saturday.
Class of 2019
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: It was a huge weekend for the junior forward as Jackson-Davis had 21 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in a 55-38 win over Pike on Dec. 8. Jackson-Davis was even better on Saturday in the Forum Tip-off Classic at Southport as he finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and six blocks in a 65-63 overtime loss to Hamilton Southeastern.
Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North: Brooks, the state’s top ranked junior, had 25 points in a 76-52 win at Fort Wayne South on Dec. 8. In Saturday’s Forum Tip-off Classic at Southport, Brooks finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in a 97-59 loss to New Albany.