Forrester returns to action at Chick Fil-A Classic

  • 12/24/2017 9:20 am in

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 latest update, covering games played the week of December 17-23:

Class of 2018

Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon: The future IU point guard scored 41 points, including a 17-of-20 performance from the free throw line, in a 78-59 win over Merrillville on Dec. 22. Phinisee had 15 points in the fourth quarter. McCutcheon has won three straight and is 7-2 this season.

Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley: Anderson finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 72-38 win at Plymouth on Dec. 19. South Bend Riley is 9-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 4A Associated Press top 25 poll.

Jerome Hunter, Pickerington North (Ohio): Hunter poured in a game-high 33 points as Pickerington North beat Marion-Franklin 100-36 on Dec. 23.

Jake Forrester, Westtown School (Pa.): Forrester returned from an ankle injury for two games in the Chick Fil-A Classic in South Carolina. On Dec. 21, Forrester had nine points, two rebounds and two blocked shots in 30 minutes in a 71-54 loss to Prolific Prep (Ca.). On Dec. 23, the future IU forward had 14 points, 11 rebounds (six offensive), two blocks, two turnovers, one steal and one assist in 31 minutes as Westtown fell to Huntington Prep, 77-67. Forrester was 11-of-18 from the field and 1-of-4 from the free throw line over the two games.

Romeo Langford, New Albany: Langford scored 34 points on Dec. 22 as New Albany beat Pike, 61-55. Langford moved into 12th on the state’s all-time scoring list in the win, which was New Albany’s first over Pike since Feb. 5, 1997.

Class of 2019

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: Jackson-Davis, who was at Assembly Hall on Monday for IU’s loss to Fort Wayne, scored 21 points in Center Grove’s 71-45 win over Perry Meridian on Dec. 19.

Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North Side: The five-star forward finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds as Fort Wayne North Side beat Valparaiso, 68-63, on Dec. 22. Brooks finished with 30 points and six rebounds as Fort Wayne North Side lost at Cathedral, 65-56, on Dec. 23. Some video from his 52-point performance from last week in Evansville is available below:

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  • marcusgresham

    I’d like to see some footage of Anderson going to his left. He was all right-hand in this clip (and Josh Newkirk has me worried about things like that.) I love his willingness to do everything from this (I know we didn’t see defense, but he’s on the in-bounds when they set up their press, it appears, so that would tell me he’s a willing defender.)

  • Dialogos68

    Forrester’s stats continue to be very UNimpressive.,.. Is he another Tim Priller? I see all these effective bigs at countless mid majors and then I see who IU has coming in…. Strange…

  • inCMitrust

    Damezi introduced as a guard in that clip, I thought he played small forward. It will be great to have that length and shooting ability at the guard position next year.

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  • VanPastorMan

    Coming off an ankle injury.

  • Bill Graham

    Ladies and Gents we are going to see a lot of competition for our 3-4 spots. These are the players competing for those spots next year (and this list could grow):


    Competition is a good thing but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a transfer or two (I wouldn’t be surprised if Smith or Moore left). Granted some of these guys can play the 2 or the 5…but still. It would be nice to sign another BIG.

    *Sidenote and a question I’ve always had – why do coaches refuse to redshirt guys that only get 2-3 mins a game??? If we aren’t going to play Clifton wouldn’t it be better for him and for us if he just redshirted like Thompson? Furthermore, I know he’s raw but I don’t understand why he and Smith don’t get more minutes. We beat Ten Tech by nearly 30 and Moore only saw 4 minutes….I understand he is Davis’ backup (to some extent) and we may need him against bigger taller teams….but seriously if he isn’t going to play at all in a competitive game against Duke when they have 3 rotation players over 6-10 then he obviously should have been redshirted.

  • Donnie Vick

    I think he was playing against some pretty good competition down here in SC. It was in Columbia too far for me to attend.

  • Donnie Vick

    Prolific Prep has the #1 player in ’18 acc. to 247. He scored 9 against him. JF is a 3 star. He’ll be fine.

  • Lance76

    I know that this is highlight video, but I want Brooks in 19. Also, hope that Anderson can play shooting guard and we look at another big in graduate transfer. Merry Christmas Hoosier Nation!

  • Mr.Bailey

    We don’t want Smith to transfer, I think he’s got more potential than any of the other freshmen. I don’t know why he doesn’t play more, I know he’s had a problem finishing at the rim but I think more playing time would solve that. I know getting stronger in off season will help him a lot but if Morgan or Davis would go down with an injury he would be playing a lot. I get what you’re saying about Moore

  • HoosierDom

    If a guy isn’t good enough to play more than 2-3 minutes a game as a freshman are you so sure that he is going to be good enough that you want him eating a scholarship for 5 years?

    Probably the real answer is that you don’t get enough roster spots to give one up willingly. With injuries and guys under/over performing you can’t afford to let a spot go essentially unused.

  • curtis south

    His hands are poor at best. He hasnt shown that he can catch the ball let alone finish at the rim.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    You too Lance to you and your family.

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  • John D Murphy

    He seems really active around the rim

  • MK

    Effective bigs at countless midmajors? and what were their stats in HS if they were so under the radar. Certain players blossom and others dont. At the very least Forrester has the athleticism to play in the big ten whereas priller never had a shot.

  • randy

    His stats might seem unimpressive when compared to the ridiculous scoring output by some of the other recruits/commits, but those other recruits/commits are playing for their local high schools and are the “go-to” guys on their teams. Forrester is playing for a prep school with other players likely as good or better than he is and against much more talented competition.