Phinisee continues dominant senior season in 3-0 week for McCutcheon

  • 01/22/2018 8:27 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 January 15-21:

Class of 2018

Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon: Phinisee played just three quarters and finished with 36 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in a 98-40 win at Crawfordsville on Jan. 16. On Jan. 19, Phinisee had 35 points in an 89-65 win at Logansport. Phinisee scored 21 points in a 70-30 win over Western on Jan. 20.

Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley: Anderson had 21 points as Riley won at Elkhart Memorial, 80-55, on Jan. 16. Riley remained unbeaten with a 66-36 win over Jimtown on Jan. 19.

Jerome Hunter, Pickerington North (Ohio): Hunter finished with 16 points in a 45-40 win over Pickerington Central on Jan. 19.

Jake Forrester, Westtown School (Pa.): In a nationally televised game in the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic on Jan. 15, Forrester finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a 77-71 loss to IMG Academy. In a 74-71 overtime loss to the Camden School on Jan. 19, Forrester finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks. In Westtown’s 92-67 win over the Shipley School on Jan. 20, Forrester had 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. In Westtown’s third game in three days, they fell 58-51 to the Ranney School on Jan. 21. Forrester finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block.

Romeo Langford, New Albany: In a nationally televised game on Jan. 19, Langford scored 36 points as New Albany beat Princeton (Ohio), 65-64 in overtime. The Mr. Basketball favorite followed that up with 35 points and 16 rebounds in a 75-50 win over Evansville Reitz on Jan. 20. Langford is now seventh on the state’s all-time scoring list.

Class of 2019

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: The rising forward finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 56-53 overtime loss to Ben Davis on Jan. 19. In a 55-49 loss at Roncalli on Jan. 20, Jackson-Davis finished with 13 points, but was just 4-of-11 from the free throw line.

Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North Side: Brooks scored 21 points in North Side’s 71-62 loss to Homestead on Jan. 19. He did not play in Saturday’s 71-57 win for North Side at Elkhart Central and is reportedly considering a transfer to a prep school.

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  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Like I have said before, we are totally missing the boat on Mason Gillis of New Castle. He is a better player in all phases of the game than either Brooks or Davis. Let’s get on this kid NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TomEke

    Per Max Preps, he took an unofficial visit to IU 8 days ago.

  • TomEke

    Is Mr. Basketball meant to be more of a “lifetime achievement award” or more based on who had the best (senior) season. If it is more of the latter, does Romeo have the award in the bag at this point?

    I don’t have the exact stats available, but if it is based on the senior season, Rob’s production has seemed close to that of Romeo, while Damezi (whose production might not be on the same level) is the only one whose team is undefeated.

  • Ivan Renko

    I’m not exactly sure either… but I have to believe it’s a combination of a player’s overall performance over multiple seasons in varsity HS basketball, with a VERY heavy emphasis on their senior season. I would assume at this point that Romeo has it in the bag. like others have noted, a player like Romeo hasn’t come around Indiana HS basketball since Damon Bailey.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Rob is just the man. Can’t wait for this kid

  • N71

    I’m not agreeing or disagreeing, you just made me curious. What’s your take on Mason and his game? Who, if possible, would you compare his play to?

  • Lance76

    Speaking of Damon Bailey, is it a recruiting violation for someone like Damon Bailey to place a call to Romeo Langford? I have good memories of Bailey posting a guard under the basket and abusing him unmercifully.

  • Ivan Renko

    I don’t know. recruiting rules are so arbitrary and nuanced.

    I do know that Damon talked to a lot of IU’s targets, including Romeo, at Hoosier Hysteria back in October.

  • marcusgresham

    With all due respect to some really great basketball players who I am elated to know will be in candy stripes, regardless of the criteria, is one of the best players EVER in this state and a vote for anyone else would make the people who chose Woody Austin over Shawn Kemp look sane.

  • Kyl470

    Since only seniors are eligible for the award I’m guessing a lot of it goes into the entire career playing for an Indiana High School varsity team.

  • AndyCapp

    Just went and read up on this young man. Looks like a hard-working, level-headed bball player. Nothing in his stats suggest however that “he is a better player in all phases of the game than either Brooks or Davis”. In fact, from articles I read, it suggests that HE knows he is not as good as other’s in the Jr. class but is working hard to make up the ground. Would be a good get but Brooks is prolly better at this point.

  • TomEke

    I was trying to remember the name of a famous Mr Basketball snub, and this is the one. Thanks for the history lesson.

  • TomEke

    Definitely not meaning to imply that Romeo shouldn’t win the award, was just curious what the criteria was and how the seasons of the 3 players mentioned compare for just their Senior season (I might compare it to a year in which LeBron doesn’t win the MVP and someone like Derrick Rose does instead), rather than their entire career — Romeo definitely wins the lifetime achievement award.

    Also, if you haven’t heard about Luke Brown, he might be the next player challenging forthe scoring title in Indiana. As a freshman at Blackford he is averaging 28 points and 6 assists per game.

  • inCMitrust

    His highlights do look damn good.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Great news!!!!!!!!

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Like I have said before, he is the real deal with a Hugh upside.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    You need to quit reading articles, and actually watch the kid play. I think you would have a much greater opinion of just how good this kid is. Have seen them both play and would much rather have the Gillis kid for multiple reasons. Work ethic, competitiveness, attitude, potential, to name just a few.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Great skill level with a tremendous upside. Game reminds me of The Bridges kid at MSU.

  • timamac

    Larry Bird.

  • timamac

    As New Castle Trojan graduate, I concur! Trojans have sent many players there… Benson, Alford. Purdon’t has already offered him a scholarship. No!

  • timamac

    Yes, and we have another good player in Luke Bumbalogh, although he might be a target for IU football. He set state records as a wide receiver and since Tom Allen is from New Castle, might be a fit.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!! PU cannot steal this kid from us.

  • marcusgresham

    I said “one of,” with Larry and Oscar being the other two in the discussion. Even at that, Larry wasn’t the “can’t miss” player he became when he was in HS. Yes, he was damn good, but there were a couple of other players in his area who were considered as good or better.

  • Ms hoosier

    Watched MG highlights. The kid does look really good!! By just seeing the highlights he looks much better than a 2 star!! He does seem to have huge upside.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Been trying to tell anybody that would listen. The kid is for real and we should be offering him NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    I took him down on an unofficial visit this past fall. Is an explosive athlete. Will be a great slot receiver.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Oscar without a doubt. GOAT!!!!