Anderson becomes all-time leading scorer in South Bend boys history

  • 02/12/2018 10:00 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 Feb. 5-11:

Class of 2018

Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon: Phinisee had 20 points as McCutcheon won 52-51 at Marion on Feb. 9. It was the sixth straight win for the Mavericks.

Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley: Anderson had a team-high 26 points as South Bend Riley beat crosstown rival South Bend Washington, 79-65, on Feb. 6. Anderson scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half as South Bend Riley beat Cathedral, 71-62, on Feb. 10. Anderson is now the top scorer in South Bend high school history.

Jerome Hunter, Pickerington North (Ohio): Hunter poured in 22 points in a 75-56 win at Canal Winchester on Feb. 6 and then had 31 points in a narrow 53-52 home loss to Reynoldsburg on Feb. 10.

Jake Forrester, Westtown School (Pa.): Forrester sat out Tuesday’s game and no individual stats were available from Friday’s 75-57 win over Shipley, which gave Westtown its fifth straight Friends School League championship.

Romeo Langford, New Albany: Langford finished with 53 points in a 92-44 win at Providence on Feb. 9 and then had 31 points in a 68-37 win at Madison on Feb. 10. Langford now has 2,780 career points.

Class of 2019

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: Jackson-Davis had 13 points and nine blocks in a 60-51 win over Lawrence Central on Feb. 9.

Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North Side: Northside fell to Carroll, 64-61, on Feb. 6. No individual stats were available. Brooks finished with 22 points in a 68-57 win at Fort Wayne Dwenger on Feb. 9.

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  • Bill Graham

    Excited for these boys to come in and make an impact. I wouldn’t be upset if we gave RP the keys right away. Anderson can flat out shoot and we need that.

    Side note saw Hunter play- honestly I’m excited about his potential…but he’s a project. He can’t dribble and his defense is atrocious – granted it was a high school game and it was just one game…but it was against pick central (his rival school) – he had an off shooting night (which I can understand – overall good shot selection) but his defense was Terrible – no lateral quickness – gambled instead of playing his man – never boxed out (literally not even one time) and his handles looked very very shaky – like I said I’m super excited about his potential I hope it was just one bad game and he proves me wrong… but those were just my observations

    … on another positive he seemed very calm and collected even through a rough game – composure is HUGE in the BIG

  • Koko

    Thanks for the opinion. I have not seen him play so I can only trust in what Archie sees in terms of potential. Judging on what Archie has done with this current team defensively, I’d guess he can handle any outpoints Hunter has on the defensive end.

  • Koko

    Wow Damezi is top scorer in South Bend High School history. A lot
    of very good players/shooters have come out of South Bend over the years.
    Quite a feather in his cap…..Well Done Damezi…..keep bringing it!
    I have attention on New Albany…..It’s IU Baby!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Sounds like a good kid with good priorities

  • sarge

    Hunter has spent significantly less time playing than our other recruits from what I gather. So although he is a project, he has already become a pretty good player. With the right coach and team, which we have, he will be a big time player. His athleticism alone is awesome, but he also seems to be a quick study. He should fit in pretty well with the other recruits, can’t wait to see them at Hoosier Hysteria. On a side note, anyone else now think we can win the big ten tournament? I think anything is possible with this emerging ever improving defense. DG has been a great player down the stretch and I hope he continues to see more minutes.

  • coachv

    i, for one, would be surprised if phinisee took green’s starting job away from him. can see them playing together, tho

  • Patrick T O’Sullivan

    I watched him Friday at Dwenger and get to see him a bit up in Fort Wayne. Doesn’t seem to be playing with the same passion and energy as last year and it shows. Super talented and athletic, but he worries me a bit.

  • Arch Puddington

    Long way to go, one more scholarship to be claimed, etc. But as things stand, I do see them together. There will only be three true guards on the roster (four if you count Anderson, whom some say can play as a SG), so regardless of who starts, there will be lots of overlap in their playing time.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    How did Mason Gillis do this past week?

  • Arch Puddington

    I have no point of comparison and nothing to go on but the highlights,but from a distance it is a bit head scratching.

  • Matthew Hurt isn’t on the list. Is IU not pursuing him anymore?

  • coachv

    i wonder if the time will come when high school senior bball players start coming to college a semester early like football prospects are starting to do? i know the difference is the high school season is still ongoing but what if players start saying so what? nfl prospects more and more are sitting out bowl games to protect themselves. bowl games which are still very important to their teammates, coaches, fans, and schools. basketball recruits don’t play spring aau ball to protect themselves. using that same reasoning, recruits could start coming to their college a semester early to get a jump on the college game and lifestyle.

    i foresee a time when the best high school players in the country don’t even play for their high school but continue the trend of playing at these basketball mill/boarding schools. better competition and training to help them achieve their goals to play professionally one day. already is happening in high school. the best gymnasts, swimmers, tennis players, don’t play for their high schools. competition is too weak and does not help them develop.

    guessing if high school recruits started their college careers in january they would not be able to participate in team activities until their college teams’ season is over, sometime in march. still, that’s 2-3 months head start.

    food for thought on an otherwise slow basketball day. anyone have any more food?

  • Ivan Renko

    would be nice to get him, but most indicators point to Duke or Kansas at this point. i assume ITH is focusing more on KBJr and TJD since we’re strong contenders and they’re in-state kids

  • IU Cal 1809

    Idk if it’s true but on JMV he said something of him looking at going prep school next year could be the reason he isn’t playing with that passion.

  • Arch Puddington

    Just for the heck of it, I went through the ESPN top 60 for 2019. Didn’t have time to look at all 60, but I did most of the top 20 and some select others. I found three others with IU on their list: Isiah Stewart (C, #13), Josh Green (SG, #21), and Kofi Cockburn (C, #39). I’m sure there are others that either I missed, or whose lists are not up to date. I think Stewart visited for one of our recent games, but at least according to Crystal Ball, only Brooks and Jackson-Davis are realistic. But let’s face it, if those two both commit, that’s a huge deal regardless.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Is he ‘18 or ‘19 class?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Allow myself to answer myself…he’s ‘19, hence no mention

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    How bout hurt? OceanArcher mentioned him too. Ain’t he top 25 at least?

  • Arch Puddington

    Yes, but we are not on his list. Which is painful for many reasons, not least of which is that 5 other B1G schools ARE on his list: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Kansas, Minnesota, and UNC are the only schools getting any Crystal Ball votes, for whatever that’s worth.

  • AndyCapp

    Excerpts from a 2/5/18 article by Pete Byrne

    “SOUTH BEND — With little fanfare, one of the oldest and most prestigious records in northern Indiana basketball fell last week. South Bend Riley senior Damezi Anderson became the all-time leading scorer in South Bend boys basketball history, with 1,771 points and counting. “Its a tribute to all his work over the years,” says Riley basketball coach Eric Brand.

    “Its not a ‘this season’ award or anything like that. Its something he’s worked on since 7th, 8th grade. Probably even younger,” Brand continued. “Its a great feeling,” Anderson says. “I’m glad to be on that list now. It just motivates me to keep working harder so I can be one of the greats one day.””

    He is currently 163 points shy of the all-time St. Joseph County scoring record, set in 2013 by Mishawaka Marian’s Demetrius Jackson (1,934 points).”

    Anderson is one of the guys coming in I get most excited about. Hopefully opens up the northern Indiana pipeline full spigot. Great kid from a great family. Hard, hard worker. Will bang with the B1G beasts.

  • dwdkc

    I would say not worth much at this point. I think Alex indicated IU is still involved with Hurt. You really have to wonder how he looks at the dumpster fire that is his hometown school at this point also. And there was some Duke buzz for him as well.

  • MOHAWK Hoosier

    brooks numbers are down slightly because his teamate , austin boucher plays at such a high level. boucher should be an all stater. all around game. scores at will ,rarely misses open teamate , has excellent handle , looks fraille but will go inside to score or rebound. sooner or later this kid must get his due. no doubt can play in BIG TENn

  • coachv

    if we are lucky enough to only have to play one of the top 3 teams. the one real possibility would be a hot streak from outside. if we could manage to shoot 45% from 3 during the tourney, i think we have a chance. that’s not a crazy number. win these next 2 and we should have a bye, which is also imperative. can’t imagine winning 4 days in a row. lose one of these next 2 and the warm, fuzzy goes away.

  • sarge

    Yeah, the bye is crucial. I was just talking about this yesterday with my father. We certainly can do it and I feel like we can run the table from here out. Got to keep grinding one game at a time.

  • inLinE6

    Thanks for the observation on Hunter… although not a great one. I’m a bit surprised that Miller call someone #1 from Ohio who doesn’t possess the defensive fundamentals. Maybe just one-off game. I haven’t seen him play. But I noticed his stat line wasn’t very consistent.

  • Arch Puddington

    I am certain this has been noted previously by Alex or someone else, but it’s new to me. So:

    Brooks has fallen a bit in the rankings of late. Not sure how high he was at his highest, but he is now #30.I have said a couple of times that I can’t get a handle on his game from either his highlights or his stats. Are Brooks’ numbers modest (for a 5 star) because he isn’t quite as dominant as reported, or because he gets taken out at the end of games? Maybe other teams double- and triple-team him? Whatever, to me he looks like a player of Juwan Morgan’s caliber who will start out good and get better over time (and if so, sign him up!).

    Jackson-Davis, on the other hand, continues to rise. Not a high scorer, but his length and rim-protecting at the back of the pack-line defense could elevate us to the truly elite levels of NCAA defense. And again allowing for the question marks about rankings during the season, he is now up to #25, so he is viewed increasingly favorably by….well, whoever does these things. Fingers crossed that he and Brooks both come here.

  • Tony Barnes

    Watching Damezi’s highlights his game reminds me of a bigger Armon Basset. I know Damezi doesn’t play the same position, but the flavor or his game, his pace, and his jumper is reminiscent of Armon’s.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Regarding schollys…..someone here mentioned, and I agree, if we don’t land Romeo that scholly will remain open. One interview with Archie that really stuck in my craw was before the season started he was quoted as saying he believes in not using every scholly if it’s a year with a big turnover and that he’d rather stagger years so not too many leave and too many coming in. He wants balanced recruiting. Now it may be given deservedly to Zach which means he can get an extra guy in 2019 since less will be leaving.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Watford is a real possibility. Too soon to say now. It says Bama, but you just never know. He likes IU

  • John D Murphy

    Hunter has time to develop.