Anderson leads South Bend Riley to perfect regular season

  • 02/26/2018 8:19 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. 19-25:

Class of 2018

Robert Phinisee, McCutcheon: Phinisee wrapped up the regular season with 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as McCutcheon beat Lake Central 81-47 on Feb. 23. The Mavericks will play on Friday in the Lafayette Jeff sectional against the winner of Kokomo-Lake Central.

Damezi Anderson, South Bend Riley: Anderson’s 22 points led the way as South Bend Riley finished the regular season unbeaten with a 65-49 win over John Glenn on Feb. 23. Riley became the first South Bend team to finish the regular season unbeaten since 1979. Riley will play on Friday in the Mishawaka sectional against the winner of Mishawaka-Penn.

Jerome Hunter, Pickerington North (Ohio): Hunter scored 10 points as Pickerington North rolled past St. Charles, 59-32, in the OHSAA division I sectional semifinal on Feb. 24. Pickerington North will play for a sectional title against West on March 2.

Jake Forrester, Westtown School (Pa.): Forrester’s high school career ended with four points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots as Westtown fell 51-47 to the Hill School in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinals. Westtown was playing without Duke signee Cam Reddish, who missed the game with flu-like symptoms.

Romeo Langford, New Albany: Langford poured in 46 points as New Albany rolled past Bloomington North, 88-47, on Feb. 23. Langford and New Albany will open sectional play on Friday at Seymour against the winner of Seymour-Jennings County.

Class of 2019

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Center Grove: The talented forward had 33 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-69 overtime loss at Brownsburg on Feb. 20 and then had 30 points in a 58-41 win at Columbus North on Feb. 22. The Trojans open sectional play on Tuesday at Greenwood against Martinsville.

Keion Brooks Jr., Fort Wayne North Side: Brooks Jr. did not play last week as North Side’s regular season was already completed. North Side will open sectional play on Friday at East Noble against the winner of DeKalb and Fort Wayne Snider.

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  • sd chuck

    Next year the team will have a whole different look! Lots of minutes for the freshmen available! The big questions, can they play defense, and can they take care of the ball? Should gain some length. DD,JM, JS and RT up front, DA and JH sharing the wing minutes. RP, AD and DG pulling most of the guard minutes. If RL comes then he takes minutes at a guard position, if not maybe DA more guard minutes and JS to a wing. Lots of possibilities, I’m sure Archie will figure it all out!

  • Arch Puddington

    Defense and taking care of the ball are questions, but the REALLY big question is, can they shoot? We have defended and rebounded well even without great size and athleticism, and our TO problem should improve just by virtue of the turnover on the roster. But if they can’t shoot, we will be in for yet another long year.

  • Ms hoosier

    I agree! If this team could have shot the ball from 3 or the free throw line with any consistency they could easily be setting right there with Nebraska and Michigan in the B1G

  • IU Marine

    Where’s Clifton Moore on your list. I know he did accomplish much this season and I don’t know why. Coming into the season I had higher expectations for him than the other freshman.

    Go IU

  • sarge

    I know at least 2 of the 4 possibly, 3 of the 5 can. They should be able to at least shoot better at the line right? Can it get worse than it is this year? Have to be a better shooting team than this year. You readin this Romeo? Come get some minutes, at SHOOTING guard and do what you do best in the state where you have been doing it for life. I know with RP and DA we should be better at least at the guard spots.

  • sarge

    Ab-so-lutely! We could be tournament caliber with a few close games going our way.

  • Ivan Renko

    at this point, it is very apparent that CM is a project, not a prospect. He certainly has the physical attributes to be an excellent basketball player, but he needs another year or 2 to grow into his body and be effective on the floor. I’m personally disappointed he didn’t redshirt this season… he didn’t get any PT anyway. I know his desire was to not be redshirted, but it would’ve certainly helped his long term development by adding another year of potential eligibility at IU if his professional opportunities aren’t quite there yet in 3 years.

    I’m hoping he surprises us all and is a beast next season and hopefully the season or two after that!

  • Jon Ringger

    Where is Zach at? He is too important to leave off of your list.

  • Arch Puddington

    Well, he may have been more intriguing than the others, but I don’t agree that there were higher expectations for him that for the others. Justin Smith was an athletic, physically mature player ranked in the top 100. Expectations were clearly higher for him than for either AD or CM, and he delivered.

    As for CM, he played a total of 43 minutes this year and scored a total of 6 points. He just wasn’t ready, and doesn’t look likely to be next year, either. Doesn’t mean he WON’T be, just that nothing happened on the court this year to suggest a breakthrough is imminent. I hope he sticks around, but what we saw of him this year suggested that a lot more development is needed.

  • Fivelefts

    I hope Romeo forgives Damezi, if they meet at State! For the Championship! Ijs

  • coachv

    when i see that many initials in a post my eyes glaze over and i just skip the whole thing. takes me too long to figure out who everyone is. old, i guess

  • coachv

    agree. should have redshirt. wasted season

  • mweb

    I’ve seen 4 incoming Freshman play, they can shoot. Phinisee is a stud, everything is effortless. Hunter is thin but also very smooth. Anderson has got some “Dog” in him that fans will love. Romeo ( yes , I’m counting him) is Romeo

  • MrNobody

    Exactly what’s wrong today. One decent showing in an all star game and he’s the next KD. No offense but closer to Jonathan Bender. Agents show up and people tell them how great they are. NBA potential gets thrown around. Next thing you know the kid believes it and doesn’t understand the step up to D1 basketball let alone grown man NBA bball. He’s out of the LEAGUE and has minimal to show for it because all of the leeches who were attached to him. General statement and not directed at CM personally before I get blasted 🙂

  • Matt Delacoma

    I must be old also. It isn’t that difficult to spell full names. Especially with autocorrect. People are just lazy

  • Matt Delacoma

    Funny aside… Everytime I see CM I think Charlie Miller

  • Mark Bando

    Sounds great. Thanks for the scouting report.

  • Mark Bando

    You are 100% correct.

  • 4XEBG

    on the couple jump shots that he took this year his form and release were excellent…get his body ready and he will be a real asset.

  • Arch Puddington

    My eyes glaze over when people get smug about things like spelling and grammar. It’s a blog. Shorthand is normal for the format.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    And Green will be an upperclassman, so TO’s should drop.

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    When are we going to start putting Mason Gillis stats on this site. Had 33 points and 21 rebounds at Muncie Central last Saturday. Team finished season 22-2 and ranked #1 in 3A. Will play Hamilton Heights .Tuesday in New Castle Sectional.

  • Ivan Renko

    he doesn’t have an offer from IU yet. No reason to cover him at this point if Archie & Co haven’t offered yet. plus IU will only have maybe two or three schollies open for 2019. I assume Archie is gonna go all in on Trayce and Keion at this point and will need to start prioritizing more backcourt players too.

  • inCMitrust

    We are recruiting a point guard out of Iowa in the 2019 class. Can’t think of his name, but he is a high 4 star 6’3″.

  • Ivan Renko

    i think you’re thinking of DJ Carton. looks like he took an unofficial visit to IU back in January, but doesn’t seem to have a scholarship offer yet from Archie