Former Bloomington South teammates Jordan Hulls and Erik Fromm will share the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday, the site of the Panthers’ 2009 Class 4A state championship game victory over Fort Wayne Snider on March 28, 2009. Both players scored 14 points that night, the final game of Hulls’ South career.
Fromm, a 6-foot-8 junior at Butler, is coming off a career-high eight rebounds Wednesday at Northwestern. He is averaging 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in nearly 14 minutes per game for the Bulldogs.
The Hoosiers’ Hulls, meanwhile, is putting up 11.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in just over 27 minutes per game for the No. 1 team in the land.
2: Number of consecutive seasons and total seasons since 1989-90 that Indiana has started 9-0.
5: Straight wins for Butler at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Bulldogs play IU on Saturday.
13: Consecutive games Butler has won when holding opponents under 60 points. IU last scored less than 60 at Michigan on Feb. 1, 2012.
47: Percentage of Indiana shots taken in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock according to hoop-math.com.
Fort Wayne Luers junior and Indiana University recruit James Blackmon Jr. continued his hot start to the season, reeling off a 44-point performance in the Knights’ 79-63 win over Fort Wayne South Side last Friday. Blackmon shot 15-of-27 from the field, including 6-of-11 on 3s and 8-of-10 on free throws, to go with eight rebounds and two assists. His efforts earned him honors as the IBCA District 1 boys’ basketball player of the week and brings his average to 41 points a game through the first two contests.
WOMEN’S RECRUIT RECORD
Alexis Gassion became the latest IU women’s basketball recruit to find a way into the record book, pouring in a school-record 33 points to lead Fairborn, Ohio, to a 63-23 win over Springfield. The 2013 Hoosier signee scored 25 of her points in the opening half to break out of an early season shooting slump, according to the Xenia Daily Gazette. She also finished with 14 rebounds and two steals.
ANOTHER NEW HOOSIER
Amanda Cahill, a 6-foot-2 wing forward from Clyde, Ohio, became the third commitment for the Indiana women’s basketball 2014 recruiting class last week.
She was second team Division II All-State as a freshman and first team All-State and player of the year as a sophomore, averaging nearly 20 poins per game.
Cahill, who plays for her father, John, at Clyde, broke the 1,000-point mark for her career just four games into her junior season, during which she is averaging 22 points per game. During her career, Clyde is 53-3 with two league titles, two sectional titles, two district titles, one regional runner-up, one Regional title and a 2011 Final Four appearance.
For those not attending the Crossroads Classic, there are some good high school games taking place at Indianapolis Tech Saturday as part of the Indiana vs. Illinois High School Basketball Showcase.
Games start at 1 p.m. with P.J. Thompson and Brebeuf against Chicago Providence St. Mel. Notre Dame recruit Demetrius Jackson and Mishawaka Marian follow against Maywood Proviso East at 2:45.
IU recruit Devin Davis’ Warren Central squad takes on Chicago Orr at 4:30, followed by Purdue recruit Basil Smotherman and Lawrence North against Chicago Morgan Park at 6:15.
The nightcap is host Indianapolis Tech and former IU commit Trey Lyles against Chicago Curie and IU target Cliff Alexander in a battle of top 2014 big men.
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