IU signees shine at Top 60 Workout


Indiana University recruits Devin Davis and Collin Hartman exhibited nicely varied skill sets at Sunday’s Top 60 Workout in Indianapolis that annually showcases the state’s top seniors. So did fellow IU signee and Indianapolis product Darius Latham — though Latham is slated to play football for Kevin Wilson rather than hoops for Tom Crean.
Davis scored 15 points and didn’t miss any of his seven shots from the field. Hartman and Latham scored eight points apiece, with Hartman going 4-for-8 from the field (missing all four of his 3-point shots, normally a strength for him) and adding five rebounds, a steal and a shot-block. Latham nailed one of his two 3-point attempts, revealing range not commonly associated with 6-foot-5, 305-pound defensive tackle prototypes.
“That doesn’t go unnoticed,” Warren Central’s Davis said of Latham’s basketball ability contained within a football frame. “We know what he can do … every time he does something, it amazes us, because it’s something you wouldn’t expect somebody of his size to be able to do.”
Cathedral’s Hartman noted that North Central’s Latham also possesses some subtle skills not readily apparent on-court, but vital to successful teams.
“Darius is one of the funniest guys around,” Hartman said. “Quietly funny, but hilarious. Dry humor. He’s so nonchalant about it … guys like that are great to have on a team.”
All three are hoping to join forces on the Indiana All-Star team that will be announced this week. The only player confirmed for the squad so far is Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin of Hamilton Southeastern, a Michigan recruit who was another standout at the Top 60, an event that functions in part to finalize All-Star selections.

Regardless of whether they make the All-Stars, Davis and Hartman will report to IU in mid-June.  “I can’t wait,” Hartman said. “That’s about all I think about, going to IU — just getting through high school and getting to IU.”

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  • steve #1


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:49 AM EST

    Not really that impressed with these numbers and it is top 60 in indiana not th nation. Still never understood taking these two verbals so early. The cream on our recruiting class our the guys we took late. Irvn going to michian is stud but we never went afer him.

  • Caleb Moore #2


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:30 AM EST

    Steve I’d hesitate to write these guys off before they’ve played a college game. Crean has proven his skills in recruiting and there’s no debate over that. You follow your line of thinking and you would have written off Vic and Will too. I’ll bet they are both contributors next year and really good players by their Junior seasons.

  • slojoe #3


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 8:59 AM EST

    Steve, get a grip. Crean’s classes for the last 5 years as per Scout have the following national rankings:

    2013=3d
    2012=6th
    2011=26th
    2010=not ranked
    2009=10th

    The unranked class included an All-American who was also chosen by several groups as NPOY and a BIG 6th man of the year. So we’ve been in the top 10 3 times in 5 years.

  • Hoosier Clarion #4


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:18 AM EST

    Every team needs core players. These players are that type. Latham is an interesting individual. I doubt with IU FB showing positive improvement he will have an opportunity to play BB at Bloominton. Future bowl games being attainable goals don’t leave the time.

  • Aruss #5


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM EST

    Steve, calm down! Double D and Hartman are exactly in the mold of Oladipo and Sheehey. If CTC had signed Wiggins and Randle instead, you and your ilk would be complaining about not signing enough Indiana kids. Get a grip and focus on baseball season.

  • Geoff #6


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:44 AM EST

    Wow Aruss… You nailed it exactly.

    Is Hartman really in the mold of Sheehey though? From what I’ve seen I thought he wasn’t quite the athlete that Will is… Maybe more of an Ethington with upside because of his size and frame.

    I’m hoping that Latham can be a 2nd semester guy that adds incredible toughness off the bench in B1G play. Maybe a pipe dream, but I’d love to have someone out on the court that dudes like Bruzewitz and McGary are intimidated by. Someone who can have a slighter built Fischer’s back… Pretty sure no one, like a Myers Leonard, would be chucking Cody running down the floor if they knew that Latham was waiting for them under the basket or after the next dead ball.

  • Weatherman #7


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:00 AM EST

    Aruss, Davis is a Big Ten-ready defender and an athlete who will be able to score off put backs and in transition, but Hartmann will never see the floor at IU. He is roughly the same size as Sheehey, but there is no other comparison to be made. He possesses nothing like Sheehey’s athleticism, and has virtually no chance to compete with the other recruits we have coming in. Well, he has this much chance: on a team with almost no outside shooters, he could conceivably play a Roth-type role at some point. But even that will be iffy, because Austin Etherington is the same type of player, but a year older and more athletic. Unless something catastrophic happens — like yet another flame out of a heralded recruiting class, or a mass transfer — he will be limited to practices and mop up duty.

  • Aruss #8


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:10 AM EST

    Weatherman – I’m sure when Hartmann originally verballed you were one of those saying he’s the next Gordon Hayward.

    Here are some IU players who’ve seen the floor that CH is more athletic than: Jordan Hulls, Matt Roth, Verdell Jones, Tom Coverdale, Kyle Hornsby, Michael Lewis, and Steve Alford. Are you starting to get the point? What Will may have on CH is athleticism, CH makes up for with a pure stroke, basketball iq, poise and leadership.

    Ask Trey Lyle how good CH is since CH owned Lyle’s team throughout his high school career.

  • Hoosier Clarion #9


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:26 AM EST

    Aruss, you are a sharp lancet this morning. Good common sense facts. CH is a glue kind of player for a team. He is also very solid under the bucket at both ends for rebounds. His shooting and scoring skills will only get better.

  • Weatherman #10


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 2:21 PM EST

    Aruss, first you said that Davis and Hartmann are “exactly in the mold of Oladipo and Sheehey”, now you say Hartmann is more athletic than Michael Lewis. That’s quite a retreat. Magnus Pelkowski seems like a more valid comparison to me, but to each his own.

    In any case, not only is it by no means certain than Hartmann is more athletic than those on your list (well, other than Matt Roth), it is irrelevant even if he is. As it turns out, he will not be competing with Kyle Hornsby for playing time. Here are some of the players he will be competing with:

    1. Jeremy Hollowell
    2. Troy Williams
    3. Will Sheehey
    4. Devin Davis
    5. Austin Etherington
    6. Noah Vonleh

    Are you starting to get the point? I’m not putting the kid down personally, but there is essentially zero chance that he beats out any of these players. Every one of them is as big or bigger, as fast or faster, and more generally skilled. That includes Austin Etherington, who is similar to Hartmann but could find virtually no playing time before his injury. Sorry if that troubles you.

  • stevert #11


    Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:25 PM EST

    Add in Stanford Robinson in that mix!

  • MPmike2000 #12


    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 12:33 AM EST

    Chill dude!!! These players are going to be fine, and Tom Crean did offer a scholarship to Z. Irvin wen he while he was recruiting Gary Harris his former teammate. You just need to chill!!!!!!!!!

  • steve #13


    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 3:18 AM EST

    These players are going to be fine? I heard the same of hanner and jurkin. They barely or never got off the bench. hartman will have a tough road to see any minutes and thats a fact. I would say the same for davis. No reason ever to offer players like them grants over two years in advance. The jewels of the class we got at the last minute. We have not locked down the borders by any means we just offered alot of guys early and took verbals.

    Talk to me when hartman is nailing threes!

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