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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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