IU commits fare well in next round of tournaments

The three summer travel teams with multiple Indiana commitments all fared well in the tournaments that ended Friday, some better than others.

The Eric Gordon 16 and Under team, which includes 2013 commitments Devin Davis and Colin Hartman, claimed the 16U Best of the Midwest championship in Fishers, defeating Spiece Central 69-62 in the finals.

Indiana Elite Team Indiana, which obviously includes 2012 commits Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea and Jeremy Hollowell, defeated the New England Playaz in overtime in the semifinals, but lost to Pryme Tyme 63-52. Ferrell had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss. Perea had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Hollowell had just four points.

Spiece Indy Heat’s 16 and Under squad, which includes 2014 commits James Blackmon and Trey Lyles, reached the silver bracket finals of the Best of the Midwest, though a score from that game was not immediately available.

Report: Jalen Coleman receives offer from IU

Indianapolis Star preps writer Kyle Neddenriep reported Friday that Jalen Coleman, a freshman point guard at Cathedral, has received a scholarship offer from Indiana.

Coleman, a member of the Class of 2015, has not played a high school game yet, but he is playing up this summer in travel basketball with the Eric Gordon All-Stars 15 and under team.

UPDATE: 6:08 p.m. : Brian Keeton, the head coach of the Eric Gordon 15 and Under team, confirmed that Coleman has received an offer from IU. Though he said that’s obviously a heady proposition for an incoming high school freshman, he said Coleman has the sort of personality that will allow him to handle it.

“ My favorite attribute about him is that he’s one of the most coachable players I’ve ever gotten to coach,” Keeton, a former volunteer assistant at Cathedral who is now working as an assistant at Ben Davis, said. “He’s a great person on and off the floor.”

And most likely, Keeton thinks Coleman will receive a lot more offers.

“I think he’s the best incoming freshman in the state of Indiana,” Keeton said. “He’s very strong with the ball. He has the ability to create his own shot. He shoots very well, and he’s consistent with it. A lot of kids at that age are not consistent. He is. He will defend, and his better years are ahead of him. I think the sky’s the limit for him.”

Alex Dickerson signs with Pittsburgh Pirates

Former Indiana star Alex Dickerson signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the franchise announced late Thursday evening. Dickerson’s agent confirmed the signing on Friday and said that Dickerson has reported to the State College Spikes, Pittsburgh’s short season Class A team in the New York-Penn League.

Baseball America reported that Dickerson took a signing bonus of $380,700, which is slot money for Dickerson as the first pick of the third round, No. 91 overall.

Josh Phegley promoted to AAA Charlotte

Former Indiana catcher Josh Phegley was promoted within the Chicago White Sox organization this week from the Class AA Birmingham Barons to the Class AAA Charlotte Knights, leaving him one step short of the big leagues.

The promotion came for a typical reason for midseason moves — injuries. White Sox backup catcher Ramon Castro broke his hand and was placed on the 15-day disabled list, which led the Sox to call up Tyler Flowers from the Knights, which left open a spot for Phegley.

“That’s the domino effect,” said Nick Capra, the field coordinator in the White Sox minor league operations staff. (more…)

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Q&A with Christian Watford

We talked to Christian Watford last night after the Indy Pro-Am. Here’s what he had to say.

How’s your summer been so far?

It’s been great. I’ve been working out and at school taking classes and stuff like that.. But it’s been great, very productive.

How was the Kevin Durant Skills Academy a couple of weeks ago?

It was good. There were a lot of great players there. I had a chance to play against some great talent and see where you’re at.

What do you think you got out of it that applies specifically to your game?

I felt more comfortable going into the camp. That was one thing. When I went to adidas Nations last year, I would say I wasn’t as confident. I went into that (Skills Academy) camp, I was pretty confident and I think it went well.


Video: Christian Watford, Victor Oladipo at Indy Pro-Am

Went up to the Indy Pro-Am last night at IUPUI. Below is video of Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo’s game. Watford is No. 8, Oladipo is No. 6. If you notice a No. 9, that’s Devan Dumes. And no, he has not changed a bit.

Anyways, their Red team won 75-60. Oladipo led the way, with 23 points (including two 3-pointers to start), five blocks, four rebounds and a steal. I had Watford with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block.

We’ll have more today on Watford, who did continue the chorus of praise for the way Oladipo has improved his game. None of the other four IU players (Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Will Sheehey and Jordan Hulls) played. Maurice Creek was there, but wasn’t able to talk to the media.


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