Q&A: Derek Elston

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I was able to sit down with Derek Elston after yesterday’s All-Star Game in Indiana for a one-on-one interview. This is what we talked about.

Q: How was this weekend for you?

A: It was amazing. It really was. With this group of guys, I don’t think I could have had a better experience playing basketball. Especially getting the sweep in Conseco and in Kentucky. It’s been a dream, and I am glad it finally got fulfilled. (more…)

Hulls’ All-Star weekend

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Jordan Hulls is embraced by Indiana All-Stars coach David Wood as Hulls leaves the game Sunday. Monty Howell | Herald-Times

I suppose, if you want, you could say that Jordan Hulls performance this weekend (6 points on 1-of-16 shooting) indicates just how much he is going to struggle on the next level.

But do take note that he did have 11 assists in two games. And that he was not the only All-Star to shoot poorly — everyone not named Colt Ryan struggled from the outside.

And this was not exactly elite competition. Bloomington South guard Dee Davis would have started for the Kentucky All-Stars, as would probably 10-20 guards in the state of Indiana.

The weekend probably had more to do with eight straight days of intense competition. The All-Stars played four games and practiced at least eight times. They went from Indianapolis to Benton Central to Indianapolis to New Albany to Indianapolis to Louisville. That’s a recipe for tired legs, and tired legs usually leads to poor shooting nights.

Here’s a photo gallery from tonight’s game. I have a Q&A with Derek Elston that I’ll post tomorrow.

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Another picture

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Monty Howell | Herald-Times

Jordan Hulls, as Mr. Basketball, was the final Indiana All-Star to be introduced Saturday. You can look at the rest of Monty’s photos from Saturday here.

Indiana 78, Kentucky 65 (Final)

Indiana Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls strips Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls strips Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood.

Boys’ box score

Girls’ box score

Quick stats

  • Jordan Hulls: 0-f0r-7 (0-for-4 from 3), 2-for-2 from the line, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in team-high 26 minutes
  • Derek Elston: 1-for-2, 4-for-4 from the line, 2 rebounds, 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal in 15 minutes
  • MVP Errick Peck: 7-for-11 (0-for-1 from 3) 2-for-3 from the line, 12 rebounds, 16 points, 3 blocks
  • Jon Hood (Kentucky Mr. Basketball, bound for UK): 9-for-16 (2-for-5 from 3), 0-for-0 from the line, 5 rebounds, 20 points, two blocks

Peck, a 6-foot-7 forward who will play for Cornell, was really effective against Kentucky’s efforts to double-down in the post. Indiana couldn’t use its big big men — Elston, Bade and Van Treese combined to play 38 minutes — because of the pressure Kentucky put on using smaller, quicker players (Kentucky’s tallest player was 6-foot-7, and only two other players were 6-5 or taller).

So the home team countered by using two 6-foot-5 guards — Colt Ryan and D.J. Byrd — and rambuctious 6-foot-3 small forward Matt Kenney to control the game.

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