Hoosier Recruits Austin Etherington, Cody Zeller, Jeremiah Davis, Yogi Ferrell, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Kenny Kaminski at the Adidas May Classic

TEAM SCORE: 17 U Indiana Elite Team Indiana 80, Illinois Bears 30

INDIANA RECRUITS: Austin Etherington, an Indiana verbal commitment from Hamilton Heights, sat out the game with a stress fracture in his lower back. Cody Zeller, a junior forward from Washington High School, had 12 points. Yogi Ferrell, a sophomore guard from Park Tudor, had 13 points. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, a North Central sophomore guard, had 10. Jeremiah Davis, a junior guard from Muncie Central, had nine points. Kenny Kaminksi, a sophomore forward from Medina, Ohio, had five points.

ETHERINGTON SAID: “I just have a stress fracture. I’m just out 3-4 weeks. It’s on the left side of my back. I started doing strengthening stuff for my core. I think just arching my back doing bridges and stuff, I think that’s what started it.”

DAVIS SAID: “I’ll finish the school year, then I’ll see (what other visits I’m going to make).”

MY THOUGHTS: Following IU recruits in an Indiana Elite game is kind of odd because Indiana is really recruiting everybody. It’s even more difficult when its playing a team it’s a lot more talented then, because you weren’t learning anything anyway.

So what did I take away from this shellacking? Well, Cody Zeller looks better every time I see him. He keeps adding strength, and he can do whatever he wants against smaller opponents. Considering how little Illinois had inside, it wasn’t even fair that he got to play in this game.

Davis did a solid job of running the offense. he didn’t shoot it particularly well, but he still has all the tools. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera showed a better outside touch than I’ve seen him him so far with three 3-pointers. His stroke looked really impressive, and so did his handle. Yogi Ferrell also looked impressive. He’s got a great looking mid-range jumper and a really nice handle as well. But man is he little.

I didn’t see a lot from Kaminski. He was playing up and didn’t get a ton of playing time. Gonna try to watch him closer later.

Hoosier prospect Bryson Scott at adidas May Classic

TEAM SCORE: 15U Spiece Indy Heat 75, Michigan Mustangs 48

BRYSON SCOTT: The 6-foot-1 rising sophomore guard from Fort Wayne Northup scored 25 points.

SCOTT SAID: “We talked about it, my family. I don’t know if we want to go to the same college or not. We could go and see what we could do for different college teams.”

MY THOUGHTS: There are a lot of things to like about Bryson, the twin brother of Brenton (who is solid but maybe not a high-major prospect). He is well-built and strong with the ball, has a very nice vertical leap and can score around the basket. He worked hard on defense, picking up steal after steal in a zone defense.

The only concern with Scott is his outside shot. I do not remember him taking a shot out of the paint in this game. He admitted afterwards that the jumper is his weakness, and that’s he working on it.

No offers yet, but he has interest from Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and Notre Dame.

Hoosier prospects Zak Irvin and Devin Davis at adidas May Classic

TEAM SCORE: 15U Eric Gordon All-Stars 62, Ohio Basketball Club 47

ZAK IRVIN: The 6-foot-4 guard, a rising sophomore at Hamilton Southeastern, had 19 points.

DEVIN DAVIS: The 6-foot-5 wing, a rising sophomore at Warren Central, had 17 points.

BASIL SMOTHERMAN: The 6-foot-5 wing, a rising sophomore at Heritage Christian, had 4 points.

IRVIN SAID: “It was tough playing JV, because I thought I could play varsity. But next year I am supposed to get a lot of minutes. I wasn’t strong enough. … I gained about 15 pounds (to 165).”

DAVIS SAID: “Coming down here, it was a real eye-opener. It was real fun to come down here and play with some of the players. … I can’t wait come down here again.”

MY THOUGHTS: Irvin is a quickly rising name at this tournament. Not a lot of people knew about him because he played for the JV team at Hamilton Southeastern (he said because the coaches did not think he was strong enough). But the colleges are interested — Xavier, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan State and Vanderbilt all rolled off his tongue easily and he said IU contacted him for the first time two weeks ago.

Irvin has a really nice outside shot — it was he who drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Indiana Elite Stars Friday. It was on display again this morning, as he led Eric Gordon in scoring. He moves well for a player his size and, if he continues to grow, is going to be a high-major prospect.

Davis plays inside at Warren Central (for former IU player Greg Graham) and it’s obvious when you watch him play that he needs to become more comfortable with the ball. If he continues to grow he may become a Christian Watford-type 3/4, but if he does not, he will need to develop better ballhandling skills. His dribble is very high, as the Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling noted.

Davis is a very good scorer, and said he is a fan of both Purdue and IU’s practice facilities.

Smotherman had a disappointing effort after scoring 24 Friday. He did not shoot the ball nearly as well and blended in after a while.

Hoosier recruit Mitch McGary at the Adidas May Classic

TEAM SCORE: 17 U SYF Players 84, Tennessee Hustle 48

MITCH McGARY: The 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward from Chesterton had eight points.

McGARY SAID: “Coach Crean has been calling me a lot. … I think they’re just worried about my grades. I’m trying to get them under control. Tom Crean said he wants me to play here. I’d love to play here. It would be awesome to play here. There’s so much history.”

MY THOUGHTS: McGary didn’t have to do much of anything because this game was never close, but he had a few moments. Highlight of the day was a thunderous dunk from close to the free throw line late in the game. He’s got very good size for his age, decent post moves, and he seemed solid defensively. registering at least one emphatic swat. But that comes from a game in which he didn’t have much competition.He’s pretty well defined physically right now, but he can probably add more strength.

McGary said his recruitment is picking up recently after he suffered through a broken foot and mono this season and that his grades are getting better and stabilizing. He has a scholarship offer from Purdue and interest from Dayton, Cincinnati, Indiana and Xavier.

Today’s plan of attack

First of all, thanks for being here. There are tons of places for adidas May Classic coverage, and we appreciate you clicking your browser on over to our part of the sandbox.

Secondly, let’s go.

Here is the Herald-Times schedule for today. As you can see, last night’s games were updated with scores and links to Hoosier Scoop stories about the prospects. That will continue throughout the weekend.

We will continue to blog in the same fashion as we did last night, but we will also be utilizing Twitter.

Dustin Dopirak will be stationed at Assembly Hall.

I will be at Cook Hall for much of the day.

And Ryan Winn is going to be bouncing between Twin Lakes and Bloomington North.

Everyone got the plan? OK, hands in … break.

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