Etherington, IU prospects highlight IBCA all-underclassmen team

Austin Etherington, Cody Zeller and a host of other IU prospects were named to the 15-man Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Underclassmen team.

The 15-man roster has Etherington, Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Marquis Teague on it.

Jeremiah Davis, A.J. Hammons and DeJuan Marrero were honorable mention selections.

Matt Carlino was also on the team.

Final thoughts on the state finals

A beautiful day for the beautiful game


Indiana 2, Louisville 1

Indiana withstands a late flurry, and Todd Yeagley is successful in his first game as head coach on the field named for his father.

During one scrum, Louisville was called for a foul. Otherwise it would have had an open look at the net. Saved by the whistle.

Then Chris Haffner, whose development could really be a key for this team, marked his man well and was there to stop a header destined for the top left corner of the goal.

[5:25 left, second half]

Indiana 2, Louisville 1

Hello, Joe Tolen.

The redshirt freshman from Evansville just made a run ahead of Will Bruin, who slipped a pass through two defenders and into open space. Tolen, alone at the 18, raced a few feet and slipped a shot under David Stockum.

Other thoughts from the recent stretch:

Tommy Meyer, one of Indiana’s center backs, again pushed forward for a scoring chance on  restart. Makes sense. He’s 6-foot-2.

Nothing really going for either team, though, as we head into the final stretch.

The game has gotten somewhat chippy. Not sure if that’s because these teams are heated rivals or if it’s more a byproduct of the slippery grass. When guys slide tackle, they go about eight yard right now and clearly don’t have much control.


Hanging on by a thread …

Inside the Hall’s Alex Bozich has left the building. So has Matt Dollinger, who did yeoman’s work today for the Gary Post-Tribune by writing three (yes, three) separate community reaction stories.

Lynn Houser and I work on. Tom Crean has also remained. It appears Matt, Bruce, Tubby and Roy have left the building, or at least not in their seats.

North Central is winning, 90-68, with 3:07 remaining. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera has 16 points and six rebounds. Terone Johnson has 24.

I left Bloomington at 8:25 or so this morning. It is now 10:45 p.m. This seems like a long day. In fact, it is. Lots of basketball. Lots of great basketball. The Indiana high school state tournament is unlike the North Carolina state tournament (my only other frame of reference; I know, not very helpful) in every way. Tons of passion, tons of interest and tons of talent. Other state tournaments have all of these of course, but Indiana seems to have more of it.

It’s been real. It’s been fun. Let’s do it again next year.

Washington 65, Gary Wallace 62

Hell of a game. Wow. What a game.

Washington defeated Gary Wallace 65-62 in overtime to win the 3A state championship.

With a host of coaches in attendance, including Indiana coach Tom Crean and North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Cody Zeller had 20 points and 26 rebounds. That ties the 3A state record for rebounds in a game.

Zeller was 4-of-15 from the field and was not the strongest inside with the ball in his hands, but he was 11-of-17 from the free-throw line and was, obviously, great at pulling in rebounds. Very instinctual, he rarely caught out of position.

“Cody didn’t shoot the ball very well, but he did a lot of other things very well for us,” Washington coach Gene Miiller said. “Twenty-six rebounds is super.”

Branden Dawson, Gary Wallace’s top gun, had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets. He played hurt, briefly leaving the game with what looked like an ankle injury.

The lasting moment of these state championships may be Dawson lying on the court after missing two 3-pointers that would have tied the game, the Washington players celebrating all around him.

“A lot of times you all don’t treat us fair,” Wallace coach Renaldo Thomas said. “We’re stepchildren up north. You never see us. So I brought the Branden Dawsons and the Latroy “Should be on the All-Star team” Taylor. The Brandon Bradfords, who should be invited to the Top 60 (Workout).

“Yeah, I am campaigning for mine. Because you don’t give them recognition. When I was a player, I took it. You didn’t have to give me anything, because I took it. And Branden will come back and take it. I was put at Lew Wallace to fail. To fail. But I didn’t fail. We won tonight.”

He is in the building

Tom Crean is seated in the first row behind the Washington basket. If you are watching at home, he is wearing his Crimson pullover. Every other coach is wearing a suit. Tubby Smith looks particularly dapper.

Crean, I suppose, is hoping to stand out.

Dane Fife and Ohio State assistant Brandon Miller are also in the building.

Definite interest from IU with Marrero

Veteran sports writer Lynn Houser caught up with Bowman Academy coach Marvin Rea a few moments ago for his column on the return of the Region at the state tournament. But he also asked Rea about Indiana’s interest in 6-foot-5 sophomore DeJuan Marrero.

This what Rea said:

Coach (Crean) is at practice, making phone calls. They are definitely showing interest. DeJuan Marrero has to do what’s best for DeJuan. If it’s the Black and Gold, so be it. If it’s the Crimson and White, so be it.

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