Kentucky Hoopfest Part 2

More news and notes from Louisville

— Hanner Perea, Indiana Elite Team Indiana’s star power forward from Colombia, will sit out the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury suffered at the Adidas Invitational earlier this week.

“He’s getting treatment,” Indiana Elite coach Mark Adams said. “It’s just some stretched ligments. But he’s going to play with us in Las Vegas.”

The Indiana target who plays his high school ball at the United Faith Christian Academy in North Carolina is the No. 13 player in the Class of 2012.

— Though Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson often plays either shooting guard or small forward on both his high school team and Indiana Elite One, his summer team, he’s apparently been advised by college coaches to be prepared to occasionally play point guard at the next level.

The first coach to suggest the idea, Patterson said, was Indiana coach Tom Crean.

“Last year, Crean told me I may have to be a combo guard,” Patterson said. “I was like, ‘Wow.'”

At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds with a wingspan of a man much taller, he’s spent most of his time on the wing. To prepare to occasionally play point, he said, he’s working mostly on his ballhandling and also his jump shot.

Chris Hawkins, Patterson’s coach at Indiana Elite One, said Patterson has the brains and leadership skills for the position.

“He has leadership qualities,” Hawkins said. “Getting in kids’ heads. Getting everybody in the right spot. Get on people when they’re not playing defense and things like that. I think the duties of the point guard, talking, he already has those down. It’s just being able to handle pressure, set it up, and just run through sets and do things instead of just being that two or three that you kick it to.”

— Jeffersonville sophomore guard Darryl Baker said not much has changed in his recruiting recently. He still has one offer, from Xavier, and heavy interest from Butler, Ohio State and Indiana. He says he’s back to 100 percent after missing the season with a knee injury.

“I’m just trying to get better,” he said. “Get ready for the next level and beyond.”

Charity bike ride

This comes from good friend Mike P.:

Riding For Jeff Clendening

On July 10, 2010 we are holding a motorcycle charity ride to help the family of Jeff Clendening.

Jeff is the son of Bloomington residents Kenny & Susie Clendening, a 1994 graduate of Bloomington High School South. He has been married to his wife Heather since 1997 and the two have a 9 year old daughter named Alecea. Jeff is currently a resident of Ellettsville and is employed with Smithville Telephone Co. as a cable splicer.

He was injured in a motorcycle accident on 3/20/2010 and is currently at a care facility in Columbus undergoing rehab from the injuries suffered in the wreck.

The ride is meeting at Karst Farm Park, 2450 S. Endwright Rd., Bloomington 47403 with registration starting at 9:00AM with the stands up at 11:30AM.

We are trying to raise money to help his wife with her day to day and travel expenses associated with caring for Jeff during this. Jeff’s wife, mother & father will be present to meet everyone who comes out to help and to give the ride their blessings as we leave.

All entry fees and donations will go directly to benefit the Jeff Clendening Family.

If you have any questions you can contact us at [email protected]

Thank You!

Hoosier Morning


Indiana coach Tom Crean was among those who did not attend the final day of the adidas Invitational. Ray Whitehouse | Herald-Times


Day 2 and 3 at the Adidas Invitational

For all the tweeting and writing I did the past two days, not much of it has shown up on this here blog. So here are some thoughts, most of them random, from my days at the Adidas Invitational.

— As I write, I’m watching the end of the first half of the 17U championship. The Dallas Mustangs, led by top 10 recruit LeBryan Nash, are up 31-22 on the New Heights team from New York City that has been the talk of Day 3. New Heights knocked off both Indiana Elite and the New England Playaz of Naadir Thaarpe, Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarczewski. A significant accomplishment even if it probably isn’t going to end in a title. New Heights doesn’t have any superstars, in fact I’m not sure they have a top 150 player, but they get after it and they’ve made big shots.

— The Indiana Elite team’s defeat brought their tournament to an end in disappointing fashion. The squad had to play most of the game without Cody Zeller who was in foul trouble. A weary-legged Austin Etherington missed two crucial free throws late in the game that would’ve cut a 65-61 deficit to 65-63, and instead Indiana Elite had to foul the rest of the way. The 17U team will play in a tournament in Minnesota next.

— Indiana Elite’s 16 and Under team will play in the finals in about an hour despite playing this tournament without D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera (knee surgery) and Hanner Perea (ankle). Forward Kenny Kaminski has been huge, scoring 18 points in their semifinal victory.

— Kaminski said he still plans on making his decision on July 31. He’s choosing between Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin, which recently offered a scholarship.

— Perea said he should be back for Kentucky Hoopfest, which begins this weekend.

— Both Jeremiah Davis and Yogi Ferrell said their recruitment hasn’t changed much. Ferrell is still picking up offers and Davis said he’ll make a decision when it seems like the right time.

— Coaches have mostly ducked out for the tournament’s last day, most likely heading for the King City Classic. Just handful of assistants around. most of the head coaches have taken off. Indiana assistant Tim Buckley was there for Indiana Elite’s 17U game but took off shortly after.

Thursday discussion

Hello, friends.

Today’s online chat — same place as usual, at the regular time (11 a.m.) — will be a little, uhh, disjointed. Dustin is roaming around Indy, still searching for prospects to interview. I am catching up on a variety of things. We’ll be there, eventually. We wouldn’t miss it.

Hope you join us.

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