After three quarters, Indiana Elite leads 43 Hoops 52-35.
Jordan Hulls has nine points — on three 3-pointers — and five rebounds. He controlling the team well.
Capobianco has been rugged under the net and stretched out for an impressive tip-in minutes ago.
Indiana Elite — which features Indiana commit Bobby Capobianco and targets Jordan Hulls, Stephen Van Treese and Jordan Prosser — is currently playing 43 hoops in and up-and-down tussle on the court at Assembly Hall.
Elite is leading 23-14, but what’s making this game so exciting is the crowd. There’s a strong home-court advantage for Elite, which is based in Bloomington and has two South players (Hulls and David Blackwell) and former North star Ray McCallum (though he is injured and not playing).
But 43 Hoops has its share of fans here, too. Namely, other members of the program from different teams. They’re cheering as loudly as they can.
Sutton and Indiana Elite LNO win 69-63.
Sutton finishes with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
His sky for a put-back dunk was impressive, but this sequence late in the game said more about him as a player:
He succumbed to heavy pressure as Full Package Elite tried to make a furious comeback. His turnover gave the team some energy — and two points. But Sutton composed himself, and the next time down the floor he found open space. A teammate found him there, and Sutton didn’t shy from driving toward the rim. But instead of going up and trying to draw contact — and risking a no-call — he dished to a wide open teammate for the open bucket.
After the game, Sutton commented on how awesome it was to open The Herald-Times today and see his picture.
It’s Day 2, and the buzz here is Jeremiah Rivers. According to the Washington Times, which got the story from an unnamed source “close to the program,” Rivers will join Indiana this year and be eligible to play starting in 2009.
Rivers is transferring from Georgetown after two years. He’s also the son of Boston Celtic’s coach (and former Marquette star) Doc Rivers.
Rivers, 6-4 guard who is most noted for his defensive prowess, took an unofficial visit to Indiana yesterday and wore a Hoosier’s sweatshirt. But he was also heard telling people in the gym that he was still considering offers from other schools.
We’ll try to get confirmation on this as soon as we can.
But right now Maurice Sutton is playing his second game for Indiana Elite LNO right now. And he just seconds ago thrilled the crowd by skying over a scrum in front, grabbing a rebound high in the air and slamming the ball. He also drew a foul and hit his free throw to put his team ahead 42-37.
Guard Jeremiah Rivers intends to transfer from Georgetown to Indiana, according to the Washington Times.
The 6-4 RiversÂ was known asÂ Georgetown’s defensive specialist. He averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18 minutes per gameÂ as a sophomore last season.
His decision to transfer was reported in Thursday’s Washington Post, but it wasn’t until today that it was reported that IU would be his destination.
His dad, Celtics coach Doc Rivers, told the Boston Globe this week thatÂ JeremiahÂ was transferringÂ becauseÂ he wanted to play in a different system than the one at Georgetown.Â
“It’s something he wanted to do,” Doc Rivers said. “I loved where he was at. He wants to be happy in a different system. He loved Coach [John ] Thompson. I love Coach Thompson. It was a tough one.
“I didn’t try [to change his mind] because if I did and it didn’t work out then it’s Dad’s fault. I did try to show him where he was at as far as school. He was playing a lot and had a great chance to start the following year.
“Kids, sometimes they want to do things and you just support him. That’s what you do as a parent.”
Here’s a video by H-T photographer Jeremy Hogan showing Maurice Sutton Friday night at the May Classic in Bloomington.
The skinny 6-10 center from Maryland (in the Washington D.C. metro area) played well in a guest appearance for Indiana Elite. He didn’t play the first quarter while someone located jersey for him.
After Indiana Elite fell behind 19-2 with Sutton on the bench, he helped his team come back for a win with 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in less than three quarters. He demonstrated athleticism and good passing skills for a big man.
– Maurice Sutton will take his unofficial visit with Indiana coach Tom Crean on Monday. After that, he plans on visiting Villanova and then making his decision. But Indiana’s first impression, he said, has been strong. He pointed to the five banners when asked about what it was like to play in Assembly Hall and relayed the story of his visit to Subway today. Someone stopped him and said, “You’re Maurice Sutton.”
– Jeremiah Rivers apparently took an unofficial visit to Indiana on Friday. He was in the gym talking to members of Indiana’s support staff, including Kelvin Sampson’s son Kellen (a graduate assistant.) Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is transferring form Georgetown after two years. Crean got to know the Rivers family well during his time a Marqutte, where Doc played.
– Demetrius Walker, the 6-4 slashing wing for the S0-Cal All-Stars, told Andy Romey of Inside Indiana/Peegs.com that Indiana is his No. 1 school right now and that the Hoosiers have offered him a scholarship in the class of 2009.
Looks like Indiana Elite and Sutton are going to hang on to win. They’re up nine with 58 seconds left.
I’ll have more after we head to the floor and conduct interviews.
Sutton orchestrates a give-and-go with Patrick Bade to get his team two points and make it 59-56. Great touch on the pass, and Sutton knows it: he pumps his fist as he goes down the floor.
Then he grabs a loose ball and sends an outlet pass up the floor to get an easy basket and extend the lead.
Sutton re-enters the game with a little more than four minutes left and his team ahead 57-52. He’s got 13 points so far.
Matt Kinney of Indiana Elite just hit a transition 3 to tie the game at 44 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
Sutton has thrown down a dunk this quarter and Walker helped steady his team’s defense by hustling to take a charge.
Sutton’s put-back makes it So-Cal 35, Indiana Elite 31 at half.
Now we catch up with Demetrius Walker, the wing for So-Cal that has some interest in IU. He takes an alley-oop and finishes strong at the rim.
Maurice Sutton, it turns out, has made all the difference.
He’s just scored four quick points. He made an excellent adjustment in the air to corral a lob pass and then hit a lay-in. Then he got his hand on a pass and broke in — beating his man down the floor — for a dunk.
It’s So-Cal 31, Indiana Elite 29 with two minutes left in the half.
In the Wear twins, David and Travis, North Carolina will be getting two Tyler Hansbrough-like players. They’re big, tough kids that play with some energy.
Sutton takes an alley-oop pass from North Central guard Tyrone Johnson and drops it through the hoop. Then on a break he couldn’t hit his lay-up but was fouled. He hit 1-of-2.
Doesn’t take long for Sutton to get involved. He takes a pass from Evan Gordon — Eric’s little brother — and hits an uncontested jumper from free throw line to cut So-Cal’s lead to 24-15.
His basket drew the loudest applause of the day from the crowd.
Maurice Sutton has finally procured an orange Indiana Elite jersey and has entered the game in the second quarter, his team down 24-10.
Maurice Sutton, the 6-10 center who could become a part of Indiana’s incoming recruiting class, is at Assembly Hall right now preparing to play with Indiana Elite LNO in the first game of the night.
He’ll be playing against the So-Call All-Star team led by Wear twins — bound for North Carolina in 2009 — and Demitrius Walker, a 6-3 who is being recruited by Indiana.
More updates as the night progresses.
It took a few days but Verdell Jones, the point guard from Champaign, Ill., has given Indiana his signed letter-of-intent.
His announcement on Monday that he would join the Hoosiers’ class of 2008 came as a bit of a surprise because Tom Crean had seemingly jumped into Jones’ recruitment late.
However, Jones had a long relationship with Crean’s top assistant, Tim Buckley. It was Buckley who first started recruiting Jones a few years ago when he was Steve Alford’s assistant at Iowa, and he kept in touch with Jones when he went to Marquette.
Here’s a release from Indiana on Jones’ signing. It includes quotes from Crean.
Bloomington, Indiana–Indiana University menâ€™s basketball coach Tom Crean
has announced that Verdell Jones III, a 6-4, 180-lb. guard from Champaign
(Illinois) Central High School has signed a national letter of intent to
attend IU and play basketball for the Hoosiers beginning next fall. He was
the Champaign News-Gazette Area Player of the Year and an All-State choice
as a senior.
â€œVerdell is an excellent addition to our recruiting class,â€ said Crean. â€œHe
is a great floor leader with a tremendous ability to direct an offense and
he also has the ability to make plays on his own. His wingspan will make
him a tough defender and we like the fact that he has played in so many
big-game environments in high school and AAU ball that he will be able to
compete for our program right away. We are very excited about his upside.â€