17s Final: Indiana Elite v. Michigan Mustangs

By   |   Sunday, May. 11, 2008 - 4:57 PM   |   20 comments

Indiana Elite 80, Michigan Mustangs 63 (Final)

The Mustangs had pulled within eight points before Colt Ryan’s 3-points sandwiched a Stephan Van Treese  dunk — set up by a good look from Bobby Capobianco — and Elite doubled its lead. That was it, other than some yelling from the crowd about the officiating.

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Indiana Elite 58, Michigan Mustangs 50 (End of 3rd Quarter)

Interesting turn of events. The Mustangs’ coach was called for a technical at the end of the first half, and it looked like Elite could begin to pull away. But Hulls hit only 1-of-2, and the Mustangs began to feed off what they thought was biased officiating. That, and Elite got out of its system and has not shot well. Plumlee’s in foul trouble, so Capobianco and Van Treese will have to work the middle.

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Indiana Elite 44, Michigan Mustangs 31 (End of 2nd Quarter)

Elite’s in control of this game. It’s interior defense has been shabby but the Mustangs have no answer defensively. Elite just has too many ways to score. Indiana commit Bobby Capobianco has a quiet nine points.

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Indiana Elite 31, Michigan Mustangs 20 (End of 1st Quarter)

Miles Plumlee was supposed to miss the game because he had a flight at 7. But a last-second change of plans allowed him to stay.

He’s made the most of it. His behind-head-dunks and unreasonable athleticism for a guy his size have pushed Indiana Elite ahead in this game.

But the Mustangs are having some success getting to the lane by clearing out and driving.

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This game is about to finally begin.

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This game’s been pushed back by a delay at the SportsPlex, but we just found out that the Mustangs edged Indiana Elite LNO, with Maurice Sutton, for the chance to face Indiana Elite One for the championship.

In the meanwhile, we’ve been watching Andrew Dakich — the son of former Indiana coach and player Dan, who is here — hitting shots from all over the court. Observers here say that he’s a better shooter than Dan ever was. I think he’s 13.



Walker will visit with Crean, then decide (UPDATE)

By   |   Sunday, May. 11, 2008 - 3:26 PM   |   9 comments

Demetrius Walker.

Change of plans. The So-Cal team originally thought it was stuck in Bloomington until tomorrow, which would have given Demetrius Walker time to visit with Indiana coach Tom Crean.

But while So-Cal played its last game, team organizer made arrangements to catch a flight tonight.

So Walker won’t visit with Crean this weekend.

Isn’t recruiting fun?

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Demetrius Walker plans on meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean now that his So-Cal All-Stars team has been eliminated.

If all goes well, the 6-4 slashing guard could end up becoming the fourth player in Indiana’s class of 2009.

After scoring 20 points — 15 in the second half — against Indiana Elite, Walker told a small group of reports that Indiana is his favorite and that he hopes to make a decision after he completes his visit.



Indiana Elite v. So-Cal All-Stars

By   |   Sunday, May. 11, 2008 - 2:16 PM   |   1 comment

Indiana Elite 84, S0-Cal All-Stars 60 (Final)

Elite loses focus a bit in the second half but ultimately has no trouble securing the win.

Demetrius Walker was impressive in the second half, cutting through the lane with ease and throwing down a few dunks with flare. Will he be the next to commit to the Hoosiers?

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Indiana Elite 72, So-Cal All-Stars 47 (End of 3rd Quarter)

Bobby Capobianco introduces himself to the Assembly Hall crowd. The 6-8 forward — and IU commit — hit a 3 in the third quarter and then hit two quick buckets in the final ten seconds. He drove the lane for one, then made a steal and hits a fade away from just inside the arc.

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Indiana Elite 48, So-Cal All-Stars 24 (End of 2nd Quarter)

Maybe I hyped this game too much.

Or maybe Indiana Elite is this good. Van Treese stepped up in that quarter, driving to the lane and drawing fouls while helping to contain the Wear twins. Colt Ryan, the Batesville guard who I think will start to get more major offers later this summer, had back-to-back buckets on smart, simple plays.

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Indiana Elite 26, So-Cal All-Stars 10 (End of 1st Quarter)
Jordan Hulls charges out, scoring 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3 and a beautiful runner in the lane. He also picks up two assists on passes to Van Treese. And he’s the one guarding Walker, who was held to four points.

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This is probably the game of the tournament.

Mason Plumlee, Stephan Van Treese and Bobby Capobianco must deal with the Wear twins, David and Travis.

Good guard matchup, too, with Demetrius Walker and Jordan Hulls on the floor.



A look at the brackets

By   |   Sunday, May. 11, 2008 - 1:56 PM   |   Comments Off

Thought I don’t have all the scores from other sites yet, it looks like the Indiana Elite One team chocked full of future D-I players is headed for a semi-final game with the So-Cal All-Stars team that has the North Carolina-bound Wear twins and Indiana target Demetrius Walker, a flashy wing.

If this game happens, it will be a clash of two AAU superpowers. There probably aren’t two more talented or better-coached teams at this event.

On the other side of the bracket, Maurice Sutton and his Indiana Elite LNO team appear to be making a run.

It would not be a surprise to see the two Indiana Elite 17-under entries play for the title; it happened last year when Tyler Zeller’s group faced Garrett Butcher’s team (a matchup that played out over and over last season.)

Zeller’s team — which included IU recruit Matt Roth and five other high-major D-I players — was too much for Butcher’s team to handle.

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AMC: Day 3

By   |   Sunday, May. 11, 2008 - 1:40 PM   |   2 comments

I’m here at Assembly Hall for the final day of the adidas May Classic. The championship brackets are playing out at gyms across the region today, and the 17-under game later today should be a good one.

If you live in Bloomington, you no doubt realized there was a big tournament in town. The players have been everywhere. The restaurants. The malls. The movie theaters.

This even generated an estimated $250,000 for the local economy last year when 120 teams participated. This year, 170 teams made the trip.

But I know what you’re most interested in is player tidbits. There’s been so many talented propects here this weekend, many of whom Indiana is following — or will soon begin following.

Here are a few notes that I don’t remember passing along on the blog yet:

– Christian Watford does plan on taking a visit to Indiana. It seems likely he will end up being invited for an official visit after Aug. 1, when Indiana is once again allowed to pay for prospects to take a trip to campus. Watford, a 6-7 forward out of Birmingham, said he didn’t know much about Indiana basketball but wants to find out. Watford is a top 30 player in the class of 2009.

– Terone Johnson, a 2010 guard prospect from North Central, is developing into the type of “glue” guard that former coach Kelvin Sampson loves. Playing up an age group for the 17-under Indiana Elite LNO, Johnson does so many things to help his team win. He’s extremely athletic and is getting better at taking the ball to the hole. Colleges, including Indiana, are noticing and have made contact with Johnson through intermediaries.

– One of Johnson’s AAU and high school teammates, Evan Gordon, has said that Indiana is recruiting him to its 2009 class. Gordon is obviously much less heralded than his older brother Eric and doesn’t have nearly the scoring touch. But he is a solid player who will develop into a very good point guard and defender at the college level. Most of his interest is coming from in-state schools, including Notre Dame, Purdue and Butler.

– Another Indiana Elite LNO prospect, 6-8 forward Patrick Bade of Franklin Central, will not end up playing for Indiana. His position is already too crowded with Bobby Capobianco and Derek Elston set to join the Hoosiers. But Bade will probably end up staying in the Midwest and playing for one of three schools: Purdue, Iowa or Butler.

– As our new intern, Matt Brose, reported in today’s paper, two players on the Spiece Indy Heat 16-under team are apparently getting interest from Indiana. One player, forward Travis Carroll, has been talked about around Indiana for sometime. He’s 6-9 and has good footwork even though he is still clearly growing into his body. The other player, Kennis White out of South Bend, is now emerging as an elite guard prospect.

– Kellen Sampson is here again today. He’s wearing a Milwaukee Bucks T-shirt.



Watford’s long and smooth

By   |   Saturday, May. 10, 2008 - 2:15 PM   |   4 comments

Christian Watford, a small forward from Alabama, has played well this afternoon at Assembly Hall. I was working on some other stories (and eating lunch) so I don’t have full stats.

Watford’s 6-7 and has good body control around the rim. He’s clearly a Division I player. His M33M team just lost 79-65 to the Michigan Mustangs, though.

Leonard Washington played with Watford’s team and showed why he has the reputation for being a tenacious player under the rim. The 6-6 forward was originally a 2007 prospect out of Lake Charles, La., but had trouble qualifying. He spent last year at a prep school in Compton and is now qualified to play in 2008, he said.

He originally committed to USC and a media report last week said he had re-committed. Washington said that is not the case. He is considering USC, Memphis, LSU and Indiana. He hopes to have an unofficial visit with Tom Crean soon.



Rivers has NOT committed to Indiana (yet)

By   |   Saturday, May. 10, 2008 - 11:31 AM   |   17 comments

A report in today’s Washington Times stating that Jeremiah Rivers has decided to transfer from Georgetown to Indiana is not correct, sources close to the situation told The Herald-Times today.

Rivers is still in beginning stages of the process and has yet to take visits to some of the schools he is considering.





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