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Former Warren Central star Walter Offutt confirmed Sunday afternoon that committed to Ohio University over a walk-on offer at Indiana.
Offutt, a transfer from Ohio State and Wright State, said earlier that he would commit to Indiana if he got a favorable financial aid package. Because he’s a former Big Ten player, conference rules do not allow him to receive an athletic scholarship if he transfers within the conference. Ohio recently offered him a scholarship, and during his visit to the MAC school in Athens, Ohio this weekend, he committed to the Bobcats.
The biggest factor in his decision to go to Ohio, he said, was his relationship with coach John Groce. Groce recruited Offutt to Ohio State when Groce was an assistant coach with the Buckeyes. (more…)
TEAM SCORE: 17U Team Southern Indiana Red 68, Indiana Elite Team Indiana 64
HOOSIER PROSPECTS: Yogi Ferrell led the team with 19 points. Jeremiah Davis with 13, Cody Zeller with 9 and Marshall Plumlee with 4.
YOGI FERRELL: “(On his unofficial visit Wednesday) I came down and played with the guys. They showed me the new facility. It’s amazing. They just honor all the history. It’s kind of cool just looking back on the past and what they’ve done to make this place great.”
MY THOUGHTS: A really disappointing loss for Team Indiana in the quarterfinals. They were the favorite to win this thing, so falling to a group without a true high-major player on it is rough.
The team clearly missed Austin Etherington. His presence helps spacing on the floor. Without him, and with Spencer Turner cold (3 points), it was Ferrell and Davis driving with the big men in the post. TSI packed it in and came from behind to pull off the upset.
Ferrell said he was concerned with the amount of second-chance points
TEAM SCORE: 16U Indiana Elite One 88, Columbus Aces 56
INDIANA RECRUITS: Ron Patterson a 6-3 guard from Broad Ripple, had 21 points. Kellon Thomas, a 5-11 guard from Southport, had 16. Kellen Dunham, a 6-4 guard from Pendleton Heights, had two points
MY THOUGHTS: We’d covered these already, but it was my first time watching Thomas and Dunham and my first time watching Patterson since the high school season. Patterson was just as athletic as I remember and he shot the ball a lot better than I’d seen the first time, knocking down pull-up jumpers from inside the arc and deep threes from outside and from several different angles on the floor. What continues to impress me about him, though, is how the effort he puts in on the defensive end. There isn’t a lot of defense played in these things, and there certainly isn’t a lot of defensive communication, but Patterson calls out screens and switches and knows where he wants his teammates to be on the floor. He’s an aggressive on the ball defender, and again, he shows a concern with off-the-ball defense, which is rare in a summer event.
Thomas said after the game and to Ryan Winn before me that he believes his job with this team is to distribute the ball and facilitate. He does a good job with that, finding shooters open and big men on the low block. He can also shoot it, though, and drive to the basket. Didn’t see much from Dunham at all. The spot-up shooter didn’t take a lot of shots, and he and the rest of the stars were off the floor for most of the second half of this wipeout.
TEAM SCORE: 17U Indiana Elite Team Indiana 61, Shining Stars 58
MARSHALL PLUMLEE: The 7-foot rising senior from Arden Christ School (Asheville, N.C.) had 12 points.
CODY ZELLER: The 6-foot-11 rising senior from Washington had eight points.
YOGI FERRELL: The 5-foot-9 rising junior from Park Tudor had 16 points.
JEREMIAH DAVIS: The 6-foot-3 rising senior from Muncie Central had 23 points.
PLUMLEE SAID: “I recently spoke with coach Crean. It was great to catch up with him and I look forward to maybe seeing him sometime soon.”
MY THOUGHTS: Team Indiana was down for much of the game before Ferrell and Davis ignited a spirited comeback. Both clearly showed a passion and desire to win, driving the lane and creating shots with pressure against a tired Shining Stars team.
Ferrell got half of his 16 at the line, but he was forcing contact with his drives to the basket. Davis was shooting well from outside and got things going when everyone else was struggling.
Zeller was definitely sluggish and struggled to finish around the basket. Same with Plumlee, who drove up yesterday from Asheville (Adren’s graduation was Saturday) and got limited minutes in this first game.
Plumlee said he has no visits scheduled — he’s “just laying low.”
There was a period where he was not hearing from Indiana, but that appears to have ended. It will be interesting to see if the time off has actually hurt Indiana with Plumlee.
Team Indiana plays again at 11:45 at Assembly Hall.
Austin Etherington talks with Jeremiah Davis as Mike Pegram (aka Peegs) looks on. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times
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