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The entire crew — yes, those fellows you see pictured in the top right corner — has journeyed to North Central H.S., where the IndyBall AAU tournament will concluded today.

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We’ll also corral our thoughts here.

[UPDATE, 11:14 a.m., from Dustin Dopirak]

Austin Etherington has heard the same rumors you have, but the Hamilton Heights junior says none of them are true. His verbal commitment to Indiana is still firm, he said, and there is nothing to the rumors that he was thinking about going to Butler.

“They’re just saying that because my dad went there,” Etherington said. “I hear that all the time at school, people will be like ‘Hey, I heard you’re decommitting.’ But no, it’s 100 percent.”

Etherington said he wasn’t at all discouraged by Indiana’s disappointing 10-21 season.

“Losing (Maurice Creek) hurt really bad,” Etherington said. “I think once he gets back, and everyone’s working hard to get better, I think they’ll be a lot better next year.”

Etherington said he was surprised at the decommitment of Indiana Elite teammate Matt Carlino.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Etherington said. “But I don’t dislike him because of that. It’s what he wants to do.”

Etherington said he’s trying to recruit the rest of his Indiana Elite teammates to IU, especially forward Cody Zeller and guard Jeremiah Davis.

“I talk to Jeremiah and Cody a lot to try to get them to come play with me,” he said. “I think we could do some damage if we were all together.”

[1 p.m. UPDATE, from Chris Korman]

Hugh and I ventured off to parts unknown — OK, the middle school — to see a couple of kids.

Quick breakdowns follow.

T.J. Bell, Meanstreets

The Bloomington South junior-to-be looks very comfortable and confident right now. You could tell last summer that he was getting accustomed to new surroundings and that off-the-court issues were distracting him from focusing on basketball. He just wasn’t very sharp. Today, playing against an Indiana Elite entry, he played well defensively in the paint. He’ll need work with positioning on offense, but when he gets the ball he’s a dangerous scorer.

J.T. Yoho, Meanstreets

Yoho, an Eastern Greene junior-to-be, has an impressive skill set. At 6-foot-5, he was able to work in the paint effectively. But he also had success on the wing and seems to have a good feel for the game. Already a third-team all area selection, he’ll continue to blossom into one of the top players in our area.

Michael Ramey, Meanstreets

Ramey stands in about the 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5 range and has a nice all-around game. Clearly views himself as shooter, and has the nice stroke to prove he’s put up plenty of practice shots. The Southport junior-to-be compares nicely with Etherington and will be a player more and more coaches want to get a look at.

Jeremy Hollowell, Eric Gordon All-Stars

The lanky wing, who will be a junior at Lawrence Central, has wildly above average athleticism and is beginning to learn to use it on a consistent basis. Can get lost int he flow of the game if his teammates don’t include him, but can also take over when needed. His most impressive play of the day came when he drove down the middle of the lane and stopped before slipping a pass to an open player under the basket. Also hit a 3 from the wing and showed more gusto going for rebounds than I saw in other games.

[1:31 p.m. update, from Hugh Kellenberger]

Here is what I just finished writing about Bell:

Ever since his arrival in Bloomington last summer, few have doubted T.J. Bell’s athleticism. It’s what carried him to six scholarship offers, including one from Indiana.

But during a year spent on South’s junior varsity (he was declared by the IHSAA to only have limited eligibility after transferring from Charleston, Ill.), he struggled with consistency and effort.

But he was impressive during an open gym session on Thursday after Butler-bound Erik Fromm, and he continued his strong play through the weekend.

At 6-foot-7, Bell has all the athleticism and skill to play the power forward position in an uptempo-offense. For now, though, he said he is not focused on recruiting and instead is focused on his 16u Meanstreets team.

“I think it’s really important to have a good spring and a good summer,” Bell said.

Bell said he will begin attending more open gym workouts at Indiana. He was a frequent guest of the program this past season, sitting behind the team’s bench.

“It was great,” Bell said. “I like coach Crean. He’s a good guy.”

[3:05 p.m. update, from Hugh Kellenberger]

Team Indiana just picked up a 73-72 win that way too much work.

Cody Zeller had 26 points, Austin Etherington and Matt Carlino each had 12 and Jeremiah Davis had 10.

Playing against a Spiece team, the group struggled with turning the ball over and valuing every possession.

Davis was also hit with a technical late in the game. He was fouled going up for a rebound and, after both players fell to the floor, Davis kicked him. He got the technical foul call almost immediately and continued to argue with the refs.


  1. Hey Mr. Korman, whats up with the leading scorer and rebounder in Monroe County being left of the first team all area? Edgewood played South close, there not on a different level. Lets get off Carlinos tip and do recognize the kids around here for something other than their scholaship offers.

  2. Sadly, its a lot more like that Zeller will be playing with Carlino at Butler than with Etherington at IU.

  3. Just read Hugh’s twitter, Why in the world has Crean never even talked to Darryl Baker? This is a future 5 star from Indiana. He always talks about how many years he needs to make relationships but yet he hasn’t talked to the kid?

  4. You got to love this Etherington kid I’m sure he took some ribbing from his dad, but his trying to get two of the best Indiana H.S. players to come to IU with him. I’m glad he is 100% on IU.

  5. Darryl Baker has been to IU twice, has not talked to Crean recently, due to playing phone tag. IU has been on him big time. Carlino will be playing this year in college is my prediction, ucla and florida want him.

    Etherington will get J.Davis, who I believe is waiting to see what Teague does from what I hear, then is ready to pull the trigger…JD, AE committ, I think you get zeller also.

  6. TheRegion,
    Thanks for the info. It read as if Baker has never spoken to Crean. So Crean has talked to him directly, just not recently?
    I have heard the same thing with J. Davis.

  7. Hey Mr. McG,

    Hugh Kellenberger, our boys’ basketball beat writer, selected the all-area team after consulting with coaches and other H-T writers who covered high school ball this season. He spent a lot of time going to practices and games this year, and I trust his judgment.

    The all-area team is meant to be a collection of the very best players in our coverage area. It does not take a great deal of sophistication to realize that gaudy stats aren’t everything. And that the list is subjective; of course people are going to disagree.

    Being No. 6 or 7 or 8 (or 15 or 20, for that matter) in an area as full of talent as this one is still a very impressive achievement.

  8. I heard some kid from pike destroyed that indiana elite team. They say he had 25 points and shut Jeremiah Down

  9. Guys, will local kids like Yoho and Bell be good enough to play D1 ball? I get mixed reviews. If so, is Crean after them?

  10. Yoho is not a D1 prospect. He is a good player for a 2A High School and might be a D3 prospect at best. Same problems as Spencer Turner, limited foot speed and lateral quickness making him a defensive liability.

  11. XYZ, thanks for the feedback. 6 foot 5 and I hear he can handle the ball and is still growing. I was curious.

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