Observations from IndyBall.com Shootout

INDIANAPOLIS — Pool play for the IndyBall.com Shootout at North Central is winding down, and it’s been an interesting (but long) day so far.

  • Marshall Plumlee, Yogi Ferrell and Spencer Turner are all not with Indiana Elite Team Indiana (the first two because of adidas Nations; the latter because of an injury). That opened up some more playing time for the rest of the loaded 17u team. The group responded with two laugher wins. Cody Zeller looked really good — 32 points in both games. Austin Etherington showed off a nice jump shot and some defensive skills beyond going for steals. And Jeremiah Davis ran the point the majority of the time (when he didn’t, Matt Carlino did).
  • Zeller continues to play his recruitment close to the vest, though he did say he could see himself playing for Butler. Not sure how much to read into that, but given how tight he usually is with information, it was interesting. Said Tom Crean continues to pitch the same thing.
    “He says I could be an Indiana kid — like the old days,” Zeller said. “He’s trying to get things changed around there. He told me I could be one of those building blocks.”
  • Davis said he will make a decision when the time is right. He’s also getting an earful, he said, from Etherington, who has been his AAU teammate for years (Zeller said Etherington had not done the same for him yet; sure it is coming).
  • Carlino confirmed that Florida and UCLA are both interested in him coming to college a year early.
    “It is what it is,” Carlino said. “It’s an option.”
  • 2012 forward T.J. Bell is really improving his game rapidly. He has always had great athleticism  and is smooth, but consistency and effort had been problems. He seems to be rapidly developing that — scoring 22 points in the first game. He does have a scholarship offer from Indiana and said he is planning on going to more open gyms on campus.
  • Southport sophomore Michael Ramey is a kid to keep an eye on. Apparently Tim Buckley was in to watch him a couple of weeks ago. He’s a dead-eye shooter — 5 3-pointers in the first game — and is now probably 6-foot-5 with the vertical to go with it. He had 31 points, including three dunks, in that first game. Both Bell and Ramey are on the 16u Meanstreets.
  • Darryl Baker is back and healthy. He missed all of his freshman season for Jeffersonville after breaking his tibia. He’s playing a year up, for Team Southern Indiana 2012 Red, and had 27 points in a 91-81 win earlier today. Sherron Wilkerson is his mentor and said Wilkerson has been in continual contact with Buckley. Baker hopes to start building a relationship with Crean this summer during the elite camps.


  1. Michael Ramey has been seen in the last few weeks by a ton of high and mid major coaches. He is really really good.

  2. Saw Ron Patterson today at the same aau tourney…usual RP stuff, sent some shots into the stands, long arms make him a hawk on defense, ballhandling is better, needs to improve his jumpshot, but an absolutely stud.

    Kellon Thomas is quick, needs to work on his jumpshot mechanics big time, but a strong looking pg.

    Where the hell is DSR?

  3. Seems like elite programs are flocking to Carlino like vultures.
    Would love to get Baker, the Wilkerson connection would have to be in our favor wouldn’t it?

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