News and Notes from High School Shootout

Today was the first day of the USSFA/Indiana Boys Basketball High School Shootout in Indianapolis. Thirty-Seven high school teams (not AAU travel squads, actual high school teams) from the area play in a two-day tournament spread across three Indianapolis high schools. Today I posted up at Warren Central. This is what I’ve learned so far.

— Jeremy Hollowell has had two strong performances in Lawrence Central victories, scoring 25 in a win over P.J. Thompson’s Brebeuf Jesuit squad and 20 in a victory over Indianapolis Scecinia. It’s been a strong summer for Hollowell, who apparently had an impressive performance at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Virginia earlier this month. He continues to show good versatility in his offensive game, shooting well from beyond the arc and scoring inside on post moves.

“I’m being more aggressive, attacking the basket,” Hollowell said. “Finishing shots inside. … I’m being confident in my shot. Knowing when to attack the basket, knowing when to shoot the jumper, stuff like that. Finding the open man when I get double-teamed, stuff like that.”

Coach J.R. Shelt still says Hollowell needs to add more intensity. The coach says Hollowell is always more involved than his seemingly disinterested facial expression seems to indicate, but he needs to reach the point that he is truly invested in every game.

“What I’m trying to get out of him is just focusing on being more energetic,” Shelt said. “… Jerm has to learn to play with more passion all the time. He’s gotta learn to play where it’s a pickup game (at the playground) or the sectional championship. He’s gotta dominate.”

— Indiana target Gary Harris was in town for one day only for Hamilton Southeastern. Harris said he plans to go to Chicago later today for the Kevin Durant Skills Camp, hoping to earn an invitation to the LeBron James Camp July 5-8 in Akron, Ohio for the second straight year.

“I got what I needed to work on,” Harris said of his first experience in the skills camps. “I got to play against the top competition. I was young and I didn’t really know how to take it. I was kind of up there just learning from it for everybody else. … I’m looking forward to getting up there and learning some new things.”

Harris, as per usual, said not much has progressed in his recruitment. He confirmed a report that Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Purdue and Notre Dame are the five schools that are recruiting him the hardest, but said that he hasn’t trimmed his list to those five. He said he hasn’t scheduled any visits yet for the fall and isn’t much closer to making a decision.

— Devin Davis, an IU 2013 verbal commitment from Warren Central High School, sat out Saturday’s games with a high ankle sprain according to his coach, former Indiana star Greg Graham.

A back injury limited Davis last season, and Graham said he needs to see a lot of development from him this season.

“Strength, ball-handling, rebounding, defense, you name it,” Graham said when asked for the holes in his game. “There’s always room for improvement. I don’t care how good of a player you are. … Everyone has holes in their game, there’s no such thing as a perfect player. He’ll continue to do that.”

Graham admitted that Davis’s lack of an obvious position at the next level could be an issue. The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder plays as a power forward at the high school level, but he will obviously be undersized there in college.

“That’s the question our whole coaching staff is asking,” Graham said. “Where is he gonna play? Is he gonna grow anymore? Is he gonna stay at this height? That’s the reason why we want him to be a well-rounded basketball player and not pigeon-hole him into being a big or being a perimeter player, because I can tell you right now, he’s not a perimeter player. I think the closer he gets the ball to the basket, the more effective he can be. When he’s outside the 3-point line, he’s least effective. Can he make that shot? Of course he can. But he can really hurt teams if he’s in the paint rebounding, defending. He can also rebound and lead the transition offense.

— Graham also weighed in on the hiring of Calbert Cheaney, his former teammate, as Indiana’s director of operations.

“I think it’s good for Indiana basketball,” Graham said. “I think it’s something that’s been wanted for a long time. To finally have a coach to finally come in and have the guts to hire a Knight guy, that’s good. I think that’s primarily what the separation of Hoosier Nation is from. If you don’t have any former players down there who are involved with athletics, I mean, people around here grew up watching Knight and his players. I think you have to still keep that connection and that transition going.”

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  1. Certainly an honest assessment from Greg on Davis’s game.

    I’m hoping he means that those areas are ones where he has room to improve upon already solid skills, and not areas where he needs to improve greatly just to become average.

    At 6’5″, 185, and not being a perimeter player, I’d think he definitely has either some growing or work to do. I wonder if IU offered him based on the thinking that he’d grow a few more inches.

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