Not that many defensive tackle recruits can do this sort of thing
Indiana signee Darius Latham, listed on IU’s prospective 2013 football roster at 6-foot-5 and 291 pounds, scored 14 points in the final 4:55 of regulation and finished with 19 to lead Indianapolis North Central past No. 6-ranked Hamilton Southeastern, 78-68 in overtime, Wednesday night in Carmel basketball sectional play.
Latham, who also supplied a game-high 11 rebounds, drilled a pair of huge 3s late and then forced overtime by beating two defenders and the buzzer with a shot off glass as time expired in regulation.
Zak Irvin, the Michigan basketball recruit and a prime Mr. Basketball candidate (on what was a tough night for University of Michigan hoops) had 29 points and 10 boards for HSE, which led by 15 in the third quarter and still by 8 with three minutes left.
Latham, who hasn’t overtly indicated any plans to pursue a basketball career at IU, has started for North Central’s prominent basketball program since he was a freshman, and was a key player on coach Doug Mitchell’s 2010 Class 4A state championship squad. The current Panther squad also includes standout freshman guard Eron Gordon, (younger brother of former IU and current NBA star Eric Gordon), who scored 16 Wednesday night.
IU football coach Kevin Wilson has repeatedly stated he likes versatile, multi-sport athletes who know how to compete and win. And he likes big men who are athletic. Latham seems to fit that bill.