Carlino to begin practicing with Indiana Elite

I spoke with Mark Carlino, the father/coach of 2011 commit Matt Carlino, earlier tonight. They’re headed this way in a few days so that Matt can begin practicing with Bob Pryor’s Indiana Elite One team that includes Bloomington South’s Spencer Turner and top 2011 big men Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee.

Matt Carlino, who is the only player Indiana has gotten a commitment from for the class of 2010 or above (Carlino is a 2011 kid), had, by all accounts, a superb sophomore season for the Highland team his father coaches. He averaged 19.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.7 steals per game (review game-by-game stats here) and was named to the 5A all-state team by the Arizona Republic.

His team lost in the state final to Demetrius Walker’s St. Mary’s team. Carlino suffered a broken nose and mild concussion (which wasn’t diagnosed until after the game) in the second quarter and went on to have 20 points on 6-of-22 shooting.

Carlino needed surgery to fix a deviated septum after the tournament, and has been resting since then. Jordan Hulls, the point guard that led Bloomington South to the state title, needs the same surgery but will probably push it back until May so that he can take part in various all-star games.

9 comments

  1. Agreed. Huge numbers for a sophomore in 5A, or any classification for that matter. What really excites me is his drive and warrior-like attitude playing with a broken nose and a concussion. That’s the type of ballplayers Indiana is used to having. These kids with us now and the kids we have coming in have no problem busting their butts (or noses) to win. Even Jordan Hulls got roughed up during his run to a state title. I love it. I’m excited, and so should everyone else.

  2. I would be a little concerned about playing a kid with a concussion.

    I wasn’t there obviously, but as a parent it sounds a little scary.

  3. Cross our fingers that this guy follows through with his commitment. When does his “star” rating come out?

  4. How big is this kid? Any idea what quality of competition he plays against in his league? Just trying to get an idea what level of player he might be, if you can really tell about a sophomore.

  5. Matt Carlino is 6-3, and as far as I can tell plays in a pretty good league. As you probably know, the Phoenix area has a ton of people in it. So while it might not exactly be noted for producing basketball players it does have enough good athletes to create strong competition.

    I’ll try to find out from the Rivals and Scouts guys when they think Carlino will officially be given a star ranking.

  6. That would be great, Korman. Let us know when you find out.

    By the way, do we have anyone signed for 2010 yet?

  7. HuskyTom,

    Technically, IU can’t sign anyone for 2010 until November of this year.

    But they do not have any commitments for any upcoming classes other than Carlino.

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