Spiece Indy Stars in action

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The college coaches lined up late Friday afternoon to watch the Spiece Indy Stars 2012 team with good reason.

Indiana’s Tom Crean and Tim Buckley, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Dwayne Stephens, Purdue assistant Paul Lusk, Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan and others were on hand to watch some of the best players Indiana has to offer in 2012.

For the Kentucky Hoopfest, Spiece brought Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell, Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson, Southport’s Kellon Thomas and Avon’s Austin Burgett.

The four were not fazed by the attention, combining for 47 points in the Indy Stars’ 69-62 win against Wisconsin Blizzard.

“I really don’t pay attention to them,” Patterson said. “I see them there, and it just makes me motivate myself to just play better and be better.”

Hollowell and Patterson played up to the coaches, wearing Louisville socks and Ohio State shorts that fit into Spiece’s bright red color scheme. Patterson also wore a Purdue T-shirt.

Patterson said there was no deeper meaning to it, laughing it off.

Hollowell has offers from Cincinnati and Iowa, and was told by Crean that he would have a scholarship offer as soon as his mother visits Bloomington. He’ll visit Purdue on Aug. 1.

Patterson has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier.

Burgett claims a Cincinnati offer, and Thomas recently visited Indiana with Patterson and Hollowell.

“I like all my schools,” Patterson said. “I’ll make a decision next year.”