Wrapping up day two of the adidas May Classic

  • Great game earlier in the first round of the tournament, pitting the 16U Eric Gordon All-Stars vs. The Ville. When I showed up, the EG All-Stars were down by 12. Collin Hartman jump-started a comeback with a couple of 3s and a basket, and both Zak Irvin and Devin Davis kept it going. They eventually forced OT, and won 80-77. Davis finished with 20 points and Hartman had 13. Both guys, by the way, said they do not care about the Scout.com rankings that came out earlier in the week and said they don’t visit the site. Perhaps a bit like a coach saying he doesn’t read the papers when he has them sitting on his desk, but putting it out there.
  • Gary Harris and Demetrius Jackson are both out of the tournament after losing their first tournament games. Harris was really solid but his D3 Heat team just didn’t have enough firepower in this tournament. Still, all of Indiana’s commits are still alive, as are top prospects like Mitch McGary, Jaquan Lyle and Drake Harris.
  • Here are updated brackets for tomorrow. Looks like I’ll be starting the day at the SportsPlex for 16U Indiana Elite South and Spiece Indy Heat in separate contests. 17U Indiana Elite Team Indiana plays at 9:15 there as well.
  • Here are the final four evaluations for tomorrow’s paper. I’ll link to my print stories in the morning, including why it’s a simplification to suggest it means something that Team Indiana has not won a tournament game.

DEVIN DAVIS
6-6, 2012, F, Eric Gordon All-Stars/Warren Central
GAME: In the team’s first game, Davis scored 16 points in a 78-69 win. He followed that with a team-high 20 in a 80-77 victory to move into the tournament’s second round.
SCOUTING REPORT: Davis has struggled with back issues that robbed him of some of his athleticism. Close to 100 percent again, Davis said he is having fun and played like it. He’s undersized, but he defends like a power forward should and can attack the rim.
COLLEGES: Verbally committed to Indiana.

COLLIN HARTMAN
6-7, 2012, F, Eric Gordon All-Stars/Cathedral
GAME: He led the team with 19 points in a 78-69 win to start the day, then had 13 points in a 80-77 win in the tournament’s opening round.
SCOUTING REPORT: Hartman is as good of a shooter as you’ll find on a 6-foot-7 frame and he proved that with a pair of 3-pointers to start a second-half comeback Saturday. He needs to develop strength and be more comfortable in the post, but he has a skill that sets him apart.
COLLEGES: Verbally committed to Indiana.

HANNER PEREA
6-9, 2011, F, Indiana Elite Team Indiana/LaPorte LaLumiere
GAME: Perea delighted Assembly Hall crowds with a high-flying act across three games, capping it with 21 points in a 72-51 win during the tournament opener.
SCOUTING REPORT: Perea is more comfortable around the rim than he has been at times in the past, but his biggest trait remains his athleticism. He’s a guy who can jump from seemingly everywhere and soar to the rim. He looks for blocked shots and attacks rebounds with aggressiveness rarely seen at this level.
COLLEGES: Verbally committed to Indiana.

YOGI FERRELL
5-11, 2011, Indiana Elite Team Indiana/Park Tudor
GAME: Ferrell wasn’t the high scorer, twice putting in nine points, but led his team and piled up assists across three games.
SCOUTING REPORT: Ferrell is the kind of point guard who makes his teammates better, and that’s what you saw on Saturday. He’s developed a relationship with Hanner Perea, feeding him in the right position, and involves everyone, including the role players.
COLLEGES: Verbally committed to Indiana.

3 comments

  1. If Indiana Elite 17’s win all (four possible) their games on Sunday May 15th, they will all be in Assembly Hall. Other teams may play in Cook Hall or the Sports Plex.

    IE’s schedule starts at 9:15 A.M.—-11:45 A.M.—–2:15 P.M.—-4:45 P.M.(championship game).

    The price Saturdy was $15 and that included all games. I believe that changes to $20 for Sunday

  2. Thanks Hugh, reading your stuff 2nd only to being there. Any thoughts on JH’s performance on his return.

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