Indy Notebook: Day Two

INDIANAPOLIS -- On day two of our swing around Indy we went to four workouts, including one at Arsenal Technical where we saw Indiana commitment Trey Lyles.

Day two of our Indianapolis travels took us to four high schools – Southport, Arsenal Technical, Northwest and Warren Central.

Trey Lyles, an early Indiana commit, was the top performer of the day, but Devin Davis, a standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central, and a couple of other underclassman caught out eye.

Lonnie McElwain, PF/C, Northwest – According to his high school – Mosie Barnes – McElwain wasn't much a factor for the Panthers last year. If Tuesday's workout was any indication, that will change during his senior season. Having only been playing ball for two years, McElwain appears to be hitting his stride at the right time. At 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9, McElwain runs the floor well, has a good set of hands and has good touch in the paint. The biggest concern is his lack of bulk and strength. Regardless he has the look of a lower level Division-I prospect.

Kellon Thomas, PG, Southport – Coming out of July, Thomas, a 5-foot-9 lead guard was planning to play football. So he hit the weights hard and that is clear, as he looks much stronger and has a chiseled frame. Thomas has good speed and looks to push the tempo off every outlet pass. His mid-range jump shot is solid, but it's his three-point shot that will need to become more consistent. Currently he's being hit up by a number of mid-major schools and we think that's the appropriate level for this talented junior.

Mike Ramey, SG, Southport – A strongly built two-guard, Ramey is known for his ability to shoot the basketball. He had a solid shooting day on Tuesday morning during Southport's early morning workout. Ramey is solid jumper who dunks with ease and is clearly a gym rat, who according to his coach works out nearly every morning before school. Mid-major programs looking for a shooter should take note.

Devin Davis, SF, Warren Central – During an hour individual workout, Davis did a lot of shooting and ball handling drills. His ball handling looks improved and it's clear he's spent a lot of time doing two-ball drills. Despite a slow release, Davis, a 6-foot-6 wing with a 7-foot wingspan, shot the ball very well on Tuesday from both mid and long range. It's hard to really see Davis' full package in an individual workout, as he's so active, aggressive and such a great rebounder.

Trey Lyles, PF/SF, Arsenal Technical – Keep in mind that we haven't seen many 2014 prospects yet, but this is the best one we've seen. Lyles, who stands 6-foot-8 and sports a size 17 shoe, has a great set of hands, nice touch around the basket and the mobility to possibly eventually make a move to the wing. He already has polished low post moves on the block and has the use of both hands around the basket.

Lyles, who committed to Indiana this past weekend, has clearly spent a lot of time fine tuning his skill set. His ball handling is very good for a kid his size and age, and he is also equipped with a good-looking jump shot with range to the three-point stripe.

Jon Roberts, PG, Arsenal Technical – According to his high school coaches, Roberts has already received some interest from college coaches. At 5-foot-10, the lead guard has good speed and he especially uses it in transition. Against the opposing guards on his team he could get wherever he wanted on the floor and showed impressive floor vision. It's still early, but this is definitely one to keep an eye.

Justin Baker, PG, Northwest – Don't let his size (5-foot-7, maybe 5-foot-8) fool you. Baker can play. He's fast, pushes the break at every opportunity and is a deadly shooter from mid and long range. Baker has a strong handle and a unique ability to change directions and speeds extremely well. Per his coach he shot 12-for-14 from three when a Big Ten coach was in a few weeks back.

Mike Jones, SF, Northwest – The other freshman at Northwest has some talent as well. A 6-foot-3 wing prospect, Jones has a long, lanky frame. He moves fluidly and is a solid athlete. His jump shot has a weird release and on Tuesday his jump shot was a bit inconsistent. Regardless he has some talent and is a underclassman to keep an eye on.

Kellon Thomas currently has scholarship offers from IUPUI, SIU-Edwardsville, Morehead State and IPFW. He also has interest from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Nevada, Butler, Bradley and Fordham.

Mike Ramey has offers from St. Joseph, Wyoming, IPFW, Gardner-Webb and Eastern Kentucky. He also has interest from Fordham, William & Mary, Miami, Dayton, Stanford, Notre Dame and Belmont.

Devin Davis claims scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Xavier and Illinois. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Butler and Arizona are also involved in his recruitment.


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