Indiana Tournaments Recap

New Castle, Ind. – Indiana doesn't have the holiday tournaments all around that Chicago does, but still a few take place. In two days Scout.com was at the Super Hoops Showcase in West Lafayette and then at the Indiana Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle. Both events featured great point guard play, and excellent matchups.

Nic Moore, PG, Warsaw – Quite simply Moore is one of the most dynamic scorers around. At 5-foot-9 the Illinois State signee isn't very big, but he can get buckets against anyone. Moore shoots it well from deep, scores off the dribble, and has the toughness to attack a defender's body and finish through contact. Also even though his team around him isn't talented, Moore tries to get others involved, and is showing good quickness. His play really has reached a new level as a senior.

Dee Davis, PG, Bloomington South – Davis was named the MVP of the Hall of Fame Classic after two stellar performances. He is extremely quick with a very tight handle. Also his perimeter shot is much improved as he hit multiple threes in both games, and as always is a lockdown defender on the perimeter. This year Bloomington South is Davis' team, and he is showing why. Strength is a growth area for Davis, and he can stand to make a few better decisions in the lane, but it was a good two game day for him.

Jonny Marlin, PG, Center Grove – Davis won the MVP, but a case could definitely be made for Marlin. Center Grove won the Hall of Fame Classic and largely on the strength of Marlin. Marlin rescued his team against Bloomington South after looking for sure that defeat was coming, and that piggy backed off of a game in which he dominated the Washington High School guards. Quick and an excellent shooter, Marlin has the confident demeanor to be an excellent point guard at the college level. He is a steal for IPFW.

Cody Zeller, PF, Washington – It wasn't the finest day for Zeller because he suffered two losses, but his skills were definitely on display. Though high school officials let him get absolutely punished inside without calls, Zeller plays through it and just does his thing. Zeller's game facing the basket is much better, and his range is now beyond the three point line. He didn't rebound as well as he usually does, but Zeller looks to have added about 10-15 pounds since the summer, and now stands a legit 6-foot-11.

Andrew Smeathers, SF, Center Grove – The future Butler Bulldog had his head coach looking on and he didn't disappoint. Smeathers has surprising athleticism and is a good shooter from deep. Also Smeathers can attack the rim off the dribble and just has a feel for how to play. He will need to get much stronger in college, and bring it on every possession, but the potential is there for him to make an impact.

Kevin Ferrell, PG, Park Tudor – As one of the elite point guards in the 2012 class a lot is expected of Ferrell. In transition Ferrell is absolutely dynamic. He sees the floor well, passes, gets to the rim, and just knows how to run the break. However in the half court he can get a bit stagnant and pound the ball into the deck. As he learns more to value each possession, that is when his game will take off. Ferrell didn't shoot it very well in his team's big win, but it was still a solid showing.

Ron Patterson, SG, Broad Ripple – One of the better athletes in the class, Patterson also had the jump shot working in a big win for Broad Ripple. He was very efficient in his team's win, and when he had open looks he made them. Patterson also had an impressive tip dunk and as usual was dynamite on the defensive end. The issue with Patterson is still a lack of ability to beat his man off the dribble and creating for himself. Right now he is limited to a dunk or a three. If he can improve his handle and develop a mid-range game his stock will explode.

Trevon Bluiett, PF/SF, Park Tudor – Bluiett is a very skilled young forward who can really shoot it. Also he battles on the boards despite not being a very good athlete. The problem for Blueitt is definitely he doesn't profile to be able to guard many players. He isn't big enough to be a power forward and isn't quick enough to be a small forward. Blueitt is still young with a developing body, so it is way too early to pigeon hole him in any role. Right now it would seem his best bet is to grow a few inches and be a stretch power forward, but as he gets into shape he could also play on the wing. The skill is there, now it will be a matter of how the body develops as he gets older.

Troy Spears, SG/SF, Park Tudor – Spears is far from a finished product as a player, and is just beginning to contribute for Park Tudor. He is a solid athlete, can finish off the dribble, and also showed an ability to shoot. Confidence and experience limit him right now, but down the road he definitely could develop.

Trevon Bluiett has an offer from Indiana. Also he is hearing from Illinois, Michigan State, and Purdue.


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