IPSAC Midwest Challenge

The annual IPSAC Midwest Showcase is always a high level event in the city of Indianapolis. Along with the IPSAC event, North Central High School took on Park Tudor High School just down the street making for a big day of basketball in the Circle City.

Kevin Ferrell, PG, Indianapolis Park Tudor – It was a very good showing for the future Indiana Hoosier. Facing tough and athletic full court pressure for most of the game, Ferrell handled himself nicely and was breaking the press with ease. Once in the frontcourt his dished out assist after assist and helped his team to a major win. For Ferrell he couldn't get his shot to fall like usual, but it was his control of the game and leadership that made his play so good.

Jalen Pendleton, SG/SF, Evansville Bosse – It wasn't his most efficient shooting game, but the unsigned senior wing was as tough as can be. He scores going to the rim and also was effective with offensive rebounds. Though his team didn't come out on top, Pendleton showed that he can be a good late signee for a mid-level school in need of some toughness and scoring on the wing.

Donnell Minton, SG, Indianapolis Northwest – Headed to Lamar, Minton is a scoring machine from the off guard spot. He uses his quickness and creative shot making ability to put points on the board, and he did just that including hitting the game winner with two seconds remaining. The senior showed why division I teams had interest over the summer despite not being highly touted, and as a combo guard if asked to just put points on the board he is more than capable.

Bola Olaniyan, C, Richmond – A native of Africa, Olaniyan impressed during his first time on the big stage. Standing at least 6-foot-7 with a strong frame and nice athleticism, Olaniyan changed the game with his shot blocking ability and also rebounded well. Beyond that he showed some feel for how to play on offense, and really was a game changer in the paint. He isn't known by many, but Olaniyan has a chance to be a solid division I player going forward.

Ronnie Johnson, PG, Indianapolis North Central – It was a solid game for Johnson going against Ferrell. He scored 17 points, but was inefficient shooting the ball and settled for too many jumpers. With his teammates struggling to hit shots, his assist totals were down, but Johnson still did what he could to try and keep North Central in the game. The future Purdue Boilermaker has improved greatly over the past year, and his shot making was just another example.

Patrick Ingram, SG/SF, Indianapolis North Central – Next year he will be playing for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and Ingram showed off a much improved outside shot. He knocked in three long distance jumpers, and as usual had some plays above the rim. He still needs to work on his skill level on the perimeter, but it was solid steps from Ingram.

Bryson Scott, PG/SG, Ft. Wayne Northrop – No one shined brighter on this day than Scott. The Purdue pledge lit up the scoreboard for 35 points and willed his team to a big win. Scott did it mostly by slashing to the rim, but his pull up jumper was also falling. He defines toughness on the floor, and just knows how to put the ball in the bucket to go along with being a very capable and willing defender.

Brenton Scott, PG/SG, Ft. Wayne Northrop – While his twin brother lit up the scoreboard, Brenton wasn't bad in his own right. He finished with 19 points and had several assists in his team's big win. Not a great athlete or a knockdown shooter, he gets it done with toughness and basketball savvy. Brenton knows how to play, and showed a desire to really guard on the defensive end.

Jaquan Lyle, PG/SG, Evansville Bosse – Absolutely the best thing he does is pass the basketball. Lyle had numerous unbelievable passes during the game. Some were so good that teammates weren't ready because they didn't think it was possible to get the ball. For the game he finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. His total floor game was on display, and the elite talent level was obvious.

Bo Burkhart, SG, Evansville Bosse – Though his shot wasn't falling, Burkhart did all the other things. He distributed, played tough on defense, and when it came down to money time hit a big three to tie the game up. A coach's son, Burkhart has a high basketball IQ and gives maximum effort on every possession.

Trey Lyles, PF, Indianapolis Tech – When he got the ball on the low block the five-star prospect was dominant. Unfortunately his guards struggled to get him the ball and Lyles got into foul trouble. Despite not having a vintage Lyles game, he did finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and showed his vast skill level while standing a legitimate 6-foot-9. He does need to do a better job of demanding the ball, but overall when he has a chance he is very efficient and effective.

James Blackmon, SG, Ft. Wayne Luers – This was a game that Blackmon quite honestly would love to forget. Richmond ran a triangle and two with two players guarding him, and Blackmon didn't get much of a chance to do anything. On the rare occasion where he did get a clean look the shot didn't fall, and Luers struggled to put points on the board.

Trevon Bluiett, SF/PF, Indianapolis Park Tudor – At 6-foot-5 Bluiett is one of the more interesting evaluations. He is a big time shooter who had it working, and also he has such as high basketball IQ that he is able to be a secondary ball handler. During the game Bluiett managed to knock in shots, get to the foul line, and also rebounded fairly well. Not a great athlete, Bluiett has to be creative in finding ways to get his shot off, and on Friday night he did just that.

Troy Spears, SG, Indianapolis Park Tudor – One of the many players on Park Tudor to be the recipient of Ferrell's passes, Spears was knocking in shot after shot. The future New Mexico Lobo had it working from deep, and also showed some ability off of two dribbles. Spears played his role to perfection and showed in the future that he can be a good player in the Mountain West Conference.

Hyrone Edwards, PG, East Chicago Central – A good looking freshman prospect, Edwards is long and athletic for a lead guard and also is a capable scorer. His first instinct is to pass, and he did that well, but also he also looked like a capable scorer and someone who will be heard from in the future.

Harris Brown, PG/SG, Indianapolis Northwest – Along with Minton, Brown was excellent for Northwest. The physically strong freshman just knows how to put the ball in the basket. Brown was scoring deep and from the mid-range, and used the bounce to create space for himself. Now he does need to become more of a point guard at his size, but it was an excellent game for Brown.

Joel Okafor, PG, Richmond – A native of Africa, Okafor was definitely impressive for the Red Devils. He has a pretty good feel for how to play the position, and is a well above average athlete. Now his outside shot will need some work, but he makes plays for others with good passes and is very tough to contain off the dribble. Okafor completely controlled the game and got Richmond into all the right spots.

JaQuan Lyle drew Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean as well as assistants from Michigan State, Illinois, and Purdue.

Trevon Bluiett had assistants from Purdue, Butler, and Michigan in the house along with Crean.

Indiana State Head Coach Greg Lansing was in the house to look at Jalen Pendleton.

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