City Securities Hall of Fame Classic

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – The City Securities Hall of Fame Classic is always one of the top events on the basketball calendar in the state of Indiana. This year the four team field featured some top prospects including the duo from Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern, Gary Harris and Zak Irvin.

Gary Harris, SG, Hamilton Southeastern – The five-star prospect showed why he is one of the best in the country. Harris couldn't get a jump shot to fall all day long, but got to the rim whenever he wanted, locked down on defense, and also showed his elite athleticism. Arguably the top defensive player in the country on the perimeter, Harris changed the course of both games with his intensity, and then did a good job of taking over on the offensive end when it was needed.

Harris was fairly efficient on the offensive end making plays and hitting free throws. He still needs to add consistency to his three point jumper, but he excelled enough during the two game in one day grind and showed why he is a likely McDonald's All-American.

Jacobby Bledsoe, PG, Hamilton Southeastern – In his first game of the day Bledsoe struggled to get anything to fall, but in the championship game against Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central he was on fire. Bledsoe finished with 25 points, controlled the Southeastern offense, and overall was excellent. The unsigned senior will continue to gain more college attention with performances like that one.

Patrick Ingram, SG/SF, North Central – Ingram is known for his hustle, athleticism, and non-stop motor, and after a bit of a subpar first game to the day, he put all of that on display against Southeastern. He scored 28 points, all coming from the mid-range and in, and used his strength and athleticism to makes things difficult on Harris. The future Iowa Hawkeye will never wow with his outside shot, but he does find a way to impact the game.

Ronnie Johnson, PG, North Central – In general it was a tough day at the office for Purdue bound star. Johnson couldn't get his outside shot to fall in either game, and that allowed teams to sit back in a zone. Now Johnson did do an excellent job of getting teammates involved dishing out numerous assists in both their games. Also Johnson helped rebounding wise and displayed leadership, just wasn't his finest hour with his shot not falling.

Kellen Dunham, SG, Pendleton Heights – There might not be a better shooter in the country than Dunham. The 6-foot-5 future Butler Bulldog works hard to get open using screens, and when he gets a clean look usually it is money. He hit all 15 of his free throws on the day, and overall was excellent. Now he does need to improve driving to his left, but when his feet are set, very few are better at putting the ball in the basket.

D.J. Balentine, SG, Kokomo – The future Evansville Ace had one great game and one average one. In the afternoon session Balentine lit up North Central to the tune of 28 points, but his shot didn't have the same accuracy in the evening session. Still a combo guard with a high basketball IQ and a lot of savvy, Balentine showed where he can be a very productive player on the perimeter for years to come in the Missouri Valley.

Zak Irvin, SF, Hamilton Southeastern – Irvin started off the day hot with 10 points in the first quarter of the first game, but he only finished the game with 12 after going cold. However his team got the win, and then Irvin had his best game of the season in the evening. His 26 points and eight rebounds led him to being named MVP of the event. Irvin was efficient offensively, rebounded well, and even handled the ball some to take the pressure off of Harris.

This was Irvin's finest performance of the season, and it came at a key time in front of a big crowd. For the 6-foot-6 future Michigan Wolverine, he needed to get his jump shot back on track, and that happened on Friday.

Darius Latham, C, North Central – At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds he is more football recruit than basketball prospect, but Latham showed he has game on the hardwood as well. Latham has an excellent touch, and iced the game at the foul line during the afternoon session for the Panthers. Then in the evening Latham had a near double-double and controlled the interior against Southeastern. A big body with good feet, Latham could be a division I hoops player, but right now his future seems to be in football.

Perry Poindexter, PF, North Central – Poindexter had his best efforts of the season. The sophomore 6-foot-7 forward has struggled to find his role on a loaded roster for much of the season, but through effort and energy that changed on Friday. Poindexter had a near double-double in the first game and then was solid again finishing around the rim and rebounding in the second game. He needs to get stronger, but with good hands, long arms, and solid athleticism he has some definite potential.

Taylor Persons, SG, Kokomo – Just a tough as nails player, Persons did what he could to help Balentine for Kokomo. Not the best pure shooter or the most athletic, Persons attacks the rim with no fear and was shooting it confidently from deep. Also he is a willing defender and someone who gives maximum effort. He might not have the most physical tools, but he makes the best of things and showed he has some skills to be an important piece to a high school team.

Butler sent to different assistant coaches to watch Kellen Dunham. Also Evansville dispatched an assistant to check on D.J. Balentine.


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