Shooters really shine
The popular thought right now is that there is a shortage of high level shot makers in high school basketball, but in the class of 2015 in Indiana right now that is not the case. Two kids in specific really have stepped up their games this spring on the strength of big time shot making.
One is Carmel (Ind) standout Ryan Cline who plays with Indiana Elite, the other is Pendleton (Ind) Heights wing Sean McDermott who runs with Grassroots Indiana. Both are in the range of 6-foot-4 with long arms, and both have absolute flame throwers from deep.
All weekend long at the Adidas May Classic the two were hitting jumpers. Cline might be a better pure shooter, while McDermott is a slightly better athlete who is a little bit better with the floater off the bounce in the mid-range.
No matter which one you prefer, and there is definitely a big debate going on right now, there is no doubt that each is seeing their stock soar. Both Cline and McDermott will be on the high-major radar before it is all said and done and each will be in the mix for the title as best shooter in the Midwest.
Young stars show potential
In the class of 2017 most of the quality young talent is on the Grassroots Indiana Indy Hoosiers, and the four stars are Justin Roberts, Zach Gunn, Kris Wilkes, and Paul Scruggs. The Indy Hoosiers played up at the 17 and under level, and made it to the championship game before falling to Indiana Elite.
Still that foursome showed why they are going to be a force to be reckoned with going forward. Scruggs is a big and physical wing who is nearly impossible to stop going to the rim, Wilkes is a do it all forward who gets better every time you see him, Roberts is the consummate point guard who runs the show with tremendous feel for the game, and Gunn is a stretch power forward who can flat out fill it up from deep.
Wilkes especially is flashing big time potential right now and showed his ability to hit from 18 feet, attack off the dribble, and also finish in the lane. Once Wilkes gets stronger, he will be a force to be reckoned with within the state.
Overall these four have big time ability and they put that on display this weekend with their play.