Keion Brooks (Photo: Mike Pegram)

Keion Brooks, Kris Wilkes, and Romeo Langford led the way at the FORUM Tip Off Classic

Many of Indiana's top talents were on display at the FORUM Tip Off Classic. Leading the way was Kris Wilkes, Keion Brooks, and Romeo Langford.

It was a high profile matchup for Kris Wilkes, and he more than answered the bell. Wilkes scored an impressive 32 points and pulled in grabbed eight rebounds. More impressive though was how under control Wilkes was, and how he showed improvement in multiple aspects of his game.

Wilkes looked like a better ball handler than he had been, his perimeter shot, while still needing work, continues to come along, and then he was consistently motivated and played with a high motor. Given his size and athleticism, with the motor picking up and his skills improving, the best basketball seems to be ahead of Wilkes, and he showed it in a major way with his play against New Albany

Recruiting: Signed with UCLA

When it comes to prospects in the 2019 class, not too many show more potential than Keion Brooks. The hybrid forward is looking more and more like a pure wing, and the potential remains absolutely absurdly high for him.

Brooks scored an impressive 33 points, and he did it every way imaginable. His athleticism has definitely improved since last season, and his three point is more pure than ever. Brooks knocked in multiple triples, and also was a factor on the glass. He was enormous in leading his team to a big win.

Recruiting: KansasIndianaMichigan StatePurdueXavierLouisvilleButler

Though he didn’t play on a major shoe circuit for AAU, Malik Williams opened up eyes, and as a senior he is starting the season off right. Though his team lost, Williams scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. In the process he showed off why he was so heavily recruited.

Williams made several threes, showed his ability to play off the dribble, blocked shots, and also attacked the glass at times. Even though the overall numbers were good, it was still a performance that left you looking for a bit more, as there were stretches were he seemed to disappear. Still it was an impressive showing, and there is no doubt Williams flashes McDonald’s All-American Game potential.

Recruiting: Signed with Louisville

His team suffered a loss for the first time in nearly a year, but it wasn’t the fault of Romeo Langford. The elite 2018 prospect scored 30 points and pulled in nine rebounds.

At times Langford pressed the action a little bit, but it is what was required of him with the rest of his squad struggling to get going. Langford however did show off all the skills, he hit deep threes, finished above the rim with athleticism, and also was tremendous on the offensive glass. There was no doubt that Langford was one of the best players on the floor, and continued to prove himself relative to any prospect in the country.

Recruiting: Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville

There is no questioning the talent level of Damezi Anderson, and he put that all on display in helping his team to a quality win. Anderson has a tremendous combination of size, skill, and athleticism. He used that to finish with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.

What is so impressive about Anderson is his ability to shoot the basketball. He has good size and a high release with a pure stroke. When he has his feet in order and he takes good shots usually the ball goes in. Beyond shooting, he is a capable ball handler and a good natural rebounder. All the talent is there, now Anderson just needs to be consistent.

Recruiting: Indiana, Purdue, Ball State

The strong senior season continued for Zach Gunn with a 22 point and 14 rebound performance against an athletic and long Snider front line. Gunn is in the best shape of his life, and he continues to improve, and could be someone with new looks from colleges in the spring.

Gunn’s strength throughout his high school career has been as a shooter, but he is showing more aspects to his game this season, and that was especially the case on Saturday. Gunn looked more confident off the dribble, he scored on the post, and also rebounded as well as he has had. Athletically there are still limitations, but Gunn showed well for himself and was huge in his team’s win.

Recruiting: Indiana, Valparaiso, Indiana State, Ball State

With his future head coach looking on, Jack Nunge had a good showing. The near 6-foot-10 player made some improvements from the summer, and continued to show the upside that made several high-majors interested. For the game Nunge finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

While the 23 points was impressive, it was the rebounds that opened eyes the most. Nunge has always been a gifted shooter with solid athleticism and good size, but he has never rebounded consistently. To finish with 13 boards against a quality frontline, is a step in the right direction, and as he gets stronger, he could improve even more.

Recruiting: Signed with Iowa

It was a tough game from a team perspective for Kevin Easley Jr., as his squad suffered a lopsided defeat, but the 2018 forward had a strong showing despite battling foul trouble. Easley finished 23 points and also contributed on the glass.

What was most impressive is that Easley played at hard at all times. The consistent motor has been a question with Easley, but on Saturday he showed everything he can do, and he played hard in the process. Easley still can improve some as a shooter, but you have to respect him as a defender from deep, and also off the dribble he got to the mid-range easier than he has shown in the past.

Recruiting: Purdue, Indiana, Virginia Commonwealth, Cincinnati, Butler, Bradley, Nebraska

A DePaul signee, Jaylen Butz has always showed significant potential, and on Saturday that potential was turned into production. He scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but more than that he also was a big time passer who set up numerous buckets with tremendous outlet passes.

Butz is about 6-foot-9 and has very long arms. Also he possesses very good athleticism. While his skill set remains raw, he did hit a three, and showed good hands for the most part. He needs to continue to get stronger, but Butz had a heck of a game, and showed why DePaul wanted him so bad.

Recruiting: Signed with DePaul

It was an incredible showing for Park Tudor sophomore Isiah Moore. The shooting guard was left open quite often, and he more than showed his ability. Moore broke the all-time record for points scored at the event with 41 points, and did so on 11-13 shooting from deep.

Moore isn’t a great athlete, but he knows how to play, he can clearly really shoot, and also is a tough kid who competes. Just a young prospect, Moore has a lot of time to continue to improve his game, and showed that he is one of the top younger prospects in the Hoosier State.

Recruiting: IPFW, Ball State, IUPUI, and Indiana State


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