Circle City Classic Recap

INDIANAPOLIS, In – Stephan Van Treese was the top performer at the Circle City Classic, as he snagged a ridiculous amount of rebounds and led Lawrence North to a victory.

There were a handful of other guys that really produced for their teams and made an impression on us at the showcase held at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Larry Stone was terrific for Howe, Julian Mavunga tried to carry Brownsburg and Scott Wood showed off an impressive game for Marion.

Larry Stone, PG, T.C. Howe – IUPUI snagged a good one in Stone, as he's quick and elusive especially in the open court. Nearly all of his 24 points came at the rim, off of lay ups or floaters. His defensive effort was impressive, as he gave Bishop Luers guards fits at the top of their press. He filled the stat sheet too, as he finished with 7 assists and 6 boards.

Julius Mays, SG/PG, Marion – Although Mays was just 5 of 18 from the field, he did manage to hit 14 free throws on his way to 24 points and a win over North Central. Mays, who plays off the ball for Marion, shoots majority of his shots off the dribble and struggled to get in a rhythm. Going forward he'll need to tighten his handle and quickness to run with other PG's in the ACC.

Julian Mavunga, PF, Brownsburg – Out of the gates Mavunga had it rolling, as he got three quick impressive buckets. His first was a spin move into a left jump hook. Then he faced up his defender on the next two possessions and scored with a running hook and an 18-footer. He finished 13-for-23 for 36 points. The big man looks to have gained some muscle and he maneuvers well on the block for a guy his size.

Gordon Hayward, SF, Brownsburg – Butler picked up a good one in this 6-foot-7 wing. Hayward shoots it well from deep and certainly has good size for the wing spot. He's an above average athlete that is actually too unselfish. He should fit in perfect with Butler's system.

Alex Grimsely, PF, Batesville – This 6-foot-6 power forward was basically unstoppable in his game against Brownsburg. He put up 34 points on 12-for-15 shooting. Majority of his work was done at the rim, where he used his strength and basketball IQ to create easy buckets for himself. Apparently his only offer to date is from IPFW and we expect that a few more low-major programs will step it up with this undersized four man.

Angel Garcia, PF, East Chicago Central – After a half of play, Garcia nearly had as many fouls (2) as points (3). It didn't get all that much better in the second half, as he finished with just 11 points in the loss. He did make a heck of a move on the block in the second half when he spun off a defender, although he missed on the first attempt he tipped his miss right back in.

Stephan Van Treese, PF, Lawrence North – The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward put on a rebounding exhibition at the Circle City Classic, as he corralled 17 boards to go with his game-high 22 points. The talented big man was active all game and hit the boards with some intensity. He also got his hands on some shots, buried mid-range jumpers and ran the floor well. Van Treese played with a high level of intensity and went after rebounds with some tenacity.

Wood Shows Off Stroke
Scott Wood, SG, Marion – Early on Wood struggled from the field, but he caught fire at the end of the third quarter and went on a personal run where he drained three straight threes and an 18-footer going left. The 6-foot-5 junior has a slender frame, but is extremely long. To go with his impressive jumper, he likes to slash to the basket and is capable of adjusting once he gets there. High-majors are flirting with him now and his stroke warrants the attention.

Jeff Robinson, PF, Lawrence North – The Wildcats are loaded with big men and Robinson is one of their post threats. He's 6-foot-9 with a thin, but long frame. Although he didn't get a ton of minutes, when he was in the game he showed off a soft touch around the basket and used a right jump hook to score on a few occasions.

Jordan Manuel, PF, T.C. Howe – This long, slender forward showed some flashes of what's to come on Saturday. Although he didn't show much of a back to the basket game, he did display an ability to knock down spot up jumpers from three. He runs the floor extremely well and his length allows him to block shots. Going forward he'll need to play more inside, but we like the look of this sophomore prospect.

DeShaun Thomas, SF, Bishop Luers – Just a night after going for 32 points and 17 rebounds, Thomas didn't bring the "A" game to the Cirlce City Classic. He missed his first 9 shots on his way to a 7-for-19 shooting night and 20 points. He looked somewhat lackadaisical and really struggled shooting the ball from mid and deep range. When Thomas did score, his points came off tip-ins or jump hooks.

Dominique Ferguson, PF, Lawrence North – His numbers weren't gaudy (11 points and 9 rebounds), but he certainly proved why many think he's a heck of a prospect. At 6-foot-9, 205-pound Ferguson used his length and skill to get points in the paint. He has a soft touch around the rim, knocks down mid-range jumpers and maneuvers well around the basket. There's a reason this kid is in's top 10 and he certainly looked like he's deserving of the ranking.

Terone Johnson, SG, North Central – Coming off the bench, Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore, showed potential and can certainly shoot the basketball. He was 7-for-14 from the field and buried three triples on his way to a team high 18 points. He has a nice frame, can get to the basket and has a quick release on his jumper.

Unfortunately we didn't get to see Walter Offutt because he tore his ACL. This is the second time he's had to go through this injury. He hurt the opposite leg this time.

In what was one of the more rare things we've seen during a high school basketball showcase, a man began throwing dollar bills off the balcony into a group of high school students. We assume they were one-dollar bills.

DeShaun Thomas said Ohio State is his "main" school, but that he also wants to look around a little bit. He mentioned North Carolina and Duke as options, but said he had just received letters from them.

Jeff Robinson said he's getting interest from Purdue, Illinois, North Carolina and Michigan State. When pressed on the issue, he said he's most getting letters from those programs.

Dominique Ferguson listed Wake Forest, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio State as the schools showing him the most interest.

Van Treese told the media that he is still looking at the same 13 schools that have been recruiting him. The 13 schools are Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, Wake Forest and Xavier.

John Calipari and assistant Chuck Martin showed up for the last game of the day to check out Memphis commit Angel Garcia. John Groce, of Ohio State, was in the building all day to see a few guys, including prized recruit DeShaun Thomas. We also spotted Oregon State, Northeastern, Miami and Ball State in the building.


  • TC Howe 69, Bishop Luers 53
  • Lawrence North 79, Lafayette Jefferson 71
  • Marion 64, North Central 56
  • Batesville 73, Brownsburg 59
  • Warren Central 79, East Chicago Central 73

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