Road Report: L.I.T. & Marion County

Scout.com hit the road this week. On Tuesday we were in Louisville (Ky.) for the Louisville Invitational Tournament, then Wednesday we traveled North on I-65 to Indianapolis for the Marion County Tournament.

Stephan Van Treese, PF, Lawrence North – For the second time in three weeks we watched the 6-foot-9 big man run the floor, stay active the entire game and work the glass for rebounds. The Louisville commit plays hard and has turned him self into a pretty reliable passer, especially in a high-low setting. Offensively he still has work to do, but he did hit a nice turnaround 12-footer. Van Treese finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Franklin Central.

Eric Mosley, SG/PG. Moore – There's been a lot of attention on Mosley lately because of the high numbers he's putting up. In this one against Pleasure Ridge Park he went for 18 points, but took a lot of shots and didn't handle the ball with care. With that said, he is fast and has good athleticism and can play for a lower level Division-I program.

Patrick Bade, PF, Franklin Central – Up against Lawrence North's towering frontline, Bade struggled to get much going and finished just 3-for-10 from the field. The southpaw did hit a 12-foot turnaround jumper and had a pair of put backs. He scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in the loss.

Aaron Cosby, SG, J-Town – After having to sit out his entire sophomore season and half of his junior campaign, Cosby appears to be hitting his stride. Against Fern Creek he played within his teams offense and didn't force any shots. The 6-foot-2 guard mixed drives with long-range bombs. The knock on him has been his distance shooting, but it's clear he's worked on it, as he was 4-for-4 from three and 6-for-7 from the field on his way to 20 points.

Dominique Ferguson, PF, Lawrence North – In the first half Ferguson tried to do damage from the perimeter, in the second frame he moved inside and worked the block for buckets. The versatile, face up four man has a great set of hands, has an impressive all around skill set and the range on his jumper is extending. He was active on the defensive end as well and used his 7-foot-3 wingspan to turn away a handful of shots. For the game he was 5-for-11 for 14 points.

Justin Martin, SF, Lawrence North – This 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, swingman is a heck of a talent. For a guy his size he's got a pretty good-looking stroke from long range, but he's also more than capable of attacking from the perimeter. In this one he sought out deep jumpers and connected on a pair of them. He finished 4-for-9 from the field for 14 points.

Terone Johnson, PG/SG, North Central – The Purdue commit didn't waste anytime in N.C.'s match up with Southport. Johnson buried a trio of three-pointers in the opening quarter. Johnson stayed aggressive the entire game and began attacking the rim more as the game wore on and used floaters to score in the paint. He finished with a game high 21 points.

Ryan Taylor, PF, Lawrence North – Equipped with a pair of long arms, a strong frame and some high level hops, Taylor isn't afraid to mix it up inside. Although he didn't reel in as many rebounds as he normally does, he still made his presence known. In the first quarter he made a few nice moves in transition and showed he's not affected by contact at the rim. His game is maturing and the 6-foot-6 forward is becoming more comfortable on the perimeter.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG/PG, North Central – As just a freshman, Smith-Rivera has a similar build to upperclassmen teammate Terone Johnson. Smith-Rivera stands just a tad bit taller at 6-foot-3 and is blessed with a strong frame that he uses to his advantage when attacking the rim. He displayed a nice touch around the basket and hit a few mid-range jumpers on his way to 15 points.

Aaron Cosby said his situation is still the same, which means he's taking his time and likely wont do anything with his recruitment until the summer. He mentioned a handful of schools – Indiana, Minnesota, Dayton, Oklahoma State, Ohio, Miami (Ohio), Virginia Commonwealth, Auburn, Virginia and Butler.

Louisville commit Michael Chandler only played 27 seconds in Lawrence North's win over Franklin Central. But keep in mind the sophomore is playing behind an impressive upperclassmen frontline. In his limited time he snagged a rebound and scored a nice turnaround bucket. Keep an eye on Chandler, because it's quite possible that he's the best long-term prospect on Lawrence North's team.

Josh Sewell only played 11 minutes in Louisville (Ky.) Trinity's blowout victory over North Bullitt. Despite limited time, Sewell attacked the rim and played solid defense. He said his recruitment is on hold for the time being.

Christian County has a bunch of talented young guys. Shaquille Wilson, a junior, is a highly touted shooter. He's got good size and a great looking stroke. Sophomores Anthony Hickey and Donovan Kates were both tough for Christian County as well. Hickey went for 15 points, including the game winner. While Kates, a 6-foot-4 strong bodied wing, hit a 24-footer and appears to be a prospect to watch as well.

Billy Gillispie and assistant Tracy Webster made the trip to Indianapolis to check in on Ferguson. They also stuck around for North Central's game to see Smith-Rivera. Louisville assistant Richard Pitino was also in Indy to see his four commitments – Van Treese, Martin, Taylor and Chandler. Brad Stevens was in Louisville on Tuesday to watch Cobsy in action.


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