High School Baskeball Notebook

This week's notebook touches on Indiana's big weekend, the trouble out of Chicago Public League and Brandon Jennings' warning from Europe.

Indiana Has Big Recruiting Weekend

Over the past few weekends a few high major programs have managed to bring a host of young talent to campus and Indiana continued to the trend this past weekend.

With Minnesota in town for a Big Ten match up on Sunday, Tom Crean and the Hoosiers had a number of key recruits on campus, including a handful of signees and a host of 2011 prospects.

The Hoosiers had four of their 2009 signees on campus – Derek Elston, Bobby Capobianco, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford. Watford was actually in town for his official visit.

To go with the upperclassmen, Indiana had a number of key underclassmen in attendance. Marques Teague, Cody Zeller, Justin Gant, Austin Burgett, Kendall Griffin, Ron Patterson and Kellon Thomas were all guys that made it to Bloomington.

Trouble In the Public League

Basketball in the Chicago Public League is nothing short of competitive and intense.

But in recent weeks it's gone to a new level. Following a game last Tuesday, North Lawndale senior Jermaine Winfield was shot in the leg. He was released from the hospital the next day.

It didn't take long for another incident to happen. Following North Lawndale's next game against Marshall, a fight among students made it's way to the court.

The Director of Sports Administration for Chicago Public Schools, Calvin Davis, has proposed a plan that will eliminate opposing fans from attending games and only pre-approved parents would be allowed to attend.

The Chicago Tribune broke down the recent activities in a story yesterday: Chicago High Schools Battle Violence At Basketball Games.

Jennings Fires Off Warnings

Brandon Jennings gave a warning to others contemplating a jump from high school to Europe this week.

Despite the fact that he's making over a million dollars playing basketball for Lottomatica Virtus Roma, not all is well. Especially when you don't get paid on time.

"I've gotten paid on time once this year," Jennings told New York Times writer Ray Glier.. "They treat me like I'm a little kid. They don't see me as a man. If you get on a good team, you might not play a lot. Some nights you'll play a lot; some nights you won't play at all. That's just how it is."

A handful of high profile recruits were said to be interested in a possible move to Europe. Jennings, however, said that he doesn't expect many to follow in his foot steps.

"I don't see too many kids doing it," he said in an email message to the New York Times. "It's tough man, I'll tell you that. It can break you."

On Tap For This Week

Richmond (Va.) is the place to be this weekend for high school hoops.

Nationally ranked DeMatha Catholic headlines the Slam Fest VIII, which also features the best talent from the state of Virginia.

Among the top prospects that will participate are James McAdoo, Marshall Powell, Mychal Parker, Michael Gbinijie, Andre Dawkins, Steven Pledger, Naji Hibbery, Josh Hairston, Travis McKie, Quinn Cook and Josh Selby.

Slam Fest Schedule
1:30 p.m. -- The Miller School vs Christchurch
3:00 p.m. – Norfolk Christian vs Henrico
4:30 p.m. – Atlantic Shores vs Deep Run
6:00 p.m. – DeMatha Catholic vs John Marshall
7:30 p.m. – Courtland vs Benedictine

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