Michael Chandler, C, Lawrence North – When the Wildcats needed a big bucket they threw it inside to Chandler. He's got soft hands and seems to be more and more aggressive on the block. He's also a willing runner that will clean up misses in transition or look for a bucket on the break. He finished with 17 points and seven boards in Lawrence North's win over Cathedral.
Ryan Taylor, SF, Lawrence North – Last week we saw Taylor, a 6-foot-6 wing, put together one of his best games as a high school prospect. On Wednesday he struggled to get it fully going, but still managed 12 points, eight rebounds and a monster block he smashed off the backboard. The Louisville commit is an athletic forward that really gets after it on the glass. He still must continue to develop his ball handling, but he's a good-looking long term prospect.
Kendall Griffin, SG, Avon – From the field, Griffin, a 6-foot-5 wing, struggled to find his rhythm. Despite his shooting woes in the double overtime loss to Ben Davis, he has picture perfect form on his jump shot and a good-looking two-dribble pull-up. A solid athlete, Griffin also is a quality rebounder from the wing spot.
Kevin Ferrell, PG, Park Tudor – Since our last glance over the summer to now, "Yogi" as he's known by most has made some strong improvements to his game and he appears to have grown to 5-foot-11. On Tuesday against a physical, scrappy team, Ferrell out toughed the opposition and constantly made plays on both ends of the floor.
The stocky and strong lead guard has a strong handle and is capable of attacking from either side of the floor. He makes good decision from the point guard spot and has a unique ability to create space. His jumpshot seems improved and his mid-range was especially impressive as he hit a handful of pull-up jumpers and floaters. Defensively he's got great lateral movement and is a ball hawk. Ferrell finished with a game-high 23 points.
A.J. Hammons, C, Carmel – With three seniors off the team, Hammons, a 6-foot-11, 26-pound sophomore, had to step up and be a force. Defensively he did just that, as he swatted seven shots and affected and handful of others. Offensively Hammons has a great set of hands and is starting to develop some go-to post moves in the paint, including a nice right half hook.
We'd like to see him rebound a bit better and come out a little more aggressive, but we like the progress he's made since the spring. Having lost 30 pounds, Hammons is moving better and appears to be in much better shape than last year. He was 4-for-7 from the field and finished with nine points and five boards to go with his seven blocks.
Austin Burgett, PF, Avon – It's easy to like the make up of Burgett. He's got a nice set of hands, good touch and an ability to face up and knock down mid-range jumpers. The talented sophomore went for 15 points in the loss, but also had some key blocks. Going forward, Burgett will have to continue to develop his low post moves as well as go after rebounds with a little more aggression.
Colin Hartman, PF/SF, Cathedral – Against Lawrence North's impressive front line, Hartman worked the perimeter for long range three-pointers. He has good form on his jumper and range that extends well past the three-point strip. It'll be interesting to watch Hartman develop, as he'll have to add some moves off the bounce, but he's certainly loaded with talent. Hartman went for six three-pointers and scored a game-high 20 points.
During our two days in Indianapolis we spotted a handful of assistant coaches. Among the schools we spotted were IUPUI, IPFW, Ohio State, Louisville and Toledo.