CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A hotly contest three-overtime battle between Kris Wilkes, Paul Scruggs and the Indy Hoosiers and Trevon Duval, Eric Ayala and the WeR1 highlighted a full Thursday at the Under Armour Finals.
Ayala scored 30 and Duval 22 as WeR1 won 78-76, getting the tip to start the sudden-death third overtime and scoring immediately.
It was an intense battle, even if the stars didn’t perform to their normal levels.
Duval, who has an Indiana offer, shot 3-for-13 form the field but 14-for-18 from the line. Of his three baskets, only one came in the paint as the Indy Hoosiers used several defenders to keep him in check during the first half.
Scruggs, another major IU recruiting target, had a team-high 20 points for the Indy Hoosiers. He shot 7-for-14 from the field with all seven of his made field goals coming in the paint.
Scruggs had six turnovers, including two in the later stages, and three assists but also had an incredible chase-it-down-from-behind block at the end of the second overtime to force the sudden death.
Scruggs also had a three-point play at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Wilkes, who has played in four states the past 10 days, scored nine points, shooting 4-for-17 from the field, all from 2-point range. All four of his made field goals came in the paint.
Indiana, Xavier, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Washington, Texas, Michigan, Georgetown and Seton Hall were among the many schools watching that game.
In the evening, Buckley and Judson again were two-deep for the Wilkes and Scruggs as the Indy Hoosiers beat Atlanta Express 67-63.
In that game, 2017 forward Zach Gunn scored a key basket in the final 30 seconds and Wilkes got a steal in the final five seconds to preserve the victory.
Also watching were Xavier coach Chris Mack and assistant Travis Steele, Michigan State assistant Dane Fife, Nebraska’s Tim Miles and assistant Michael Lewis, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, Butler’s Chris Holtmann as well as assistants from Michigan, Vanderbilt and many others.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Purdue coach Matt Painter, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, Georgetown coach John Thompson, IU assistants Tim Buckley and Rob Judson, Fife and others watched 2017 Fort Wayne (IN) forward Malik Williams on Thursday.
Williams had a big evening game with 31 points, 11 rebounds and in the last 30 seconds hit a big 3-pointer and blocked two shots in the paint to lead Team Legit to a 61-58 win over the Louisville Magic.
Indiana also watched the New Heights duo of point guard Isaiah Washington and small forward Sidney Wilson.
Judson watched Savion Flagg of the Houston Defenders in the morning, but Flagg said in the evening that he hadn’t heard from Indiana since June.
Judson also watched 2019 standouts Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine with the Team Rio 16U squad.
Buckley and Judson also watched 2017 point guard David Beatty in a game against Castle’s Jack Nunge of Pocket City.
Indiana assistant Chuck Martin was at the Victor Oladipo camp.
IU 2017 commit Al Durham, small forward Jordan Tucker and power forward/center Luka Garza are among the IU targets there.