Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Young shooter catches Indiana's eye

One of the state’s rising 2019 prospects has caught Indiana’s eye. See what he has shown this spring, what he says about Indiana and what new schools are expressing interest.

One of the state’s rising 2019 prospects has caught Indiana’s eye.

Alex Hemenway, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Castle High School in Newburgh, Ind., had a very nice spring for the Indiana Elite program, sparking interest from a number of schools, including IU.

With nice size already for a shooting guard and still growing according to doctors’ projections, Hemenway has textbook form to his jumper and scores very well from both the arc and the mid-range.

A solid athlete, Hemenway has shown throughout the spring he can score off the catch and off the bounce as part of a talented 2019 Indiana Elite group. He also handles the ball well for his age and has shown he can create for others off the dribble.

Indiana, Nebraska, Bradley and other schools have been taking longer looks at Hemenway this spring.

“I hear I’m on their radar,” Hemenway said of Indiana. “Once they come and look at me this summer, I hope I can show them something they like, and hopefully I can get up there for a visit this summer.”

Being from southern Indiana, Hemenway is very familiar with the Hoosiers.

“It’s a great program,” Hemenway said. “They’ve had a coaching change. I’m excited to meet Archie (Miller) and see what he’s going to build the program around, and hopefully he can turn it around for us.”

Hemenway has been recruited for a while now. He has made unofficial visits to Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria and to Xavier, Purdue, Evansville and Valparaiso.

His recruitment is completely open.

Another thing that adds intrigue to Hemenway’s recruitment, he doesn’t turn 17 until June 17 and is still growing, with doctors’ projections that he potentially could reach around 6-foot-7. He said he was recently measured at 6-foot-4, 184 pounds.

Hemenway captured state-wide attention as a freshman when he had a 35-point game in a sectional semifinal victory. He shot 5-for-5 from the arc, 5-for-6 from 2-point range and 10-for-11 from the line as Castle beat Evansville North 92-68.

This past season, Castle went 24-4, knocked off Romeo Langford and New Albany 72-64 in the regional final before falling to eventual Class 4A state champion Ben Davis 74-71 in the semistate. Hemenway teammed with Iowa-bound forward Jack Nunge on that squad.

“I felt the season went real well,” Hemenway said. “Our team goals, it didn’t end how we wanted it to, but I felt like I did everything I could for our team to try to reach our goals.”

Hemenway’s best skill is his shooting, and he credits trainer Lucious Wagner, a former University of Evansville guard, for that.

“I’ve gone to him since I was 7 years old. He’s developed me into the shooter I am,” Hemenway said. “I’m thankful for him, and I wouldn’t be where I am without him.”

Continuing to develop physically is also on the agenda for Hemenway.

“A big thing is getting stronger. That’s what I need to do to get to the next level with my game,” he said. “I have to keep my basketball skills up to date and make sure that I don’t lose anything I have right now.”

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