Zeller Comes Up Big In Front of Crean

Washington (Ind.) sophomore Cody Zeller continues to put up big numbers since returning from a hand injury, and he's drawing plenty of attention from IU Coach Tom Crean. Here's this week's look at how Zeller and the rest of the IU recruiting signees and targets have been performing as of late...

Bobby Capobianco, 6-8, 230, Loveland (Ohio) H.S. – Capobianco is coming off his biggest game of the year, scoring 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks to lead Loveland (11-2) to a 64-56 win over Glen Este H.S. Friday night. Capobianco made 11-of-18 shots from the field while helping Loveland to its 11th consecutive win. Earlier in the week, Capobianco had another double-double as he totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-50 win over McNicholas H.S. Capobianco has upped his scoring average to 17.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and is shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Maurice Creek, 6-4, 185, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy – Creek is coming off a season-high 30 points Sunday, leading Hargrave to a 117-65 win over West Virginia Wesleyan to improve to 16-1. Earlier in the week, Creek had 20 points and four rebounds in a 120-78 win over Pfeiffer University. Creek continues to lead Hargrave in scoring at 18.9/game.

Derek Elston, 6-8, 210, Tipton (Ind.) H.S. – Class 2A No. 1 Tipton lost its second game of the season against a 4A foe, falling 52-51 to Kokomo (7-6) 52-51 Saturday night. Elston was the only Tipton player to score in double figures, finishing with 23 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Elston did miss a contested potential game-winner as the game clock expired as Tipton fell to 11-2. On Friday, Elston scored 20 points and added eight rebounds to carry Tipton to an easy 44-25 win over Benton Central. With that win, Tipton can clinch the Hoosier Conference title with a win over Sheridan on Wednesday. Elston is now averaging 20.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals.

Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 170, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. – The one question about Class 4A No. 1 Bloomington South (13-0) was how they'd respond against a team with a quality big man. Hulls and the Panthers answered that in a big way Saturday night, steamrolling Purdue-bound Patrick Bade's ninth-ranked Franklin Central squad 77-45. Hulls had 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Bade was limited to five points and one rebound before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Hulls was 6-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc. On Friday, Hulls scored 12 of his game-high 20 during a 36-0 South run in the first half in a 72-41 win at Martinsville. Hulls was 8-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and also had six rebounds and three assists. Hulls is averaging 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Hulls will have a chance to go head-to-head with Pike sophomore Marquis Teague on Friday when South travels to Indianapolis for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Bawa Muniru, 6-11, 250, Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Academy – Muniru is the starting center at Mt. Zion this season, although we've been unable to track down his statistics thus far.

Christian Watford, 6-7, 215, Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley H.S. – In a match-up of two of the top three Class 6A teams in the state, No. 3 Pinson Valley got 36 points and 14 rebounds from Coty Clarke to top No. 2 Shades Valley 95-80 Friday night. While Clarke was the star of the game Watford had a big night as well, scoring 29 points in his team's fourth loss of the season. Watford is averaging 24.7 points and 12.5 rebounds for Shades Valley (18-4), which is off until Feb. 2 when it faces Westavia H.S.

Other Notables:
Washington (Ind.) H.S. sophomore Cody Zeller scored a game high 16 points and added six rebounds to lead the Hatchets (11-2) to a 62-46 win over Pike Central on Saturday. That win came on the heels of a 57-50 loss on Friday night to No. 1 Princeton H.S., when Zeller scored 19 points and added 12 rebounds with IU Coach Tom Crean watching from the stands…Class of 2011 commit Matt Carlino scored 14 to help Highland (Ariz.) H.S. to a 65-57 win over Gilbert H.S. Friday. Highland (18-4) is ranked No. 2 in the state in the latest Class 5A Division I rankings…in a game that was marred by a post-game brawl amongst fans in the stands, Chicago Marshall senior Darius Smith had 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and six steals in a 66-63 Chicago Public League loss to North Lawndale. The fight was the latest – and perhaps mildest – disturbance that's unfolded lately in CPL games. On Tuesday, North Lawndale star Jermaine Winfield was shot in the thigh in the parking lot following his team's game against ACT Charter…Terre Haute North sophomore Justin Gant scored a team-high 16 points in his team's 53-45 loss to Brebeuf, dropping his tem to 7-7 this season…Avon H.S. sophomore Kendall Griffin scored 20 against Mooresville, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome 31 from Pioneer senior (and Valparaiso signee) Matt Kenney in a 62-54 Mooresville win. On Friday, Avon H.S. freshman Austin Burgett scored 13 in a 58-51 loss to Hamilton Southeastern H.S…Pike sophomore Marquis Teague scored 21 to lead his team to a 77-56 win over Southport, which got 12 from talented freshman point guard Kellon Thomas. Pike has now won five of six as it readies itself for a game against Bloomington South on Friday. Both teams are 4-0 in the Conference Indiana standings...Broad Ripple freshman Ron Patterson scored 19 – including six straight in the final minute to tie the game – but it wasn't enough as they fell to Arlington 69-67 Saturday night. Patterson has scored in double figures in his last six games and is averaging 16.8 points/game during that stretch.


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