Some Move On, While Others Head Home

Bloomington - Players like D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (pictured) turned in some big performances in recent sectional games, but was it enough to move on to the regionals? updates how all of IU's signees, commits, and recruiting targets are doing in the state tournament...

Bobby Capobianco, 6-8, 230, Loveland (Ohio) H.S. – Capobianco's high school career came to and end Saturday night when Loveland (17-4) fell to Aiken H.S. 65-52 in its sectional final. Capobianco stats from the game were unavailable. Earlier in the week, Capobianco scored 21 points in Loveland's 62-51 sectional opening win over Winton Woods. Capobianco finishes the season leading his team in (17.7), rebounding (9.1) and blocks (1.6).

Maurice Creek, 6-4, 185, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy – Hargrave Military Academy closed the regular season with 25-1 record and will head into the National Prep School Championships as one of the favorites as it attempts to defend its title from a year ago. Creek continues to lead a very talented Hargrave team in scoring at 19.7/game and is also averaging 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

Derek Elston, 6-8, 210, Tipton (Ind.) H.S. – Class 2A No. 1 Tipton had to overcome an eight-point deficit in the final six minutes to top No. 7 Oak Hill 48-44 in its sectional opener, but there were no similar problems in the sectional semifinals or finals. On Friday, Elston scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a 72-14 demolition of Eastern H.S., and he followed that up with a 20-point, 15-rebound, four-block effort in a 61-44 win over Guerin Catholic in the Tipton sectional final. Tipton (23-2) advances to the regional, where it will once again play at home and open with No. 2 Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers (19-4) and its star, Ohio State commit DeShaun Thomas. Luers topped Tipton 74-62 last year on its way to the 2A title. Elston is averaging 19.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 steals.

Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 170, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. – It wasn't easy, but Hulls and South advanced to the regionals by knocking off Bloomington North and East Central to win the Columbus North sectional. Hulls had 10 points, three assists and three steals in a 48-34 win over Bloomington North on Friday, and followed that up with a quiet four-point night in a 52-41 come-from-behind win over East Central. No. 1 Bloomington South (22-0) advances to the Seymour regional, where it will take on No. 2 New Albany and its standout junior, Donnie Hale, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Hulls is now averaging 15.9 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He's also shooting 51.1 percent (47-of-92) from behind the 3-point arc.

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. – Watford's season came to an end two weeks ago, as Shades Valley finished the season 26-7. Watford averaged 25.9 points and 13.2 rebounds this season, and is considered one of the top candidates for Alabama's Mr. Basketball Award. Other possibilities include guard Eric Bledsoe, big man DeMarcus Cousins, Jordan Swing and Kerron Johnson.

Other Notables:

Class of 2011 commit Matt Carlino came up just short of winning a state title, as his team fell to St. Mary's 70-62 in the state championship game. Carlino – who suffered a broken nose in the first half of the game – scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, but Highland's comeback effort fell short. Carlino made just 1-of-13 3-point attempts in the game…Chicago Marshall senior Darius Smith was once a stat-sheet stuffer, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and 12 steals in his team's 74-57 win over Chicago Crane in the regional final. Illinois Coach Bruce Weber and assistant Jerrance Howard were in attendance for the game, although Smith said afterwards he has yet to be contacted by the Illinois head coach in regards to any recruiting interest. Marshall will face St. Joseph's H.S. on Wednesday in the sectional…playing away from home for a sectional for the first time in 80 years, Cody Zeller's Washington H.S. team advanced to the regional with three wins at Huntingburg H.S. last week. Zeller had only four points and three rebounds in the 42-34 win over Vincennes Lincoln in the final, but had 15 in the semifinal win over Pike Central. Washington will host the regional, where it will face Salem (19-4) in the opener before a potential match-up with No. 1 Princeton (25-0) Saturday night…New Albany H.S. sophomore Donnie Hale averaged 11 points per game in his team's two wins in last week's Seymour sectional…North Central H.S. freshman D'Vauntes Smith Rivera scored a game-high 25 points, but it wasn't enough as his fourth-ranked team lost to No. 3 Lawrence North 68-63 in the Arlington sectional final…Avon's Kendall Griffin scored 13 and freshman Austin Burgett added eight, but Avon (12-10) suffered a disappointing 49-47 loss to Ben Davis (5-16) in the sectional semifinals at Pike H.S…speaking of Pike, sophomore Marquis Teague scored 17 to lead his team to a surprisingly easy 85-56 win over Decatur Central (18-4) Friday night. Pike faces Ben Davis tonight in its sectional final. Top Stories