Hoosier Hoops Recruiting Notebook

Maurice Creek (pictured) saw his bid for a national prep school championship come up one game short. Read about the end of Creek's prep career as well as the latest on Jordan Hulls and Bloomington South and all of IU's recruiting prospects in this week's recruiting update...

Bobby Capobianco, 6-8, 230, Loveland (Ohio) H.S. – Capobianco's high school career came to and two weeks ago when Loveland (17-4) fell to Aiken H.S. 65-52 in its sectional final. Aiken, meanwhile, went on to win the district over the weekend with a four-point win over Moeller. 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 – Creek's hopes of winning the National Prep School Championship came up just short as Hargrave lost to Tilton School 97-93 in the championship game. Hargrave (27-2), which entered the tourney as the No. 2 seed, advanced to the final with wins over seventh seeded Winchendon School (71-69) and sixth-seeded Brewster Academy (92-78). Creek was named to the second-team all-tournament squad for his performance. Creek wound up leading his team in scoring at 19.3/game and is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

Derek Elston, 6-8, 210, Tipton (Ind.) H.S. – Elston's hope of concluding his prep career came to a close Saturday when No. 1 Tipton (23-3) lost to second-ranked and defending Class 2A state champion Ft. Wayne Bishope Luers (21-4) 60-53 in the opening game of the Saturday regional. Tipton jumped to a 34-19 lead early in the third quarter, but a 17-2 run by Luers got DeShaun Thomas' team back in the game. Elston had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the game, while Thomas finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Elston averaged averaging 19.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 steals.

Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 170, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. – One week after struggling to a couple of wins in the sectional, Hulls and top-ranked Bloomington South rolled over No. 2 New Albany and Terre Haute South in the regional to advance to a semi-state match-up with Franklin Central. In the Seymour regional opener, Hulls had 12 points, six assists and four steals to lift South to a 61-50 win over No. 2 New Albany. He followed that up with 17 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals in an easy 66-39 win over Terre Haute South. South (24-0) now faces Franklin Central (21-5) in the semistate, a team that South beat by 32 earlier this year. The winner of the game will face the winner of the Munster (24-1) vs. Ft. Wayne Snider (24-1) contest in the state championship game. Hulls is now averaging 15.7 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He's also shooting better than 50 percent (51-of-101) 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. – While Watford waits to find out of he'll be tabbed as Alabama's Mr. Basketball, he was recently named to the state's team that will compete in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic. Watford's season came to an end late last month, 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:
Darius Smith's hopes of a second straight state title were dashed over the weekend as Chicago Marshall lost to Westchester St. Joseph's 75-55 in the sectional. Smith scored 18 points for Marshall, which ended its season at 19-8….Washington (Ind.) sophomore Cody Zeller had 15 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to keep his second-ranked Class 3A team from being upset by Salem 58-51 in Saturday morning's Washington regional. Zeller finished the season averaging a team-best 15.0 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the floor…Pike sophomore Marquis Teague was held to 14 points and fouled out with 1:13 remaining in his team's 65-62 loss to Franklin Central in the regional opener…Princeton sophomore Rontray Chavis scored a combined 38 points to help his top-ranked and undefeated Class 3A team to wins over Edgewood (75-66) and Salem (74-61) in the Washington regional. Sophomore Jalen Packer, meanwhile, had 12 points and seven assists in the Salem win…New Albany junior Donnie Hale had 12 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in his team's season-ending 61-50 loss to Bloomington South in the regional. Hale made on 2-of-7 free throws in the loss, and New Albany missed 13 of its 23 free throws as a team in its first and only loss of the season.

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