IndyBall Player Evaluations - Part I

Indianapolis – With the new recruiting calendar shaking up the early AAU schedule, the IndyBall.com Shootout attracted a slew of the state's top high school stalent to town this weekend. In the first of two parts, today we look at 10 of the top youngsters in attendance, including Austin Burgett (pictured), Ron Patterson and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera...

Indianapolis – With the new recruiting calendar shaking up the early AAU schedule, the IndyBall.com Shootout attracted a slew of the top in-state high school basketball talent to town this weekend.

Who stood out during a full day of hoops Saturday?

HoosierNation.com breaks down some of the top players who were in town:

Ron Patterson, Spiece Indy Stars 15s – Patterson's 15-and-under team rolled to two wins Saturday by more than 100 points, winning its opener by 63 and then following that up with a 102-62 win. In the day's second game, Patterson did a little bit of everything, finishing with 16 points, three rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. The Broad Ripple H.S. standout yielded to his teammates at the offensive end (he was 6-of-7 from the floor), doing most of his damage after creating turnovers in the backcourt as well as in transition. At 6'3", Patterson is at his best in the open floor, where his long arms and athleticism make it obvious why he's one of the top players in the freshman class.

Austin Burgett, Spiece Indy Stars 15s – The Avon H.S. product is a blossoming big man in the 2012 class, but there's more than just size to his game – he can handle the ball in the open floor and runs the floor very well. Burgett was 6-of-8 from the field and finished with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists in the 40-point win over the Central Kentucky Storm.

Kellon Thomas, Spiece Indy Stars 15s – With a team that's loaded with scorers, this freshman from Southport runs the show on Coach Chris Hawkins' 15-and-under team. Thomas had seven points, two rebounds and six assists against the Kentucky team, and really didn't look for his shot until later in the contest. Indiana is keeping an eye on the 5'10" Thomas, who worked out for IU Coach Tom Crean late last week.

Rhett Smith, Spiece Indy Stars 15s – While Smith isn't a well known commodity yet in the 2012 class, that figures to change in the coming years. A 6'6" freshman from Sullivan H.S., Smith is an extremely versatile offensive player who can go inside or out. He led the Indy Stars with 19 points in its win over Central Kentucky, going 9-of-11 from the floor. There's a lot to like and probably a lot more to see from Smith in the coming years.

Brent Calhoun, Spiece Indy Stars 15s – This 6'8" big man from Warren Central H.S. has a ways to go on the offensive end, but defensively he had around 10 blocks in the win over Central Kentucky. While he's raw offensively, defensively he stays on the floor and has excellent timing when going for the block. He didn't play varsity as a freshman, but should blossom in former IU standout Greg Graham's program in the coming years.

Jeremy Hollowell, Spiece Indy Stars 15s – The fifth starter on the Indy Stars, Hollowell is built a like Patterson – he's around 6'4" with long arms and a very good athlete. Hollowell has deep range on his 3-point shot and made 2-of-4 from deep against the Kentucky squad on his way to 12 points and six rebounds. Hollowell played varsity as a freshman at Lawrence Central and figures to become one of the better players in the Indy area in the coming years.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Indiana Elite Team Indiana 15s – Caught the tail end of a nail-biter for Indiana Elite, which had to go overtime to beat the Indy Bulls early Saturday afternoon. Physically, Smith-Rivera is too much for his foes – he's built like a football player and when he needs a basket he can go inside and overpower his foe. He split his time between the point and the wing in the game I saw, and he showed the ability create his own shot and knock down the 18-foot jumper. It's easy to see why he's also one of the top ranked players in 2012.

Ge'Lawn Guyn, Indiana Elite Orange 17s – The Scott County (Ky.) standout made the trip to Indianapolis to play with Indiana Elite for the first time and helped fuel them to a couple of wins. Guyn has excellent size, strength and length for a point guard. He's not afraid to get physical on the defensive end and is an excellent rebounder. Guyn didn't look to dominate the ball offensively, scoring 12 points in the game I saw.

Erik Fromm, Indiana Elite Orange 17s – – Fromm is going to be a player to watch this summer, as his stock has a chance to rise following Bloomington South's state championship run. The 6'8" forward has a nice jump hook around the basket and can also knock down the medium-range jump shot. His confidence continues to climb, and his play has done the same. He figures to become a hot commodity for mid-major programs.

Note: This is the first of two parts. Coming up we will have reports on what we saw from the top players from Indiana Elite's top two 16-and-under squads, including Justin Gant, Jeremiah Davis, Cody Zeller, Marshall Plumlee, Jalen Packer, Spencer Turner and more…


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