Plenty of New Names Pop Up At IU Elite Camp

Bloomington - There were plenty of familiar names at IU's Elite Camp such as 2010 commit David Williams (pictured) and 2011 pledge Matt Carlino, but there were plenty of new names that made their way to Bloomington as well. Hoosier Nation looks at some of the marquee players that turned up in town...

David Williams, 6-7, 200, Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast) – The first member of IU's 2010 recruiting class, Williams had an opportunity to showcase his skills for the entire Hoosier coaching staff. Versatility is his best trait, as he has the size and ball skills to play just about every position on the floor. He's generally considered a "glue" guy, someone who can have a big impact on a team's success without necessarily scoring a boatload of points.

Matt Carlino, PG, 6-2, 165, Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland) – For the time being, we'll continue to list the Hoosiers' 2011 commit as an Arizona product until he officially surfaces in Bloomington. Carlino is no stranger to IU's Elite Camp, having participated last summer. That got the ball rolling and eventually led to an early commitment that proved to be a very pleasant surprise to Hoosier fans.

Lavonte Dority, PG, 6-0, 185, Chicago, Ill. (Foreman) – A tough, physical point guard, Dority has had plenty of interest in the Hoosiers for the last couple of summers. He has also attracted attention from former Hoosier Steve Alford, who had Dority on campus earlier this month for his Elite Camp as well.

Spencer Turner, SG, 6-3, 180, Bloomington, Ind. (South) – It wasn't a very long trip for the Bloomington South junior-to-be, who has been scoring points in bunches this spring for the Indiana Elite One AAU squad. Turner is among the best shooters around, and he'll be headed to Michigan in two weeks to attend Coach John Beilein's Elite Camp as well.

Gary Harris, SG, 6-3, Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern) – This high school sophomore-to-be has clearly caught the eye of the IU staff, which has reportedly already offered him a scholarship as a member of the 2012 class. At 6'3", Harris is an excellent long-range shooter who figures to become one of the better known in-state players in the '12 class. He played on the varsity as a freshman, and by the end of the season was scoring in double figures consistently on a team that won its sectional before losing by five to Lawrence North in the regional.

Chris Anderson, SG, 6-5, Muskegon, Mich. (Reeths Puffer) – Anderson earned first-team Class A All-State honors last season after averaging 19 points and 13 rebounds per game. He's a very good athlete and has excellent size and strength.

Cheir Ajou, C, 7-0, 210, Birmingham, Ala. (Central Park Christian) – The Team Indiana Elite product is another player who also recently made a trip to Steve Alford's New Mexico Elite Camp, and he came away with a scholarship offer from the Lobos. Indiana has offered Ajou, but there is plenty to like about his size. He plays with plenty of energy and is a force on the defensive end. If his offensive game can catch up, he'll continue to get more and more looks.

Ron Patterson, SG, 6-3, 180, Indianapolis, Ind. (Broad Ripple) – The ultra-athletic Class of 2012 standout might only have one year of high school basketball under his belt, but he's already a household name to Hoosier fans since Tom Crean made him an early scholarship offer. He's since added offers from Purdue, Ohio State and Illinois as well, and figures to attract a lot more attention next month when college coaches can go on the road to evaluate. Rumors had circulated about IU hoping for an early pledge from Patterson, but he is still likely a little ways away from making a decision.

Jeremy Hollowell, SG, 6-5, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central) – An excellent shooter with excellent size, Hollowell has already been offered by Iowa and is expected to make a trip to Ohio State this week to visit the Buckeyes' program. Indiana is also interested, and the staff figured to take a very close look at the Indianapolis freshman who played up to the varsity during his debut high school campaign.

Rhett Smith, SG/SF, 6-6, Sullivan, Ind. (Sullivan) – Smith is one of the better in-state youngsters that not a lot of people know about. He plays alongside Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Burgett and Kellon Thomas on a loaded Indy Stars AAU team, and he figures to begin attracting a lot more attention once coaches are able to get a first-hand look at him. He can score from the perimeter and slash to the bucket and was a primary scorer on his high school team as a freshman.

Kellon Thomas, PG, 5-10, 180, Southport, Ind. (Southport) – The Indy Stars point guard is no stranger to Tom Crean, who has been to Southport to watch Thomas workout in person earlier this spring. He has a nice frame for a point guard and looks to facilitate for his teammates. When called on to do so, though, he can also find plenty of ways to score and has been one of the Indy Stars' top scorers this spring along with Patterson.

Stevie Taylor, PG, 5-9, 150, Gahanna, Ohio (Lincoln) – College programs might be tempted to overlook Taylor because of his size, but he's proving to be plenty of people that he deserves a serious look from the high majors. He's a take-charge leader on the floor, and he combines that with excellent quickness. Defending bigger guards might be an issue at the next level, but those same guards will have an equally difficult time slowing Taylor on the offensive end.

Ben Mills, 6-11, 200, Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead) – Thanks to a 10-inch growth spurt in the last two years, Mills has been attracting more and more attention as of late. Mills piled up double-digit mid-major scholarship offers last summer after averaging 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as a high school sophomore, and he upped those averages to 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as a junior. He's slender and will need to learn how to become more physical, but he's a player that plenty of high majors are now keeping an eye on.

Cody Zeller, PF, 6-9, 190, Washington, Ind. (Washington) – The third of the Zeller brothers continues to be among the highest priorities for the Hoosiers in the 2011 class. After struggling a bit to find his niche with the Indiana Elite One squad in the early part of the AAU season, he's really started to hit his stride as of late. He runs the floor as well as any big man you will come across, and he's been a consistent double-double performer for his team. If his play in July is anything like it was in May, he'll be getting national recruiting attention.

Alex Foster, PF, 6-7, Plainfield, Ill. – A soon-to-be high school freshman, Foster is considered by some to be the top Class of 2013 prospects from the Chicago area. Tom Crean had a great deal of success recruiting the Chicago area when he was at Marquette, and clearly wants to duplicate that feat now that he's at Indiana. There's a long ways to go before Foster is ready to suit up at the collegiate level, but at this point in his development he's considered to be someone who will be a big-time high major recruit.

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, 5-9, 150, Indianapolis, Ind. (Park Tudor) – A soon-to-be high school sophomore, Ferrell was getting notoriety at even younger age when his name surfaced as one of the country's best grade school players. While those sort of labels are a bit premature for a then-elementary school player, Ferrell is proving himself now that he's reached the high school ranks. He averaged 13 points and 4.7 assists as a high school freshman and is considered one of the best handful of players in the state for the 2012 class.

Note:NCAA rules prevented media from attending IU's Elite Camp, so the list is not intended to be complete. It's compiled from both various players who told Hoosier Nation they attended, and other sources accounts of who participated. Top Stories