Indianapolis - An 8 a.m. opener at the wasn't about to keep the high-major programs for being on hand to see Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, and the rest of his Spiece Indy Stars AAU teammates play Monday morning in Indianapolis.
Indiana Coach Tom Crean, Illinois Coach Bruce Weber and Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter were among those on hand to see Coach Chris Hawkins' 15-and-under team cruise to an 89-41 win over the Peoria Irish at Arlington H.S. Patterson led the way with 18, while Hollowell added 15 Avon's Austin Burgett had 15, and Lawrence Central's Jared Drew chipped in with 10 more.
While the high-profile AAU events in Cincinnati and Akron are grabbing the majority of attention and figure to attract Crean and the others later this week, coaches were clearly making it a point see Patterson, Hollowell and Co. on the first day they could be out on the AAU circuit. In addition to that trio of Big Ten head coaches, staffers from Purdue, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Butler and Xavier were also on hand. Xavier was represented by former IU video coordinator and assistant coach Travis Steele.
Indiana has already offered scholarships to both Patterson and Hollowell, while other Stars' standouts such as Burgett and Southport's Kellon Thomas remain on the Hoosier staff's watch list. That abundance of high-major talent is a big reason why the Stars figure to attract plenty of on-lookers this month, despite the fact that everyone on the roster still has three years of high school basketball remaining.
Hollowell says playing with that type of talent not only helps as far as exposure, but it also helps each of them showcase their skills as well.
"It helps a lot playing with these guys, knowing you have people to pass it to and give it up to and they can go score," said the Lawrence Central product, who was offered a scholarship by Indiana last week. "It's a really good team. I think we should win a lot of games in July and win some tournaments."
Crean, Others on Hand Early in Indy
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