Hoosier Shootout: Player Evaluations

Indianapolis – While many of the top AAU programs are competing in Cincinnati and Akron this week, there are plenty of top Indiana high school standouts that are playing in Indianapolis in the Hoosier Shootout. Hoosier Nation was on hand to see a lot of those players, and offers its take on Yogi Ferrell, DeJuan Marrero (pictured), Austin Burgett, and more…

Indianapolis – While many of the top AAU programs are competing in Cincinnati and Akron this week, there are plenty of top Indiana high school standouts that are playing in Indianapolis in the Hoosier Shootout. Hoosier Nation was on hand to see a lot of those players, and offers its take on Yogi Ferrell, DeJuan Marrero, Austin Burgett, and more…

Yogi Ferrell, PG – In the half that I saw, this Park Tudor H.S. sophomore appears to be a player worth watching in the coming years. While only 5'9", he can get from one end of the floor to the other as quickly as anyone. He's an extremely gifted ball handler who has a great handle in traffic. If he sees a crack in the defense he'll immediately go from zero to 60 and make the defense pay.

Raphael Davis, SF – The Purdue-bound wing from Ft. Wayne's Southside is 6'5" and has the kind of frame that allows him to physically overmatch his backcourt opponent. Consistency with his perimeter jump shot is something that he'll have continue to work on, but that figures to come during the next three years of high school. He has the versatility to play at least three different spots on the floor, and his ball handling is improving as well.

Khristian Smith, SG – There hasn't been a great deal of talk about this Indianapolis Pike H.S. senior-to-be, but there's a lot to like about how he plays. He's a physical wing who can go inside and out. He's good in transition, a very capable rebounder, and does a lot of the little things that don't always get noticed in a boxscore. He's largely played a complementary role to Marquis Teague at Pike, and he's getting looked at by some mid-major.s But he could wind up being a player who gets some late interest from some bigger schools if they have a need at his spot in the 2010 class.

DeJuan Marrero, SF – After seeing him earlier this spring playing in the 15-and-under age group, Marrero (and a handful of other youngsters) are playing up this week to the 17-and-under age group. Marrero wasn't get as much of a chance to play on the wing Monday (instead playing in the high post) and played more of a complementary role with the older players on Spiece's roster. But he did still have a huge follow-up dunk and was a force on the glass. Whether he ends up being a wing or a forward could depend on whether he remains in the 6'6" like his is now or grows a couple of more inches, but he's clearly shown he can be a high-major player at either spot.

Jeremy Hollowell, SG – For a high school sophomore-to-be, Hollowell's stroke from behind the 3-point arc is as smooth and effortless as you're going to find. He only made 2-of-5 from deep during the time I was there, but I've seen him enough to know that when he gets on a roll he can knock them down consistently. While he spends his time on the perimeter offensively and generally draws a perimeter defensive assignment as well, his length allows him to be an effective rebounder and a capable helpside shot blocker as well.

Ron Patterson, SG – Patterson gets plenty of notoriety for his athleticism and big offensive numbers as a high school freshman (15.0 ppg), but one of the things that stands out about him is his abilities on the defensive side. When he's on the ball defending he works extremely hard and has extremely active hands. His long arms allows him to get his hands on plenty of balls and create turnovers which he in turn translates into fastbreak opportunities.

Austin Burgett, PF – In the Monday afternoon game at Arlington H.S. that I caught, this Avon sophomore-to-be was as good as I've seen him this spring and summer. Burgett unofficially finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and one huge block in the Indy Stars' 71-46 win. He hit the boards hard, displayed nice range on his jump shot out to 17 feet, and is a very capable ball handler for someone who is already in the 6'9" range. As he continues to get stronger, he figures to quickly add offers to the one that he currently has from Cincinnati.

Brad Hartman, PF – The 6'7" Union County H.S. sophomore gets a little overshadowed by Burgett, Hollowell and Co., but he turned in a nice 14-point effort Monday afternoon. He's active rebounder who can also step out and play facing the basket. He doesn't grab a great deal of notoriety playing at the 2A level, but he started as a high school freshman and figures to get more attention during the next couple of years.

Kellon Thomas, PG – One of the things that anyone has to like about Thomas is that he's a true point guard. He's a leader on the court who distributes the ball and can score when called on to do so. While he's only about 6'0", he has a good sized frame for a rising sophomore and he's willing to attack off the dribble and get into the lane and draw fouls to get to the free-throw line.


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