Hoosier Basketball Recruiting Notebook

One of IU's commits was sent to the sidelines over the weekend with an injury, while a handful of the Hoosiers' top targets put up big numbers as they gear up for the upcoming state tournament. Get the news about IU's 2010 signees, 2011 commits, as well as a host of other 2010, 2011 and 2012 IU basketball recruiting prospects…

Victor Oladipo, 6-4, 200, Dematha Catholic (Md.) H.S. – After having a couple of games postponed due to the East Coast snowstorms, DeMatha returned to the court Sunday and topped St. Mary's Ryken 74-62. Oladipo scored 15 for DeMatha, which was led by Quinn Cook's 30 points. DeMatha is now 20-3 and ranked No. 22 nationally by USA Today. Oladipo is averaging 11.9 points/game.

Will Sheehey, 6-6, 190, Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School– Sheehey was limited to eight points against Parkway Academy, but it didn't matter as Sagemont rolled to a 67-32 win. Syracuse-bound big man Fab Melo led Sagemont with 17 points and 11 rebounds. One night later, Sheehey once again played a complementary role, scoring nine points in a 51-40 win over Coral Springs Christian to improve to 20-7. Sheehey is now averaging 17.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Matt Carlino, 6-2, 180, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. - Carlino had six points, three rebounds and four assists in the first half of a 62-51 win over Warren Central, but missed almost the entire second half after saying he banged knees with one of Warren Central's players. The injury isn't thought to be serious, an had little impact on Class 4A No. 1 South (17-0), which has now won 43 straight dating back to last season. Ranked No. 9 in the nation according to USA Today, South is all but guaranteed to head into the state tournament undefeated. Its final three games are all at home, and remaining foes Perry Meridian, Evansville Harrison and Decatur Central have a combined record of 23-27. Carlino is now averaging 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists and is shooting 51.5 percent from the field (87-of-169) and 37.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc (27-of-72).

Austin Etherington,6-6, 190, Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. - Hamilton Heights' Feb. 10 game against Class 2A Madison-Grant was postponed until Feb. 20 due to weather. Hamilton Heights (11-5) has a couple of big games this week, as it faces Mid-Indiana Conference foes Northwestern and Maconaquah. If Hamilton Heights can win both games, it will set up a regular season home finale against Peru (16-1) on Feb. 26 for the conference championship. Etherington continues to rank among the Indianapolis area's leading scorers, averaging 22.9 points, to go along with 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.

Other Notables: With North Carolina Coach Roy Williams on hand to watch, Washington (Ind.) junior Cody Zeller had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 78-35 win over Owen Valley in a game that saw Washington outscore its foe 17-0 in the first quarter…Hamilton Southeastern sophomore Gary Harris had 12 points to lead his team to a 52-34 win over New Palestine…one night earlier, Harris scored 15 in a 60-56 loss to Class 4A No. 9 Carmel. A.J. Hammons scored six points for Carmel in the win…Lawrence Central sophomore Jeremy Hollowell continued his improved play as of late, scoring 20 points in a 59-47 loss to Mt. Vernon. One night earlier, Hollowell had 22 in a 59-53 loss to Warren Central…two nights after scoring 16 points in a 60-41 loss to Class 4A No. 2 North Central, Terre Haute North junior Justin Gant had 15 points to help his team improve to 14-4 on the season with a 60-56 win over Center Grove....Pike junior Marquis Teague scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Red Devils to an 81-61 win over Manual, improving his team to 11-5 on the season…in a match-up of AAU teammates, Broad Ripple's Ron Patterson got the best of Southport's Kellon Thomas in a 49-40 Broad Ripple win. Patterson scored 16 to lead Broad Ripple (12-4) to its seventh straight win, while Thomas was held to five…Muncie Central continued its improbable turnaround, whipping Class 4A No. 16 Logansport 72-59 for its fifth straight win. Jeremiah Davis scored 10 for Central, which is now 10-7…Marshall Plumlee's Arden (N.C.) Christ School team won four games in five days to improve to 32-1. Plumlee started the week with a 14-point, eight-rebound effort in a 89-65 win over Meadowcreek and had 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a 79-50 win over Greensboro Day School. Christ School has climbed to No. 16 in USA Today's national rankings…Class A No. 1 Bowman Academy and its standout sophomore DeJuan Marrerro lost their first game of the season, falling to Class 3A Culver Academy 59-56…with IU Coach Tom Crean on hand, Menomonee Falls (Wis.) sophomore J.P. Tokoto scored 19 points to lead his team to an 83-50 win over West Allis Central, clinching the conference title.

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