Hoosier Hoops Recruiting Notebook

Austin Etherington had an up-and-down week, turning in a big performance in front of Tom Crean one night and then having his team's conference championship hopes dashed in an upset loss two nights later. 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…

Austin Etherington had an up-and-down week, turning in a big performance in front of Tom Crean one night and then having his team's conference championship hopes dashed in an upset loss two nights later. 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. – The hard times appear to be behind DeMatha, which has bounced back from back-to-back losses in late January to win five in a row. Three of those wins came last week, as DeMatha topped Paul VI Catholic (84-72), McNamara (71-61) and O'Connell (62-53) to improve to 24-3 and 15-1 in conference with one game remaining in the regular season. While DeMatha rolled to those three comfortable wins, it was a relatively quiet week for Oladipo, who failed to score in double figures in any of the games while averaging 6.3 points/game in the three wins. DeMatha continues to be ranked among the nation's best, coming in at No. 20 in USA Today's National Top 25 last week. Oladipo is averaging 11.3 points/game.

Will Sheehey, 6-6, 190, Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School– Sheehey scored nine points to help lead Sagemont (21-7) to an easy 67-40 win over American Heritage Delray in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals on Thursday. The game was never in doubt, as Sagemont led 18-5 at the end of the first quarter and 41-16 at halftime. Sagemont advances to the regional semifinals, where Sheehey and Co. will face Coral Springs Christian (20-8) on Tuesday. This will mark the third time to two teams have met, with each owning a win. Sheehey scored nine in a 51-40 Sagemont win on Feb. 13, and he had 20 in a 55-45 loss to the same team Jan. 21. Sheehey is now averaging 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds/game.

Matt Carlino, 6-2, 180, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. - Carlino was limited to just four points on 2-of-8 shooting and three assists, but Class 4A No. 1 Bloomington South still had more than enough to top Evansville Harrison 70-51 to improve to 19-0 Saturday night. One night earlier, Carlino scored a team-high 15 points and had seven assists in a 75-59 win over Perry Meridian. The wins give South 45 straight dating back to last season, tying them with Crispus Attucks for the second-longest winning streak in state history. South needs five more wins to tie the Greg Oden/Mike Conley-led Lawrence North team that won 50 in a row. South remains ranked No. 9 nationally according to USA Today and closes out its regular season Thursday when it hosts Decatur Central (4-13). Carlino is now averaging 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists and is shooting 50.3 percent from the field (96-of-190) and 37.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc (28-of-75).

Austin Etherington,6-6, 190, Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. - Hamilton Heights' hopes of setting up a season-ending battle with Class 3A No. 2 Peru for the conference championship were dashed Friday night with a stunning 52-49 loss to Maconaquah. Hamilton Heights (12-6) led 28-13 at the end of the first quarter and appears to be well on its way to the win, but Maconaquah (7-11) slowly cut into the lead. The fourth quarter proved decisive, with Maconaquah outscoring Hamilton Heights 14-3 in the final period. Etherington scored 13 points and added six rebounds, but struggled with his shot, going 6-of-17 from the floor and 0-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Two nights earlier, IU Coach Tom Crean was on hand to see Hamilton Heights rally from a 49-36 deficit to top Northwestern 60-56. Etherington scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and added six rebounds. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Etherington continues to rank among the Indianapolis area's leading scorers, averaging 22.5 points, to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks.

Other Notables: Michigan Coach John Beilein was on hand to see Washington (Ind.) H.S. junior Cody Zeller score a career-high 34 points in a 63-32 win over Mt. Carmel (Ill). Zeller also had 17 rebounds and five blocks while helping his Class 3A fourth-ranked team improve to 16-2 on the season. One night later, Zeller had 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 54-44 win over Class 3A No. 8 Southridge…Muncie Central junior Jeremiah Davis helped his team to its sixth straight win with a 26-point, six-assist, four-steal effort in an easly 69-42 win over Marion. Davis also made five 3-pointers for Muncie Central, which has bounced back from a 4-7 start to the season to sit at 11-8 entering into Thursday's regular season finale against Ben Davis…one night after suffering a 69-67 loss to No. 8 Center Grove, Class 4A No. 2 North Central (17-3) bounced back with a 75-63 win over Class 3A No. 1 Danville. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 19 for North Central. Future Purdue teammates Terone Johnson (North Central) and Travis Carroll (Danville) scored 30 and 25, respectively….Broad Ripple sophomore Ron Patterson scored 14 to help lead his team improve to 15-5 with a 74-52 win over Crispus Attucks…after a dismal 1-13 start to the season, Kellon Thomas' Southport team has won two of its last three, including a 68-65 win over Perry Meridian. Thomas scored 16 in the win and made all eight of his free throws in the fourth quarter…Warren Central H.S. freshman Devin Davis scored 15 as Coach Greg Graham's team posted a 55-53 win over Terre Haute South…junior Justin Gant scored a game-high 24 in Terre Haute North's 61-60 overtime win over Cathedral, lifting his team to 15-5 on the season…with senior starts Scott Laskowski, Robert Kitzinger and Brandon Hoge all sitting out for a second straight game following a school suspension for a bullying incident, Carmel still managed to pick up a 51-36 win over Gant and Terre Haute North Friday night. Gant led all scorers with 21 points, while Carmel sophomore center A.J. Hammons had 11…Park Tudor sophomore Yogi Ferrell was once again a one-man show, scoring 29 in a 67-51 loss to Bishop Chatard…Pike junior Marquis Teague scored 19 to lead his team to a 60-51 win over Franklin Central Friday night…Avon sophomore Austin Burgett scored all 19 of his points in the first half of a 64-34 win over McCutcheon…Lawrence Central sophomore Jeremy Hollowell stayed hot, scoring 19 points in a 70-64 win over Southport.

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