Hoosier Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey's teams both posted big wins over the weekend, while Indiana's ins-state recruits and targets are gearing up for the start of the state tournament this week. 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. – Oladipo scored eight of his career-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead second-ranked DeMatha to a 73-69 win over No. 1 Gonzaga. DeMatha seemed in control of the contest after jumping out to a 25-11 lead after the first quarter, but Gonzaga rallied in the third quarter and held a five-point lead heading into the final period. It marked just the second time in Oladipo's high school career that he's scored 20 or more points. Oladipo followed that up with a team-high 15 points in a 79-65 win over Good Counsel in the DeMatha's final game at Wootten Gymnasium, lifting DeMatha to 26-3 on the season and 17-1 in conference play. DeMatha, ranked No. 19 nationally according to USA Today, opens WCAC playoff action this week. Oladipo is averaging 11.9 points/game.

Will Sheehey, 6-6, 190, Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School– Sagemont (23-7) earned its second trip to state in three years with a 60-47 win over Dade County. Syracuse-bound big man Fab Melo led Sagemont with 20 points, while Sheehey chipped in with 14 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Sagemont will meet Macksonville Providence in the state semifinals Friday. Earlier in the week, Sheehey scored a team-high 14 points in a 54-32 win over Coral Springs Christian. Sheehey is now averaging 16.9 points and 6.3 rebounds/game.

Matt Carlino, 6-2, 180, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. - Juniors Carlino, Spencer Turner and Dee Davis took a back seat to the seniors on Senior Night as Bloomington North (20-0) capped an undefeated regular season with an 86-41 win over Decatur Central. The trio of juniors came off the bench for the first time this season, yet Carlino still managed seven points, eight rebounds and four assists despite playing very little in the first or fourth quarters. The win was also the 46th straight over the past two seasons for South, which is ranked No. 9 nationally according to USA Today. They will open defense of their state title on Friday when they take on Columbus East (6-15) in the first round of the sectional. Carlino is now averaging 13.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists and is shooting 50.1 percent from the field (98-of-195) and 37.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc (29-of-77).

Austin Etherington,6-6, 190, Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. - In its regular season finale, Hamilton Heights (12-7) was thumped by Class 3A No. 2 Peru 61-41. Etherington – who was one of three players who were sat for the first half due to an unspecified violation of team rules - finished with just four points and four fouls on 2-of-6 shooting. Despite the tough night, Etherington continues to rank among the Indianapolis area's leading scorers, averaging 21.7 points, to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks. Hamilton Heights has it work cut out for it in the state tournament, as it opens with Class 3A No. 3 Mt. Vernon (19-2) Friday night. Mt. Vernon topped Hamilton Heights by 15 earlier this season.

Other Notables: Cody Zeller had 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for Class 3A No. 4 Washington (17-3), which fell to Evansville Memorial 56-44. It was Washington's third loss in its last eight games after opening the season with 12 straight wins…Muncie Central's late-season surge hit a bump in the road in the regular season finale, as it fell to Ben Davis 70-53. Jeremiah Davis scored 20 points in the losing effort…Progressive Christian senior Moses Abraham scored eight points in a 77-69 overtime loss to National Christian…Christ School (NC) junior center Marshall Plumlee had nine blocks to help his team to a 78-59 win over Charlotte Christian School, securing Christ School's third straight NCISAA state title…A.J. Hammons scored seven points to help a short-manned Carmel squad to a 59-43 win over Brebeuf. Carmel (14-6) opens sectional play Tuesday against Fishers (11-9)…Pike junior point guard Marquis Teague was one of four players in double figures with 10 points, helping Pike (14-6) to a 55-41 win over Warren Central…Southport sophomore Kellon Thomas had one of his biggest games of the season, totaling 22 points, eight assists and seven steals in a 75-54 win over Mooresville. Southport (4-15) opens tourney play Tuesday against Center Grove (17-3)…Pendleton Heights sophomore Kellen Dunham scored eight of his game-high 22 in the first quarter to lead his team to a 57-48 win over Fishers. Pendleton Heights (16-5) takes on Anderson (11-10) Tuesday night in the sectional opener…Terre Haute North's Justin Gant was limited to six points in a 59-44 loss to Lawrence North. Terre Haute North (16-6) opens sectional play Tuesday against Plainfield (7-14)…after injuring his hip earlier in the week in a two-point loss to Lawrence Central, Broad Ripple's Ron Patterson missed a 64-56 win over Indianapolis Washington over the weekend. Broad Ripple (16-6) opens sectional play Tuesday against Warren Central (14-8)…North Central sophomore D'Vauntes Smith Rivera scored 19 as the Panthers rolled to a 97-64 win over Harding.

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