Hoosier Hoops Recruiting Notebook

With one week of the Indiana high school basketball tournament now in the books, many of IU's recruiting targets had their seasons end a little prematurely. Who's still playing and who isn't? 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. – In a WCAC quarterfinal match-up, Oladipo kept up his strong play as of late with a team-high 17 points in an 81-59 win over Paul VI Catholic. He followed that up with an eight-point outing in a 53-47 win over St. John's in the WCAC semifinals on Sunday. After averaging just 6.3 points/game in DeMatha's previous three wins, Oladipo is averaging 16.5 points/game in his last four contests, scoring at least 15 three times. DeMatha is ranked No. 19 nationally according to USA Today and is 28-3 overall. Oladipo is averaging 12.1 points/game.

Will Sheehey, 6-6, 190, Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School– A Feb Melo layup on the opening play of the third quarter gave Sagemont a 25-15 lead in its state tourney semifinal against Providence, but Sagemont proceeded to miss 21 of its last 26 shots and fell 52-37 Thursday night. Sagemont ends its season at 23-8, while Providence (30-1) went on to top Tampa Prep 63-46 in the state title game. Sheehey was among the Sagemont players who struggled in the state semifinals, making just 2-of-10 shots overall and finishing with four points. Sheehey averaged 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds/game this season.

Matt Carlino, 6-2, 180, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. - Even the best of teams are supposed to be tested in the sectional, but top-ranked Bloomington South was having none of that while advancing to the regional with lopsided wins over Columbus East and Columbus North. In its tourney opener, South got 15 points and three rebounds from Carlino in a 76-37 win over Columbus East. The sectional final was nearly as easy, as Carlino scored 12 points and had six rebounds in a 76-47 win over Columbus North. The wins lifted USA Today's ninth-ranked team nationally to 22-0, and the Panthers' two-year winning streak now stands at 48, just two shy of Lawrence North's state record of 50. South will have a chance to equal that mark in next weekend's regional, where it will face Evansville Harrison (15-8) in the opener and then the winner of Martinsville (6-16) and Jeffersonville (20-4). South has demolished all three teams this season, beating Harrison by 19, Martinsville by 29 and Jeffersonville by 31. Carlino is now averaging 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists and is shooting 49.5 percent from the field (107-of-216) and 37.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc (31-of-82).

Austin Etherington,6-6, 190, Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. - Hamilton Heights was one-and-done in the state tourney, falling to Class 3A No. 3 Mt. Vernon 52-37 in the opening round of the sectional to close the season 12-8. Etherington was held to 11 points in the loss, which was Hamilton Heights' third straight close the season. Etherington ended the year ranked among the Indianapolis area's leading scorers, averaging 21.0 points, to go along with 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks.

Other Notables: Jeremiah Davis and Muncie Central continued their improbable turnaround over the weekend, beating Greenfield Central (58-37), Connersville (53-49) and Pendleton Heights (48-43) to win its Class 4A sectional. Davis came up big in the final, scoring 10 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Pendleton Heights. Davis also had 20 against Greenfield Central and eight against Connersville. Muncie Central started the year 3-8 before turning things around late. Now 13-10, they play Lafayette Jeff (17-6) on Saturday in Marion, with the winner playing the winner of Ft. Wayne North Side (10-13) and Ft. Wayne Carroll (19-3)…another IU junior target who is still playing basketball is Washington's Cody Zeller, whose sixth-ranked Class 3A team avenged an earlier loss to Vincennes Lincoln in the sectional opener and then beat Jasper in the sectional final. Zeller came up big in both games. In the opener, Zeller had 18 points and five blocks in a 54-35 win over Vincennes Lincoln, and he followed that up with a 13-point effort against Jasper as Washington won its sixth straight sectional title. While it hosts the regional, Washington won't have an easy road next weekend as it faces No. 10 Corydon Central (19-5) in the opener, with the winner facing the winner of No. 8 Sullivan (23-2) and No. 11 Boonville (18-5)…after spotting Lawrence North a 19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, Class 4A No. 3 North Central locked Coach Jack Keefer's team down the rest of the way, rallying to a 41-30 win. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and the North Central defense held Lawrence North to 1-of-17 shooting in the second half to advance to the regional, where they'll take on the winner of Monday's sectional final between Pike and Ben Davis…one night after scoring 10 points in a sectional-opening 89-48 win over Indianapolis Arlington, Lawrence Central's Jeremy Hollowell scored 20 points in a hard-fought 73-66 loss to Lawrence North… Branden Dawson scored 13 points to help Gary Wallace to an 85-51 win over Gary Rooosevelt, earning Gary Wallace its first sectional title in 14 years…Pike's Marquis Teague was limited to five points, but Khristian Smith's 30 helped carry the Red Devils to a 79-57 win over Indianapolis Manual in the sectional semifinals.

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