Leaving no stone unturned, funcityfinder.com takes a look at the area’s most talented high school hoopsters.
(rank: denotes national rank)
Class of 2010:
Terone Johnson, North Central High School (rank: #46): Purdue University
-The 6’2″ shooting guard has led #4 North Central to 3-1 record. The Purdue recruit is averaging 26.2 in the four games, including two 30 point efforts. He’ll be joined by Indiana products Travis Carroll (Danville, Indiana) and Donnie Hale (New Albany, Indiana) in Matt Painter‘s heralded 2010 recruiting class.
Travis Carroll, Danville High School: Purdue Universit
-Carroll has the Class 3A Danville Warriors sitting at an undefeated 5-0. Danville leads the state with a 27.6 average margin of victory, and that’s in large part to Carroll’s outstanding scoring capabilities — he’s averaging 22.4 points — and his state leading 14.5 rebounds per game. With a 6’9″ frame, and an already well-rounded game, Purdue has itself a great piece to add to an all ready dominant team.
P.J. Hubert, Mt. Vernon High School: IUPUI
-Located in Fortville, Indiana, the Mt. Vernon Marauders are 4-1 and ranked #5 in Class 3A. Their only loss came to 4A Hamilton Southeastern in a close 58-53 ballgame. Hubert, who has signed to play for Ron Hunter at IUPUI next season, started the with just seven points against Lapel, but over his last three games, he’s averaging 20.0, including 28 in Mt. Vernon’s 99-82 victory over Shelbyville on Friday night.
Chrishawn Hopkins, Manual High School: Butler University
-Hopkins has had a rocky four seasons of high school basketball. He was suspended from the Manual team in both his freshman and sophomore years because of poor academics. He moved to Las Vegas before his junior season where he played for Durango High School. While there, he got his grades in order and transferred back to Manual, averaging 17.3 points in seven games with the Redskins. A strong summer of AAU ball thrust Hopkins into the national recruiting spotlight, and despite a failed attempt to transfer to Herron High School in downtown Indianapolis, he’s averaging 22.8 points for Manual. Hopkins ended all recruiting debate before the start of this season by signing with Butler.
CLASS OF 2011:
Michael Chandler, Lawrence North High School (rank: #10): University of Louisville
-The Louisville recruit is averaging 16.4 points for the 5-1 #8 Lawrence North Wildcats. The 6’10” 220lb Chandler is a blossoming big man who could develop into a dominant force on both ends of the court at the collegiate level. Unfortunately Indianapolis basketball fans will have to watch from afar, as Chandler will be joining teammate Ryan Taylor on Rick Pitino’s squad in 2011.
Ryan Taylor, Lawrence North High School (rank: #49): University of Louisville
-Taylor’s been equally impressive for Jack Keefer’s Wildcats, and his pairing with Chandler all but assures that Louisville will be a challenger for the NCAA Final Four in the years to come. He’s scoring a consistent 15 points a game, and his unselfishness and athleticism will have Lawrence competing for a trip to Conseco Fieldhouse within the next two seasons.
Marquis Teague, Pike High School (rank: #2): Undecided
-Perhaps the best basketball player in all of Indianapolis, the unsigned Teague has been a bit inconsistent in 2009. Although he erupted for 31 points against Lawrence Central, and always brings a well-rounded game to the court, Teague’s found his scoring total under double-digits in two of the first five games, and he’s averaging just 15 points.
While that number isn’t terrible, more is expected from a player whom many consider to be among the best in the country. His recruitment has been closely followed, as both IU and Purdue, along with several other prominent universities, have extended offers. Teague is expected to make a decision sometime this spring.
Austin Etherington, Hamilton Heights High School (rank: #86): Indiana University
-After microfracture surgery cut his sophomore season, Etherington’s bounced back in a big way for Hamilton Heights, a school located just north of Noblesville in Arcadia, Indiana. The Indiana recruit is averaging 26.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals a game for the 4-2 Huskies, and he poured in 35 and 34 points in his last two contests. Etherington is one of two players to have committed to Tom Crean‘s program for the 2011 season, with the other being Bloomington‘s Matt Carlino.
Matt Carlino, Bloomington South High School (rank: #122): Indiana University
-Carlino’s a 6’2″ shooting guard who’s in his first season playing high school basketball in Indiana. Formerly of Arizona, the Hoosier‘s other firm commitment for the class of 2011 has settled in nicely with the undefeated Bloomington South Panthers. He had 14 points in Friday’s victory over Lawrence Central. Carlino’s location to the Bloomington campus enables him to play on a regular basis with the current Hoosier squad, practice that will help him immensely when he makes his Assembly Hall debut.
Jeremiah Davis, Muncie Central High School(rank: #40):
-Along with Teague, Muncie‘s Davis is the most highly sought after player in the junior class. He started off the season on fire, averaging 17.7 points a game, but an incident in Muncie’s loss to Monroe Central netted Davis a one-game suspension. On Friday night, he scored just four points and sat out most of the second half as the Bearcats were beaten by a buzzer-beating three from New Castle‘s Jordan Hahn (brother of current Butler player, Zach Hahn).
Davis has scholarship offers from IU, Purdue, Ball State, Cincinnati, Ohio State, and Michigan State among others. He attended Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria event, and was in attendance for the Hoosiers recent game against Kentucky. He’s believed to be one of Crean’s top priorities for the class of 2011.
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