- Zak Irvin scored 21 points in the second Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star game thanks to 5-of-7 three point shooting. Wolv23 provided this report in our forum on Irvin’s big performance:
Zak Irvin looks like Mr. Basketball, the best player amongst some really great players. He started the game hitting 4 threes in the opening minutes. Smooth. He never tried to take over. He finished with 21 points and led a balanced attack for a talented all-star squad. He’s still thin, but looks a little more filled out than last year when I saw him play during the high school season. I think he’s going to be real nice. Big time talent. Could be a 6’7″ guard in The League someday.
- Make sure to read Wolv23’s other comments including thoughts on Trevon Bluiett, who finished with with 12 points and five rebounds in the second game. The 2014 guard had a more impressive performance earlier in the week, notching 17 points and 10 rebounds against the senior squad.
- Glenn Robinson III was in the gym to watch Wednesday night’s exhibition and check up on former teammate, junior All-Star Tyler Wideman.
- ESPN refreshed its recruiting rankings for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016. Notables include:
- 2014: Devin Booker (16), Trevon Bluiett (41), Kameron Chatman (42), Vince Edwards (80), Kevon Looney (9), and Jordan Barnett (86) .
- 2015: Luke Kennard (30), Jalen Coleman (25), Diamond Stone (4), Jalen Brunson (20), Dwayne Bacon (39), Hyron Edwards (53), Stephen Zimmerman (7), Eric Davis (19), Elijah Thomas (5), Trevor Manuel (45),
- 2016: Josh Jackson (3), Caleb Swanigan (17), Derryk Thornton (25)
- Eric Gardner at 247 Sports calls Irvin vs. Bluiett the best match-up of last night’s Junior-Senior game:
This was an interesting choice. It was either Zak Irvin against Trevon Bluiett or Darius Latham vs.Trevon Bluiett. Latham showed out tonight a couple times but Irvin was a great, interesting matchup for Bluiett.
Both guys played really well. Irvin’s length made it difficult for Bluiett to guard him when they were matched up. Zak was able to just shoot right over him. However, Irvin stayed on the perimeter more than maybe he would have liked as Bluiett was able to cut down the drives to the basket.
On the other end, Bluiett struggled to get things going in the first half as he settled for threes rather than getting into the lane. As the game progressed, Bluiett was able to find holes and get to the bucket. He finished with only 12 points but they were hard earned.
- Vince Edwards reported on Twitter that he’s now hearing from Louisville.
- Austin Hatch is in attendance observing NBPA Top 100 camp this weekend in Charlottesville, VA.
- Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star prospect in the class of 2015, writes that he’s hearing from Michigan in his blog at USA Today. Briscoe writes that he “love[s] what Michigan did with Trey Burke this year. Just the freedom his coach gave him is the kind of freedom I want. That’s a big plus for them.” Briscoe does not have a scholarship offer at this point.
- The first two weekends of the NCAA tournament will be restricted to basketball arenas instead of football domes.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. worked out for the Knicks and NJ.com writes that he “inherited his father’s handle”. Hardaway spoke with the media after his workout earlier this week (video). Hardaway is also expected to workout with the Sixers, who have 11th, 35th and 42nd picks in the draft. Nick Baumgardner details Hardaway’s rise up the draft boards.
- Sports Illustrated debates Trey Burke vs. Michael Carter-Williams.
- Hardaway and Burke will be featured on The Journey next Monday (June 17th).
- Evan Boudreaux is visiting Purdue today.