If you like college basketball rankings, Rivals.com and Scout.com have provided updates.
Rivals focused on the Class of 2013. IU has three commitments from that group. The highest rated is Warren Central’s Devin Davis, who is at No. 107. Just behind him is Indianapolis Cathedral’s Collin Hartman at No. 110. Then comes 6-10 forward Luke Fischer, who is from Germantown, Wis. He’s at No. 134.
The No. 1 player in this class is 6-7 forward Jabari Parker from Chicago. The highest rated player from the state of Indiana is Fort Wayne Northrop guard Bryson Scott, who is headed to Purdue.
Scout.com has Lawrence Central forward Jeremy Hollowell at No. 28 on its Class of 2012 list. Indianapolis point guard Yogi Ferrell is at No. 30. La Lumiere forward Hanner Perea is at No. 49.
Not making the Scout.com rankings were Indianapolis Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson and North Carolina center Peter Jurkin.
Let’s face it. Playing any type of travel ball event at Assembly Hall and Cook Hall gave IU a big recruiting advantage. Both facilities are extremely impressive – Assembly Hall for its tradition (we won’t go into the challenges its step soaring sides presents to fans) and Cook Hall for its state-of-the-art practicality.
We say this because the annual Adidas May Classic, one of the top travel ball events you’ll ever see, can no longer be held on Indiana’s campus. The NCAA passed a rule last year that non-school events couldn’t be played on college campuses to avoid any recruiting advantages.
Word of this came from the Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep. It’s the same reason why the Kentucky Derby Festival Class all-star event in Louisville had to be held at Freedom Hall rather than Louisville’s KFC Yum Center.
That means the tourney will be held at Bloomington North, Bloomington south, the SportsPlex and some other local schools. It’s set for May 11-13.
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