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  • Three years ago, the rebuilding Indiana University basketball program had commitments from two of the nation's premier freshmen.

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    James Blackmon Jr.

    Today the Hoosiers have no firm commitments from the Class of 2014 because 6-foot-10 Trey Lyles from Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, Ind.) de-committed last August and on Thursday 6-3 shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. from Marion (Ind.) told numerous outlets he wants to look around some more.

    It's pretty obvious that kids should not commit so early in their prep careers. What's the hurry, anyway? It even puts pressure on the college coaches, because now they have to "babysit" the young commitments while continuing  to search for upperclassmen.

    Blackmon is ranked as the No. 46 player in the country by 247Sports, but after a terrific summer he should climb up the list. He averaged 33.4 points last year at Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) before his father, James Blackmon Sr., took the head coaching position at his prep alma mater, Marion.

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    Trey Lyles

    The next day after Blackmon's announcement, Kentucky - his father's college alma mater- put in a call. He has plenty of other offers.

    Blackmon told the Indianapolis Star, "Crean (Indiana coach Tom Crean) told me to take a look, but he feels like I should be at IU and he wants to coach me. That's basically it. He's a great coach. I just want to make sure I'm making the right decision."

    It wouldn't be shocking of Lyles and Blackmon both end up at the same school. Kentucky, along with Florida and Louisville, are reportedly the top suitors for Lyles, the No. 12 recruit in country. 
  • When James Blackmon Jr. is hot, coaches are learning to just let him shoot.

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    James Blackmon Jr.

    On Friday the 6-2 rising senior poured in 21 of his 27 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Indiana Junior All-Stars to a wild 108-102 basketball victory over their Kentucky counterparts in Greenfield, Ind.
     
    The format was to rotate groups of five, but coach Brent Chitty allowed Blackmon to stay in the game when his points were badly needed.

    He told the members of the media, "He did the same thing in practice on Thursday. He started out kind of slow and then it was like, 'OK, here we go.' You guys saw it."

    A blue-chip guard, Blackmon will be playing at Marion, Ind., this year after his father, James Blackmon Sr., took the job as head coach at his alma mater. One year later he will be the center piece in an outstanding Indiana University recruiting class.

    Another blue chipper, Trevon Bluiett, added 17 points for the Hoosiers. Justin Johnson, a 6-7 forward from Perry County Central (Hazard, Ky.), paced Kentucky with 20 points.

    Indiana also won the girls match-up 79-67 as 5-5 University of Iowa recruit Whitney Jennings of Logansport scored scored 23 points.
  • James Blackmon was named head boys basketball coach at Marion (Ind.) on Wednesday night, according to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. The Marion School Board unanimously approved the hiring of the 1983 Marion graduate whose uniform number is retired.

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    James Blackmon Jr.

    Over the last nine years, Blackmon compiled a 146-63 record with a pair of Class 2A state titles at Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.). He actually left Luers in 2011 for the Marion job, but returned to Fort Wayne three weeks later, citing family reasons. During the two ensuing years, Marion posted a losing record under Billy Shepherd, who resigned.

    The landscape could change in Marion and the overall state with the arrival of Blackmon's sons, who should form a dynamite backcourt.

    James Blackmon Jr., a 6-foot-2 rising senior, had six 40-point games this year and averaged 33.3 points - which was tied for No. 9 in the nation - and 7.9 rebounds. He has committed to Indiana University and is a Mr. Basketball candidate for 2014. He also was a MaxPreps honorable mention Junior All-American choice.

    Vijay Blackmon is a 6-1 rising sophomore who averaged 12.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. He also has a scholarship offer from Indiana University.

    It is hoped that James Blackmon, who was one of Marion's greatest players, will be able to restore the prestige to a program that has notched five state championships.

    * The Indianapolis Star reported today that Stan Benge has been named head girls basketball coach at Roncalli (Indianapolis). The 59-year-old Benge compiled a 519-126 record with four state titles at Ben Davis (Indianapolis), but had spent the last two years as an assistant women's coach at IUPUI.

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    Max Redfield is the latest big recruit to commit to Notre Dame.

    Max Redfield committed to Notre Dame over USC and Ohio State on Friday.

    The 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety is ranked as the nation's No. 44 player according to 247Sports. He made the announcement live on ESPN during the third quarter of the Under Armor All-American game.

    Redfield originally committed to USC but decided to reopen his recruitment in early November.

    A hard-hitter with tremendous size, Redfield took home numerous postseason awards after helping lead Mission Viejo (Calif.) to a 10-3 record.

    Redfield joins a talented Notre Dame recruiting class that also features standout defensive players Jaylon Smith and Alex Anzalone.
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  • Senior guard Anders Broman continues to dominate Minnesota like no other boys basketball player has ever done.

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    Anders Broman, Lakeview Christian Academy

    After breaking the state's career scoring record and celebrating "Anders Broman Day" in Duluth, he climaxed an incredible week by pouring in 61 points to spark Lakeview Christian Academy (Duluth, Minn.) to a 94-79 victory over Mora (Minn.) in the championship game of the Hibbing Holiday Tournament. He drilled 11 3-pointers and finished the tournament with 142 points in three games.

    * Norman Hobbie, a senior guard, scored 49 points as Manasquan (N.J.) defeated Middletown North (N.J.) 72-64. He later had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists during a 72-45 rout of Roselle (N.J.) in the championship game of the Buc Classic. Jimmy Walsh set the title-game pace with 23 points, 24 rebounds and five blocked shots.

    * Junior guard James Blackmon Jr. scored a tournament-record 45 points, but it wasn't enough as Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) lost to Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) 101-87 during the quarterfinals of the SAC Holiday Tournament. The future Indiana University recruit scored 40 of his points during an explosive second half to break the previous record of 43 points by current Ohio State star Deshaun Thomas.
  • One of the Indiana's most successful and well-known football coaches has been fired after just five games in 2012.

    Matt Lindsay, who guided Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to nine state titles in 26 seasons, was relieved of his duties because of "violations of school and Diocesan policies, and his violations of his employment contract obligation."

    Those were the words of a news release sent by the school on Sunday.

    He told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that he loves "the people and the kids, and I wish them all the best." He declined further comment.

    Steve Keefer, husband of Luers principal Mary Keefer, was named the new head football coach Monday. He was the team's head coach from 1979-86 and has been a team assistant in recent seasons.

    Bishop Luers has won the last three Class 2A titles. Lindsay has been the school's athletic director the last 21 years and he's been at the school the last 33. The Knights are 3-2 this season and have won three of four, including a 27-7 win over Wayne on Friday.

    The Bishop Luers record book on MaxPreps.com shows that Lindsay compiled a 63-32 record in the past eight seasons.

    We will update the situation if more information is released.
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    Isaac Rochell, Eagle's Landing

    Notre Dame landed another key defensive piece to its recruiting class on Thursday when Georgia defensive end Isaac Rochell verbally committed to the Fighting Irish.

    "Glad to be Irish #irishmob13 #ndnation," Rochell tweeted Thursday morning.

    He selected Notre Dame over Florida State and a bounty of other offers. His commitment comes just days after Notre Dame landed a verbal pledge from Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) outside linebacker Jaylon Smith.

    The 6-foot-5, 245-pound standout from Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.) is the nation's No. 61 recruit overall as well as one of the most coveted defensive ends.

    With his commitment, Notre Dame now has a total of 14 commitments for the class of 2013.

    Rochell is the first defensive end to commit, but Notre Dame remains in the race for several other players at the position, including Jordan Sherit, Alquadin Muhammad and Ebenezer Ogundeko.

    The position became a greater priority for Brian Kelly and staff with the unexpected departure of freshman defensive Aaron Lynch this offseason.
  • Filling a major position of need, Notre Dame landed a verbal commitment from linebacker Jaylon Smith on Saturday.

    The 6-foot-3, 220-pound star from Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) made the announcement at a football camp held at Trine University in Angola, Ind.

    Smith chose the Fighting Irish over Ohio State (where his brother Rod plays) and numerous other offers from teams around the country.

    The nation's No. 35 recruit and No. 4 linebacker is a big pickup for Notre Dame, which will graduate Manti Te'o after this season.

    With Smith on board, Notre Dame now has 13 verbal commitments from the class of 2013. The Fighting Irish should enjoy a bump in the team recruiting rankings, where they recently placed No. 10.
  • Indiana has offered a basketball scholarship to eighth grade standout Eron Gordon, according to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star.

    Gordon is the youngest brother of former Hoosiers star Eric Gordon, who twice earned MaxPreps All-American honors at North Central.

    The 6-foot-1 Gordon has made a name for himself on the AAU circuit, playing for a team named after his brother Eric.

    He's expected to suit up for North Central next season.

    "Yeah I'm looking forward to it," Gordon told InsideTheHall.com. "I've already practiced with the team in open gym and stuff, and I know everybody cause they all went to the same middle school as me."

    Extending verbal scholarship offers to eighth graders is uncommon, though Indiana has earned a reputation for targeting recruits at a young age.

    The Hoosiers have two verbal commits from the Class of 2014, Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr., both of whom committed before playing a single high school game.
  • Some prominent names were left off the roster for USA Basketball's under-16 National Team, set to compete in Mexico later this month.

    But given head coach Don Showalter's track record with the program, there probably won't be much second-guessing.

    Showalter helped assemble and coach a group led by Brad BealMichael Gilchrist and James McAdoo to a 13-0 record over the last two summers. The squad won every game by double digits and captured titles at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in 2009 and the FIBA U17 World Championship in 2010.
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    Jimmie Taylor made an impression on<br> Don Showalter despite being left off<br> the roster.


    Following a camp in Colorado Springs, six sophomores and six freshmen were named to the 2011 team Sunday. See the complete roster here.

    Some of the names that didn't make the final cut were as notable as those that did. Promising young talents like Shaqquan Aaron, James Blackmon, Dominique Collier, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles and Isaiah Whitehead were left off the Mexico-bound roster.

    Showalter acknowledged selecting the final 12 was a difficult decision.

    "It was much more difficult this time (than in 2009)," Showalter said. "Fortunately we have a committee in place that helps us make some very tough decisions. I think all 27 players could have earned a spot on the team. It just came down to what we were looking for in terms of building a team and international competition."

    Versatile forwards Jabari Parker of Simeon (Chicago, Ill.) and Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) were particularly impressive in Colorado Springs, according to Showalter.

    "Parker and Gordon really stood out," Showalter said. "They are really, really good players. They are going to be the best players in the tournament, no question. We started there and built around them."

    While he didn't offer specifics in terms of which players were among the final cuts, Showalter did provide some insight on the decision-making process.

    "We probably leaned a little toward taking some shooters," Showalter said. "Stephen Domingo was one of those guys that was really impressive but ultimately didn't make it.

    "We didn't take many bigs. In international competition it's hard to play two bigs together. We took Jahlil Okafor (a 6-foot-8, 270-pound center), but didn't take Dakari Johnson (with a similar build), who is very good as well. We had to take more Gordon- and Parker-type of bigs."

    Six-foot-nine sophomore Jimmie Taylor was another victim of that philosophy. Showalter envisions a big future for the athletic Alabama product despite missing out this time around.

    "We can't take kids on potential, but Jimmie Taylor maybe be on the team as a 17-year old," Showalter said. "He's not quite ready but really athletic and may be a kid that comes on strong as a 17-year old."
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    Aaron Gordon was among the<br> standouts of the selection process,<br> according to Showalter.


    Aaron, a contributor for a state championship team at Mater Dei as a freshman, is among those headed home instead of Mexico. Slightly less-heralded Monarch teammate Stanley Johnson did make the roster.

    Blackmon and Lyles created a major buzz as freshmen in the Hoosier State. Both averaged around 20 points per game in their debut high school seasons and grabbed headlines with early commitments to Indiana University. Lyles, a 6-9, 200-pound forward was named National Freshman of the Year by MaxPreps.

    Johnson and Whitehead were solid contributors for storied programs in New Jersey and New York, respectively. Collier was a first team All-State selection as a freshman in Colorado.

    Battle in the Big Apple?

    A rift between New York City's Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) could be developing after the PSAL elected to allow two of its champions participate in April's National High School Invitational.

    According to the New York Post, the CHSAA has asked its members not to schedule PSAL schools.

    "We're all a member of the Federation and if you join an association you should follow the rules," CHSAA president Ray Nash told the Post. "It's time that we make our feelings felt that you can't just violate the rules and expect everyone else to accept it."

    The lack of cooperation could put a kink in several major events, including the Big Apple Basketball Challenge and the SNY Invitational.

    Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) represented the PSAL in the event, beating Winter Park (Fla.) in the opening round before bowing out to Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) in the semifinals.

    Price commits to Auburn

    The Auburn Tigers picked up a solid verbal commitment over the weekend from Jordan Price of Southwest DeKalb (Decatur, Ga.).

    Though he is overshadowed by five-star teammate Will "Shaq" Goodwin at the Peach State school, Price actually led the team in scoring last season at 19.1 points per game. As a sophomore, he earned Division II-AA Mr. Basketball honors in Tennessee while at McCallie (Chattanooga), posting 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

    Price is rated a four-star prospect by MaxPreps and in the hunt for a Class of 2012 Top 100 spot when the rankings are updated again in July.