Steve Tucker of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Purdue has offered junior power
forward Erin Lawless of Chicago Fenwick. Lawless has gone form an awkward, rookie basketball
player in the seventh grade to being rated as one of the top ten players in her class. Lawless
has been invited to the Nike All-American Camp for the past two years, and has been named an
all-american by most major scouting services. She averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and four
assists as a sophomore, and 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman.
DECEMBER 22, 2001
A career night from Matt Kiefer couldn't save Mater Dei against 6-0 Evansville Reitz. Kiefer won
the battle with 26 points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots, but Reitz won the war by sinking
Mater Dei at the wire 76-72.
Melvin Buckley has been given a challenge this season, to become a more rounded player. Friday
against Shepard was a step in that direction. Buckley finished with 18 points, seven assists and
five steals as Thornwood (7-1) defeated Shepard 63-48.
DECEMBER 20, 2001
Matt Kiefer had game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (7) as Mater Dei improved to 2-4 on the
season with a 63-51 win over Princeton.
Blair Hardiek needs 122 points to break the all-time scoring record for Effingham High School.
DECEMBER 18, 2001
Wabash Valley lost in the finals of the Pepsi Classic on Sunday, 89-64, to host Central Florida
Community College. Sultra Harding had eight points in the loss, and Shalicia Hurns did not appear
in the box score.
Capitol moved to 15-0 on the season with a 77-36 win over Belaire (11-2) in the championship
game of the Coca-Cola/East Baton Rouge Parish Girls Basketball Tournament. Augustus, who was
named the tournament MVP, finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Chalk up another 30-point performance for Katie Gearlds. Beech Grove (9-2) held Mooresville
(7-2) scoreless in the final 6:16 of the game, and Katie hit 11 straight freethrows to seal the
win. Through 11 games, Katie is averaging 27.1 points per game, which ranks her third in the
state in scoring.
An article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel has Katie Gearlds marked as a top Tennessee
target among the junior class.
Robert Vaden helped Cathedral (5-0) to a 75-49 win over Class 1A No. 3 Central Catholic on
Friday. Vaden had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals while Desmond Gadis
came off the bench to score eight. Gene Keady was in attendance for the game.
Vaden, through Cathedral's first four games, is averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. He
shoots .574 (31-54) from the field, .643 (9-14) from the perimeter and .667 (6-9) from the
line. Leading the team with an average of 24.5 minutes per game, Vaden is also averaging 3.0
assists, 2.5 turnovers, 3.0 steals and 2.5 turnovers.
Gadis, through Cathedral's first four games, is averaging 9.0 points and 0.5 rebounds. He
is shooting .452 (14-31) from the field, .462 (6-13) from the perimeter, and is perfect in
two attempts from the line. Gadis has a 0.47-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, averaging 1.8
assists and 3.8 turnovers in 13.8 minutes per game.
Speaking of Lafayette Central Catholic, senior forward Tyler Best has decided not to sign
with Eastern Kentucky and has made himself available for recruitment again. Best wants to
go to a bigger program, and should have better success come the spring signing period. Prep
school may be an option.
DECEMBER 16, 2001
South Bend Riley is now 8-1 on the season following a 67-53 victory over Mishawauka, Crystal
Norman scored 19 and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line, while Suntana Granderson led all
scorers with 23.
Melvin Buckley was one of four Thornwood players in double figures, scoring 13 points in a 74-35
beating of rival Thornton.
The Indianapolis Star has released a list of area boys statistical leaders through
December 8th. Austin Montgomery is third in the area in scoring with a 26.0 average, and Pike's
Justin Cage is tied for 14th in rebounding with a 8.7 average. As more schools begin to get
their stats in to the Star, the rankings will become more complete as the season progresses.
DECEMBER 15, 2001
Seven shots from the field and two from the line gave Carol Duncan a game-high 16 points as
No. 6 NorthWood beat Plymouth, 43-34. NorthWood improves to 8-1, with Duncan averaging 13.9
points and 10.3 rebounds through nine games. Duncan surpassed the 1,000 point milestone in
NorthWood's previous win.
Effingham (9-2) got 27 points from Blair Hardiek in their 66-35 win over Charleston.
DECEMBER 14, 2001
Seimone Augustus had 27 points and 16 rebounds in just under 24 minutes as Capitol rolled over
The Bridgton Academy official site has a recap up for the 90-86 win over Harvard JV. Bridgton
goes into their semester break with a 6-2 record, returning on January 9th against Maine
Tyler Junior College is now on semester break, so no more games will be played until January
4th. Tyler's record is currently 5-7, but we have stats for Chris Booker through the first
10 games. Booker is tied for 8th in scoring among Region 14 players with an 18.4 average,
shooting .568 (67-118) from the floor, .750 (36-48) from the line and .400 (4-10) from the
perimeter. He is also third in the conference in rebounding, averaging 12.3 per game.
DECEMBER 12, 2001
Michael Kruse of Basketball America has an article out on David Teague and how he is
turning the heads of coaches and scouts. Teague finished with 35 points against Hargrave,
losing the game yet gaining respect in the process.
Bridgton Academy split a pair of games this weekend at the Fork Union Tournament, losing the
opener to Hargrave Academy 103-98 and beating the host team 57-52. David Teague is mentioned
in the recap posted on the Bridgton official site, including a 20-point first half against
The Indianapolis Star has an article on Cathedral guards Sharika Webb and Jessica Wright. The two
players have a chance to make history, beginning tonight, by going undefeated in City
Tournament during their high school careers. They would be the first players to accomplish the
feat in the 22 years of the tournament.
An article appeared in the Journal and Courier detailing why interest from
Seimone Augustus seemed to come out of nowhere. Augustus remembers Coach Curry from her days
at La. Tech, and waited for her to recruit her when she arrived at Purdue. On the other hand,
Curry had thought Augustus was headed to LSU, so she didn't pursue the all-american. That
has now been cleared up, and Purdue is among the list of finalists for Augustus, a list that
also includes Duke, Louisiana State, Tennessee and Rutgers.
In related Augustus news, Tennessee assistant coach Al Brown said following the Boston College
game last week that Tennessee was finished recruiting for the year. When asked by a caller if
the recruitment of Augustus was stopped for reasons other than her ability, Brown responded
affirmatively. So, Tennessee is out for Augustus.
Camille Lenoir converted eight freethrows in the final two minutes of play to secure Narbonne's
74-66 victory over Artesia in the championship of the Brea-Olinda Tournament. Lenoir finished
with 12 points.
One of the state's top junior shooting guards went up against the team featuring one of
Indianapolis' top junior small forwards on Saturday. Brebeuf Jesuit's Sonny Troutman hit
for 17 points against Perry Meridian, leading the way for Brebeuf in the 57-51 win. PM's
Austin Montgomery hit a game-tying three at the end of regulation, but Brebeuf ran away
with the game in overtime. Montgomery had a game-high 24 points, and against the usually
tough Brebeuf defense, is quite an accomplishment.
What may be the state's top junior shooting guard, South Bend Clay's Sylvester Mayes, poured
in 32 points in a 79-71 win over Chesterton. Through four games now, Mayes is averaging 24.5
points per game.
Berkeley ended up 2-1 at the Nancy Santos/St. Mary's Tournament this weekend after winning their
last two games after an upset loss to Modesto Christian last Thursday. Berkeley shot 57-percent
from the field in a 69-45 win over the host Rams. Devanei Hampton led Berkeley with 20 points
and 11 rebounds, and Sabrina Keys added 13 points.
Katie Gearlds and Beech Grove (6-2) were knocked out of the semifinals of Marion County
Tournament by Ben Davis, 62-56. Gearlds led all scorers with 32 points.
DECEMBER 8, 2001
California small forward Jennifer Hall is getting attention from Purdue, according to a recent
article in the Sacramento Bee. Hall is ranked as the 10th best junior by Blue Star and
ranks 42nd in the nation regardless of class. Hall is averaging 28 points, 12.5 rebounds,
3.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.0 blocks so far this season for Folsom HS (CA). In AAU, Hall's
team finished among the final sixteen teams when she played 12-under, and came back later in
the 14-under league to win a national championship. Topping off last summer was an invitation
to the Adidas Camp, and preseason all-american honors by Street & Smith. She also has the
reputation of being California's best junior perimeter scorer.
Carol Duncan grabbed 14 rebounds and added 12 points in a 59-31 Northwood (7-1) win over
Katie Gearlds scored a game-high 31 points to lead Beech Grove past Decatur Central 58-42
in the Marion County Tournament.
Through eight games, Blair Hardiek is averaging 27.5 points for the 7-1 Effingham Hearts.
Last week against conference foe Paris, Blair hit for 35 points and hit 12-of-13 shots from
the line. She followed that up on Thursday with 25 points and seven boards against Newton.
Berkeley is now 2-2 after a 64-59 loss to Modesto Christian in the Nancy Santos Invitational.
Sabrina scored 15 points in the loss. Modesto boasts two of the nation's top freshmen, twins
actually, in 6'4 post Courtney Paris and 6'1 forward Ashley Paris. Berkeley's other loss came
last week to Lynwood High, featuring Tennessee recruit Sade Wiley-Gatewood. One thing is for
certain, Berkeley's ability to schedule teams with elite talent should bode well for the
development of Keys.
Purdue has been sending quite a bit of mail to 6'5 junior lefty guard Robert Barker of
Greensburg (IN). One source says the contact via mail is "constant". As of the end of
September, only a few schools had contacted him. The only Big Ten school was Purdue. He
also drew mail from Stanford, Notre Dame, Valpo and ISU (where his father played in 69,
70, 71). He's old for his class after starting school a year late, and is in the 180lb
range. Another source tells us..."He has exceptionally long arms and looks skinnier than
he really is." Lou Henson has even called his high school to see if New Mexico State
could be in the picture, and got the reply Henson's chances were "slim". As of now,
Barker has not been offered, but letters received from Purdue indicate a higher than
normal amount of interest, compared to other, more form-like letters I have seen. From
the description, this wasn't a form letter. As a sophomore, Barker averaged 17.4 points,
five rebounds and three assists. He shot 48-percent from the floor and 44-percent from the
perimeter. His game highs last year were 32 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. In AAU
this summer, Barker averaged in the upper twenties in scoring. So far this season, he is
averaging 29.6 points through three games, ranking him as the state's 4th best scorer.
And to top it off, his GPA through the first two years of high school stood at 3.88/4.0.
Indianapolis Cathedral had a very balanced scoring evening on Thursday, with Robert Vaden
leading the way with 15 points. Zach Decatur added 13, while Mo Brookins and Desmond Gadis
each had 12 points. Cathedral moved to 2-0 with the 80-60 victory over Manual. Through two
games, Vaden is averaging 21.5 points and Gadis is averaging 12.0. In Cathedral's first game,
Desmond Gadis scored 12 points on 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-5 from the perimeter. He also
had three assists, four steals and five turnovers in his first varsity game.
DECEMBER 6, 2001
Illinois Class A No. 2 Providence-St. Mel blasted Crane, 82-45. Justin Cerasoli had 20 points,
seven rebounds and five steals in the win.
DECEMBER 3, 2001
In the first USA Today Super 25 high school basketball rankings of the season, a couple teams
featuring Purdue recruits show up at No. 14 and No. 15. Sabrina Keys' Berkeley High (CA) ranks
at No. 14, while Reicina Russell's Terre Haute South (IN) team ranks 15th.
Game recaps are up on the Bridgton Academy website for their first four games, with Teague
receiving a few mentions. In the latest recap for last Friday's win over Naval Prep, the article
mentions Teague scored 14 points in the first half "most on run-outs the result of defensive
Ashley Mays scored 25 points in a 59-48 win over Carmel.
NOVEMBER 30, 2001
Beech Grove is off to a 5-1 start following a 56-49 victory over Whiteland. Katie Gearlds scored
Sharika Webb had 19 points and seven assists Wednesday as Cathedral dumped Ritter, 72-43.
Chalk up another 27 points for Ashley Mays. Her game-high came in a close one over Columbus
Another impressive stat on Chris Booker is his ability this season to hit freethrows when he
gets to the line. Against Trinity Valley on Wednesday, Booker went 9-of-10 from the line and
again led Tyler with 25 points.
Chris Booker was named the Region XIV Men's Player of the Week after averaging 17 points and 11
rebounds. For the season, he is leading Tyler in scoring with 18.3 points per game, and is
also averaging 12 rebounds. Tyler is 4-4 after a not-so-successful trip to Florida for the
Pepsi Tournament in Ocala. Tyler lost thier first conference game to Blinn before entering
the tournament, then proceeded to drop their first two tournament games. The three-game skid
ended with a 63-60 win over George Wallace (AL). Booker had a game-high 23 points against
Wallace, hitting 4-of-6 freethrows and a three-pointer.
The player profile for recruit Ashley Mays has been added, including her 2001-02 season
schedule. A date to circle on the calendar will be January 5th, when Mays travels to
Terre Haute to face Reicina Russell and Terre Haute South.
Effingham lost their first game of the year to conference rival Mount Zion, 51-45. Blair
Hardiek led all scorers with 20 points, and shot 5-of-6 from the line. Effingham is now 5-1.
Through five games this season, Suntana Granderson is averaging 23.0 points per game, while
Crystal Norman is averaging 14.5 points and 10.4 rebounds.
In serious foul trouble most of the game, Carol Duncan was held to five points in a 40-21
loss to Penn on Tuesday. Duncan had four fouls four minutes into the third quarter, but did not
foul out of the game. No. 3 NorthWood would score only eight points in the final two quarters
of the game. Odd stat of the week: NorthWood finished the game with 21 shots, 21 turnovers
and a total of 21 points.
Berkeley High has begun their season with Purdue signee Sabrina Keys at forward. Berkeley
moved to 2-0 on the season with a 64-50 win over Oakland. Sabrina scored 15 of her game-high
27 points in the third quarter.
NOVEMBER 27, 2001
Here's an article mentioning prospect Camille Lenoir of Narbonne High (CA), who has mentioned
Purdue. The article also lists some of the rising talent in the state of California.
South Bend Clay head coach Joe Huppenthal said Sylvester Mayes lacked his "A" game, but Mayes
still led Clay with 17 points and a 72-45 victory over Glenn. Three of his shots came from the
perimeter, and he was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line.
Honors of a different sort for Carol Duncan. Duncan was named to the Indiana Senior All-Star
North Team for volleyball by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports.
NOVEMBER 25, 2001
In the first close game of the season, NorthWood rallied to beat South Bend Adams 40-39 behind
Duncan's game-high 17 points.
NOVEMBER 24, 2001
Suntana Granderson led Riley to a 67-34 win over Mishawaka Marian to remain perfect on the
season. Granderson scored 23 points, was 4-of-4 from the line, and chipped in 10 boards.
Teammate Crystal Norman added 19 points and eight rebounds. The South Bend Tribune is
mentioning Notre Dame and Purdue are showing interest in Granderson, among a host of other
Division I programs. The link below will only last a couple of days, but has a shot of
Granderson going for a rebound.
Ashley Mays scored 10 of her game-high 18 points in the final quarter as Warren Central (2-2)
beat Perry Meridian 43-37.
NOVEMBER 23, 2001
Thornwood took the Lincoln-Way Tournament championship with a 66-43 win over host Lincoln-Way
East. Thornwood advanced to the final with an 85-49 win over Chicago Tilden.
Tyler continues to struggle in road games, dropping their opening game of the Pepsi Tournament
in Florida to Eastern Oklahoma, 81-77. Tyler was paced by Kurt Spurgeon with 18 points, and
William Watson with 12. Curtis Walker contributed 11 and Chris Booker had 10 on 5-of-10 shooting
from the field. Booker did not get to the line the entire game.
NOVEMBER 21, 2001
NorthWood remains undefeated with a 71-42 win over South Bend St. Joseph's. Duncan hit for
10 points, grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked five shots.
Indianapolis Beech Grove dropped their first game of the season to Southport, 61-54, after
leading by as many as nine points in the game. Katie Gearlds led everyone with 29 points and
10 rebounds. Beech Grove is now 2-1 on the seaon.
Keady's 2001-2002 recruiting class is now officially complete. Purdue has received an LOI from
each verballed player making them official Boilermakers. Congratulations to the players and the
coaching staff for another top 25 caliber class, rated as such by both Van Coleman and Bob
Gibbons. The player profiles for Chris Booker, Matt Kiefer, Melvin Buckley and David Teague
have all been updated to indicate thier recruiting status as "signed", plus scouting reports
from Gene Keady and Van Coleman have been added to each profile.
Thornwood's season opener at the Lincoln-Way Tournament was a success, as Thornwood moved on in
the tournament with a 76-51 win over Rich Central. Buckley scored 14 points, 10 coming in the
NOVEMBER 20, 2001
With the official announcement today, Purdue has received all five expected signings for the
freshman class of 2002-2003. This confirms both Webb and Taylor have signed, adding
to confirmed signings late last week from Mays, Keys and Duncan. Kristy Curry comments on
each player in the following article from the official Purdue site.
Tyler College dropped their first conference game of the season to Blinn, 92-86. Blinn finished
the game with four straight freethrows to put the game away. Booker finished with 17 points,
and hit a three with 42 seconds remaining to cut the Blinn lead to two.
NOVEMBER 19, 2001
In a Chicago Sun-Times preview of the upcoming boys basketball season, Thornwood's Melvin
Buckley has been named one of the state's top five shooters.
We have confirmation that Ashley Mays has sent her LOI to Purdue. The Purdue staff will likely
not officially comment on any one player in the class until they receive all of the letters on
campus for the entire class, so we will continue to report when we know for a fact a player
has signed their LOI. So far we have confirmation on Keys, Duncan and Mays. Junior college
sophomore forward Sultra Harding will wait until the spring to sign.
No.12 Naperville Central beat Elgin 59-37 behind 25 points from Candace Parker.
Reicina Russell had game highs in points (22) and rebounds (15) as South cruised past Northview,
NOVEMBER 18, 2001
Suntana Granderson led all scorers with 27 points Saturday as Riley dominated LaPorte 80-33.
Both Granderson and Crystal Norman were perfect from the line and both hit two shots each
from the perimeter. Norman finished with 20 points.
NOVEMBER 17, 2001
Terre Haute South bounced back from their first loss of the season by beating Clinton Prairie
84-51. In 15 minutes of play, Reicina Russell finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and
seven blocked shots.
NOVEMBER 16, 2001
Matt Kiefer comments on why he chose Purdue in an article in the Evansville Courier Press.
"I liked coach Keady and the players, I liked the atmosphere at Purdue, my brother attends
Purdue and I've always dreamed of going to Purdue," said Kiefer.
The Chicago Tribune has Melvin Buckley's Thornwood High team at No.4, and claims the
2001 state-runner up will still be a factor in the state even after the loss of 6'11 Eddy
Curry to the Chicago Bulls.
According to the Oakland Tribune. Berkeley forward Sabrina Keys signed her LOI for
A week at the top of the state rankings will have to be enough, for now, for 4A Terre Haute
South. South was beaten by 4A No.9 Bloomington South, 63-52. Russell finished with 12 points,
14 rebounds and five blocks, on a cold shooting night of 5-for-17 from the field.
Effingham downed South Central on Wednesday night, 95-34. Hardiek led Effingham with 26 points
on 10-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
NOVEMBER 15, 2001
Sharika Webb led Cathedral with 19 points in a 59-46 victory over Heritage Christian. Webb also
had five rebounds, five steals, six assists and one block. Sharika's player profile has been
updated with the Cathedral roster for the 2001-02 season, plus the season schedule.
In NorthWood's season opener against South Bend LaSalle, Carol Duncan scored 18 points and hit
6-of-8 shots from the line in the 57-33 win. Teammate Nikki Franz had five three-pointers
to lead NorthWood with 22 points.
Do you think Blair Hardiek is a major part of the Effingham team this year? In their opener,
Hardiek scored 39 points, was a perfect 3-for-3 from the stripe, and added seven rebounds,
six steals and five assists. Effingham beat Brownstown 76-32.
Blue Star has their newest rankings out. Missy Taylor is the highest rated verballed Purdue
recruit on the "seniors only" list, at #61. Others of interest among the 100 listed...Sabrina
Keys #66, Ashley Mays #73, and Sharika Webb #84. Looking at the list of the top 80 players
regardless of class, Candace Parker ranks #15 as the top sophomore in the nation, and
Katie Gearlds ranks #32 as the 7th best junior in the nation. Reicina Russell ranks 68th
overall, and is the 17th best junior on the list.
Van Coleman rates Purdue's recruiting class 15th in the nation in an article in the
Indianapolis Star. Purdue received a LOI today from Matt Kiefer, and will hold
comment on the class until they receive letters from Booker, Teague and Buckley. The article
also quotes Coleman talking about each player of Keady's latest class.
Chris Booker officially signed his LOI today in a ceremony at Tyler. Booker said at the
news conference today..."After I came to TJC, I said I wanted to leave Texas so I could
see new places. Purdue was one of the first schools to start to recruit me from Tyler.
I feel the coaches work well with the players."
The 2001-02 roster for Bridgton Academy is now posted under David Teague's player profile.
If you scroll down the profile to the "LINKS" section, there is also a link to the Bridgton
season preview form their official site.
Tyler JC rebounded from the three point loss to Cisco last week with a 46-point beating
of Southwestern Christian. Chris Booker led Tyler with 25 points. Tyler moved to 2-1
with the 123-77 win in front of a home crowd of only 330.
Beech Grove is now 2-0, as Katie Gearlds posts her first triple-double of the season with
19 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.
NOVEMBER 13, 2001
As the 2001-02 high school season draws near, there will be opportunities for fans to
watch games and formulate their own opinions of the players everyone else talks about.
The mission of this site has been to give the casual fan a resource to follow the progress
of the players. One thing that this site has tried to do is give a mixture of opinions
on players. We do this by encouraging the submission of scouting reports for prospects and
game summaries of games featuring prospects listed on the site. No experience necessary.
Some of the most refreshing and honest impressions come from people with little experience.
While one report may just run down scoring, another may get into offensive and defensive
sets. There are fans that visit this site that enjoy the basic and the complex. So, don't
feel like you need to have coached to be able to write down what impressed you about a
game or player. Just be yourself. We do like to see the good and the bad, but be prepared
to explain the bad. Fairness should be the guiding principle, and always keep in mind that
the prospects will be reading the stuff you write. All submissions will be considered
anonymous, but I do give the writer the option to attach his or her name to the report if
they wish. This is completely up to you. Bottom line...have fun!
The player profile for Katie Gearlds is now up, including her 2001-02 season schedule for
those wishing to catch some games.
On the issue of scouting reports, the mission of this site has been to give the casual fan a
resource to follow the progress of the players everyone talks about. One thing that
this site has tried to do is give a mixture of opinions on players. We do this by encouraging
the submission of scouting reports for prospects and game summaries of games featuring
prospects listed on the site. No experience necessary. Some of the most refreshing and honest
impressions come from people with little experience. While one report may just run down
scoring, another may get into offensive and defensive sets. There are fans that visit this
site that enjoy the basic and the complex. So, don't feel like you need to have coached to
be able to write down what impressed you about a game or player. Just be yourself. We do
like to see the good and the bad, but be prepared to explain the bad. Fairness should be
the guiding principle, and always keep in mind that the prospects will be reading the
stuff you write. All submissions will be considered anonymous, but I do give the writer
the option to attach his or her name to the report if they wish. This is completely up
to you. Bottom line...have fun!
NOVEMBER 12, 2001
Katie Gearlds opened her season with a 19 point, 10 rebound effort in a 52-37 win over
Ashley Mays had 60-percent of Warren Central's scoring output, but it wasn't enough as
Noblesville shut down WC 45-29. Mays finished with 17.
It turned out to be a battle of No. 1 teams as 4A Terre Haute South faced 2A Fountain Central
in the St. Jude's Tournament. Reicina Russell had 26 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks,
and Ohio State recruit Candace Dark finished with 20. Terre Haute South remained the unbeaten
No. 1 with the 81-43 victory. South advanced to face Fountain Central by defeating Terre
Haute North in the early game, 104-33. Russell hit for 10 points, 15 boards and five blocks.
Surprising to most in attendance, Russell was left off the all-tournament team.
Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson led South Bend Riley to a 2-0 start in a 54-51 win over
Highland. Norman had 13 points on 2-of-6 shooting from the line and a three pointer, while
Granderson led all scorers with 29 points, shooting 8-of-10 from the line with three makes
from the perimeter.
NOVEMBER 11, 2001
Reicina Russell opened her junior season with a 21 point, 11 rebound game against South
Vermillion. Terre Haute South won 97-40.
Purdue is showing interest in a pair of South Bend Riley juniors. New profiles are up for
5'11 guard Suntana Granderson and 6'1 forward Crystal Norman, including schedules, links,
photos and brief bios.
A newspaper article on Crockett's commitment to Connecticut. Narbonne head coach James Anderson
said it was down to Rutgers, Purdue and Connecticut, but added, "She has a chance to win a
national championship and not go somewhere where everything is on her shoulders." Those fans
guessing she might prefer going someplace where she could be a role player instead of a
primary threat were on the right track.
Recently we heard from Women's Basketball Journal that Duke and Purdue were leading for
the nation's top 2003 player, Seimone Augustus. On Friday, her local coverage newspaper The
Advocate confirmed Purdue was among the schools she is considering. While avoiding giving
any kind of a final list or favorites, she did mention Duke, LSU, Purdue and Tennessee as
likely to be on any final list. After the WBJ article a few days ago, people began questioning
two previously known facts about Augustus -- that she would wait until spring to make a
decision, and she was looking for the school with the best fashion merchandising program. In the
article linked below, she addresses both issues by maintaining she will wait until spring
after she has had a chance to visit schools, and that she may look at business programs
related to her interest in fashion merchandising. A nice follow-up article to the WBJ story
of a few days ago.
Tyler JC has opened the 2001-02 season with a 1-1 record, following a 100-90 win over
Weatherford and a 79-76 loss to Cisco. In game one, Chris Booker scored 27 points to
co-lead the team, and led all players with 13 rebounds. In game two, Booker scored
11 points. He has been Tyler's starting post player for the first two games. Booker
is backed up by 6'7 230-pound freshman post Curtis Walker from Fort Bend (TX) and
6'9 255-pound freshman Lance Hood from Mansfield (OH). Walker is the gem of the two
freshmen. A former all-american high school player, Walker is athletic enough to
contribute in Tyler's uptempo game. He averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds as a senior
in high school. Hood lack the athleticism of Walker, but is a skilled big body and
rebounder. Hood averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks as a senior in high
school. New Tyler head coach Mike Marquis has this to say about Booker..."The
talent and potential are out the window on Chris. I really think my main goal with
him, personally, is to give him that burning desire to be great every night - not
be satisfied with playing, but be only satisfied with dominating."
NOVEMBER 9, 2001
It has been reported on CPTV (Connecticut Public Television) that Wilnett Crockett has
verbally committed to Connecticut.
NOVEMBER 8, 2001
A center prospect in the class of 2003 to watch is Brian Butch of Appleton West (WI). The 6'11
center physically resembles John Allison at his age, but may have a more rounded game at this
point especially facing the basket. He's quietly been gaining respect after an above average
sophomore high school season, followed by a better summer season that got him invitations to
the Reebok Master's Invitational and the Nike Jamboree for talented underclassmen. He's a
two-year letter winner, averaging 11 points and five rebounds as a sophomore. Appleton West
lost their first seven games, then went 11 of 13 to finish the 2000-01 season at 11-10. He
was also the conference leader in blocked shots. Butch ranks as the 23rd best prospect in
his class nationally by Dave Telep, a class that looks to be very deep at center.
projected to be a 7'0er, Butch is getting attention from everywhere. However, he mentions
Purdue and almost all the Big Ten, Kentucky, St. Louis, Kansas, Utah, Arizona and Tennessee
Junior Sylvester Mayes of South Bend Clay is the only junior named to the Hoosier Basketball
Magazine Preseason All-State team.
A season preview of Terre Haute South mentioning Reicina Russell. She is listed now at 6'6 in
Just when you think you have a decent handle on what the coaching staff is going to do with
respect to the class of 2002, we get thrown a curve. Women's Basketball Journal is reporting
that Purdue and Duke are currently leading for the top player in the class of 2002.
Seimone Augustus, a 6'1 do-everything player from Baton Rouge (LA), averaged 22 points,
10 rebounds, six assists and five steals as a junior. A year that also earned her the 2001
Louisiana Miss Basketball Award and a Class 4A state championship.
The fall signing period begins on November 14th this year, when Purdue is expected to receive
a minimum of six signings from the class of 2002. The signing period will last through November
21st. Prospects are not allowed to sign a letter-of-intent before 7:00am on the 14th. The
National Letter of Intent is a binding document between a prospect and an institution. In
exchange for a commitment to attend an institution for one academic year, the institution
agrees to exchange one academic year of athletic financial aid. The purpose of the letter
is not guarantee a spot on a sports team. It simply exchanges a commitment for a guarantee
of athletic financial aid. This is why institutions are forbidden from accepting an NLI from
a walk-on player. A prospect must have an athletic award letter in his possession before
an NLI can be considered valid. Once a prospect signs a NLI, the NCAA allows the document to be
faxed to the institution. Upon receipt at the institution, the document is valid and the
university is allowed to make official, public comments about the prospect without fear of
penalty from the NCAA. However, most coaches will not publicly comment on a prospective
student-athlete until they receive the original, signed document.
NOVEMBER 2, 2001
Purdue has been looking at a top-rated junior forward from Minnesota. Kris Humphries, a 6'8 forward
from Minneapolis Hopkins HS, is ranked No. 7 by Fox Sports and No. 13 by Hoop Scoop. The list of
schools following his progress is infinite at the moment, but he has made it clear he wants to
play at the small forward, not the post. Humphries is making the rounds in the Big Ten, recently
visiting Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota. He has also visited Texas, and plans to also
see Arizona, Iowa, Florida, Syracuse and Louisville before making a decision by April of next
spring. Humphries recently told Jeff Shelman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I'm
trying to base it on where I can come in and play right away and help the team." Purdue may be
on the outside looking in for this kid, but gets a mention from his father for being in the mix.
However, his father also told Sid Hartman in July, "If I have my way and if Kris
listens to me, he will attend Minnesota." William Humphries is a former offensive lineman for the
Minnesota football team.
Diedre Chatman, one of two high school centers hosted on campus this past weekend, has verballed
The latest Street & Smith all-american teams have been released. Wilnett Crockett,
visiting Purdue this weekend, is the highest honored prospect on the list. Crockett made
the Street & Smith third team, while sophomore Candace Parker of Naperville Central (IL)
made the fifth team. Other players of interest receiving honorable mention by the magazine
include Camille Lenoir, Carol Duncan, Sharika Webb, Missy Taylor, Ashley Mays, Reicina Russell,
Katie Gearlds and Amber Harris.
OCTOBER 26, 2001
Two nationally respected high school centers will be on campus this weekend for official visits.
Six-foot-three Wilnett Crockett and six-foot-six Diedra Chatman will be on official visits.
The player profile is now up for 2003 forward Parnell Smith of Indianapolis Pike. Included
are photo links, a collection of news reports from this site dating back three years, and
the 2001-2002 Pike varsity schedule.
A couple more players Purdue looked at in the class of 2002 have made verbal commitments.
Hinsdale Central (IL) forward Morgan Kasperek has verballed to Iowa, and Los Angeles Lynwood's
Janice Bright has verballed to Nebraska.
OCTOBER 22, 2001
While holding off on an official commitment, Gillian Goring was quoted by a Connecticut
newspaper as saying "This is going to be where I'll be going next year" during her visit
to Connecticut this weekend. The official is waiting on her ability to first talk to her
parents and coach. In the meantime, the same article has two other Connecticut recruits
saying no. Bernice Mosby, a 6'1 forward, has withdrawn her verbal made earlier this week,
and has verballed to LSU. Also, Nikki Blue, a 5'8 point guard, has verballed to UCLA.
Looking at the competition. Connecticut now has two young centers. Jessica Moore, a 6'3
athlete who ranks as one of the fastest players on the team, redshirted last year as a
freshman. Now Goring is likely added to the mix at center. The position that is wide open
at the moment for Connecticut is power forward, which could appeal to Crockett.
Connecticut will lose everybody over 6'0 (Cash, Jones and Williams) except the freshman
Moore at the end of the year.
UCLA looks more of an option now that they have pulled Blue away from Connecticut. Even
though Crockett has expressed a desire to get out of California, UCLA could gain some
favor with the final visit. They lose two senior centers (Leatham and Allen) at the end
of the year, and have two young freshmen centers in 6'7 Sissy Pickett and 6'4 Krystle
Johnson (who can also play at forward). Add to the mix at power forward 6'0 junior
Kristee Porter and 6'1 sophomore post defender Jamila Veasley. Porter, a star volleyball
player for the Bruins, has been amazing in her first real year with the basketball team.
She ranked second in the PAC-10 in rebounding, and blocked 39 shots last year. Veasley
is a post defender who is tagged as a rebounder/defender. At the moment, UCLA does not
have any verbal commitments from any potential post players for the 2002 class.
In the meantime back at Connecticut, Goring seems to think Barbara Turner will pick
Connecticut, while Crockett "...doesn't really say that much".
Kristy Curry will be holding open tryouts on Tuesday, October 16th for walk-on candidates. Any
female student enrolled in at least 12 hours making good academic progress should show up in
Mackey Arena at 4:30pm ready to scrimmage.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Iowa has received a verbal from 6'2 Lake Zurich (IL) power forward Johanna
Solverson. Solverson, rated 46th by All Star Girls Report, chose the Hawkeyes over Michigan
State and Wisconsin.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Ohio State has a back-to-the-basket player in 6'10 Aaron Spears (although
measured in his bare feet at Nike at 6'8 in July). The 250-pound senior from Chicago Dunbar (IL)
chose tOSU over West Virginia. Minnesota and Illinois had also offered. Spears is generally
ranked in the 100-200 range.
OCTOBER 14, 2001
Missy Taylor's player profile has been updated since her verbal, along with the scholarship grid.
"I think Wil is the best low-post player in the country," Narbonne head coach James Anderson
said recently to INJersey.com about Wilnett Crockett. "And she's a better person than she is
a player. She's an excellent student and does all the things you are supposed to do." Crockett
visited Rutgers last weekend, and moves on to Ohio State this coming weekend. Her last three
visits will be Connecticut on October 20th, Purdue on October 27th and UCLA on November 3rd.
According to the article, UCLA is the longshot.
According to a forum member, Purdue received an unofficial visit on Saturday from
6'7 junior forward Adam Liddell from Dekalb HS (IN). "Junior basketball prospect Adam
Liddell from DeKalb high school was in Coach Keady's office this weekend with his high
school coach, Cliff Hawkins. Adam was the center on DeKalb's #1 ranked team last year, but
can also play the wing and has good range out to 23 ft. He has been steadily improving this
summer with the Indy-based No Excuses AAU club and Jay Price has been in the DeKalb gym
many times over the summer watching him. He needs to shore up his dribbling and gain some
weight (about 6"7"-180 lbs.), but he is a very skilled and very athletic center that has
already made invited unofficial visits to Mich. St. and Iowa is all over him...there was
no scrimmage at Mackey before Saturday's football game and he spent his whole time with
Keady and an academic advisor." [Posted by GS Thomas]
Indianapolis junior Sonny Troutman has no favorites, but is getting some attention from Purdue.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Wisconsin has their third commitment from the class of 2002. Maurice "Boo" Wade,
a 6'2 guard from Milwaukee Vincent (WI), has verballed and is expected to sign during the
early signing period. Marked as the fourth-best prospect in Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel, Wade needs one point on his ACT to qualify.
OCTOBER 9, 2001
Visiting this past weekend were several prospects, including the two known official visits from
Sultra Harding and Sabrina Keys. Kristy Curry was also seen escorting two additional recruits
at the Iowa football game, one around 6'2 and the other a shorter guard. The two unknown
prospects were not Keys and Harding. According to Mike Carmin, Purdue will be bringing
in two center prospects the weekend of October 26-28. Purdue will finally receive a visit from
6'3 Narbonne (CA) center Wilnett Crockett, and will also host 6'6 Kennedy HS (CA) center
Deidra Chatman. Chatman is still looking at Purdue, UCLA, Virginia, Kentucky, Miami (FL),
California, Arizona and Arizona State, and is ranked No. 48 by All Star Girls Report. Crockett
has a final five of Purdue, Rutgers, Connecticut, UCLA and Ohio State. However, an article in
the October 6th edition of the Home News Tribune covering Rutgers, states Crockett "has
narrowed her choices to Rutgers, Ohio State and Connecticut. No source is given for this
information by the newspaper.
Texas power forward Steven Briggs, a 6'8 senior who recently verballed to UMASS, had this to say
about who he thought was his toughest opponent this past summer..."It would have to be
Robert Vaden. Most of our guards couldnít guard him so we made a change."
OCTOBER 8, 2001
A recently committed University of Arkansas recruit says the Boilers were on her final list.
6'1 small forward Kristin Moore from Chicago (IL) chose the Lady Razorbacks over Wisconsin,
Purdue and Alabama. Before blowing out her ACL after five games as a junior, she was averaging
18 points and nine rebounds.
More player rankings. We've added two more lists of rankings to the "Player Rankings" page.
Hoop Scoop has the 2004 top 100, the 2005 top 14 and the 2006 top 10. Robert Vaden is ranked
No. 8 in the class of 2004. Also added are rankings from Student Sports for the 2002, 2003
and 2004 classes. Two players in the class of 2003 who have mentioned Purdue are ranked in the
top 50 list -- 6'6 Brian Randle (Peoria, IL) at No. 30 and 6'8 Harrison Schaen (Santa Ana, CA)
at No. 47. Speaking of Randle, he made an unofficial visit to Illinois this past weekend. In
the class of 2004, Robert Vaden is ranked No. 18. And reading over some scouting reports from
last summer's AAU National Tournament, one scout rated Vaden as the No. 17 prospect at the
tournament. The scout also ranked high school and future college teammate Desmond Gadis the
No. 8 player at the national tournament. Gadis has built quite a reputation on the AAU circuit
this summer. Gadis is not only the floor leader, but also a scoring threat on a team featuring
the highly rated Vaden, and probably the nation's best center prospect in rising freshman Luke
Osceola High center Ruby Vaden orally committed to the Lady Razorbacks on Monday. Vaden,
now listed at 6'4, averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds as a junior and chose Arkansas over
Vanderbilt, Southwest Missouri, Duke and Connecticut.
Thanks to the site contributor that sent us the 2004 rankings from Van Coleman. We can now
confirm that Robert Vaden is listed as the 8th best prospect, and Desmond Gadis is ranked 30th.
The rankings were made in mid-August and listed the top 30 in the class. The only other
Indiana prospect ranked in the top 30 is J.R. Angle from Greenfield, who has committed to
Iowa. Angle is ranked 21st. The Class of 2004 looks to be the class of the point guard, as
nine of the top thirty are point prospects.
OCTOBER 2, 2001
We have received and posted the 2001-2002 schedule for NorthWood High School under Carol
Duncan's player profile.
BIG TEN UPDATE: The University of Michigan has received two commitments from big men over the
weekend. Chris Hunter, a 6'11 post player from Gary West, and Amadou Ba, a 6'10 center from
Bridgeton Prep (ME), have given the Wolverines verbal commitments. Amadou Ba is a raw,
240-pound center who has only been playing organized ball for a few years. Hunter should
develop into a great player, and it will be nice to watch the transformation from within the
SEPTEMBER 30, 2001
BIG TEN UPDATE: Illinois has a third commitment from the class of 2002. Indianapolis Cathedral's
Jessica Wright, a 6'0 wing player, averaged 12.1 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Class 3A state
champs last season.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Charles Bass, a 6'8 185-pound power forward from University Park (IL) has
verballed to Ohio State. Bass averaged 17 Pts, 8 Rebs, and 4.5 blocks a game and chose the
Buckeyes over Minnesota, Colorado, West Virginia and others.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
A few players who had shown some interest in Purdue have chosen programs. Robert Hite of
Cincinnati Winton Woods (OH) has verballed to the University of Miami. His high school
teammate, 6'5 guard DeForrest Riley, also listed Purdue. Riley recently committed to Penn
State. And finally, Providence - St. Mel (IL) forward Stanley Gaines has verballed to
BRUCE WEBER UPDATE: Southern Illinois has their second commitment, another guard, in 6'3 Ryan
Walker of Galesburg (IL). That sent Tamms Egyptian (IL) guard Dana Ford to Illinois State
after reducing his list down to Southern Illinois, Illinois State and Southeast Missouri.
Walker recently transferred to Galesburg from Charlotte, N.C., where he played point guard as
a sophomore and two-guard as a junior. Walker's father played Division I basketball at Wake
SEPTEMBER 26, 2001
The big man drought has officially come to an end as Keady and staff sign two of their top
6'10 recruits, adding Chris Booker today. Tyler Junior College standout 6'10 post player with
range Chris Booker has been confirmed to have committed to Purdue. His player profile, and
Tyler's 2001-02 schedule can be found here...
While Purdue now begins to fully concentrate on the class of 2003, there are still some players
remaining from Purdue's wish list. While full updates will not be continued on those players,
we will update everyone when they finally choose a school.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Michigan State has two new commitments, one from a senior and one from a junior.
Lansing Everett (MI) 5'8 senior Patrice McKinney and Saginaw Heritage (MI) 6'2 junior
Katrina Grantham have both given verbal commitments. McKinney averaged 14 points and 10
rebounds as a junior, but had a 27-point outburst in the Class A state championship game last
season. McKinney was looking at Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Illinois,
Purdue and UNLV. Grantham is rated as one of the top five juniors in the state of Michigan.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Below is a link to a post from the Illinois forum on last weekend's Chicagoland PEP Classic.
Melvin Buckley "played very well and was dropping 3's all day". Also notice the comments on
target Brian Randle, plus a name to keep in mind, Justin Cerasoli. Cerasoli is a 6'1 shooter
from Providence St. Mel (IL) and attended Purdue's Elite Camp this summer. Also linked below are
a couple of photos taken by Jud Burton, who was also in attendance for the PEP Classic.
Speaking of Purdue Elite Camp attendees, 6'7 sophomore Shaun Pruitt of Providence St. Mel, has
transferred to Aurora West for the upcoming season.
The Berkeley girl's basketball program, the California basketball machine that created Purdue's
latest verbal commitment in Sabrina Keys, has officially been named an "anomaly" by the NCS
athletic league in California. The NCS passed a competitive anomaly bylaw in 1998 to help take
dominant teams away from the confinements of league play and allow them to schedule more
competitive games. It was also designed to help the remaining teams in the league
avoid the biannual beatings by the dominant team. Berkeley is the first program to be
approved for anomaly status. Berkeley is 59-1 in league play over the past five years.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Illinois has recently gained verbal commitments from two Illinois all-state
performers. Senior 6'4 center Kari Embree from Wheeling (IL), ranked as the 32nd best player in
her class nationally, chose Illinois over Columbia and others. Embree's commitment comes on
the heels of the commitment of Hinsdale Central (IL) point guard Maggie Acuna, who got some
attention from the Purdue staff at one point.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
School Sports has a list of the top 50 girls in the class of 2002 up. Some of the players listed
to be showing interest in Purdue are No. 1 Ann Strother, No. 2 Gillian Goring, No. 11 Wilnett
Crockett, No. 14 Erin Grant, No. 16 Ruby Vaden, No. 30 Janice Bright and No. 32 Missy Taylor.
Strother and Goring appear to be solidly out of the picture looking at their planned
visits. Erin Grant has verballed to Texas Tech after reducing her list to primarily Texas Tech,
Stanford, Duke and Georgia. Crockett and Taylor remain Purdue top choices.
The Chris Booker decision should come this week, no later than October 1st according to comments
he made to Jeff Washburn. The two finalists appear to be Purdue and Texas Tech, with
Louisville and Washington now in the distance. Booker visited Texas Tech last weekend, and visited
Purdue this past weekend.
Jud Burton, from Burton's Ball State Basketball site, scouted the Spiece Fall Festival
in Fort Wayne a week ago and has some scouting reports up on some Purdue targets. Some players
of interest include Chaz Spicer, Parnell Smith, Robert Barker and Sylvester Mayes. Photos are
We have received the 2001-2002 schedule for Tyler Junior College and have posted it under
Chris Booker's player profile. Booker will be able to hone his skills at forward this year as
Tyler JC has two 6'9 freshmen post players weighing in at 245 and 255 pounds respectively.
Purdue may wish to keep the pipeline open to Tyler for these two, plus keep an eye on 7'1,
300-pound center Brandon Byrne, currently redshirting at Tyler.
Updating some rankings for Matt Kiefer. The former Citadel, now Insiders group
of scouts has Kiefer at No. 84 among seniors. Also, a new consensus ranking -- combining the
rankings of Hoop Scoop (No. 44), Dave Telep (No. 84), Prep Stars (NR), Bob Gibbons (No. 71),
PrepSpotlite (No. 91) and School Sports (No. 69) -- has Kiefer sitting at No. 76 nationally.
So notable names ranked lower (between 77 and 100) than Kiefer on the consensus chart are
Iowa's Josh Rhodes, Notre Dame's Rick Cornett, uncommitted center Julius Lamptey, Michigan
State's Delco Rowley, and uncommitted big man Chris Hunter.
Capri Small hit the road to scout the High School Girls College Exposure Shootout in Fort Wayne,
which brought together 137 of Indiana's top high school talent over multiple classes. One of the
standouts over the weekend was Purdue target Katie Gearlds..."Katie stood out all day. One
reason was because she is equally adept at penetrating, pulling up to hit three-point shots,
or finding an open teammate. The other reason was her height - at over six feet (unfortunately,
this information was not included on the roster sheets made available), she towered over the
other perimeter players. The most impressive parts of her game this day were her interior
defense and quick hands. She is a complete player whose style is extremely reminiscent of
Katie Douglasís." For more scouting reports on additional players, hit the link below.
According to Women's Basketball Journal, Narbonne (CA) center Willnet Crockett has set
up official visits to Purdue, Ohio State, Connecticut, and Rutgers. If necessary, her fifth
visit will be to either USC, UCLA or Colorado. UCLA might get the nod for the final visit
since Narbonne teammate Lisa Willis verbally committed to UCLA this week.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2001
Sabrina Keys, a 6'1 power forward from Berkeley HS (CA), has verbally committed to Purdue
following a cancelled weekend visit. Keys chose the Boilers over Michigan, Ohio State and
Southern California despite having to cancel a recent official visit. Blue Star has a
pre-summer ranking of #81 for Keys, who averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds for the two-time
California Division I tournament runner-up.
Purdue hosts what may be the final piece to the class of 2002 this coming weekend as Chris Booker
makes an official visit. Booker will follow a visit last weekend from already verbally committed
small forward Melvin Buckley, while the staff has to wait until November 17th to get Matt Kiefer
on campus for his official visit. Keady traveled to Fort Worth, Texas for a home visit with
Booker on September 9th, then visited with Buckley on the 11th. Also in the article below,
Purdue may again try to schedule an alternative to the midnight first practice held by most
programs around the nation, in favor of an earlier time possibly in conjunction with a home
Things are looking good with Connersville wing Missy Taylor after a weekend official visit.
Plenty of glowing comments in this article, which indicates she is now down to just Purdue and
Indiana. A decision is expected after she takes a scheduled official visit to Indiana on
If it hasn't been made obvious yet, Gillian Goring's interest in Purdue faded a few months ago.
She is only entertaining four home visits, from Connecticut, Virginia, Iowa State and Western
Kentucky. It is unknown how the recent airline groundings will affect coaches and their
planned home visits. While Purdue squeezed in a pre-terrorist visit with Wilnett Crockett on
Monday, Connecticut may have to reschedule planned California visits with Anitra Blue and Crockett
in the next two days. Having a couple of days to think about her Purdue visit before being
wooed by the next program on the list may work as an advantage for Purdue with Crockett. Only
time will tell.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2001
J & C beat writer Jeff Washburn has a column on the anticipation of Chris Booker's verbal
during his official visit on September 22.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports indicate Illinois has received a verbal from 6'7 senior combo
forward Kyle Wilson of Dallas Jesuit HS (TX). Wilson averaged 17 points and eight rebounds
as a junior, and became a hot commodity this summer as coaches began digging for athletes with
some open court skills and size to match.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2001
BIG TEN UPDATE: The third player from Indiana's class of 2004 has made an early decision.
J.R. Angle, a 6'6 forward from Indian Creek HS (IN), has given Iowa a verbal commitment. Angle
was getting early attention from high majors including Purdue, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA and
Kentucky. Angle joins Boiler verbal recruits Robert Vaden and Desmond Gadis as the first
three players from the class of 2004 to take themselves off the market.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2001
Purdue will pay Wilnett Crockett a home visit on September 10th. USC gets the first visit on
the 9th, followed by Purdue, UCLA on the 11th and UCONN on the 13th. NCAA coaches are currently
under an NCAA mandated "quiet period", where coaches are only allowed to make in-person
recruiting contacts only on campus. This period extends to September 8th and usually is used
by prospects to visit the schools they are interested in attending. That changes on September
9th when coaches are allowed to make off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations. The
September "contact period" is active with home visits, and continues through the 29th.
AUGUST 30, 2001
Hannah Anderson joins the Boilermakers for the 2001-02 season as a walkon, up from team
manager duties as a true freshman during the 2000-01 season. Anderson is the 11th invited
walkon in the history of Purdue women's basketball. The 5'10 forward is a graduate of West
Lafayette High School where she was a three-sport star in basketball, volleyball and track.
A standout both academically and athletically. We have added her profile to the site, plus
updated the scholarship grid.
A recent article mentions two Purdue center targets, Wilnett Crockett and Gillian Goring.
Goring's interest has been fading, and the article seems to lend more proof to that theory
by reporting her list as including UConn, Tennessee, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Penn State and Iowa.
The 6'3 Crockett from national power Narbonne High in California, will be visiting Connecticut
for their first practice along with Ohio's Barbara Turner, who recently eliminated the Boilers.
Crockett has a shortened list of Purdue, UCONN, Rutgers and Ohio State.
BIG TEN UPDATE: Wisconsin has received two verbals this week. Whitefish Bay's (WI) Ray Nixon,
a 6'7 big guard who averaged 15 points and seven rebounds last year, has chosen Wisconsin over
Xavier, Boston College and Virginia. Nixon may look like a forward, but has proven this summer
he can play either guard position. Verbal number two comes from Lockport Township (IL) two-guard
Alando Tucker. The 6'3 scorer, averaging 21.4 points and 5.9 rebounds as a junior, picked
the Badgers over Marquette, Boston College, Illinois State and Valparaiso.
Ann Strother has dropped Purdue and Texas from her list according to the New Haven
Register. Colorado, Connecticut, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee and
Vanderbilt are on her final list, a list that will be reduced after a series of home
visits are completed in the middle of September.
A player that Purdue paid some attention to in the state of Indiana before
concentrating on other options has just given Ohio State a verbal commitment. Fountain
Central's Candace Dark, a 5'11 perimeter player has chosen Ohio State over a final list
that also included Ball State, Virginia Tech and Xavier.
Tis the season for recruiters and scouts to release their post-summer rankings, and we have a
few new lists out to look at. The Sporting News has added their top 51-100 prospects to
the previously released listed top 50. Names of interest in the second 50 are Matt Kiefer at
#84 and Chris Hunter at #92. A new top 100 list is out on the Hoop Scoop visitors site.
The only name of Purdue interest on the list is Matt Kiefer, who got one of his highest rankings
we've seen yet -- #44. A site visitor who got a peak at the new post-summer rankings from Van
Coleman tells us Purdue's two early verbals from the class of 2004 are receiving a great
deal of respect. Point guard Desmond Gadis is ranked at #30, and Robert Vaden has an overall
ranking of #8 and has the honor of being the nation's best player at the wing forward position
in his class.
Matt Denison is reporting that Boiler legacy Russell Trudeau has verballed to Indiana
State. Congrats to Russell and the Trudeau family. We had a feeling he wouldn't make Grandma
Trudeau drive too far to watch him play.
Updates on two Purdue recruits comes from a New Haven Connecticut newspaper. Cleveland's Barbara
Turner has eliminated Purdue, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Texas and Duke from her list.
Still remaining and getting official visits are Georgia (9/28-30), Rutgers (10/5-7), North
Carolina (10/12-14), UConn (10/19-21) and Southern California (11/2-4). California post
Wilnett Crockett still has Purdue on her list that also includes Rutgers, Ohio State and UConn.
And if the timeline of the article is correct, Purdue will get Crockett's final visit.
The recruitment of Chris Booker continues. The new program in the mix who has shown a lot of
interest of late is Texas Tech. Bobby Knight, rarely seen much on the recruiting trail during
the summer at Indiana, was following Booker around at the Mullin JUCO Jamboree. Also in
attendance were Roy Williams and an assistant from Kansas. Plans for a visit to Kansas have
been pushed back to Kansas' version of Midnight Madness, a move the Kansas staff did not
like. Booker also plans to take official visits to Washington State and Purdue. He has offers
on the table from Texas Tech, Iowa State, Purdue, Washington State, Illinois, Texas, Arizona
State, and Louisville. Previous questions about his academic standing have been cleared up,
thanks to some hard work this summer in the classroom.
AUGUST 16, 2001
Check out the Player Rankings page for new links to ratings of the top players in Indiana, Ohio
More on Shalicia Hurns in today's Journal and Courier. She has transferred to Wabash Valley
Junior College where she will play for one year. Verballed Purdue recruit Sultra Harding also
attends Wabash Valley JC in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. In our updates this fall on Sultra Harding's
games, we will also update how Hurns is doing.
After several brushes with the law this summer, Shalicia Hurns has been released from her
scholarship at Purdue. Hurns was suspended indefinitely by Coach Curry, and a list of conditions
for her return was given to her. Hurns subsequently decided to leave the program. The Boiler
family wishes Shalicia well and hopes she can turn things around enough to use the special
gifts she has been given.
After visiting Indiana and Xavier last week, Missy Taylor is no more closer to making a
decision than she was prior to last week. Taylor is taking another look at everyone on her
list -- a list that no longer just includes Purdue, Indiana and Xavier -- and is talking
about delaying a decision until September. Our featured story on Missy Taylor is an
authorized reprint of an August 10th story in the Connersville News-Examiner.
James Augustine has followed a weekend unofficial visit to Illinois with a verbal. Augustine
was receiving some pressure from fellow AAU teammate and Illini recruit Dee Brown to
choose Illinois. According to the Herald & Review article below, Illinois coach Bill Self
had Dee Brown in his office when Augustine stopped by during his unofficial visit. Chris Booker
remains Purdue's top choice for the final scholarship being offered to the class of 2002.
According to the Effingham Daily News, Purdue is the current front runner for rising
junior point guard Blair Hardiek.
AUGUST 9, 2001
The list for James Augustine includes Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Notre Dame.
He will visit Illinois today, and has said he will unofficially visit Purdue (in another
recent article) and Notre Dame soon.
An on again, off again relationship with Purdue? The latest list mentioned by Gary West's
Chris Hunter doesn't mention Purdue. But we've seen Purdue left off the list before, only
to pop up on his list a few days later on another site. Illinois, Georgia Tech, Missouri,
Ohio State, Michigan State and Seton Hall are mentioned this time, and the article says
academics aren't a concern anymore.
Matt Denison has updates on Marques Bennett and Antwan Alexander. Bennett is still
mentioning some interest from Purdue, but only has offers from Leigh, Southern Illinois,
Valparaiso, Wright State, Loyola. Alexander has Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville,
Wake Forest and Auburn on his list, and mentions Iowa State as the leader at the moment.
Prep Spotlite is back with an update on their post-summer top 50. Of Purdue interest, Dallas
point guard Bryan Hopkins comes in at No. 33, while top target James Augustine has entered
the list at No. 44. Vince Baldwin compares him to the NBA's Sam Perkins, in his ability
to take post defenders outside.
Forty-plus rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors were invited to this year's Blue Star
Elite Camp. Camp organizer Mike Flynn invited us down to check out the action. Included
are some evaluations of some of the top young talent in the nation, including several
players representing the very best in their respective high school classes nationally.
Marion big man Kevin Cates has ended the speculation and has verballed to Ball State. We think
this is a huge sign for Ball State, as Cates is a solid rebounder and can help move a team
up and down the court. We saw Steve Alford shadowing Cates at the Hoosier Shootout, trying
to get in late, but wasn't successful.
Purdue has got the attention of the top remaining unsigned point guard in the nation, 5'11
Bryan Hopkins of Dallas Lincoln (TX). Hopkins is said to be wide open, but Texas, Purdue and
Iowa State are mentioned as showing interest. Hopkins is rated #36 in the post-summer list
released by Dave Telep.
Speaking of Dave Telep's new rankings, several Purdue recruits and prospects appear on his
post-summer top 100 list. Hopkins is mentioned at #36, followed by James Augustine at #71,
Matt Kiefer at #84, Chris Hunter at #92 and Robert Hite at #99.
A blurb at the bottom of this Indy Star article on elite camps gives an idea who has offered
Brebeuf senior guard Marques Bennett. Bennett, who says he liked his experience at the Purdue
Elite Camp, has scholarship offers from Southern Illinois, Wright State, Lehigh and Miami of
Ohio. Southern Illinois' main recruiting assistant was one of the instructors at the Purdue
Bruce Weber update - Matt Denison is reporting Bruce Weber's Salukis have obtained a commitment
from Benton Central small forward / shooting guard Blake Schoen. Schoen is one of the top three
high school small forwards in the rising senior class. Congrats to Schoen and Coach Weber on
a great pickup.
An 8-1 record isn't too shabby, but only good enough for eighth place at nationals for Warrick
County due to a first round tournament loss to the eventual second place team Boo Williams. The
Spiece Pistols battled for sixth place, but lost to the Georgia Stars and ended up tenth.
AUGUST 2, 2001
All the Indiana teams have been eliminated in the winner's bracket at Nationals going into the
final day of competition. The strongest team in the winner's bracket proved to be the Spiece
Pistols, who opened with a close game against the Arkansas Hawks, beating them 71-69. The Pistols
then defeated Alabama Ice, 48-41, before being bounced from the bracket by the Tallahassee
Wildcats 56-67. Spiece now plays for 6th place in the tournament. After losing their
first round game against Boo Williams, Warrick County has run off wins against Maine Select,
61-59, and Minnesota Magic Gold, 82-61. Warrick County is playing for 8th place in the
AUGUST 1, 2001
Keady and staff have been following around a few players at the AAU Nationals. James Augustine
continues to get a lot of attention from Purdue, as well as Illinois. The staff is also
following the St. Louis Eagles AAU program around, watching the progress of Brian Randle.
Warrick County lost the opening round game against Boo Williams on Tuesday morning.
JULY 31, 2001
Kennitra has received her release from Connecticut and has had them forward her academic
transcript to one school...Purdue. The Purdue staff can now officially speak to Johnson
about joining the Boilers.
Warrick County moved to 3-0 at Nationals with a 67-61 victory over the Georgia Jazz. The Spiece
Pistols also finished pool play perfect, defeating the Niagara Sullivan Eagles 93-57. The
schedule today, as tournament play begins, is as follows...
Spiece Pistols vs. Arkansas Hawks (10:00am)
The winner will play the winner of the Alabama Ice/North Carolina Wilson Kings game at 4:00pm.
Warrick County vs. Boo Williams (10:00am)
The winner will play the winner of the Team Louisiana/Maine Select game at 4:00pm. Boo Williams
is the defending champion, but has already been beaten once this tournament by an
Indiana team -- Ohio Valley. The Spiece Pistols, Bloomington Red, and Warrick County are all
in the same bracket and only one team will make is past Wednesday in the winners bracket. The
semis and finals are on Thursday, with the champ being crowned at 3:00pm Thursday.
JULY 30, 2001
A list of the top 90 player in the state of Wisconsin has been added to the "Rankings" page.
The Spiece Top Prospects featuring Desmond Gadis and Robert Vaden, lost on Friday to the
Arizona Stars at the Adidas Big Time Tournament, 78-57. If it was any consolation, the
Arizona Stars would rattle off five more wins and take the Division B title. Spiece had the
unlucky draw to face them in round one. The Arizona Stars also beat the NW Ind Players on the
way to the championship.
South Bend rising junior guard Sylvester Mayes has been making a huge splash in Las Vegas
this weekend playing for the South Bend Tru Soldiers. The Soldiers opened the tournament
with a 75-64 victory over the Albuquerque Hoosiers (NM), 75-64. On Friday, the Soldiers
split a pair of pool games, losing to the Villa Park Spartans (CA) 77-59, and defeating Team
Reebok (OH) 83-78. Against Team Reebok, Mayes led the Soldiers with 33 points on six
three-pointers. There were only eight players in the tournament that scored more than
six threes in one game during competition. A second place position in pool play landed the
team in the Division A tournament. In tournament play, Mayes scored 35 points in
an opening round victory against IEBP Ballers. The Soldiers would go on and eventually be
defeated in the bracket semis by Tru-Playaz BC. Among the tournament top scorers, Mayes
scoring output of 35 tied him for 14th best single game scoring total. Mayes also finished
the tournament 11th in scoring average (27.5 ppg), 6th in total points scored (165) and
2nd in the number of three point field goals made (24).
Both Warrick County (Matt Kiefer) and the Spiece Pistols (Tyler Best, Russell Trudeau,
Kevin Cates, James Banks, Seth Colclasure) are 2-0 at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. Kiefer
is averaging 15.5 points through two games.
A couple players who have at one time or another shown up on Purdue's wish list have made
decisions. John Morningstar, 6'10 center from Concord HS has verbally committed to Miami of
Ohio. Detroit Rogers guard Ricardo Billings has verballed to Ohio State.
Here's an interesting article driving home the fact that many coaches are not only out on the
recruiting trail to see players, but also to be seen by players.
Another editorial from a Connecticut newspaper site on the KJ situation. This article brings
up two important points that likely would have weighed heavily in KJ's decision to transfer.
First is the fact incoming freshman guard Ashley Battle is a really impressive player. Two
years ago at the Nike Camp, Battle was one of the scrappiest players on the floor, with a
better than average offensive game to go with her defensive intensity. Battle will make
most players look lazy in comparison, especially those who have been labeled as
underachievers in the past. Secondly, the article is talking about the junior all-american
as a potential sixth-man candidate. The possibility of a starting role almost anywhere else
had to influence the decision. To get to the story, click on the link below, go to the "Sports"
page, bring up the Saturday stories, and click on the one titled below.
Kennitra has not been released from her scholarship at UCONN yet, and according to head coach
Geno Auriemma, she hasn't contacted him for a release. But Auriemma has burnt the bridge, saying
she is no longer welcome back. Auriemma talks about struggling to keep Johnson with his team,
while it has been obvious to him she wanted to be somewhere else since the beginning of her
Missy Taylor and Katie Gearlds have both been named AAU All-Americans, following the AAU 16-under
national championships held in Orlando. Gearlds' team, Indiana's Finest, finished in a four-way
tie for 13th at nationals, while Taylor's Dayton Lady Hoopstars team finished tied for 7th.
Taylor is seeing major attention from Purdue, Stanford, Iowa State, Iowa, Xavier, Vanderbilt
and Western Kentucky.
Three years ago, Kennitra Johnson was fairly certain she would be a Boiler. Then Carolyn Peck
left Purdue for a position in the WNBA, sending Johnson to Connecticut instead. After two years
at Connecticut, Johnson is transferring and Purdue seems to have the advantage in landing the
all-american guard. Johnson will have to sit out a year at a new school, then will have two
years of eligibility remaining. Keep an eye out for an official announcement from the UCONN
SID, which will indicate when Johnson is released from her scholarship and when Purdue can
make contact with her.
Purdue landed their third commitment for the incoming class of 2002-2003 when 6'7 wing Melvin
Buckley chose Purdue over rival Michigan State. "I like the family atmosphere that Purdue has,"
Buckley told Ken Thompson of the Journal and Courier. "I love the coaching staff. I like
coach Keady's offense." Rated the 94th best prospect in his class by Recruiting USA, he
averaged 14.2 points as a junior. Buckley hit 40-percent of his perimeter shots, and 78-percent
from the line. He is also a good student, currently sporting a 3.5 GPA. With the addition of
a wing scorer like Buckley, Purdue will now look to fill one remaining scholarship with a big
Just returned from vacation and will be trying to catch up on things over the next few days,
including some camp scouting reports from the Blue Star Elite Camp. Also look for scouting from
Capri and Steve from the recently completed Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis.
Sharika Webb has verballed to Purdue, giving Curry and staff their top prize to date for the
class of 2002. Webb, who rates No.36 by All-Star Girls Report, joins fellow guard Ashley Mays,
power forward Carol Duncan, and forward Sultra Harding. Harding has yet to qualify.
Barrington (IL) point guard Lindsay Richards chose Iowa over Stanford on Thursday. Richards
arrived at a final two after Purdue, Boston College and Illinois were eliminated last week.
Richards, who averaged 16 points per game last season, was named first-team all-state as a
junior by the Chicago Sun-Times and second-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune.
Here's an example of the life of a top recruit when coaches are given their first opportunity
to contact by phone. It also illustrates why some players are quick to announce their intentions
in late June and early July when the summer contact period begins for college coaches. Ann
Strother, the top rated wing player in the class of 2002, spent the first night of the contact
period on the phone. The next day while away with her high school team at a tournament, her
parents took 54 more calls. Strother has a list of ten that will be reduced to five by the
end of the summer, but does not list the schools. Her family has been rather secretive up
to this point on who has made the cut. A great glimpse of the recruiting life of a top recruit.
Matt Kiefer and the Warrick County Wildcats have won their second straight Basketball Congress
International tournament championship. Warrick County defeated a team from Baton Rouge, LA for
the title, 87-64. Kiefer had 19 points in the finals. Dedrick Finn led Warrick County with 21.
Warrick County finished the tournament undefeated, knocking off Arizona NUCOR Magic, Oklahoma
Kings, Team Kansas, WA Team, Arizona Stars, Team Texas Select, LA Sports Academy, and the
BR Rhinos in route to the title in the 17-under Open Division. Coming up at the end of the
month will be another shot at a national title. The AAU Nationals will be held in Orlando
at the Disney Wild World of Sports Complex, beginning July 27th. Warrick finished 11th out
of 102 teams last year.
Some unexpected computer problems and scouting three camps and an AAU tournament within the past
week has kept the updates to a minimum lately, so here's a collection of articles and info of
recruiting interest from the past week you might have missed.
James Augustine gets a "player to watch" label from Dave Telep. Hopefully the watching
Purdue has been doing for a while will continue to carry some weight.
Scouting reports from the Nike Camp on Delco Rowley, and a report of some interest on Kevin
Stallings recruit, Mario Moore. Scouts aren't simply latching on to the Delco Rowley fan
club because he is still relatively low profile and available. He has improved, even from
when we saw him in early May. You still look at him and think there is more to come. Among a
camp full of prima donnas, hard-working kids like Rowley stick out.
Some Nike notes on Indiana players are up on Matt Denison's site. Among the rumors is
one stating Kevin Cates may be close to a decision, and Ball State may be in the driver's seat.
Cates will be a great sign for any program. We watched Cates on Saturday at the Hoosier Shootout
in Indy play a little below what we've seen him do on the court before, but he had to take
more of the load for Spiece due to Tyler Best being across town at the Nike Camp. Also showing
up to watch were Steve Alford and Bruce Weber, and a handful of MAC coaches.
An article on Ann Strother from the UCONN media. Strother, currently with the US Basketball team
at the World Championships, will narrow her list to five after returning from overseas. On a
side note, it is speculated that Purdue may not make her final list.
The Journal and Courier reports Wabash Valley Junior College forward Sultra Harding has verballed
to the Boilers. Harding has a long way to go to qualify, but seems to be on track to join the
team in 2002-03. Wabash Valley coach Stephanie Smith calls her a 6-2 post athlete with perimeter
There is a lot of movement in recruiting now that players are beginning to hear from coaches
and are accepting scholarship offers. There seems to be quite a few players in the 6'9 to
6'11 range with inside-outside games this year, and with Matt Kiefer's commitment to Purdue
and 6'10 Chris Grimm's verbal to Marquette, we are seeing some movement with the versatile
big men. Tyler JC 6'10 forward Chris Booker looks to be favoring Kansas, with Purdue
running second and Rick Pitino now trying to get involved. Booker has a similar game to
Gary West's Chris Hunter with respect to both wanting to play facing the basket and neither
wanting to draw much contact. But Hunter is a better athlete, while Booker has perimeter
range and a very good 15-foot jumper. With another scholarship available for a power forward
or post player, Hunter, Best and Augustine are getting the most attention at the moment,
with Kevin Cates a backup option for that scholarship. If Keady signs any of the remaining
big forwards on his list, Purdue should have one of the most versatile combination of big
forwards in the conference coming in.
We have also updated the men's Scholarship Grid to move out Carson Cunningham, move up the classes,
and add the verbal commitments of Matt Kiefer, Robert Vaden and Desmond Gadis.
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