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PURDUE MENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
2002 Recruiting News Archive - January to September




Date: 7/31/2002
Author: Bob_Richards
© Bob_Richards

January 2002 - September 2002


> AUGUST 5, 2002

  • Our four-part series on the Nike All-American Camp is now complete with Part IV now up. Our all-camp nominations are toward the end. Thanks to everyone at Nike for their hospitality this year.

       MORE: 2002 Nike Camp Scouting Report: Part IV [MrHoops]

    > AUGUST 4, 2002

  • Taylor Bell (I thought he retired?) of the Sun Times talks about the Illinois class of 2004, including some talk about Shaun Livingston, a player the Purdue coaches watched quite a bit of this summer. Purdue will have up to six scholarships available for the class of 2004, two already promised to Desmond Gadis and Robert Vaden. The article has a short shelf life.

       MORE: Junior in year only [Sun Times]

  • Part III of our now FOUR-part series on the Nike All-American Camp players is now up. Coming up on Monday in Part IV will be the final scouting reports and our all-camp nominations.

       MORE: 2002 Nike Camp Scouting Report: Part III [MrHoops]

    > AUGUST 3, 2002

  • Some more information from the Adidas Big Time tournament. Robert Vaden was named to the all-tournament team, along with fellow Indiana natives Matt Webster and Peyton Stovall. The New York Ravens went undefeated in the tournament to take the Open Division championship. The Ravens beat their opponents by an average of 17 points per game. However, in their first game of bracket play, one team came within one point of knocking them off. That team was Dave Gadis' Spiece Top Prospects squad.

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: Michigan State has received a verbal from Shannon Brown, a 6'2 slashing guard and my top pick for the best guard at Nike this year. Brown was thought to be heading to Illinois to join high school teammate Dee Brown, but the Illini ran out of scholarships.

    > AUGUST 2, 2002

  • Part II of our four-part series on the Nike All-American Camp players is now up. Generally, the Nike player numbering system is designed so that the guards are lower numbered, and as jersey numbers increase you move to forwards and finally post players. In Part II we start seeing forwards and a few post players popping up.

       MORE: 2002 Nike Camp Scouting Report: Part II [MrHoops]

    > AUGUST 1, 2002

  • Purdue, Texas and Tennessee are being considered for the remaining two official visits Brittany Hunter plans to take this fall. She has already scheduled visits with Louisiana State, Connecticut and Duke. According to this article covering Florida, Hunter is more concerned with finding a strong broadcasting academic program than planning for a future athletic career in professional basketball.

       MORE: Top girls hoops recruit drops Florida [Gainesville Sun]

    > JULY 31, 2002

  • At the recently completed Adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas, Robert Vaden finished with the tournament's ninth-highest per-game scoring average, 25.75. Not bad, considering there were 344 teams playing in the tournament.

    > JULY 30, 2002

  • The scouting reports from the 2002 Nike Camp are nearing completion. Ready now is Part I of what will be a four-part series of scouting reports, including photos.

       MORE: 2002 Nike Camp Scouting Report: Part I [MrHoops]

    > JULY 26, 2002

  • The Ann Arbor News has a nice article on Ije and his jouney from Ann Arbor public schools to Country Day.

       MORE: Nwankwo gets his body, mind in shape [Ann Arbor News]

    > JULY 23, 2002

  • Mike Carmin of the Journal and Courier has an update on post player prospects in the class of 2003.

       MORE: Purdue targets post players for next recruiting class [Journal and Courier]

    > JULY 21, 2002

  • Denise McClanahan's Indiana's Finest Black Cats 17-under team has won the national championship at AAU Nationals in Auburn Hills, MI. Indiana's Finest defeated West Texas Hawks 71-62 in the first game at noon to take the title. Katie Gearlds was named the 2002 AAU Nationals Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-American roster by fellow Purdue recruit Sharika Webb. Gearlds scored 24 points in the final game, followed by Webb's 19. The following is the 16-member All-American team...
    Brooke Baughman - West Texas Hawks
    Latarsha Crain - Arkansas Mavericks
    Brittany Frazier - Tennessee Elite
    Kathryn Gearlds - Indiana Finest (MVP)
    Katie Gross - Austin Lady Knights
    Jenna Leet - St. Louis Crusaders
    Tabitha Nicholson - Tennessee Sparks 2
    Nicole Piggott - Michigan Lakers
    Liz Podomonick - North Tartan
    Alesha Robertson - West Texas Hawks
    Rebecca Rowsey - Tennessee Elite
    Shannon Schonrock - North Tartan
    Carrie Smith - Indiana Finest
    Angie Soriaga - Houston Hotshots
    Sharika Webb - Indiana Finest
    Chelsi Welch - West Texas Hawks

  • A couple of targets who had shown interest in Purdue have made decisions. Michigan State has received a verbal commitment from 6'10 center Drew Naymick, while Xavier gets their second verbal from the Indiana class of 2003 with 6'5 forward Justin Cage.

    > JULY 20, 2002

  • Indiana's Finest 17-under team has two shots at the national championship today. Since they are the only remaining undefeated team in the double-elimination tournament, they will play for the national championship today at noon against the winner of the loser's bracket, West Texas Hawks. A loss at noon will set up a rematch at 4:00pm with the Hawks. The Hawks were sent to the losers bracket by North Tartan on Wednesday, as North Tartan rolled to a 95-76 victory. The Finest 17s sent North Tartan to the losers bracket on Friday, 65-64. Waiting for North Tartan in the finals of the losers bracket Friday night was the Hawks, who came back to beat North Tartan, 83-72.

    > JULY 18, 2002

  • The Final Four is set for the 17-under AAU Nationals, and Indiana's Finest AAU is still alive. The Finest defeated the Alabama Roadrunners Tuesday evening, 76-67. They followed it up with a decisive 83-59 win over Massachusetts Comets Wednesday afternoon. The team now faces the Houston Hotshots on Thursday at 5:00pm for a shot at the title. In the other bracket, North Tartan takes on Tennessee Elite. For info on two of the other teams still alive, visit the links below. North Tartan might ring a bell, as they boast three Division I players, two of which were looked at closely by Purdue -- Liz Podominick and Megan Ronhovde. The tournament is actually double-elimination, so to win it all three more wins are needed.

       MORE: North Tartan 17s [North Tartan AAU]
       MORE: Houston Hotshots 17s [Houston Hotshots AAU]

  • It may take us a few days to compile our Nike Camp coverage, but we will have it out soon. We sent three people this year, plus have pictures of almost every player in attendance. We also have some scouting from the Blue Star Elite Camp which just ended at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. The camp runs through Friday, then begins the process of transcribing our scouting notes.

    > JULY 17, 2002

  • Purdue's 2002-03 recruiting class is ranked No.8 by All Star Girls Report.

       MORE: ASGR Top 20 recruiting classes [ESPN]

    > JULY 15, 2002

  • The Hoosier Hoops AAU team, featuring Purdue 2005 targets Josh McRoberts and Jordan Brewer, made it to the Final Four at AAU Nationals this past week in Knoxville. Playing without McRoberts, Hoosier Hoops lost to eventual champion SW Dallas Mustangs 67-61 in the semifinal game.

  • Indiana's Finest AAU is following up an undefeated run in the AAU state tournament with an undefeated run so far in pool play at Nationals, held this week in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Finest opened up pool play on Saturday with a 70-55 win over the Austin Lady Knights and a 68-35 win over the Michigan Shock. Sunday brought them up against DBL Phoenix, a team they beat 86-64. As a top seed in the tournament, they will face the 3rd place team in pool C, Fredrick Madness (MD) at 1:00pm on Monday.

    > JULY 13, 2002

  • The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has an article on the recruitment of Elmhurst junior-to-be James Hardy, a 6'5 wing. Purdue, Iowa and Indiana have all offered scholarships, with Michigan State, Notre Dame and Illinois also showing interest. Purdue was the first to recruit Hardy.

       MORE: Elmhurst standout attracting attention [News Sentinel]

    > JULY 12, 2002

  • DG10 has a scouting report of Ije Nwankwo from Tuesday at Nike..."Ije had a very good game last night and was one of the standouts on the floor in his game. For the first time in the three games that I had watched him, he put the ball on the floor from the wing or high post and drove to the basket, and he was very impressive in doing so. Three straight times he put the ball on the floor and went hard to the basket, and all three times he finished strong amongst a throng of defenders. He continued to rebound well also, and really just had a good night. While only 6'6", he has a wingspan of nearly 7'6"...so he is long. While not as good on the offense end and a bit bigger, he reminds me a little bit of Reggie Evans."

  • Hoop Scoop has their final rankings out for the Nike Camp players. Purdue recruit Ije Nwankwo comes in as the 19th-best player overall and the 5th-best power forward at the camp.

       MORE: Top players at Nike [Hoop Scoop]

    > JULY 11, 2002

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: The University of Illinois has received a verbal from 2003 Brian Randle, a 6'8 small forward who most of the week talked about wanting to take official visits in the fall. That idea didn't last long. Of interest to Purdue fans is the Illini's scholarship situation. With Randle's commitment, which fills all the available scholarships for the class of 2003, Illinois will not be able to carry and extra over to the class of 2004. The Illini will only have one graduating senior to free up one scholarship for the class of 2004. Since 2004 is very deep, and locally talented throughout the midwest including Illinois, Purdue looks good having a handful of scholarships to offer. Three top players who have mentioned Purdue and Illinois in the class of 2004 are point guard Shaun Livingston, power forward Kalen Grimes, and shooter'slasher JaMarcus Ellis.

    > JULY 8, 2002

  • I have posted the Nike Camp Day One and Day Two reports. Day Two includes Sunday scouting of Ije Nwankwo.

       MORE: Nike Camp : Day One [Old Gold Free Press]
       MORE: Nike Camp : Day Two [Old Gold Free Press]

    > JULY 7, 2002

  • In an interview with Ije Nwankwo at the 2002 Nike All-American Camp, he recalls his first contact with the Purdue staff.

       MORE: Chance encounter makes a lasting impression [Old Gold Free Press]

    > JULY 6, 2002

  • Mark Mayemura, a scout for Recruiting USA, has his pre-summer rankings up for the class of 2003. Coming in at No. 87 is Boilermaker commitment Ije Nwankwo. Our other 2003 verbal, Adam Liddell, is not listed among the top 100 players.

       MORE: Pre-Summer Top 100 [ESPN - Recruiting USA]

    > JULY 3, 2002

  • Some tidbits of recruiting interest in today's Journal and Courier. There have been four questionmarks on the minds of most Purdue fans concerning post play for the upcoming season. Jeff Washburn clears up all four in one article. First, Kevin Garrity who has been sidelined with a broken bone in his foot, should be ready by the end of July. Second, Ivan Kartelo, who has been academically ineligible since the second semester, is expected to correct his academic problems by the end of the summer session. Third, missing in action forward Ramon Diaz is not on campus, but Keady still thinks he will be a part of the team next season. And lastly, where's Chris Booker? Booker arrived on campus Monday, and scrimmaged with the team that afternoon.

       MORE: Mens basketball notes [Journal and Courier]

  • Forum contributor Waggs06 has been posting some brief scouting reports from player scrimmages in Mackey this summer. The latest talks about Booker's arrival, mixed with a little praise for Matt Kiefer. Waggs06 has accepted a columnist spot here on the site and will be providing a view from campus. Looks for his updates on the forum until his reports can be archived elsewhere on the site.

       MORE: 7/1 Pickup Game Update [MrHoops forum]

    > JULY 2, 2002

  • Monty St. Clair was one of the players at the Spiece tournament in May I really enjoyed watching play. I received a nice note from his father who said he enjoys our site. Seems as though the family grew up in Logansport, and Monty was actually born in Lafayette. Mom is a Purdue alum. Purdue has been sending him mail since last summer, and Jay Price visited his high school this past spring. Ergo, the interest from Purdue, which sometimes you never know the degree of reverse interest when a player starts listing your school. Monty wants to play in the Big Ten, and I personally think he will make an excellent Big Ten player. His only offers right now are from Miami of Ohio, Ohio, Tulane and Western Kentucky, but he has started receiving letters from Big Ten programs. Michigan State is the most serious, and speculation is they are waiting for Drew Naymick to make a decision. So far in this early part of the contact period, the family has received calls from Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Penn State. A very solid student with a 27 ACT and a 1210 SAT. Too bad the staff is out of scholarships for the class of 2003!

    > JUNE 25, 2002

  • Another post player has popped onto the Purdue radar. Melissa Washington, a 6'5 center from Largo HS, MD, is considering Purdue along with Michigan and Duke. Washington averaged 11.6 points and 11 rebounds as a junior, hitting for a season-high 19 points against Oxon Hill HS on January 15th. She made one three-point shot this season, and shoots 52-percent (35 of 67) from the freethrow line. Largo finished 13-10 on the season, while Washington was named to the Prince George 4A All-League first team. Washington has been invited to the Adidas Top10 Camp in July.

  • Purdue is high on the list with class of 2005 power forward Cyrus Tate from Homewood-Flossmoor HS, IL. Tate is an energetic, but thin post player in high school who looks to be a small forward prospect in college. A good defender and hard worker. Tate stuck out at times at Purdue's recently completed Elite Camp. People took notice last fall when as a sophomore, Tate took on 6'9 senior Charles Bass who has signed with Ohio State. Tate drew the defensive assignment in the second half, and held Bass to four points in the third quarter and four points in the fourth quarter. Bass is accustomed to getting double and triple-teamed in the post, but Tate holding him solo to 4-of-11 shooting down the stretch opened some eyes.

    > JUNE 23, 2002

  • The Indiana All-Stars swept the 2002 version of the interstate battle with a 98-76 victory in Conseco. The All-Stars led for most of the game, and were rarely threatened on the home court. Matt Kiefer's only point came at the freethrow line and struggled with turnovers in his 13 minutes on the floor. Matt also had four rebounds and an assist.

       MORE: Indiana sweep series [Journal and Courier]
       MORE: Indiana 98, Kentucky 76 [Evansville Courier]
       MORE: Box score [Evansville Courier]

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: The University of Illinois has received a verbal commitment from class of 2003 forward Erin Wigley of Moon High, IL. The 6'1 forward led her team to a WPIAL Class AAA title, averaging 16.7 points and 6.1 rebounds.

       MORE: Moon's Wigley fast in picking Illinois [Post Gazette]

    > JUNE 22, 2002

  • Special thanks to Nick for grabbing a list of this year's Elite Camp participants. Where possible, we have added some class and school information for a few of the players. If you can help fill in some of the info, drop us an email.

       MORE: 2002 Elite Camp paticipants [MrHoops]

    > JUNE 17, 2002

  • From the "in case you missed it" file, Kristy Curry gave a clue where the recruiting priorities are for the rest of the class filled around class of 2003 guard Katie Gearlds. "We're going to sign nothing but posts at (power forward and center). We'll take the first three that want to come to Purdue." Also in the article, a recent NCAA rule change will allow third assistant Kelly Curry to recruit off-campus.

       MORE: Change means all coaches may see prospects [Journal and Courier]

  • Katie Gearlds and the North squad at the 2002 USA Women's Youth Development Festival have gone undefeated and won the championship. Over the five-game series, Katie led her team in minutes per game with 24.6. Katie also finished first in freethrow percentage (.875) and assists-to-turnovers (1.7-to-1); second in three-point percentage (.357), total assists (10) and steals (10); third in rebounds per game (4.0); fourth in scoring (10.0); sixth in field goal percentage (.413); and ninth out of 12 players in total turnovers (6). Defensively, the North held their opponents to 76.4 points per game and 35-percent shooting from the floor. Below are links to photos, game reviews and box scores from USA Basketball.

       MORE: Game Five: North 84, South 80 OT [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Five Box Scores [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Four: North 72, West 59 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Four Box Scores [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Three: North 92, West 78 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Three Box Scores [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Two: North 92, East 89 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game Two Box Scores [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game One: North 88, South 76 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Game One Box Scores [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: Alison Bales 1 (#55) [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: Alison Bales 2 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: Alison Bales 3 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: Jennifer Hall (#43) [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: Erin Lawless 1 (#45) [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: Erin Lawless 2 [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Photo: North team [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Cumulative Statistics [USA Basketball]
       MORE: Individual Statistical Leaders [USA Basketball]

  • Some nice words from Cathedral coach Linda Bamrick on Sharika Webb, in this profile-type article in the Indy Star.

       MORE: Elevating play of teammates puts Webb in special class [Indy Star]

    > JUNE 16, 2002

  • Some interesting comments in an interview with Katie Gearlds at the USA Women's Youth Development Festival. When asked if Katie is trying to sway some of her teammates to come to Purdue, she replied, "There are four or five girls on the North squad that I know Purdue is pretty hard after. I'm just trying to throw them some good comments about Purdue here and there. You know, ‘I'll pass you the ball at Purdue too!' Just see if they like playing with me." And, when asked if she is happy her college choice is out of the way, she said, "Yes. I really wanted to get it out of the way and I knew that Purdue is where I really wanted to go. The coaching staff there is like no other coaching staff that I talked to. I mean, no disrespect to any other school, but the Purdue coaches were awesome. Plus, it is close to home and I just think it is perfect for me." The rest of the interview can be seen at the following link...

       MORE: Gearlds Feels Right at Home in Colorado [USA Basketball]

  • The Indiana All-Star team was 8.6 second away from winning their first game this year against their Kentucky counterparts. Local Lafayette favorite Candace Dark, who is headed to Ohio State, hit the game-tying basket with 8.6 left, only to see Kentucky run the length of the floor and hit the game winner. Carol Duncan, who was scheduled to hold down the post for the senior team, sat on the bench with a stress fracture suffered in Wednesday's scrimmage against the Junior All-Star team. Brianna Howard finished with seven points, and Sharika Webb added five. Howard was 3-of-8 from the floor and 1-of-3 from the perimeter. Webb got three of her five points from the freethrow line, and was a cold 1-of-7 from the floor.

       MORE: Indiana girls blow 17-point lead [Journal and Courier]
       MORE: Kentucky girls rally to win 79-77 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

    > JUNE 15, 2002

  • Matt Kiefer is already hitting the books in anticipation of joining the Boilers at the end of June. He was honored as a co-valedictorian at Mater Dei, showing excellence in the classroom as well as on the court. Indiana All-Star assistant coach Pat Skaggs hopes the 6'10 forward causes trouble for his Kentucky opponents. "He's impressed me with his skills," Skaggs said. "He's an excellent shooter and he can shoot the 3. He has several skills and dimensions to his game that could make him a hard matchup for people."

       MORE: Kiefer excels off the court, too [J&C]

    > JUNE 14, 2002

  • Adam Liddell seems to know what butters his bread, and defense and rebounding will do just that. Some comment from the verballed 6'7 forward in this article, including his appreciation of Brian Cardinal's Big Ten game. Seth Colclasure, who is headed to Valparaiso, also has some good words for Liddell's value to the all-star team.

       MORE: DeKalb's Liddell likes to play defense [J&C]

    > JUNE 11, 2002

  • The player profiles for each member of the 2002 Senior All-Star team have been posted.

       MORE: 2002 Junior All-Star Player Profiles [MrHoops]

    > JUNE 10, 2002

  • We have prepared short player profiles for each member of the 2002 Junior All-Star team. Coming tomorrow, profiles of the Senior All-Stars. As a reminder, Katie Gearlds is not scheduled to appear due to commitments with the USA Women's Youth Development Festival.

       MORE: 2002 Junior All-Star Player Profiles [MrHoops]

  • Speaking of the all-stars, Purdue's Mackey Arena will host the first of two scrimmages between the junior and senior teams this Wednesday, June 12th. The girls game tips-off at 6:00pm, followed by the boys game. Tickets are $6 and are available at the gate. We have chosen Section 10, Row 8 of Mackey as a place to meet, so drop by and say hello to some of the other site visitors!

    > JUNE 7, 2002

  • In a blurb buried in the Chicago Sun Times on May 31, Taylor Bell caught Cuonzo Martin talking about the changing face of recruiting..."When I was recruited, the college coach only had to sell me and my mom. The coaches were concerned, too. They wanted me to go to the best school. Now a college recruiter not only has to go through a kid and his parent and his coach, but also several other people ... AAU coach, street agent, relatives, friends who have their hands out. If you try to do things right, you miss out on a lot of kids. Kids and parents don't have an opportunity to make their own decisions. Outside influences have kids thinking wrong things. Will I get a degree? Will I have an opportunity to play? That was all I was concerned about. Now kids ask if they can start as freshmen. And some schools guarantee it."

  • To the disappointment of many local Lafayette Purdue fans, Katie Gearlds will not be taking part in the junior all-star scrimmage in Mackey Arena next Wednesday, June 12th. Instead, Katie will be showcasing her skills on the national level as she takes part in the 2002 USA Women's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs. The festival starts June 13th. Forty-eight of the nation's top high school players have been chosen to play on one of four teams that will play each other in a five-game tournament. We've mentioned before that Katie's early commitment has placed her in a good position to bring other players onboard. The festival has made that much easier, as a handful of known Purdue targets will be on her team during the festival. Katie's team, the North squad, includes 6'6 center Alison Bales of Beavercreek (OH), 5'6 guard Deonna Davis of Cincinnati (OH), 5'10 guard Brandie Hoskins of Chaminade-Julienne (OH), 6'3 forward Brittany Hunter of Columbus Brookhaven (OH), 5'8 guard Britney Jordan of Peoria Woodruff (IL), 6'3 center Chloe Kerr of Bolingbrook (IL), 6'2 forward Erin Lawless of Chicago Fenwick (IL), 5'11 forward Victoria Lucas-Perry of Powers Catholic (MI), 6'3 forward Elise Morrison of Country Day (MI), 5'9 guard Kelly Roysland of Fossum (MN), and 6'2 center Siedah Williams of Cleveland Regina (OH). Many of those names we've heard mentioned here before, and Katie will be able to provide some scouting to the Purdue coaches on some of the girls under consideration. We'll be posting updates on Katie's progress as the festival gets underway next week.

    > JUNE 6, 2002

  • At Southwestern High's 2002 Senior Honors Day, the name of Brianna Howard was a popular one. Here is a listing of the awards presented to her...Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County Scholarship, GPA Honor (3.0 to 3.99), Senior Scholastic Award for basketball program, Col. Rich Higgins Memorial Leadership Award, Distinguished Athlete Award, National Honor Society cords for eight semesters of 3.50 grade point average, and an academic honors diploma. This is on top of her Eli Lilly Scholarship and the state mental attitude award given to her at the IHSAA state tournament. Congratulations Brianna!

    > JUNE 3, 2002

  • The player profile for incoming freshman Brianna Howard has been completed.

       MORE: Player Profile: Brianna Howard [MrHoops]

  • The player profile is now up for the newest addition to the Boilermakers, Ije Nwankwo.

       MORE: Player Profile: Ije Nwankwo [MrHoops]

    > JUNE 2, 2002

  • Purdue is on the list for Siedah Williams, a 6'2 junior forward from South Euclid Regina HS (OH). According to previous articles, UCONN has been said to be a leader, but Purdue, Tennessee Virginia and Florida are also in the mix. Williams was a second team all-state pick in Ohio last season after averaging 16.7 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game. All Star Girls Report lists her at No. 79. Regina won their third straight Ohio Division III championship in May with a 62-54 win over Archbold. Regina became only the second team in Ohio to accomplish three consecutive championships. Williams was named to the all-tournament team after scoring a total of 27 points and 23 rebounds during the semifinal and final games.

  • The page containing the list of known Purdue targets has been updated, adding Williams along with a couple new 2003 names, plus we have started to list player in the class of 2005.

       MORE: Womens targets [MrHoops]

    > MAY 31, 2002

  • An article in the Journal and Courier on the commitment of Ije Nwankwo to Purdue. One note about the article. Even though it states Nwankwo was in foul trouble "several times", it needs to be pointed out that he fouled out of only one game all season, and that was the final game of the season.

       MORE: Detroit Country Day post player commits [J&C]

  • A scouting report by DG10 on the Spiece Top Prospects team from this past weekend at the Spiece Memorial Day tournament..."Spiece Prospects won the AAU tournament this past weekend in Ft. Wayne, and were very impressive in their performance. The tournament included many of the same teams that had played in the Run N' Slam Tournament a few weeks ago, so it was a welcome opportunity to redeem themselves a bit. While the achievement of winning the tournament is impressive, it is more impressive in that starting center Lowell Livingston did not play this past weekend. Courtney Lee was back for the first time, and the combined absence of Livingston and Lee's return lead to a complete line-up change. Gadis was shifted to the two, Courtney played the three, Robert was shifted to the four, and McCoy moved to the five-spot. While the team was a bit smaller, it was far quicker and more athletic, and was much better defensively from a pressure standpoint. Desmond averaged 16 for the tournament, and Robert averaged 23. Desmond and Mike McCoy made the all-tournament team, and Robert was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. They play again this weekend in Ft. Wayne, and then they will be off for the month of June, before resuming AAU tournament play in July. Purdue had nominated Desmond for the Nike Elite Underclassmen Camp and Robert for the Nike All-American Camp, and the boys are waiting to see if they will receive invitations."

  • Some nice words from analyst Clark Francis on Purdue's newest commitment, Ije Nwankwo... "The player we were most impressed with this weekend from the state of Michigan was 6'7 junior Ije Nwankwo from Birmingham (Detroit Country Day) MI, who currently is ranked #191 nationally by the HOOP SCOOP. However, Nwankwo will be listed among our top 100 when update our national rankings again in mid-June. We're talking about a more athletic version of 6'8 Mario Boggan from Chatham (Hargrave Military) VA."

    > MAY 30, 2002

  • The staff has filled the remaining scholarship for the class of 2003 by getting a verbal commitment from 6'7 Ije Nwankwo of Birmingham (Detroit) Country Day (MI). If the team remains the same as it is now, Keady is finished recruiting with the class of 2003. The advantage to being done so early is the staff can now focus on the class of 2004, a class they will have six scholarships available to offer. Two are already set aside for shooting guard Robert Vaden and point guard Desmond Gadis. The scholarship grid has been updated to reflect Nwankwo's commitment.

       MORE: Scholarship Grid [MrHoops]

    > MAY 29, 2002

  • The Wagon Online Virginia site has some scouting reports up from last weekend's Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Posted are reports of a handful of players who are, or have mentioned Purdue on their lists in the past including 6'10 Hassan Fofana, 6'8 Brent Petway, 6'8 Brian Randle and 7'0 Brian Butch.

       MORE: Tournament of Champions Recap [The Wagon Online]

    > MAY 28, 2002

  • Word out of Bloomington and this weekend's Nike Memorial Day Classic is that Keady extended a scholarship offer to 6'7 Ije Nwankwo of Birmingham Country Day (MI) on Friday. Nwankwo, a power forward who can post up, was rated most recently by Hoop Scoop at No. 142, but his stock has been rising as he replaces his "undersized" label with some strong play on the floor. And talk about cross-training. At a solid 265 pounds last summer, Nwankwo ran cross country in the fall and dropped 25 pounds. It now looks like he might be back up to around 255. He was a third team all-state selection last year, averaging 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.3 blocks. Nwankwo is also nearly a year younger than his classmates. Purdue looks to be the first major Big Ten program to offer, while Michigan and Michigan State are still evaluating.

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: Former Minnesota Mr. Basketball Adam Boone, after announcing this spring he would transfer from North Carolina, has decided to go home and play for Minnesota. Boone, a 6'2 point guard, averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 assists for North Carolina as a sophomore last season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2003-04 season.

    > MAY 27, 2002

  • Yes we are still among the living! After spending considerable time trying to get together the Spiece tournament recaps, working on a site redesign which will be coming late this summer, and taking some much needed time off after the Spiece tournament, recruiting updates will begin again on a more regular basis. I will attempt to add some of the big news over the past few weeks, dated around the time it happened, to keep things in a chronological order. These updates will be filtering in over the next few days. In the meantime, I will have to shut off the Spiece tournament updates, but have managed to get complete Friday coverage up and a group of general scouting reports up for some players that impressed me over the weekend. There is still a play-by-play for the Spiece Central / Fox Valley game I'd like to get up, and will try to fit it in over the next week or so.

       MORE: 2002 Spiece Run 'N Slam Coverage [MrHoops]

  • With 95-percent of the top player in the class of 2002 signed to programs, Bill Hodge has Purdue's incoming recruiting class ranked 21st. Other Big Ten schools were ranked as such -- Illinois (No. 5), Michigan State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 10), Iowa (No. 19), and Indiana (No. 20).

  • It doesn't appear likely Shane Power will end up in a Purdue uniform following his transfer from Iowa State. Despite the looming fact Purdue doesn't have a scholarship to offer and has had tuition raises of 25% and 10% just in the past year making walking on an increasingly expensive undertaking, Power does not need to consider a walk on position as his talent is in demand. Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Wisconsin are the schools being mentioned the most lately, with Power making visits to the first four names on that list since announcing his transfer.

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: The University of Illinois has received a verbal from 2003 6'9 forward Warren Carter of Dallas (TX). The Illini beat out Texas schools like Baylor, SMU, A&M and Texas, while Carter was also getting attention from Iowa.

    > MAY 19, 2002

  • An article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune has 6'2 post Liz Podominick wondering if Minnesota is still an option after no movement by the university in hiring a new women's basketball coach. "It's chaos over there, and it's frustrating," said Podominick. "They're going lower and lower on my list every day."

       MORE: Lengthy coaching search might cost Gophers [Star Tribune]

    > MAY 15, 2002

  • Purdue is targetting Illinois junior Chloe Kerr, a 6'3 center from Bolingbrook. Kerr is rated No. 51 by AGSR, and is also considering Stanford, Vandy, Iowa, Michigan, Arizona, Duke and Illinois. Kerr averaged team-highs of 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds as a junior during the season, then expanded her averaged to close to 16 points per game through the postseason. She scored a season high 25 points during a regional championship game against Minooka, and also averaged 4.0 blocks per game. Bolingbrook finished the season with a 26-4 record.

    > MAY 9, 2002

  • Coach Curry was quoted in the Journal and Courier saying junior Mandy Davis is no longer with the program. Davis was forced to sit out the second semester for academic issues. While the loss of Davis does free up a scholarship for the 2002-03 season, Curry already has an overly large class coming in, making it doubtful that the Davis scholarship could be used any sooner than what it normally would have been available.

    > MAY 6, 2002

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: Ron Coleman, a 6'6 sophomore (2004) from Romulus HS (MI) has given an early verbal commitment to the University of Michigan. Coleman was getting early interest from Purdue and Michigan State as well. Coleman averaged 17.1 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as a sophomore.

    > MAY 3, 2002

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: Michigan has received a verbal from 6'3 junior (2003) wing Dion Harris of Detroit Redford. Harris was an all-state first team member after averaging 22 points per game last season. Harris chose Michigan over Michigan State, Louisville and Missouri.

    > MAY 2, 2002

  • Matt Kiefer scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds at the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Paoli, helping his District 2 squad to a 109-108 overtime victory. Their opponent, the District 4 All-Stars, was led by Paoli's Evan Seacat with 33 points. Kiefer was named the game MVP.

    > MAY 1, 2002

  • Junior Megan Ronhovde, a 6'1 forward from West Central Area HS (MN), has chosen Iowa State. Ronhovde and teammate Liz Podominick reportedly were both offered scholarships by the Purdue staff after a tournament last month.

  • Some interesting new news on the Shane Power situation. There had been some talk about Duke maybe being a school he might consider, due to a girlfriend being there. Well, that girlfriend is West Lafayette's own Lello Gebisa, who has since transferred to Wisconsin. So is Wisconsin now a possibility in the Power transfer?

  • A couple of AAU scouting reports from DG10 are a part of the two newest Old Gold Free Press updates. In the 4/30 report, Robert Vaden finished with 34 points on 12-19 shooting from the field, including 9-14 from three-point range in a semifinal loss during the recently completed Who's Next tournament. DG10 tells us Gadis also had an excellent showing. In the 4/26 update, Justin Cage seemed to have something to prove against Purdue verbal Adam Liddell. With only two scholarships to offer the 2003 class and Liddell getting the one for a small forward, it is doubtful players such as Cage and Parnell Smith are still on the recruiting board for Keady.

       MORE: Old Gold Free Press Update 4/30 [MrHoops]
       MORE: Old Gold Free Press Update 4/26 [MrHoops]

  • For those of you who have not heard of the Old Gold Free Press project, it is a joint venture between MrHoops, MrGridiron, Boilermaker Basketball Recruiting, Purdue Sports Update, and a mix of writers interested in contributing to a new Purdue media site. More details will come this summer.

  • A player Purdue has stayed in touch with in case a scholarship opened up, 6'6 forward Rodney Carney of Indianapolis Northwest, has signed with Memphis.

       MORE: Carney to Memphis [Commercial Appeal]

    > APRIL 29, 2002

  • The 2002 Spiece Run 'N Slam page is now up, and is linked from above. Pools and schedules have been posted. We will be scouting the entire tournament again this year, posting our observations to the forum over the weekend, then adding more detail next week when we get back. For those of you attending the tournament that would like to write scouting reports or game summaries, drop me an email.

       MORE: 2002 Spiece Run 'N Slam Coverage [MrHoops]

  • Although still wide open and not wanting to cut down his list anytime soon, Purdue seems to be one of the players involved with 6'9 junior center Hassan Fofana. The 250-pounder, down from close to 300 pounds a year ago, is getting major attention due to him ability to hold position in the paint as score from inside out to mid-range. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Holy Cross, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Stanford, Providence, Boston College, Ohio State and Purdue are all being mentioned, although rumors have Duke and North Carolina out of the picture. Fofana averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists and four steals at Worchester Holy Name (MA) last year in his first real season of organized basketball. Thought to be more of a half-court player, Fofana has a great body for the low post yet still can get up and down the court well.

    > APRIL 27, 2002

  • Shane Power, who chose Iowa State over the Boilers a few years ago, has decided to transfer from Iowa State. Power, a 6'5 210-pound forward, was the only player to start in all of Iowa State's games during the 2001-02 season, averaging 13.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.

       MORE: Shane Power leaves Iowa State [MrHoops]

    > APRIL 24, 2002

  • According to the Indy Star, Reicina Russell's move to Lawrence North has been finalized. Purdue fans already hoping to attend next fall's 2002 City Securities Hall of Fame Classic will have one less prospect to view. The matchup featuring Purdue verbal Katie Gearlds on Beech Grove and Russell, then on Terre Haute South, was becoming a must-see game.

       MORE: Star to transfer to Lawrence North [Indy Star]

    > APRIL 22, 2002

  • Indiana All-Star selection Brianna Howard will join the Boilers next season as a walkon. The 5'8 shooting guard was the leading scorer for the Class 2A state champs Southwestern High, averaging 19.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.7 steals and 2.6 assists as a senior. Howard will be on scholarship, but not an athletic scholarship. She has been awarded the Lilly Scholarship for Academics, and will study pharmacy at Purdue. Howard and fellow Purdue recruit Sharika Webb have been friends since they were 12 through AAU competition. Howard brings a solid defensive game, a nose for the basket, and a game head coach Donna Cheatham says is still developing.

       MORE: Foundation names Lilly Scholars [Madison Courier]

    > APRIL 19, 2002

  • Alison Bales of Beavercreek (OH) still has Purdue listed among her favorites, according to her hometown newspaper. Her choice will likely come from a list including Connecticut, Duke, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Christian and Vanderbilt. Bales was named third team all-american by Parade this past week.

       MORE: ’Creek’s Bales honored [Dayton Daily News]

  • The rumors of Reicina Russell's move to Indianapolis appear to be based in some fact. The Indianapolis Star reports the Russell family has met with administrators of Lawrence North high school about a possible transfer, but a school has not yet been chosen. The family has chosen to move to Indianapolis to take care of Reicina's grandparents. Reicina's grandmother recently suffered a stroke. Russell seems to be very close to her family, so it remains to be seen if that will be a factor in her choice of colleges.

       MORE: Terre Haute standout to transfer [Indy Star]

  • Steve Valiant has two more juniors with Purdue on their minds.

       MORE: Two Ohio players interested in Boilers [MrHoops]

    > APRIL 18, 2002

  • Purdue has extended scholarship offers to two Minnesota juniors, 6'2 post Liz Podominick of Lakeville HS and 6'0 forward Megan Ronhovde of West Central Area HS.

       MORE: Purdue offers Minnesota juniors [MrHoops]

    > APRIL 17, 2002

  • Matt Kiefer has been named to the Indiana All-Star team.

       MORE: 2002 Boys Senior All-Star team [MrHoops]

  • The Indianapolis Star had an article on Perry Meridian junior Austin Montgomery. His father Ken was an Indiana All-Star in 1977, and held the Marion County scoring record until it was broken by Alan Henderson in 1991. Ken played collegiately at the University of Texas. Austin finished his junior season averaging 20.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.4 steals.

       MORE: Son makes his own mark [Indy Star]

    > APRIL 15, 2002

  • Sharika Webb led all scorers with 20 points, as her South team fell to the North in the state of Indiana's basketball version of a civil war. The North team defeated the South, 86-72, behind Webb's 20 and future Purdue walk-on Brianna Howard's 16.

       MORE: North girls all-stars triumph [Indy Star]

  • The chance to impress the organizers of the 2002 Indiana All-Star team have come and gone, and Matt Kiefer now waits for word he made the cut. Being one of the top two or three players in the state should ease his concerns, and two solid performances in pre-selection camps should place him on the team. At the Top40 Workout last week, a camp featuring the top 50 (40 plus 10 alternates) seniors in the state, Kiefer shot 10-of-16 from the floor for 22 points. He was one of seven players who hit for more than 20 points during the scrimmages. Opportunity number two came at this weekend's Reebok North/South Indiana All-Star Classic. Kiefer had 15 points to help his South team defeat the North, 108-103. He hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 shots from the line. Anthony Winchester led the South team with 19 points. Although the official announcement has been delayed until April 17th, three players are now known to be a part of the team -- Sean May (Bloomington North), Chris Hunter (Gary West) and Keith Christmas (Gary West).

    > APRIL 14, 2002

  • In the Wendy's Classic game featuring all-star teams from New York and Illinois, the midwest comes away with the bragging rights with a 96-93 victory. Melvin Buckley started for the Illinois Stars, but was cold from the floor all evening. In 20 minutes of play, Buckley only took one shot inside the arc. His other six shots came from the perimeter, where he hit a total of one. Add two freethrows and you get his five points for the game. He also added one rebound, one assist and one steal. Illinois was successful over New York by killing them on the boards. The productive player on the floor? Marcus White, who was mentioning Purdue last May, had 10 points in 10 minutes of play. White is headed to DePaul. Notre Dame bound Ricky Cornett had four points in 21 minutes, so cold shooting seemed to be going around.

  • BIG TEN UPDATE: Aaron Spears, a 6'9 240-pound center from Dunbar (IL), has committed to Illinois after reconsidering an earlier commitment to Ohio State. Spears averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds. Ohio State turns around and grabs a rebounder from junior college in 6'6 235-pound power forward Shun Jenkins. Jenkins averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds last season for Itawamba Community College (MS).

  • Katie Gearlds, Purdue's first commitment from the class of 2003, has been named to the Parade All-American third team.

    > APRIL 12, 2002

  • Purdue junior target Sylvester Mayes has completed a transfer to Wayne High in Fort Wayne. The reason for the transfer was so he could get away from South Bend and the distractions that exist there. Mayes is a part of the foster care program, and was matched up with a new family in Fort Wayne. Schools mentioned in contact with Mayes include Purdue, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan and Notre Dame. Mayes could be the top junior scoring guard in the state. I have yet to see his equal in that class, but Sonny Troutman may be close. He was academically ineligible at South Bend Clay after playing in 13 games this season, and Mayes hopes summer school classes and the increased academic attention at Wayne will allow him to qualify for college in another year.

       MORE: Sylvester Mayes transfers to Fort Wayne [Journal Gazette]

    > APRIL 10, 2002

  • Keady has received his first verbal commitment for the Class of 2003. Dekalb junior forward Adam Liddell, who averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 block shots this season. Dekalb lost to eventual state champ Gary West in the Lafayette Semistate, finishing with a season record of 23-2. We have an old scouting report we'll try to dig up and post tomorrow.

       MORE: Liddell headed to Purdue [KPCNews]
       MORE: DeKalb junior will be a Boiler [J&C]
       MORE: 2001-2002 game stats [News Sentinel]
       MORE: DeKalb standout commits to Purdue [Indy Star]

  • Detroit junior point guard Brandon Cotton has verbally committed to Michigan State after considering offers from Purdue, Duke, Kentucky, Detroit and Louisville.

       MORE: Top recruit agrees to go green [The State News]

    > APRIL 5, 2002

  • We have reinstalled the link on the right side to our "Honor Teams" page, listing many of the honor teams statewide over the past seven years.

       MORE: Honor Teams [MrHoops]

  • Carol Duncan, Katie Gearlds and Sharika Webb were all named to the all-state first team by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports.

       MORE: 2002 ICGSA All-State Teams [MrHoops]

  • We have reinstalled the link on the right side to our "Honor Teams" page, listing many of the honor teams statewide over the past six years.

       MORE: Honor Teams [MrHoops]

    > APRIL 4, 2002

  • Suntana Granderson will have a good opportunity to find out if she would like to have Katie Gearlds and Sharika Webb as future college teammates. This summer she is scheduled to be added to the 17U roster for Indiana's Finest AAU. Brebeuf junior forward Carrie Smith is also back with the team.

    > APRIL 1, 2002

  • Chicago alumni have a chance to see Melvin Buckley in all-star competition in a couple of weeks. Buckley has been named to the Illinois All-Star team that will play against the New York All-Stars in the Wendy's Shootout on April 13. Also on the Illinois squad will be Andre Iguodala (Lanphier), Jamaal Brown (Westinghouse), James Augustine (Lincoln-Way), Ricky Cornett (Homewood Christian), Marcetteaus McGee (Farragut), Elliot Poole (Farragut), Aaron Spears (Dunbar), Alando Tucker (Lockport), and Marcus White (Whitney Young). On the topic of Elliot Poole, who we heard sporadic mention of Purdue on his list last year, he will be going to a junior college next year for academic reasons. A name to keep in mind in two years.

    > MARCH 30, 2002

  • The Junior All-Star teams have been chosen, and Purdue fans should not only find the rosters interesting, but will also find getting to the game much easier. That is if Mackey Arena is close enough. Mackey will be the host for the first scrimmage, scheduled for June 12. Featured in the game will be Parnell Smith, Sonny Troutman, Justin Cage, Austin Montgomery and Adam Liddell, all currently considering Purdue. Troutman is considering Purdue, along with Iowa, Louisville, Indiana and Michigan State.

       MORE: 2002 Boys Junior All-Stars set [MrHoops]

    > MARCH 29, 2002

  • Matt Kiefer has been named first team all-state by the Associated Press.

       MORE: 2002 Associated Press All-State Teams [MrHoops]

  • Junior Katie Gearlds and senior Sharika Webb have both been named first team all-state by the Associated Press. Carol Duncan was named to the third team. Two addition junior targets made the first team -- Terre Haute South's Reicina Russell and South Bend Riley's Suntana Granderson.

       MORE: 2002 Associated Press All-State Teams [MrHoops]

    > MARCH 28, 2002

  • We mentioned on the forum earlier this week that Purdue was trying to land one of the Indiana All-Star scrimmages, a doubleheader featuring both junior and senior boys and girls teams. It has recently been confirmed that Mackey Arena will host the June 12 scrimmage. Admission will be $6, and the event is open to the public. The girls scrimmage tipoff is at 6:00pm, to be followed immediately by the boys scrimmage. The June 12 game will feature the "Core" and "South" squads. A forum gathering will be organized as we get closer to the event. For more information about the game and roster, see the links below.

       MORE: Mackey will host Indiana All-Star exhibitions [J&C]
       MORE: Junior All-Star rosters set [MrHoops]

    > MARCH 27, 2002

  • An article in the Journal and Courier looks ahead to the incoming freshman class for the 2002-2003 season, a class loaded with "depth and versatility" according to Coach Curry. Some scholarships questions are also addressed. Sultra Harding appears to need both spring and summer courses to be eligible to play for Purdue next season, and we have been led to believe by sources that Purdue will take her if she qualifies. Curry has also stated Hannah Anderson will get one of the unused scholarships next season. The article also states it is unclear whether Mandy Davis, who sat the second half of this season due to academics, will return.

       MORE: Curry has high hopes for recruits [J&C]

    > MARCH 26, 2002

  • The Journal and Courier's Jeff Washburn has written a column about the importance of recruiting in giving Coach Keady a nice sendoff to his collegiate coaching career.

       MORE: Future of Keady, Boilermakers rests with recruiting [J&C]

    > MARCH 21, 2002

  • The Indianapolis Star talked to the Gadis family to get some detail on the transfer of Desmond Gadis and Robert Vaden to Pike. Gadis and Vaden, who began classes at Pike on Wednesday, were tranferred to public school for economic reasons, according the David Gadis. Gadis cited a career change for his wife, and transportation issues. Neither Gadis, nor Vaden, seemed particularly attached to Cathedral, with Vaden quoted as saying "I just didn't like being at Cathedral."

       MORE: Vaden, Gadis leave Cathedral [Indy Star]

  • Melvin Buckley has been named to the Coca-Cola 2001-02 all-area boys basketball team. Buckley ended his final season averaging 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, 44-percent of his made shots coming from the perimeter for a total of 59 made three-pointers. Buckley also hit 82-percent of his freethrows. He has been named all-state second team by the IBCA.

    > MARCH 20, 2002

  • With the rumored transfer of Robert Vaden and Desmond Gadis to Pike now becoming more than just another rumor -- and we've heard a lot of false rumors about the two -- Pike high becomes a very scary team. The team that will be playing in the state 4A championship game this Saturday loses only 5-percent of the team's scoring to graduation, plus adds 32-percent of Cathedral's team scoring in Vaden and Gadis. Pike will also benefit next year from a core of junior players who have played summer basketball on the same AAU team. Both 6'6 200lb Michael McCoy and 6'4 175lb Courtney Lee played for Spiece Top Prospects with Vaden and Gadis.

  • There will be yet another opportunity to see Purdue-bound Katie Gearlds and Terre Haute South center Reicina Russell play on the same floor. Beech Grove and Terre Haute South will face each other in the second game of the 2002 City Securities Hall of Fame Classic, to be held on December 27th at the New Castle Fieldhouse. Game one (10:00am) is a rematch of the 2002 state 2A championship between Shenandoah and Southwestern. Game two (12:00pm) will match Beech Grove and Terre Haute South in what will be a battle of Miss Basketball frontrunners. The losers play later that day at 6:00pm, followed by the championship game at 8:00pm.

    > MARCH 19, 2002

  • Matt Denison from INHoops.com recently had a question and answer session with Kristof Kendrick. Kendrick is mentioning interest in Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Louisville, Syracuse and Iowa, but also mentions his favorite college teams as Michigan State and Purdue.

       MORE: Up Close: Kristof Kendrick [INHOOPS]

    > MARCH 17, 2002

  • The seeding has been completed and Wabash Valley College will face Moberly College in the first game of the first round of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. The game tips off at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 19th. If victorious, Wabash will play the winner of the Seward Kansas / Northeastern Colorado matchup at 6:00pm on Wednesday. Wabash Valley was awarded a 6 seed among the 16 teams in the tournament. The other game of interest features Purdue target Janet Henry and her Iowa Western CC squad. Iowa Western was awarded a 12 seed and will face Copiah-Lincoln at noon on Wednesday, March 20th. The games are scheduled to be broadcast over the internet by KSAL radio out of Salina, Kansas. The link below will take you to the audio page.

       MORE: KSAL audio link [ECN-KSAL]

  • A sophomore target's season has come to an end. Narbonne (27-4), featuring 5'6 point guard Camille LeNoir, was soundly defeated by the nation's No. 1 team, Lynwood, 52-33. No stats on what Camille might have scored, but the top two Narbonne scorers were senior guard Amber Fouse with eight points, and senior post Willnett Crockett with six. Narbonne beat Lynwood by 26 points in last year's Division I Regional final game. In this game, Narbonne was held to just 8-of-48 shooting.

       MORE: Lynwood stuns Narbonne [The Breeze]

    > MARCH 16, 2002

  • Katie Gearlds and Reicina Russell headline the selections to this year's Junior All-Star team, who will face the Senior All-Stars in two scrimmages this summer.

       MORE: Junior All-Star rosters set [MrHoops]

  • The Hoosierland Report site has some scouting from the recently completed Top 40 Workout, a camp used by the Indiana All-Star selection committee as a way to sort through the top senior talent in the state. While Carol Duncan and Sharika Webb look to have improved their chances of making the team, Ashley Mays may be on the bubble.

       MORE: Top 40 Workout Overview [Hoosierland Report]

  • Thornwood was stopped by No. 2 Springfield Lanphier (31-1) in the Class AA quarterfinals, 66-50. Lanphier used a 1-2-2 full court press to force 20 turnovers and create 12 steals. Melvin Buckley ends his high school career with a team-high 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting and three three-pointers. Thornwood finishes the season with a 27-5 record.

       MORE: Sad ending for Thornwood [Chicago Tribune]
       MORE: Overwhelmed [The Times]

    > MARCH 15, 2002

  • In the end, having only one player over 6-foot doomed the South Bend Metro Stars against the Area Stars, 95-58. Especially when the Area Stars boasted 6'5 Kelly Boyd and 6'2 Purdue signee Carol Duncan. Boyd and Duncan contributed 12 points and 11 points respectively.

  • The Sun-Times has a story that talks quite a bit about Melvin Buckley. While a popular argument against AAU might be that it takes players away from their high school teams during the summer, Buckley suggests the time he spent last summer playing AAU actually helped his high school teammates enlarge their roles in his absence -- especially David Moss, and Indiana State signee.

       MORE: Ready without Eddy [Sun-Times]

    > MARCH 14, 2002

  • Two of Purdue's known juco targets are preparing for the NJCAA National Tournament, which begins next Tuesday in Salina, KS. Sultra Harding and Wabash Valley (24-4) won the District P championship over John Logan College, 73-65. Also still alive is Janet Henry's Iowa Western CC squad (27-4), who polished off the District I championship with a 81-66 win over Lake Region State CC. The NJCAA tournament will take the 16 district winners and seed them later today into a double-elimination bracket. Games begin Tuesday, March 19, with the championship game on Saturday, March 23. As soon as the seeding is announced, we will post the internet radio schedule for the games of interest.

  • Alison Bales has been named first team Division I All-Ohio by the Associated Press. Alison ended her junior season averaging 17.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.4 blocks and 3.5 assists, while shooting 64-percent from the floor and 78-percent from the foul line. The state Division I Player-of-the-Year award was shared by three sophomores, one a player seen in Mackey Arena this season on an unofficial visit. Pickerington's 5'10 Marscilla Packer, who visited for the Ohio State game this season, shared the top award with 6'0 Fairfield sophomore Wanisha Smith and 5'9 Youngstown Boardman sophomore Amber Bland.

    > MARCH 13, 2002

  • Thornwood knocked off No. 1 Joliet, 46-45, on a tip-in at the buzzer from Melvin Buckley. Buckley shared game-high honors with teammate David Moss. Both scored 12 points. Thornwood moves on to play Springfield Lanphier (30-1) in the state tournament quarterfinals this Friday in Peoria.

    > MARCH 13, 2002

  • Beavercreek's 6'6 junior center Alison Bales has been named first team Southwest All-District by the Associated Press. Bales averaged 17.2 points as a junior. Bales came in second for the District MVP award, which was won by 6'0 Fairfield sophomore Wanisha Smith.

    > MARCH 12, 2002

  • Chris Booker has been named to the All-Region XIV first team by league coaches.

    > MARCH 10, 2002

  • Katie Gearlds has been named the Indianapolis area Player of the Year by area coaches and writers from the Indianapolis Star. Gearlds heads the Star Super Team, which also includes Purdue signee Sharika Webb, and two targets we've talked a little about on this page before -- Brebeuf 6'1 junior Carrie Smith and Alexandria 5'11 freshman Jodi Howell. Gearlds averaged 26.5 points, 10 rebounds and 6.2 assists this season. Smith, a 6'1 power forward/center, averaged 14.2 points and 7.2 boards for a 25-3 Brebeuf team. Howell finished her freshman year as the No. 2 scorer (behind Gearlds) in the Indianapolis area with 25.9 points per game, hitting 40-percent of her perimeter shots and an area leading 88-percent of her freethrows.

  • Ashley Mays has been named second team all-Marion County after a senior season where she averaged 17.2 points per game.

    > MARCH 9, 2002

  • Melvin Buckley seems to have his best games when the defense isn't focusing on him as the #1 scoring threat. Buckley succeeded last season behind 6'10 Eddie Curry. This year, senior David Moss seems to have received most of the attention, both from the media and from opposing defenses. Thornridge had one major goal for their sectional final matchup against -- stop David Moss. They succeeded in limiting Moss to 14 points, but that allowed Buckley to go for game-highs in scoring (17) and rebounds (6) for the second game in a row. Thornwood advances to face Joliet on Tuesday at the United Center Supersectional.

    > MARCH 8, 2002

  • Melvin Buckley had game-highs in scoring and rebounding as Thornwood eliminated Homewood-Flossmoor in sectional action to set up a game with rival Thornridge. Buckley scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards. Thornwood (26-4) has won nine games in a row.

  • No California state title this year for Sabrina Keys. Berkeley was knocked off by unranked St. Ignatius, 52-49, in the quarterfinals of Northern California Division I girls tournament. Sabrina, along with teammate Shaquita Brown, had 11 points each for Berkeley to lead the team. A very slow start dug such a big hole -- down 16 points at the half -- Berkeley was unable to recover. Berkeley finishes the season with a 22-9 record.

    > MARCH 7, 2002

  • For the third straight year, Sharika Webb has been named the Indianapolis Player of the Year. Webb finished her senior season averaging 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 blocks and 3.3 steals. She shot 146-of-336 (.435) from the field, 100-of-121 (.826) from the line, and 46-126 (.365) from the perimeter. She finished her high school career by setting three records -- career points (1,651), career steals (357) and career made three-pointers (167). Cathedral's hope for 4A championship ended with a 49-47 loss to Perry Meridian during regionals. Cathedral finished the season 21-3.

       MORE: Sharika Webb named Player of the Year [Indy Star]

  • Suntana Granderson wrapped up her junior year with a state championship run and Player of the Year honors from her hometown newspaper. The 5'10 junior guard averaged 20.9 points, shooting 51-percent from the field, 26-percent from the perimeter and 76-percent from the freethrow line. She also added 7.9 rebounds for 24-4 Riley, who made their first ever state championship game appearance in 2002. Granderson also was named all-conference first team. Among state scorers, Granderson finished 26th with a 20.9 average.

  • Carol Duncan has been named to the Northern Lakes Conference first team, and also named all-area by the South Bend Tribune.

    POSTSEASON UPDATE...

  • Alison Bales (Beavercreek HS, OH) - Season over. Beavercreek took the District championship, then fell in the semifinals of regional action to St. Ursula, 51-45. St. Ursula was bounced in the regional semifinals last season by Beavercreek. Beavercreek advanced to the regional with a 41-29 win over Mt. Notre Dame in the district last Saturday. Alison Bales had a triple-double with 14 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. Ranked No. 3 in the state, Beavercreek finishes the season with a record of 21-4.

  • Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley HS, IN) - Season over. South Bend Riley went to their first ever state championship game, only to run into No. 3 Terre Haute South. Riley lost the game, 63-42, behind Granderson's 19 and Norman's 19. The two players also had seven boards each. Riley finishes the season with a 24-2 record.

  • Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South HS, IN) - Season over. Terre Haute South won the Class 4A state championship over South Bend Riley, 63-42. Using a combination of powerful post play and tough perimeter defense, South won their first appearance in the big game. Reicina Russell led all scorers with 31 points, adding 15 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals. Russell also set three state final records during the game -- most points scored (31) points, most field goals made (14), and most blocked shots (7).

  • Sabrina Keys (Berkeley HS, CA) - Next game: 3/6 vs. St. Ignatius (26-5) at the Northern California Division I playoffs. Berkeley made it number seven, victorious in the North Coast Section Division I championship basketball game against No.2 Pittsburg, 60-53. Playing on a sprained right ankle, Keys went down in the second quarter with a severely sprained left ankle. She later returned to score 13 points and foul out Pittsburg center Necolia Simmons. Berkeley advanced to the NCS final game with a 59-46 win over San Leandro. Keys led all scorers with 15 points. Next up for Berkeley is a trip the the CIF Northern California Championships. It takes three wins to advance to the state championship game to be held on March 23. Sore ankles and all, Berkeley will have to depend on Sabrina even more now that Berkeley's 6'3 center Devanei Hampton is out due to a knee injury.

       MORE: Berkeley wins seventh straight title [Oakland Tribune]

  • Sultra Harding (Wabash Valley JC, IL) - Next game: 3/8 vs. Olney (20-11) in the semifinals of the Region 24 Tournament at John A. Logan College, Carterville IL (6:00pm). Wabash Valley is the No. 1 team in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

    > MARCH 6, 2002

  • A player that attended Purdue's Elite Camp last summer, 6'0 sophomore point guard Jamar Butler, has given an early verbal commitment to Cincinnati. While few would question the fact Butler is among the best players in the country in his class, Purdue already has two guard commitments for the Class of 2004 in Robert Vaden and Desmond Gadis.

  • The name of Muskegon, MI junior center Drew Naymick has been thrown around for a while, but a recent update by Vince Baldwin at PrepSpotlite has him with a shortened list of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and maybe Western Michigan.

       MORE: Drew Naymick update [PrepSpotlite]

  • Purdue signee Chris Booker has been named to the Region XIV All-Region team by the conference coaches. The Tyler season is now over as the team failed to make the cutoff for the Region XIV Tournament. Stats through 28 games (Tyler has played 30) has Chris averaging 16.5 points per game on 172-of-313 from the field (.549), 15-of-50 from the perimeter (.300) and 98-of-134 from the line (.731). Chris also ranks third in the conference in rebounds, averaging 11.7 per game.

  • The Lincoln-Way basketball teams are probably feeling a little picked on at the moment. Thornwood (24-4) picked them off one by one to take the regional title. Illinois recruit and former Purdue prospect James Augustine was held to only eight points by a tough Thornwood defensive effort in the 75-41 win. Melvin Buckley finished with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, contributing eight points in a key third quarter 13-3 run that put the game out of reach.

    > MARCH 5, 2002

  • Finally updated the Photos page, inserting many new photos we have taken over the past couple of years of various prospects and players of interest.

       MORE: Player Photos and Video [MrHoops]

  • Melvin Buckley has been named to the Illinois All-State third team by the Associated Press.

    > MARCH 1, 2002

  • The Purdue staff has shown some interest in 6'0 junior guard Tyler McIlwraith of Cincinnati Seven Hills (OH). Purdue and UCONN are the two biggest names sending her mail among a list of 75 schools showing her attention. McIlwraith was a first team Cincinnati Enquirer All Star and Divison IV Player of the Year as a sophomore averaging 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds. She passed the 1,000 point career scoring mark earlier in February, and is currently averaging close to 20 points per game.

    > FEBRUARY 25, 2002

  • Sabrina Keys, Ashley Mays and Sharika Webb have February 27th marked on their calendars. That is the date the McDonald's All-American selection committee will release the 24 names of the participants in the inaugural McDonald's Girls All-American Game. The list will be broadcast at 6:00pm EST on ESPN's SportsCenter program. The game itself will be played on April 4th in Madison Square Garden as a doubleheader with the Boys All-American team.

    POSTSEASON UPDATE...

  • Alison Bales (Beavercreek HS, OH) - Next game: 3/2 vs. Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame at the University of Cincinnati's Shoemaker Center (1:45pm). Advancing to the the District final game next weekend, Alison Bales hit for a game-high 26 points in a walk over Springfield North, 56-31. Bales also hit a perimeter shot in the game. Beavercreek's next test features Cincinnati's best scorer, 5'10 sophomore Mel Thomas, who averages over 26 points per game and shoots 43-percent from the field and 89-percent from the line.

  • Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley HS, IN) - Next game: 4A State Championship game on 3/2 vs. Terre Haute South (24-2), 8:30pm in Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. Riley advanced to the championship game with a 65-58 victory over Fort Wayne Northrop. Granderson, Norman, and freshman Kendra Reynolds scored 63 of Riley's 65 points, hitting for 24, 19 and 20 respectively. Terre Haute South not only has Granderson and Norman to contend with, but the 6'0 Reynolds, with 20 points and 10 boards, has been having a heck of a tournament.

  • Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South HS, IN) - Next game: 4A State Championship game on 3/2 vs. South Bend Riley (24-3), 8:30pm in Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis. South held on to beat defending state champion Ben Davis, 44-39, to advance to next weekend's state final game. Russell had a game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 6-of-15 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. Ben Davis coach Stan Benge was quoted in the Terre Haute Tribune, saying of Russell..."She was throwing in hook shots from 10 feet. You have to give her credit." Sophomore to watch Janese Banks of Ben Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

  • Sabrina Keys (Berkeley HS, CA) - Next game: 2/27 at the North Coast Section Division I tournament. Berkeley, with the help of 16 points from Sabrina Keys, won the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League girls basketball championship playoff game Saturday night by beating Encinal 59-35. Berkeley led 32-15 at the half, then started the third with a 13-2 run, putting the game out of reach.

  • Sultra Harding (Wabash Valley JC, IL) - Postseason play begins March 5th.

    > FEBRUARY 24, 2002

  • Purdue is showing interest in Ron Coleman, a 6-5 sophomore from Romulus, MI. Michigan and Michigan State are also involved early. According to a blurb in the Detroit News on his talent, Coleman "is a shooter, a post player, is good off the dribble, and has the quickness to defend a smaller player." Coleman averages 15 points and nine rebounds per game as a sophomore this season, and has started games since his freshman year when he averaged 12 points per game. Last Wednesday, Coleman had 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-53 win over Carleton Airport, after his coach complained he was being too unselfish.

    > FEBRUARY 23, 2002

  • A recent article in the Chicago Sun-Times talks about the recruitment of Peoria Notre Dame junior forward Brian Randle. The 6'8 wing forward who sports a 3.97 GPA had been mentioning Purdue in the past, but the newest list does not have Purdue as a player. Georgetown, Kansas, Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina, Duke, Louisville and Kentucky are said to be favored at the moment. Randle is named as one of top five players in the Illinois junior class, a list that also includes Springfield Lanphier's Richard McBride, Proviso East's Shannon Brown, West Aurora's Dameon Mason and Homewood Christian's Jimmie Miles.

       MORE: Peoria star getting noticed [Chicago Sun-Times]

  • Suntana Granderson has been named the South Bend Tribune's All-Metro Player of the Year. Teammate Crystal Norman also made the all-Metro team. Purdue signee Carol Duncan was name to the newspaper's All-Area team. The Tribune names the two teams each year, then puts them up against each other in an all-star competition. This year's game will be on March 7th at Bethel College at 7:00pm. However, IHSAA rules prohibit non-seniors from participating in all-star games during the school year, so Granderson and Norman will not be allowed to play in the game. Granderson, the player of the two Purdue seems to be paying the most attention toward, is averaging 21 points and eight rebounds per game. Norman is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds.

    POSTSEASON UPDATE...

  • Erin Lawless (Fenwick HS, IL) - Season over. Lawless had a shot at sending the game into overtime, but her three-pointer bounced around on the rim before rolling off the side of the basket, giving Mother McAuley (23-10) the 50-47 win. Lawless had 22 points and seven rebounds. Fenwick ends the season 30-4.

  • Candace Parker (Naperville Central HS, IL) - Season over. No. 2 Benet upset No. 1 Naperville Central, 51-41 at Naperville. Candace Parker was limited in the third and fourth quarters due to foul trouble, and eventually fouled out of the game with less than two minutes remaining. She finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots on the evening, as Naperville Central finished the season with a record of 28-3.

    > FEBRUARY 21, 2002

  • Melvin Buckley led all scorers with 12 points in a 58-35 win over Rich South.

       MORE: T'wood shuts down Rich South [Chicago Sun-Times]

  • USA Today has a nice background story on Illinois sophomore Candace Parker.

       MORE: Parker leaps onto scene [USA Today]

    > FEBRUARY 20, 2002

    POSTSEASON UPDATE...

  • Candace Parker (Naperville Central HS, IL) - Next game: 2/21 vs. Benet Academy at Benet Academy. Parker dunked for the second time this season in the 44-27 win over Glenbard North. She ended the game with 11 points.

  • Erin Lawless (Fenwick HS, IL) - Next game: 2/21 vs. Mother McAuley at Eisenhower HS. For the third season in a row, Fenwick has reached the 30-win mark. Fenwick is now 30-3 after a 63-43 sectional win over four seed Sandburg. Erin Lawless had 20 points and 10 boards in the win.

  • Alison Bales (Beavercreek HS, OH) - Next game: 2/23 vs. Springfield North (12-9) at West Carollton High (8:00pm). Beavercreek cruised past Piqua, 53-16, in the quarterfinal round game of the 2002 Ohio Division I tournament.

  • Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley HS, IN) - Next game: 2/23 vs. Fort Wayne Northrop (17-8) at Plymouth (3:30pm).
  • Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South HS, IN) - Next game: 2/23 vs. Ben Davis (19-8) at Southport HS (3:30pm).
  • Sabrina Keys (Berkeley HS, CA) - Postseason play begins February 23rd.
  • Sultra Harding (Wabash Valley JC, IL) - Postseason play begins March 5th.

  • Junior Rashaun Bryant, a 6'8 250lbs power forward from Rome, GA is showing early interest in Purdue, along with most of the Big Ten and ACC. Bryant averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a sophomore. Bryant is ranked as the 18th best power forward by Prep Spotlight, and played AAU last summer with the Georgia Stars.

  • Here's a link to the box score for Cathedral's loss this past Saturday to Terre Haute North. Vaden led Cathedral with 19 points and six rebounds, but turned the ball over seven times. Gadis had two points and two assists. Gadis had 10 points in 12 minutes on Friday against Northwest, while Vaden had 12 points, six boards and two turnovers.

       MORE: Box Score: Terre Haute North 72, Cathedral 62 [Cathedral SID]

    > FEBRUARY 19, 2002

  • When The Sporting News recently asked high school prospects to name assistant coaches they enjoyed being in contact with during the recruiting process, Cuonzo Martin's named showed up on the list. Prospects were asked to name assistants they trusted, who answered their questions clearly, and were very personable. Only two other Big Ten assistants were given high marks, Ohio State's Paul Biancardi and Illinois' Norm Roberts.

    > FEBRUARY 18, 2002

  • A list of 100 nominees for the 2002 McDonalds All-American game has been released, and Matt Kiefer is on the list.

       MORE: 2002 McDonald's All-American nominees [McDonald's All-American site]

  • Erin Lawless and Candace Parker have been named to the Chicago Sun-Times all-area team. Both Lawless and Parker came close to being named the MVP, an award instead won by Johanna Solverson. Parker is at the head of a sophomore class that is being touted as Illinois' best class in years. Other sophomores on the all-area team include Fenwick guard Kristin Heidloff, Marian Catholic center Lauren Lacey, Trinity forward Caprice Smith and Neuqua Valley forward Lindsay Wisdom.

    > FEBRUARY 17, 2002

    POSTSEASON UPDATE...Another Purdue recruit falls, while a load of Indiana junior prospects are on a collision course to the 4A state title.

  • Sharika Webb (Cathedral HS, IN) - Season over. Cathedral fell to Perry Meridian in the semifinals of the Southport regional, 49-47. Sharika Webb led Cathedral with 20 points. Cathedral ends the season at 21-3.

  • Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley HS, IN) - Next game: 2/23 vs. Fort Wayne Northrop (17-8) at Plymouth (3:30pm). Riley advanced to semistate with a 66-64 win over Gary West, a game that was a rimmed-out three away from having a different outcome. Granderson led Riley with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Norman added 18. In the early game, Granderson again led Riley with 21 points in a 54-46 win over Penn. South Bend Riley's record is now 23-3.

  • Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South HS, IN) - Next game: 2/23 vs. Ben Davis (19-8) at Southport HS (3:30pm). No. 3 Terre Haute South avenged an early season loss that knocked them from the No. 1 spot by defeating No. 1 Bloomington South 57-41. Russell finished with a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds. THS had a much easier time in the semifinal game, beating Castle by 45 points. THS is now 23-2.

  • Alison Bales (Beavercreek HS, OH) - Next game: 2/20 vs. Piqua at West Carollton High. The defending Division I state champs opened the tournament with a 51-34 win over Centerville. Alison Bales led all scorers with 25 points. In the final state poll released last week, Beavercreek was ranked No. 3 with a 17-3 record.

  • Blair Hardiek (Effingham HS, IL) - Season over. With center Martina Borries out with mononucleosis, Effingham had no answer for Matoon's inside game, and increased pressure on the Effingham scorers. Held to only one shot in the first half, Hardiek finished with 15 points (nine below her season average) and was the only double-figure scorer for Effingham. They end the season with a 20-9 record.

  • Candace Parker (Naperville Central HS, IL) - Next game: 2/18 vs. Glenbard North at Benet Academy. Wheaton North has something their 2-22 record does not show. They have met Naperville Central twice this year, and both times have held all-american Candace Parker to only eight points. A bittersweet accomplishment, as they have lost both games. Naperville beat Wheaton North 66-27, then moved on to beat Wheaton-Warrenville South 55-29 on Thursday. Parker scored 29 in the win.

  • Erin Lawless (Fenwick HS, IL) - Next game: 2/18 vs. Sandburg at Eisenhower HS. Fenwick has cruised to two easy wins over Bremen (91-34) and Oak Park (72-39). Limited by foul trouble most of the game, Lawless finished with 15 points against Oak Park. She had 18 points and seven rebounds in the opener against Bremen. Fenwick is currently at 29-3 on the season.

  • Sabrina Keys (Berkeley HS, CA) - Postseason play begins February 23rd. Still in the midst of regular season play, Berkeley lost a close one to the nation's No. 25 team, Pinewood, 43-41. Berkeley was Pinewood's 19th straight victim. Sabrina Keys led Berkeley with 11 points.

  • Sultra Harding (Wabash Valley JC, IL) - Postseason play begins March 5th.

  • Thornwood won their third straight SICA East title Saturday night with a 55-47 victory over rival Thornridge. Buckley finished with 14 points, and led Thornwood in rebounds (8) and blocks (2).

       MORE: Three-peat feeling sweet [NW Times]

    > FEBRUARY 13, 2002

  • Melvin Buckley came out of a shooting slump for 17 points in a 68-50 win over No. 11 Shepard. Fourteen of his points came in the first half as he and teammate David Moss (Indiana State recruit) hit 8-of-9 attempts from the perimeter. Thornwood is now 19-4 and undefeated in the SICA East.

  • A forum contributor has submitted this scouting report from last Friday's game between Warren Central and Cathedral, with comments on both Ashley Mays and Sharika Webb.

       MORE: Scouting Report: Warren Central vs. Cathedral [MrHoops]

    > FEBRUARY 12, 2002

  • Postseason Update: Duncan now joins Mays and Gearlds on the sidelines, while several prospects continue on to regionals. All regional games are held at 10:00am or noon on Saturday the 16th, followed by the regional final game that evening at 8:00pm.

  • Carol Duncan (NorthWood HS, IN) - Season over. Freshman forward Katie St. Clair hit a layup with 15 seconds remaining to help St. Joe's knock off NorthWood, 37-35. Carol Duncan had 12 points and 12 boards in the loss. NorthWood finishes the season with a 16-6 record.

  • Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley HS, IN) - Next game: 2/16 vs. Penn (17-6) at Valparaiso. Back in December, Suntana Granderson set the Riley single-game scoring record in a 42 point outburst. Two months later, teammate Crystal Norman would be breaking it by one. Norman hit for 43 points in the sectional finals against Washington as Riley moved past the sectional stepping stone with a 83-50 win. Granderson, still slowed by a thigh bruise, had 18 points and eight rebounds. Norman led Riley's rebounding effort with 12 of her own.

  • Sharika Webb (Cathedral HS, IN) - Next game: 2/16 vs. Perry Meridian (16-5) at Southport HS. Cathedral was nearly unbeatable as a Class 3A school, winning two straight state championships. Moving up to Class 4A in 2001-2002, Cathedral is proving they are hard to stop on any level. Cathedral cruised to a 62-47 win over Class 4A No. 2 Lawrence North, behind a team-high 17 points from Sharika Webb. Webb shot 6-of-14 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line, adding two assists, one block and three steals. The Irish are now 21-2 on the season.

  • Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South HS, IN) - Next game: 2/16 vs. Castle (20-3) at Bedford North Lawrence HS. Russell had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Mooresville attempted to slow the game to a crawl to keep Terre Haute from running away with it. While holding the ball for six minutes in the third quarter will definitely make a dent in scoring totals, it still did not stop South from beating Mooresville by double digits. Russell is now approaching the 1,000 career scoring mark.

    > FEBRUARY 9, 2002

  • Postseason Update: An update on the status of a few prospects as we reach the end of the 2000-2001 basketball season...

  • Carol Duncan (NorthWood HS, IN) - Next game: 2/09 vs. St. Joseph's (18-4) at Northridge HS. Northwood defeated Mishawaka Marian, 63-25. Duncan led all scorers with 14 points and they held their opponent to just 19-percent shooting for the evening. Northwood puts their 16-5 record up against a team they defeated earlier in the season, St. Joseph's (18-4). Tip-off is at 7:30 tonight, and the game will be broadcast locally on WLRX (95.7 FM).

  • Ashley Mays (Warren Central HS, IN) - Season over. Warren Central was beaten by Cathedral, 64-50 in first round sectional action. Mays finished with 15 points. Warren Central finished the season with a record of 10-11.

  • Sharika Webb (Cathedral HS, IN) - Next game: 2/09 vs. Lawrence North (20-1) at Arlington HS. Sharika Webb had 25 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals to lead the Irish (20-2) in a 64-50 win over Warren Central. No. 4 Cathdral plays No. 2 Lawrence North (20-1) tonight for a chance to advance to regionals.

  • Katie Gearlds (Beech Grove, IN) - Season over. No. 8 Beech Grove lost to No. 2 Brebeuf, 56-42 in the first round of sectionals. Gearlds finished with 24 points on 6-of-21 shooting. Beech Grove finishes the season with a 17-5 record.

  • Reicina Russell (Terre Haute South HS, IN) - Next game: 2/09 vs. Mooresville (20-3) at Northview HS. Russell had 19 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as No. 3 Terre Haute South (20-2) beat Martinsville (12-8), 68-52. Russell broke the single-season scoring record for the Braves. "It's just another thing to come along," Russell was quoted by the Terre Haute Tribune. "I couldn't do it without the team. It's like Larry Bird says, it's not the one who scores, it's the one who gives them the ball."

  • Crystal Norman and Suntana Granderson (South Bend Riley HS, IN) - Next game: 2/09 vs. South Bend Washington (10-10) at South Bend Riley. Riley knocked off their first two opponents of the 2002 tournament in impressive fashion. On Tuesday, Riley defeated Michigan City, 62-35. Granderson led all scorers with 20 points, while Norman finished with eight points. On Friday, it was Norman's time to lead with Granderson suffering from a deep thigh bruise (Granderson had 27 points and 13 rebounds playing with a calf injury last Saturday). Crystal led all scorers with 23 points and 12 boards, while the hobbled Granderson managed 13. In the past two games, not one of Granderson's or Norman's shots have come from the perimeter.

  • Alison Bales (Beavercreek HS, OH) - Next game: 2/13 vs. Centerville at North Carollton High.

  • Blair Hardiek (Effingham HS, IL) - Next game: 2/12 vs. Charleston at Mattoon.

  • Candace Parker (Naperville Central HS, IL) - Next game: 2/11 vs. Wheaton North at Benet Academy.

  • Sabrina Keys (Berkeley HS, CA) - Postseason play begins February 23rd.

  • Sultra Harding (Wabash Valley JC, IL) - Postseason play begins March 5th.

    > FEBRUARY 8, 2002

  • A frequent forum contributor over on the Tennessee board, Betty Bean, has written a profile story on South Doyle HS (TN) sophomore Sade Buley. A very good read...

       MORE: Driving the Lane: Sade Buley [Metro Pulse]

    > FEBRUARY 7, 2002

  • Those hoping to catch a couple top junior targets this season are out of luck. Junior scoring guard Sylvester Mayes has been ruled academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the season at South Bend Clay. And 6'5 junior wing Robert Barker blew out his knee during a game last week and is likely lost for the season. Barker is also getting a heavy press from Thad Matta, former Butler coach now at Xavier. Xavier has an offer on the table, and Barker is looking at it very hard.

  • A scouting report by Fort Wayne Boiler on Adam Liddell, posted on our forum this past weekend... "Defense: Had four blocked shorts and nine boards. When he played Carroll would not take the ball inside. He definitely was a threat. His opposing player didn't score. He used his board well to get good positioning. Adam did pick up two quick fouls in the first half. However, they just came in the flow of the game - not bad decisions. Offense: He really looks to pass the ball first. I think he had six assists. He is definately an unselfish ball player. Dekalb had some good three point shooters to make the defense pay for collapsing down on him. Adam really didn't dominate the game until Dekalb need baskets in the 4th period. Up to that point he just took what ever the defense gave him. Again he used his body well to his advantage. Free throws: He was 1-1 but shoots flat footed. Three pointers: He was 0-2. He took good shots and squared up. They just didn't go in. I'd let him keep shooting them. Running the floor: He hustled back on defense but didn't necessarily trail the fast break with much energy. He didn't lead too many fast breaks either. Dominance: Adam did throw down two dunks early in the 4th when his team needed to open up the game. One was a nice baseline drive. The other was an alley-oop. Neither time did he sky above the rim. I think Adam can dominate if his team needs him too. Leadership: Adam plays post so the team didn't look to him for much floor control. Late in the 4th, when it was an eight point game, Adam did direct some traffic and make sure people were on the right page. Adam remained in control the whole game - played within his element and emotions. Body: Adam has broad shoulders and stands 6-7 (according to the program). He will need most body mass and strength. However, his frame will handle it easily. Overall, I enjoyed wathcing him play and look forward to seeing him next year. He has a lot of up side potential with hard work and strength conditioning." (2/4/02)

  • No. 8 Beech Grove fell in the first round of sectional action to No. 2 Brebeuf, 56-42. Katie Gearlds finished with 24 points on 6-of-21 shooting against one of the state's best defensive teams. The win was bittersweet for Brebeuf junior Carrie Smith, who has played summer ball with Gearlds since they were 10.

       MORE: Smith-led Brebeuf advances [Indy Star]

    > FEBRUARY 6, 2002

  • The Journal and Courier has an update on the progress of the four players set to join Purdue next fall. Hoop Scoop thinks the class rates as the nation's 10th best, while Van Coleman has Purdue ranked 15th, and Recruiting USA 17th.

       MORE: 2002 may be one of Keady's best classes [Journal and Courier]

  • Signed recruit David Teague has left Bridgton Academy and returned to Indianapolis.

       MORE: Teague leaves Maine prep school [Journal and Courier]

    > FEBRUARY 5, 2002

  • Word has it that Curry is looking at another junior college center other than Harding and Henry, and would like to add one this spring.

  • Sharika Webb ended the regular season this weekend leading No. 5 Cathedral in scoring (18.0), minutes (25.8), assists (3.9) and steals (3.2). She is also second on the team from the line, shooting a very respectable 84-of-104 attempts. Cathedral goes into tournament play with a 19-2 record.

  • Purdue is showing interest in 6'6 junior Nick Brooks of Robinson (IL), along with Illinois and Iowa. Brooks is currently averaging 24 points per game.

       MORE: Photo: Nick Brooks (center) [Herald-Review]
       MORE: Photo: Nick Brooks (No.44) [Herald-Review]

    > FEBRUARY 4, 2002

  • Robert Vaden led Cathedral with 13 points on Saturday in a 70-51 win against Shelbyville. Vaden is currently Cathedral's scoring leader with an average of 16.6 points per game. Teammate Desomnd Gadis is fifth in scoring with a 5.7 average, but has yet to crack the starting lineup. Gadis and Vaden are the only two sophomores on varsity, and the starting lineup consists of two seniors, two juniors and Vaden. Cathedral's senior class makes up 34-percent of Cathedral's total minutes per game.

  • Tyler Junior College is on a seven-game losing streak and their record stands at 7-14. This weekend, Chris Booker was the only scorer in double figures as Tyler rallied from 20 down to pull within five points with three minutes left. Yet they would get no closer as Trinity Valley held on for the 74-65 win. Booker had 21 points. Only the top eight teams in the conference get to advance to the postseason tournament, but Tyler has a firm hold on the 12th spot at the moment with nine games remaining.

  • Thornwood coach Kevin Haywood did not start Melvin Buckley on Friday night in an attempt to ease him into the action after getting a feel for the game. Buckley responded with a game-high 18 points and three blocked shots on 75-percent shooting.

       MORE: Buckley comes off bench, stops Thornton [The Star]

  • Some prospects were spotted at the Wisconsin game on Sunday. Katie Gearlds was in the house spending some time with 6'2 Chicago Fenwick forward Erin Lawless. Also there were a couple players from Indianapolis Brebeuf, one believed to be a 6'2 forward or post player. The two players that fit that bill on Brebeuf are 6'2 junior Carrie Smith and 6'2 sophomore Amber Jackson. Smith is probably Indiana's best junior post player behind Reicina Russell, and Jackson is the only sophomore in Indiana to make the Street & Smith All-American list. For those who got a good look at the players, here is a link to a picture of the Brebeuf girls team. Smith is in the foreground, No. 54, and Jackson is in the back with the headband.

       MORE: Photo: Brebeuf girls [Central Indiana Sports]

  • Speaking of the top post player in the Indiana junior class, Reicina Russell is on target to be the first player in Terre Haute South history to reach 1,000 points by the end of her junior season. South took the Vigo county championship last Wednesday behind Russell's game high 21 points, nine boards and three blocks.

  • Indiana sectional play begins on Tuesday. As we did last season, we will try to keep you updated on what players are still active and when they will play next. Here's a list of how each Indiana player will start sectional play...

    Carol Duncan - Northwood plays Mishawaka Marian on Friday at Northridge High.
    Ashley Mays - Warren Central plays Cathedral on Friday at Indianapolis Arlington High.
    Sharika Webb - Cathedral plays Warren Central on Friday at Indianapolis Arlington High.
    Katie Gearlds - Beech Grove plays Brebeuf on Tuesday at New Palestine High.
    Reicina Russell - Terre Haute South plays Martinsville on Friday at Northview High.
    Crystal Norman - South Bend Riley plays Michigan City on Tuesday at South Bend Riley High.
    Suntana Granderson - South Bend Riley plays Michigan City on Tuesday at South Bend Riley.
    Alison Bales - Beavercreek (OH) plays Centerville on Wednesday the 13th at North Carollton High.

    > JANUARY 30, 2002

  • Alison Bales scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in front of 7,800 fans as Beavercreek soundly defeated USA Today's No. 1 team, Chaminade-Julienne, 56-27. The crowd is thought to be the largest ever to see a regular season girls game in the state of Ohio. The game was moved to Wright State in anticipation of a large crowd, but few thought the teams would draw the largest crowd to show up at Wright State's Nutter Center this year. Beavercreek, who sponsored the game, is expected to add a minimum of $25,000 to their general athletic fund as a result of gate receipts.

       MORE: Creek swamps C-J [Dayton Daily News]
       MORE: Game photo - Bales #43 [Dayton Daily News]

  • From the same paper, a recruiting article talks about how shootouts like last week's McDonald's Shootout in Chicago draw college coaches. Being seen by players is as equally as important on these trips as actually evaluating the talent.

       MORE: Talk isn’t cheap on recruiting trips [Dayton Daily News]

    > JANUARY 29, 2002

  • Purdue was among the 20-plus schools Ohio center Alison Bales says she is considering in this article from the Dayton Daily News.

       MORE: The center of attention [Dayton Daily News]

    > JANUARY 28, 2002

  • Here are two articles on the commitment of Katie Gearlds to Purdue.

       MORE: Beech Grove standout Gearlds chooses Purdue [Indy Star]
       MORE: Beech Grove junior commits [Journal and Courier]

  • A great article on Chris Booker from the Tyler Telegraph. The article speaks of his leadership, his NBA potential, and why he chose Keady over all the other top coaches pursuing him last fall.

       MORE: Booker an impact player for Apaches [Tyler Telegraph]

  • Melvin Buckley was almost the hero Saturday night when his last second three-pointer rimmed out as the buzzer sounded. Thornwood dropped their fourth game of the season in a 56-54 loss to Evanston.

       MORE: Delivering in the clutch [Chicago Tribune]

    > JANUARY 27, 2002

  • Katie Gearlds to Purdue! Katie verballed to the staff following the Iowa game. We had heard from a person close to the situation last week that it might happen on Sunday, which turned out to be true. Congratulations to Katie!

    > JANUARY 25, 2002

  • Including games through January 22, Jeff Sagarin's ratings of Indiana girls teams has Reicina Russell's Terre Haute South at No. 2, playing the 16th toughest schedule. Also ranked among the top fifty teams are -- Sharika Webb and Cathedral at No. 5 (schedule No. 48), Katie Gearlds and Beech Grove at No. 13 (schedule No. 39), Granderson, Norman and South Bend Riley at No. 20 (schedule No. 97), Ashley Mays and Warren Central at No. 36 (schedule No. 4) and Carol Duncan and NorthWood at No. 46 (No. 109).

       MORE: Sagarin Girls Basketball Ratings [Jeff Sagarin]

  • Former Boilermaker Shalicia Hurns has left Wabash Valley Junior College and is currently enrolled at Rutgers. Hurns was dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons.

  • Two prospects are scheduled to visit Mackey Sunday as the Boilers take on Iowa. Katie Gearlds is expected, as is 5'10 sophomore Janese Banks of Indianapolis Ben Davis. Banks averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman, playing on Indiana's most talented squad. Now as a sophomore, she is averaging 18.4 points, shooting 103-of-249 (.410) from the floor and 22-of-45 (.490) from the perimeter. She also adds 9.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

    > JANUARY 24, 2002

  • Thornwood was 1-1 over the weekend, dropping a Saturday game to New Trier after beating No. 5 Bloom Township on Friday. On Friday, Buckley only took two shots from the floor, making them both, and finished with five points. The next evening, Buckley led Thornwood with 13 points and six rebounds.

    > JANUARY 23, 2002

  • The McDonald's Girls Prep Classic in Chicago wrapped up on Monday with two great games. No. 1 Fenwick beat the No. 1 team in Ohio, Beavercreek, 52-49. The win snapped Beavercreek's 41-game winning streak. For Fenwick, 6'2 junior Erin Lawless scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. For Beavercreek, 6'6 junior center Alison Bales had 27 points. Bales was recently seen in Mackey Arena on an unoffical visit for the Ohio State game, while Lawless, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, has an offer on the table from Purdue. In the other close game, Katie Gearlds again led all scorers with 31 points, but Beech Grove failed to get past Illinois No. 10 Regina. Beech Grove lost in overtime, 48-44.

    South Bend Riley joined the McDonald's Girls Prep Classic on Monday in a matchup against Hinsdale Central. Neither Suntana Granderson's 14 points or Crystal Norman's 18 could rescue Riley from the 63-43 loss.

  • A Purdue assistant coach was in attendance for Riley's win on Friday at home over South Bend Washington. Norman led all scorers with 29 points in that game.

  • Northwood improved to 14-3 with a 51-39 win over Goshen. Goshen led 23-21 at halftime before NorthWood pulled away in the third. Carol Duncan had 16 points.

  • The Effingham (IL) Hearts have a revised goal -- win 20 games. With a current record of 17-5 with five games remaining, the goal is within reach. Blair Hardiek scored 25 points in a Monday win over Paris.

  • Chris Booker currently stands as the 7th best junior college rebounder in the nation through 15 games, according to the NJCAA. Booker is averaging 12.2 rebounds per game.

    > JANUARY 21, 2002

  • Some nice comments from Mike Sullivan over at the Sporting News site on David Teague. Sullivan thinks he is ready to be an impact player for Purdue next season. Scroll down to the bottom of the article...

       MORE: Talent on hand at St. Thomas More [Sporting News]

  • Going independent this year gave Berkeley the freedom to schedule tougher teams, as their 8-7 record going into Saturday's game against California's No. 1 team brutally indicated. Marin Catholic, who last month defeated the nation's No. 1 team in Highlands Ranch (CO), could not hold on to a six-point fourth quarter lead and fell to Berkeley 57-52. Sabrina Keys all but erased that deficit by herself, scoring Berkeley's first seven points of the fourth quarter. Sabrina ended with a game-high 18 points, sitting the entire second quarter after picking up two quick fouls.

       MORE: Berkeley stuns Marin Catholic [Oakland Tribune]

    > JANUARY 20, 2002

  • Curry has made a big impression on a California post player without ever sending a letter. Just a freshman, 6'0 Ashley Walker has been making a name for herself early in her high school career.

       MORE: California freshman shows promise [MrHoops]

  • At the McDonald's Girls Prep Classic in Chicago...

    Katie Gearlds led all scorers with 27 points in a 65-49 loss to Chicago Fenwick (21-1). Purdue target Erin Lawless had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Fenwick, playing on a tender ankle.

    Cathedral lost their first game of the season in a 56-52 decision to Benet. Sharika Webb had 20 points.

    Naperville Central's Candace Parker scored 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds against Wisconsin's No. 1 team Janesville Parker HS. The Parker of the Janesville variety beat the Parker of the Candace variety, 61-46. Duke recruit Mistie Bass had 17 points and 12 boards.

       MORE: Parker can't stop Janesville [Sun-Times]

    Indiana Class 3A No. 3 Kokomo defeated Illinois No. 5 New Trier 45-43, while Indiana Class 4A No. 10 Noblesville defeated Illinois No. 13 Stevenson, 66-41.

    > JANUARY 19, 2002

  • Keep an eye out for 5'6 point guard Leah Phillips of Castle HS (IN). Already getting some buzz as one of the top freshmen in the state, she is backing it up with being one of the leading scorers for Class 4A No. 10 Castle. She has a season high of 30, and scored 24 in the championship game of the SIAC tournament last weekend. Phillips has early interest in a host of schools including Purdue, Tennessee, UConn, North Carolina, Duke, Indiana and Evansville.

       MORE: Castle guard takes ribbing [Evansville Courier]

  • An article on 5'10 sophomore guard Sade Buley of Knoxville (TN).

       MORE: In her defense, Buley is trying [Knoxville News]

  • Sharika Webb helped Cathedral remain unbeaten by contributing 29 points at the McDonald's Girls Prep Classic in Chicago. Indiana Class 4A No. 4 Cathedral defeated Illinois Class 2A No. 6 Hope 74-73 in overtime. Teams from the state of Indiana were 2-1 on the opening night of the tournament. Along with Cathedral's win, Noblesville defeated Downers Grove South 81-48. Former Indiana Class 4A No. 1 Kokomo went down to national No. 11 Marian Catholic 52-50.

       MORE: Webb helps Irish win OT thriller [Indy Star]
       MORE: Marian cool in clutch [Sun-Times]
       MORE: McDonald's Girls Prep Classic [Chicago Tribune]

  • Matt Kiefer led all in an 80-66 victory over South Spencer. Kiefer finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Mater Dei (8-6) is currently riding a six-game winning streak.

       MORE: Defense puts Cats on track [Evansville Courier]

    > JANUARY 17, 2002

  • Newly released scoring data from the South Bend Tribune has Suntana Granderson as the third best scorer in north central Indiana at 21.4 points per game. Carol Duncan ranks 10th in scoring with a 16.1 average, and 4th in rebounding with 10.3 boards per game. South Bend Riley's Crystal Norman is averaging 15.5.

  • Katie Gearlds ranks as the state's 4th best scorer, averaging 26.0 points per game. Leading the state is Wawasee senior Shanna Zolman (35.0), followed by New Washington senior Sonya Wahl (26.9) and Alexandria freshman Jodi Howell (26.2).

  • Terre Haute South lost their second game of the season this past weekend, the latest loss to No. 5 Lawrence North, 53-52. The other loss came to current Class 4A No. 1 Bloomington South. Reicina Russell led all scorers with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

       MORE: South girls fail to hold leads [Tribune-Star]

    > JANUARY 16, 2002

  • The Chicago Tribune has a story on Peoria Notre Dame junior Brian Randle. The story only mentions Duke and Kansas, but Purdue has shown interest as has Illinois. For a Chicago newspaper to ignore the attention Illinois is giving him and only mention Duke and Kansas is almost absurd. Anyway, here is the story...

       MORE: Randle puts his foot down [Chicago Tribune]

  • This blurb on Seimone Augustus appeared in an article in the Advocate by sportswriter Robin Fambrough on Sunday ... "Capitol's Augustus still has made only one official recruiting visit -- to Duke in November. LSU still remains in the picture but no official visit has been set."

  • Purdue is looking at junior college 6'4 sophomore center Janet Henry, formerly of Chicago Luther South (IL). Now at Iowa Western CC, Henry is enjoying a 13-2 season and a No. 20 ranking among Division I junior colleges. In high school, Henry averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, five steals and three assists per game while rising to No. 24 among the class of 2000 nationally. She was ranked two spots higher than current Boiler forward Shereka Wright by All Star Girls Report. Originally signing with Fresno State, Henry ended up going the junior college route. Henry scored 12 points in her last outing against Iowa Central, and hit for 22 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three steals on January 6th against Penn Valley. Below are some links to info on Henry.

       MORE: Iowa Western 93 - Penn Valley 53 [Daily Nonpareil]
       MORE: Iowa Western 76 - Iowa Central 63 [Daily Nonpareil]
       MORE: All Star Girls Report Class of 2000 [News & Observer]
       MORE: Henry signs with the Bulldogs [Fresno State SID]

    > JANUARY 15, 2002

  • An update on 6'1 junior Brandon Cotton, a point guard from Detroit. According to his coach, Cotton is currently looking at the pros and cons of Michigan State, Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Georgetown, Purdue, Michigan, Detroit, Penn State, and Rutgers.

       MORE: Cotton recruiting update [Prep Spotlight]

    > JANUARY 14, 2002

  • Several Purdue targets were seen seated behind the bench during Purdue's 80-43 victory over Ohio State. Beavercreek (OH) center Alison Bales and South Bend (IN) guard Suntana Granderson were seen along with a frequent visitor to Purdue games, Beech Grove HS guard Katie Gearlds. This may have been the first game Gearlds has attended in Mackey this season, after attending many last season. Beech Grove's schedule has conflicted with all but two of Purdue's home games to date, but most of the Big Ten Conference home games are free for her to attend. Gearlds could be Purdue's best recruiter once she makes up her mind whether the Boilers are a good fit. Also seen behind the bench was a recruit wearing a "Pickerington" jacket, thought to be sophomore Marscilla Packer, a 5'10 all-american wing from Pickerington HS (OH). Packer attended the Adidas Top 10 Camp last summer, and has been named honorable mention all-american by Street & Smith. As a freshman, she was named to Ohio's Division I all-state third team after averaging 17 points and four rebounds, shooting 60-percent from the perimeter for most of the year through 40 attempts. Packer set a school sophomore scoring record on Friday with 36 points against Newark. She is averaging 20.8 points this season. Others schools Packer lists include Ohio State, Tennessee, Duke and Connecticut.

  • Mater Dei won the SAIC championship in controversial fashion on Saturday when Reitz was whistled for a technical foul for rushing the floor before the final buzzer sounded. The actual game clock showed 0:00.0 seconds remaining, yet the officials did not consider the game over. Kiefer fouled out of the game at the 0:00.0 mark, getting his fifth foul which sent Reitz to the line for the go ahead freethrows. After the technical was whistled, Mater Dei's Patrick Mallory hit both to win the game 67-66. Kiefer had 21 points.

       MORE: Technical knockout lifts Wildcats [Evansville Courier]

    > JANUARY 13, 2002

  • Mater Dei moved into the finals of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Tournament with an overtime win over Castle, 79-75. Matt Kiefer had 27 points, while teammate Patrick Mallory finished with 33. Mater Dei (5-6) will face Evansville Reitz (8-2) for the title.

  • A scouting report from Mater Dei's win Friday night against Castle.
      Scouting report by Ed Mason..."I went to see Matt Kiefer play against Castle (Dedrick Finn) tonight. Matt has a really nice touch on the ball with excellent range. He is amazingly quick and agile for a player his size with the skills, offensively, of a three. He was three of six from behind the arc. He made quick moves from the perimeter and drove both left and right passed his defender then slide sideways to avoid the charge. It was amazing that the other team could not contain him on the outside. On the interior he posts and has a really quick spin move for a short jump shot. Once, he passed the ball from three quarter court to a teammate for an open three pointer and then Matt rebounded the miss. He passes well and is not at all selfish. On defense he turned and looked for someone to block out on every shot. He is Brad Miller's size only quicker, more agile, with slightly better hops and more range. His up side is real high. On the down side he is not a quick leaper or a great shot blocker." (1/12/02)
  • Thornwood remained the top team in the SICA East with a 31-29 win over Thornridge. Thornwood was coming off a third consecutive State Farm Holiday Tournament championship, where Melvin Buckley was named to the all-tournament team. Thornwood rolled past Jacksonville, Normal, Lincoln, Rockford Boylan and Quincy Notre Dame for the championship. Here's a brief game-by-game summary of Buckley's performances in the tournament.

    Thornwood 69 - Jacksonville 49: Buckley scored 12 points and four rebounds and shot 50-percent from the perimeter.

    Thornwood 46 - Normal 35: Although scoreless in three attempts from the perimeter, Buckley shot 6-of-7 from inside the arc to finish with 16 points and three boards.

    Thornwood 49 - Lincoln 27: Only five Thornwood players scored in the game with Buckley third on the team with 11 points.

    Thornwood 57 - Rockford Boylan 43: Thornwood played Rockford for the championship of the Illinois Class AA bracket. Buckley's best game statistically, leading Thornwood with 19 points and four boards. He took 11 shots from the perimeter, making three.

    Thornwood 62 - Quincy Notre Dame 57: Thornwood played Quincy for the tournament championship against the Illinois Class A bracket winner. Another 50-percent shooting night from the field for a total of 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Also at the same tournament was another player Purdue has been paying attention to, Brian Randle of Peoria Notre Dame. Randle was also named to the all-tournament team, but Peoria was much less successful there than Thornwood. Randle averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists through three games during the tournament.

  • A one-point game in the final minute ended up as a 91-88 loss to Maine Central Institute last Wednesday as Bridgton Academy dropped a major league test at home. David Teague came back from a long Christmas break with a game-high 30 points against a high quality team.

       MORE: Game Recaps [Bridgton SID]

    > JANUARY 12, 2002

  • Tyler (7-7) ran their season won-loss record even with a 105-86 win over Panola. Booker had 16 points and 10 rebounds, sitting most of the first half with two early fouls. Tyler plays No. 1 San Jacinto tonight, three days after San Jacinto was beaten by Lon Morris, another tough opponent Tyler will face next Saturday.

    > JANUARY 11, 2002

  • Due to academic issues, Kennitra Johnson has left the Purdue program. In a statement from the Sports Information Department, Kristy Curry had this to say..."We certainly were excited about Kennitra being at Purdue and we did the best we could to help her be successful. We wish her the best of luck." With the academic troubles of Johnson and the academic questionmarks surrounding junior college transfer Mandy Davis, incoming freshmen Sharika Webb and Ashley Mays may be counted on to contribute significantly their freshman year.

  • According to the IHSAA, Katie Gearlds ranks third in the state and is the top non-senior scorer in the state with a 26.5 average through 14 games.

  • A nice story on Blair Hardiek, with comments from her coach on her value to the team.

       MORE: Hardiek sets new standard [Effingham Daily News]

  • Evansville Mater Dei got 22 points and 13 boards from Matt Kiefer in a 77-64 win over Harrison, setting up a game against 4A No. 10 Castle in the semifinals of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Tournament. Mater Dei (4-6) will go up against AAU teammate and Xavier recruit Dedrick Finn, who has been slowed by a recent knee injury.

    > JANUARY 7, 2002

  • The player profile has been added for class of 2004 Candace Parker.

       MORE: Player profile: Candace Parker [MrHoops]

  • Chris Booker led Tyler College with 15 points and 10 rebounds as Tyler came back from a long Christmas break to beat Cisco, 74-69. Not including Friday's game with Cisco, Booker is averaging 18.4 points, shooting 67-of-118 (.568) from the floor, 36-of-48 (.750) from the line and 4-of-10 (.400) from the perimeter. His scoring average ranks him ninth among Region 14 players, and his 12.3 rebounds per game average ranks him third.

    > JANUARY 6, 2002

  • The Indianapolis Star has a writeup on the Cathedral win Friday over Muncie South.

       MORE: Cathedral rally sinks Muncie South [Indy Star]

  • Matt Keifer had 30 points and 18 rebounds in a 50-36 win over rival Evansville Memorial. Matt was 11-of-16 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line.

       MORE: Mallory-to-Kiefer connection lifts Wildcats [Evansville Courier]

    > JANUARY 5, 2002

  • Two of 3A No. 4 NorthWood's three losses on the season are now to 4A No. 6 Wawasee, as NorthWood fell Friday 75-57 behind a career high from Shanna Zolman. Carol Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebounds.

  • The South Bend Riley duo of Granderson and Norman had almost identical nights statistically as slipped by South Bend Adams 58-53. Adams fell to 10-3 on the season, and lost their share of the NIC lead with Riley. Suntana had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Norman had 20 and 10. Granderson also surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring mark. Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw was in attendance.

  • Beech Grove (11-3) defeated Roncalli 46-39 with 30 points coming from Katie Gearlds.

  • Evansville Mater Dei head coach Roger Sills thinks his star player can improve upon his current average of 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game, as he told the Evansville Courier. "If Kiefer is averaging five blocks, he should be averaging five steals. He's not anticipating. He's letting the other team's offense come to him instead of taking his defense to the offense."

  • A scouting report from Cathedral's win Friday night against Muncie South.
      Scouting report by IrishAlum..."I had my first opportunity to see the Vaden and Gadis kids while home this weekend in Indianapolis. I can believe all the hype on Vaden. He looks like a college player already. You almost question his age, as his experience is far above the other players on the court. He's a good 6'5, and played mostly in the high post on defense. On offense, he can do anything. He had close to 15 points in the first half on a team where everyone seems to be good and they move the offense around from player to player. I think he had 24 points total. He missed on a few perimeter shots, and shoots well off the dribble. I noticed he tends to favor his right side when shooting. I don't know if you tinker with perfection, but who knows how good this kid can be if he squared to the basket on his jumpers. Phenomenal player. It looks like Gadis may be a late bloomer. The Decatur kid is the best guard on this team, and will continue to get the most minutes. Gadis essentially replaces him in the lineup. I liked the potential I saw in him. He's fearless and has a scorers mentality. He had a clutch shot at the end of a very close game with Muncie to give Cathedral the chance to win it. I've seen you mention his turnovers, and saw it firsthand. He doesn't make the best passing decisions yet, but does get others involved. Does silly things like trying to throw a chest pass across the court through the defense. He has nice size and handles the ball well. I couldn't really tell at this point if he is going to be a point guard or a backup shooting guard in college. Maybe others watching can add more comments on his future position." (1/5/02)
    > JANUARY 4, 2002

  • Sophomore Candace Parker continues to assault high school records. After being only the second high school girls player to dunk during a game on December 27th, Parker scored her 1,000th point in a 52-31 win over 11-3 Glenbard North. She also pulled down 34 rebounds in the game, the fourth-best rebounding effort in Illinois state history.

  • South Bend Clay, behind 36 points from 6-foot-1 junior Sylvester Mayes, won the Northern Indiana Conference Holiday Tournament last Saturday by defeating No. 4 South Bend Washington 74-69. Mayes moved into sixth place on Clay's career scoring list with 970 points.

    > JANUARY 2, 2002

  • South Bend Riley hosted, then won, their holiday tournament last week with three wins over two Indiana teams and one of the Chicago's best. Both Suntana Granderson and Crystal Norman made the all tournament team, along with two previously recruited Purdue prospects -- Lindsay Richards of Barrington and Candis Jackson of Chicago Whitney Young. Riley opened the tournament behind a school record 42-point performance from Granderson in a 75-49 romp over Merrillville. Game two saw 23 points from Granderson and 19 from Norman against then 10-2 Rochester. Riley dispatched the Zebras 73-56, and set up the final game with Chicago Whitney Young. Whitney Young advanced to the finals with a 49-37 win over Barrington (IL). Riley couldn't stop Young's Candis Jackson from hitting for a game-high 23 points, but held all other Young players in the single digits to win 56-47. Granderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Norman finished with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Riley's record now stands at 13-1.



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