Coaches interested in Madison (IL)
The Purdue coaches have reportedly been making phone calls to Madison HS (IL), although we have yet to learn what interest they might have there.
The Madison Trojans are coming off a 19-11 season in which they won a regional championship game. The now senior-laden team is thought to be one of the favorites to make it to the state tournament in 2002-03.
But just who holds the attention of Purdue recruiters remains to be seen. Likely candidates are 6'9 junior post Perry Adams and 5'9 junior guard Rick Salmond. Madison is deep and balanced, and most players average between nine and 13 points per game. But it was Adams who came off the bench on Saturday to lead everyone with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Salmond was a point behind with 18. Madison (7-0) cruised to a 105-36 win over Berkeley.
Madison, in southern Illinois near St. Louis, is probably - per capita - THE toughest team in the state. The total enrollment is 227 students. And they have two 6'9 centers on the roster.
In the Fort Wayne area, junior prospect James Hardy ranks third in scoring (20.5 ppg) among players who have played four or more games this season. Sylvester Mayes ranks second with 22.8.
Statewide, junior Jon Pierce ranks 14th in rebounds per game (9.5), while Purdue signee Adam Liddell ranks 20th (9.0).
Junior James Hardy led all scorers with 23 points in a 58-55 Elmhurst (5-1) win over Heritage. Hardy shot 10-of-16 (.588) from the field and 3-of-6 from the perimeter (.500), while grabbing eight boards and three steals.
Junior DeAaron Williams was held to two points in the first quarter, but finished with a game-high 23 as Limestone moved to 5-0 with a 72-56 win over East Peoria.