Indiana Jr/Sr All-Stars recap

Gary Harris

One of the gems of Indiana basketball is the annual Junior/Senior All-Star games. The top senior prospects in the state play against the top junior players in the state for a pair of exhibition contests.

Marquis Teague, PG – In the one game that Teague played he was clearly the best player on the floor. No one had any answer for Teague who was able to get into the lane at will, and also had his mid-range jumper working. With his handle, quickness, and strength there is just very little that can be done to contain Teague who seemingly can beat his man off the dribble whenever he would like.

Cody Zeller, PF/C – Coming in it was known that the Junior All-Stars wouldn't be able to handle Zeller, and well that was abundantly clear. Zeller dominated on the low block with his size and energy. A great rebounder, Zeller just knows how to find the ball off the glass, and then also can really finish over either shoulder or facing the rim. Zeller should be an impact player at Indiana from day one.

Branden Dawson, PF/SF – Just an absolute beast on the glass, no one rebounds more basketballs out of his area in the country than Dawson. The future Michigan State Spartan isn't the most skilled kid out there, but his athleticism, strength, and desire make him someone that is tough to handle. Only played one game, but recorded a double-double and was a complete difference maker.

Nic Moore, PG – Moore could be an all-league type of player at Illinois State. The diminutive floor general is a big time scorer and tough as nails. He isn't the best athlete and not the quickest player for his size, but Moore did an excellent job of making shots and then also was good defensively with his strength and intensity. Toughness and leadership definitely won't be a problem for a team Moore is the point guard of.

Dee Davis, PG – The future Xavier Musketeer sat out the second half of Wednesday's game with an injury, but was solid in the first half showing off a nice combination of quickness and passing ability. His shot was off over the course of the two games, but looks to be improved in that area. Defensively he was very good, though he did have a few too many turnovers.

Andrew Smeathers, SF – Headed to Butler, some are trying to compare Smeathers to Gordon Hayward, but that isn't fair. Smeathers is a good athlete who needs to add strength, but has the ability to play all over the floor. He showed he can make shots as well as finish going to the basket. Now he just needs to be consistent and not disappear for long stretches.

Austin Etherington, SF – It was a tough couple of games for Etherington. The future Hoosier was able to score a few points on drives, but his perimeter jumper was way off, and he struggled to contain the talented junior wings on the defensive end. He will have to get his jumper going when he gets to college.

Gary Harris, SG – On Monday night Harris was probably the most impressive player on the Junior All-Stars. He hit threes, scored in the mid-range, and as always showed off his explosive athleticism. Harris wasn't quite able to replicate that performance on Wednesday, though he was still impressive and showed why he is a five-star prospect and one of the most coveted players in the Midwest.

Ronnie Johnson, PG – As a pure floor general, there just aren't many better than Johnson. Add in that his perimeter shot is getting much better, and it isn't tough to figure out why the future Purdue Boilermaker was moved up to four-star status in the most recent rankings. When Johnson was in the game the Junior offense ran far smoother with his ability to push the ball and impressive instincts for the position.

Jeremy Hollowell, SF – Unfortunately because of the makeup of the juniors roster, Hollowell was forced to play a lot of center in his one game on Monday. Obviously he struggled to rebound and defend in that role, but when on offense Hollowell hit shots and even converted around the rim on taller players. In terms of talent, Hollowell is without question one of the best, and he is showing signs of bringing it consistently with effort, and if he does he will be one of the premier players in the country.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SG – Smith-Rivera struggled at a very high level on Monday evening with his play, but battled back on Wednesday. He hit a game tying three at the buzzer on Wednesday, and also had several nice passes and finished going to the basket. His shots weren't going down like usual, but still he found a way to be effective. While scoring is his strength, Smith-Rivera showed that he can be an excellent passer when he puts his mind to it.

Kevin Ferrell, PG – It is an all-star game setting and it is never good to get carried away with making too big of a deal out of things, but it wasn't a great two days for Ferrell. He had way too many turnovers, and wasn't great with shot selection. Still with all the chips on the line in overtime Ferrell hit a contested jumper to win the game, and give the juniors a split on Wednesday. He has the quickness and the handle, now he just needs to tighten up his floor game.

Kellen Dunham, SG/SF – This future Butler Bulldog can make shots at an extremely high level. While he wasn't on fire, he was making open threes and also scoring in the mid-range some. Dunham doesn't take too many guys off the dribble, but his size and shooting ability makes him someone who will be a heck of a player for the Bulldogs going forward.

Hanner Perea, PF/C – Perea struggled on the defensive end with Zeller, but he rebounded very well and gave energy to be effective and make an impact. Off the ball he can be a good weakside shot blocker, though he has to do a better job of bothering shots when defending the post. Offensively he helped the juniors with several rebounds and also tipping the ball and keeping it alive. His athleticism was on full display on several occasions.

DeJuan Marrero, PF/SF – Marrero just did what he does. He was active on the glass, scored down low, and brought energy and effort when on the floor. Not a super skilled kid, Marrero just makes the plays to help his team win. He needs to be more efficient shooting the ball, but his handle looks better and his toughness is as at an extremely high level.

D.J. Balentine, SG – Some questioned Balentine's inclusion on the team, but the shooting guard had it flat out working on Monday. He was the team's best producer and showed that when he is hot he can make shots at a high level. Now he cooled off a bit on Wednesday, but still the performances that Balentine put together definitely justified his spot on the roster.

Ron Patterson, SF/SG – Patterson had a rough two games. His shot selection wasn't the best, and his shots weren't falling. Also his lack of ability to create off the dribble were really exposed. Still on defense he was very good, except for when matched up against Teague, and he does rebound and play hard. Now Patterson really has to focus on his ball handling.

Adonis Filer, PG – He was playing with the seniors, as Filer is originally a 2011 class member, but is now headed off to prep school. A long and athletic point guard, Filer can get to the rim off the dribble, but maybe his best quality is defensively he is a lock down guy. Filer needs to really rep the jump shot, but a tough kid and an excellent defender, he could have a big year in prep school.

Gary Harris says there is no change in his recruitment. Schools such as Michigan State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, and others continue to be very active recruiting him.

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera continues to mention that he plans to make official visits before deciding. Texas, Xavier, Georgetown, UCLA, and Louisville seem to be recruiting him the hardest at this point.

Adonis Filer confirmed that he will prep at Brewster Academy this upcoming year. Filer hopes to earn more scholarship offers now with a year of prep school to prove himself.

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