HSBN: Richmond Hits Shot; Crean Travels State

Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 16, 2009

This week's notebook discusses C.J. Leslie's recent decommitment, Peyton Siva's state title, Tom Crean's travels and Jereme Richmond's big shot.

Richmond Drains Half Court Shot

Jereme Richmond hit the biggest shot of his career this past weekend.

Going up against future Illinois teammate Brandon Paul and Warren Township, Richmond and Waukegan were down by one with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock.

Richmond, a 6-foot-7 junior wing, took the inbound pass, dribbled up the sideline and calmly sank a half court shot to help Waukegan advance in the Illinois High School State playoffs.

The big shot was on television in Illinois.

Siva Gets Title

Peyton Siva finished his high school career on a high note.

The future Louisville guard led Seattle (Wash.) Franklin to a 51-34 win over Columbia River. He scored 10 points and tossed out a trio of assists in the 3A Washington state title game.

To go with the state title trophy, Siva, a 5-foot-11 point guard, also took home a few other trophies. Among the other awards he received were the State Tournament MVP and Mr. Basketball.

Next up for Siva, who averaged 18 points per game during his senior season, is the McDonald’s All-American game in early April and then the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

Crean Hits The Road

Tom Crean and his staff were out and about Saturday in full force.

The first year Indiana head coach started off his morning in Seymour (Ind.) where he watch his future guard Jordan Hulls, of Bloomington (Ind.) South square off against Donnie Hale and New Albany (Ind.) High.

Then he made his way North on I-65 to get some face time with Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike standout Marques Teague, who has been on Indiana’s campus a few times recently.

After watching Pike lose to Franklin Central, Crean made his way back to Hinkle Field House for the nightcap match up between Lawrence North and Franklin Central.

While coach Crean was booking it all over the state, his assistants were out and about as well. He had one assistant watching Tyler Zeller’s brother, Cody, early in the day, while another watched the Tipton/Bishop Luers match up.

Leslie’s Looking

C.J. Leslie finally confirmed the rumors that have been floating around for quite some time.

The talented top 20 prospect admitted on Saturday to Scout.com’s National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep that he wanted to see what other schools have to offer and he officially decommitted from North Carolina State.

“It’s not that I don’t want to go to State, it’s more that I want to see my options so that I don’t make any mistakes,” Leslie told Scout.com.

Leslie had been committed to North Carolina State for over a year. He picked N.C. State in late June of 2007.

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