Category Archives: High School Basketball

Quick Hits: Reitz dominant showing in Toyota Classic

The Reitz High School boys’ basketball team went 4-0 over the holiday week with wins over Mount Carmel, Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Castle by an average scoring margin of +49.0. Here are some leftover topics of interest that didn’t make the Sunday print edition.

Where is Dru Smith?

After playing in the opening round of pool play against Mount Carmel in the Toyota Classic, the Reitz junior missed the final three games after undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments in his knee.

“God bless his heart,” Panthers head coach Michael Adams said. “He’s been playing with it and hasn’t been healthy all year. We thought it was tendinitis until a few games ago when it was really swollen. So they went and checked it out and removed bone fragments from his knee. We’re hoping on Thursday (Jan. 1) he’ll be released and can start rehab. But we don’t expect him to be out very long.”

Smith has been a vital cog atop of the Reitz vaunted 1-2-2 three-quarter court zone trap this season. He’s second on the team with an average of 4.5 steals per game in addition to scoring 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.

The Class 4A No. 6-ranked Panthers (8-0) are coming off a week in which they averaged 103.5 points per game in capturing back-to-back Toyota Classic titles.

Can this team play any better?

Of course they can, according to Coach Adams.

“We’re basketball purists,” he said. “We play every possession where there’s a winner and a loser. Obviously, we aren’t holding teams scoreless. There are some possessions where our guys jumped the gun (on defense) trying to run the floor and get out in transition too soon. There’s some positioning issues. Fundamentally, not turning the ball over in spots you need to be more careful. And there’s some shot selection concerns. None of this is to say we’re not very pleased with what we’ve seen. As coaches, we want perfection knowing we’ll never get there. We just have to stay hungry.”

Lyle to attend IMG Academy in Florida

MOLLY BARTELS / COURIER & PRESS Bosse's JaQuan Lyle grabs the rim as he dunks against Memorial during a game at Memorial High School in 2012.
MOLLY BARTELS / COURIER & PRESS Bosse’s JaQuan Lyle grabs the rim as he dunks against Memorial during a game at Memorial High School in 2012.

Former Bosse High School guard JaQuan Lyle will attend the fall semester at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, after complications in the enrollment process at the University of Oregon.

Lyle was added to the Oregon men’s basketball roster online in June but was removed on Sept. 16. When classes began at the end of the month, Lyle was not enrolled at the school. Sources told that Lyle needed to retake one class, but that was accomplished during the summer.

The private boarding school will allow Lyle to train and clear up any remaining academic issues for the NCAA Clearinghouse. There is a possibility he could still enroll for the spring semester at Oregon when the PAC-12 Conference games begin.

Reitz guard Sanford commits to Toledo

ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESS ARCHIVES Reitz’s Jaelan Sanford (13) shoots a basket during the first half of the game at Memorial on Jan, 25, 2014.
ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESS ARCHIVES Reitz’s Jaelan Sanford (13) shoots a basket during the first half of the game at Memorial on Jan, 25, 2014.

Reitz guard Jaelan Sanford orally committed to the University of Toledo to play basketball late Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-3 Sanford, who averaged about 17 points per game for the Panthers last season, blew up this summer. Shortly after the July college recruiting period opened, Sanford received more than a dozen Division-I offers in a matter of two weeks.

Sanford decided on Toledo after he visited them, Ohio and Bowling Green State this past weekend.

“It was a very tough decision for me to make considering that I had so many great college programs to chose from,” Sanford said. “I thought about it for a while and talked about it with my dad and (Pocket City Basketball AAU club head) N.D. Kendrick, and after visiting Toledo and Ohio this past weekend and choosing between those two schools we’re tough.

“But I just had a great feeling about Toledo and felt like it is the best fit for me so I went ahead and committed. I’m super excited about it,” he added.

Sanford had received scholarship offers from American, Ball State, Boston, Bowling Green State, Eastern Kentucky, Illinois State, IPFW, Kent State, Northeastern, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio, Robert Morris and Southern Indiana.

“He’s the hungriest kid in this program.” Kendrick said. “He was my number one priority get this summer. I knew once I got him, everything would change. He’s a highly competitive kid. A lot of people I spoke to thought he was a Division-II player.”

Toledo, a Division-I program who plays in the Mid-American Conference, went 27-7 last year and earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, where it was a No. 6-seed and lost in the first round.

Harrison’s Everett Duncan receives scholarship offer from Vermont

Everett Duncan, a rising senior at Harrison High School, has received a scholarship offer from the University of Vermont’s basketball program, according to this tweet from Duncan’s AAU program.

Duncan, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 16.3 points for the Warriors last season. Everett’s brother, Ernie, will begin his freshman season with the Catamounts this fall. Based on Ernie’s congratulatory tweet, Vermont was the first program to offer Everett a scholarship.


Simmons to battle future UE teammate in North-South game

Blake Simmons and Jaylon Brown, who soon be teammates on the University of Evansville men’s basketball team, will be opponents on Sunday, April 14, at the 25th annual North-South All-Star series at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute.

The girls’ game will start at 1 p.m. CDT, with the boys’ game set for 3.

“It will be cool to play against him,” said Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard-forward from Castle who will play for the South.

Brown, a 6-foot guard from Fishers, will play for the North.

They will both be incoming freshmen at UE.