USI targeting Lawrence North guard Biffle

Last Tuesday, Indianapolis Lawrence North shooting guard Mekhi Biffle announced on his Twitter that he had been offered a full scholarship to play for the University of Southern Indiana.

Listed on MaxPreps at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Biffle has averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in all 22 games for the Bears (17-5) entering sectional play.

Biffle said what he likes about USI is the coaching staff and the style of basketball it plays under seventh-year head coach Rodney Watson.

“They play a style that fits me very well and their coaching staff is more than just basketball,” he said. “They really have a good group of guys and it’s a nice play to be. I’m very interested in USI. They’re on the top of my list of offers along with the University of Tampa, St. Joseph’s and Georgian Court.”

Trevor Andershock, who runs inbasketballsource.com, said Biffle could be able to come in and be a strong defender from the start and then hope that his shooting and offense develops down the road.

“Offensively, he is best as a slasher and scoring in transition,” Andershock said. “His inconsistent shooting has kept him from getting a low-major D1 offer. Against good defenders, he hasn’t found a way to score consistently that translates to the next level.”

Eric Gardner, a senior contributor for prephoopsindiana.com, agreed that USI would be a realistic landing spot out of high school for Biffle and added that he has been somewhat of a streaky shooter.

“(He) likes to play in the open floor,” Gardner said. “Pretty good athlete with a great body, and could be a decent defender at the D2 level with some guidance. Offensively, he has stepped up a ton this season but is still mostly sticking to pull-up 3s and transition scores at the rim. Not a big creator on the offensive end.”

USI has two scholarships opening after forward/center Shane Seniour and guard Travis Britt run out of eligibility. The Eagles’ starting backcourt of Bobo Drummond, Jeril Taylor and Alex Stein all return, with Cortez Macklin and Kyle Aiton off the bench.

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Just trying to keep up with this will be a challenge, but USI sports — especially USI men’s and women’s basketball — should provide plenty of fodder. This is Thanksgiving week, so the men’s and women’s teams have a shortened practice schedule. But they still have to prepare for this weekend’s games: the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic for the men, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Physical Activities Center, and the USI Thanksgiving Classic for the women, which will go Saturday and Sunday at the PAC. Interesting note for the women’s team: Chancellor Dugan, who turned the USI women’s team into a national power in the 1990s, returns as the coach of Bellarmine University’s team this weekend. USI coach Rick Stein, now the winningest coach in the team’s history, was her longtime assistant.