July 7, 2013
Evansville Harrison, headlined by three Duncan brothers — Ernie, a senior-to-be, and incoming juniors Everett and Stanley — is expected to be a top contender in the Pocket City when high school basketball returns this winter.
And Ernie, a 6-foot-3 guard, is especially ready to lead the Warriors to a strong showing in Class 4-A hoops after deciding on Vermont last week as his college choice.
“I’m really glad (the recruiting process) is out of the way now so I can just have fun and play AAU,” said Duncan, who will play in multiple tournaments, including events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, later this month with his Indiana Elite 17-and-under travel squad. “I’ll have an opportunity to start (at Vermont) right away, and their style of play is just like our style at Harrison.”
Duncan, who initially made an oral pledge in early 2012 to attend hometown Evansville, entertained scholarship offers from Ball State, Florida Gulf Coast, Toledo and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Duncan’s Harrison team was eliminated last season by Jeffersonville in a regional semifinal at Seymour, and Ernie said the Warriors’ main goal is to “win a regional this time around and then go from there.”
“We should be just as good (as last season),” Duncan projected. “We have better team chemistry this year. We’re really all one.”
FOUR DUNCANS ON VARSITY?
Ernie’s will get support from his younger brothers Everett and Stanley, twins who logged significant minutes last season for Harrison. Both have also developed strong identities as up-and-coming prospects, and are now hearing from Division I schools.
But another Duncan brother — freshman-to-be Brandon — could be in the Warriors’ varsity rotation this season, according to Ernie.
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Tags: Ernie Duncan, Evansville Harrison, Vermont
July 5, 2013
The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, with support from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, will conduct its 11th annual Top 100 Showcase events for boys (July 18) and girls (July 23) at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
The showcases are designed to give exposure to top players from across Indiana to colleges of various levels from across the country. Both events are NCAA certified and take place during the live evaluation period, meaning Division I college coaches are permitted to attend.
Here’s the list of Southern Indiana players invited to attend:
Brandon Auker, Evansville Memorial, 2014; Howie Backherms, East Central, 2014; Tucker Blackwell, Bloomington South, 2016; Micah Bullock, Barr-Reeve, 2014; Jeff Byrne, New Albany, 2015; Austin Clark, Switzerland County, 2014; Beau Dedmond, Evansville Central, 2014; Adam Eberhard, Evansville Memorial, 2015; Perry Fairrow, Evansville Bosse, 2014; Myles Harvey, Jeffersonville, 2015; Keaton Hendricks, Bloomington South, 2014; Evan Henry, Columbus North, 2014; Bryan Hoeing, Batesville, 2015; Johnny Jager, Bloomington South, 2015; Saikou Jallow, Bloomington North, 2014; Bryce Lienhoop, Columbus East, 2014; Kourtlandt Martin, Evansville Central, 2014; Dre McBirth, New Albany, 2014; Calvin McEwen, Clarksville, 2014; Bryant McIntosh, Greensburg, 2014; Devon Merder, Heritage Hills, 2014; Landon Perry, Madison, 2014; Jaelan Sanford, Evansville Reitz, 2015; Chaz Schneider, Brownstown, 2014; Sean Sellers, Greensburg, 2014; Grant Sims, Bloomington North, 2014; Cory Smith, North Harrison, 2014; Troy Spears, Martinsville, 2014; Josh Speidel, Columbus North, 2015; Alex Stein, Evansville Reitz, 2015; Tyler Truesdel, Bloomington North, 2014; Connor Umphress, Columbus East, 2014; Addison Wagler, Barr-Reeve, 2015; Elliott Welmer, Columbus North, 2014; Keenan Williams, Jeffersonville, 2014.
Vanessa Brown, Edgewood, 2014; Mackenzie Campbell, Rushville, 2014; Olivia Carroll, South Knox, 2015; Sarah Cook, Rushville, 2015; Kelsey Cunningham, Columbus North, 2014; Bailey Dreiman, Vincennes Rivet, 2014; Tayler Goodall, Columbus North, 2014; Maria Gugliotta, North Knox, 2014; Lauren Herman, Vincennes Rivet, 2014; Brooke Hinton, Floyd Central, 2014; Ally Hunsinger, Washington, 2014; Jenna Knepp, Barr-Reeve, 2014; Meghan Knepp, North Daviess, 2014; Kendra Lambert, North Harrison, 2014; Keragan Niehoff, Rushville, 2014; Marie Rothrock, Corydon, 2014; Zuriel Sanders, Castle, 2015; Tori Schickel, Evansville Mater Dei, 2015; Stephanie Sherwood, Evansville Memorial, 2015; Annie Thomas, Southwestern (Shelby), 2014; Haley Vogen, Jeffersonville, 2014; Lauren Whitlatch, Bloomington South, 2014; Jackie Young, Princeton, 2016.
Tags: IBCA/IHSAA Top 100 Showcase
July 3, 2013
Outgoing Jeffersonville senior Darryl Baker announced a change in his collegiate basketball plans Wednesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-2 guard will first play in the junior college ranks at Lamar State—Port Arthur for “one or two seasons, depending on my improvement in the classroom,” he told Hoosier Hills Hoops.
Baker had previously committed to Lamar University’s main campus in Beaumont, a four-year school that is coached by Pat Knight, the son of former Indiana University coach Bob Knight. Former Jeff standout Sherron Wilkerson is an assistant to Knight. But due to academic issues, Baker had planned to attend Lamar but not play hoops his first year.
“I’m opening (my recruiting) back up and will definitely still consider Lamar (University) after junior college,” Baker said. “But I am also open to every school.
“Playing junior college will let me work on becoming more of a vocal leader and get stronger, quicker and work on my handles,” added Baker, who will leave for Port Arthur campus August 21. “I just want to become a better basketball player every day.”
Baker led Jeffersonville to a Class 4-A semistate appearance in March, where the Red Devils lost to eventual state runner up Indianapolis Cathedral.
MORE ON LAMAR STATE—PORT ARTHUR
According to the school’s website, Lamar State College—Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates.
Lamar State—Port Arthur is located 17 miles from the main Lamar University campus in Beaumont, Texas.
The school’s men’s basketball team competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association at the Division I level, and completed the 2012-13 season with a 21-11 record, falling in the second round of the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.
Tags: Darryl Baker, Jeffersonville, Lamar State - Port Arthur
June 21, 2013
Scores from Friday’s Hoosier Hills Hoops Small School Summer Shootout at Christian Academy in New Albany:
Main Gym—Rock Creek 49, New Washington 34; Austin 81, Shawe Memorial 26; Louisville Holy Cross 63, Rock Creek 50; Christian Academy (Ind.) 63, Austin 54; Rock Creek 55, Austin 50; Christian Academy (Ind.) 56, Shawe Memorial 25; Rock Creek 53, Christian Academy (Ind.) 46.
Auxiliary Gym—Louisville Holy Cross 67, Christian Academy (Ind.) 56; New Washington 62, Shawe Memorial 40; Louisville Holy Cross 71, New Washington 37; Louisville Holy Cross 65, Shawe Memorial 26.
Tags: Hoosier Hills Hoops Small School Summer Shootout
June 21, 2013
Here are scores from Thursday’s New Albany HoopFest at New Albany High School:
Main Gym—New Albany 84, Rock Creek 29; Ballard 86, Clarksville 70; Evansville Harrison 77, Clarksville 53; Seymour 55, Corydon 53; Jennings County 70, Moore 46; Ballard 82, Evansville Harrison 70; Doss 81, Evansville Harrison 68; New Albany 76, Male 59; New Albany 72, Doss 58.
Auxiliary Gym—Rock Creek 61, Seymour 36; Ballard 64, Jennings County 56; Silver Creek 61, Rock Creek 57; Doss 77, Corydon 75; Moore 76, Seymour 70; Silver Creek 81, Jennings County 68; Corydon 68, Moore 50; Male 86, Silver Creek 77.
Tags: New Albany HoopFest
June 19, 2013
A match up between the Louisville Ballard boys’ team and Evansville Harrison at 3:40 will highlight Thursday’s New Albany HoopFest at New Albany High School.
The one-day shootout features 12 varsity boys’ teams. Games begin at 9 a.m., and admission is $4.
Ballard senior-to-be Quentin Snider, a University of Louisville commit, is scheduled to play with the Bruins. Harrison — expected to compete for a Class 4-A state title in Indiana — is led by the Duncan brothers: Ernie, a senior-to-be, and junior-to-be twins Everett and Stanley.
Here’s the complete schedule:
Main Gym—New Albany vs. Rock Creek, 9 a.m.; Ballard vs. Clarksville, 10:20 a.m.; Clarksville vs. Evansville Harrison, 11:40 a.m.; Corydon vs. Seymour, 1; Jennings County vs. Moore, 2:20; Ballard vs. Evansville Harrison, 3:40; Doss vs. Evansville Harrison, 5; Male vs. New Albany, 6:20; Doss vs. New Albany, 7:40.
Auxiliary Gym—Seymour vs. Rock Creek, 10:20 a.m.; Ballard vs. Jennings County, 11:40 a.m.; Silver Creek vs. Rock Creek, 1; Corydon vs. Doss, 2:20; Moore vs. Seymour, 3:40; Jennings County vs. Silver Creek, 5; Corydon vs. Moore, 6:20; Male vs. Silver Creek, 7:40.
Tags: Evansville Harrison, Louisville Ballard, New Albany HoopFest