IndyBall: Saturday Notebook

Grassroots
Indiana

Posted On: 04/14/18 8:13 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, IN | The AAU season is underway and we were out at North Central High School for IndyBall 2018.  Checking in on some of the better teams in the state, we were able to find some solid performances including Sammy Robbins, IE Fastbreak, and IE East 2020.  Here is our breakdown from Saturday night.

Sammy Robbins A Name To Know In 2019

This class of 2019 is going to provide a ton of players for college programs locally and nationally. There will be some guys that get overlooked but hopefully Linton-Stockton (IN) forward Sammy Robbins isn’t one of them.  With the southern part of the state more lightly recruited than other areas, Robbins has proven to be a guy deserving of looks this summer. A stocky 6’5 forward with really exceptional lateral quickness and footwork where he can get anywhere on the court at any time. His build will allow him to play in the post and foot speed will give him a chance to defend away from the rim.

Offensively, Robbins can stretch the floor and has the ability to face-up while still possessing a post up game that will give him a variety of offensive looks. His motor is another key aspect, here. He’s going to play hard every time and with that versatility, he’s going to find ways to impact the game. Great, great fit at a DIII program that needs that flexibility and toughness in their lineup.

Stocked With Talent, Fastbreak 2019 Is A Must Watch

Of all the teams that we saw today, the one that stood out in terms of amount of talent was Indiana Elite Fastbreak 2019.  Personally, I love teams that load up with college players all around the same level of talent.  This team has a bunch of guys that fit NAIA to Low-Major programs and they all seem to have large amounts of upside.

Jared Hankins had a quite 18 points in the game we watched today and should be the highest recruit they have along with Manuel Brown.  However, Wendell DeMyers, Jakobie Robinson, and Jesse Bingham should draw a lot of attention as well.  Robinson and Bingham have been getting looks at the Low-Major level from Miami (OH) and Youngstown State.  Semaj Danley and J.P. Carroll are probably going to benefit a ton as well as those college programs come in.  Also, Max Newman, Zach Rinehart, and Jakobie Robinson are three of the best post players in the class and all on the same team.  That alone should help to draw in a crazy amount of local colleges the next few weeks.

Indiana Elite East 2020 Gets Tough Victory In Best Game Of The Day

In the best game of the day, Indiana Elite East 2020 and BCF Indiana 2020 went back in forth in a hotly contested game. At the end of it, Indiana Elite East 2020 got the win, 74-70. It was a battle and while some poor refereeing happened, it still ended up being the most entertaining game.

New Palestine (IN) guard Max Gizzi was really solid in this game finishing with 22 points. His energy and mid-range shooting stood out the most. Plays with some passion and late in the game he hit some big shots with 15’ pull-up jumpers that looked great.  Grant Taueg, 6’1 Cathedral (IN) guard, looked really good as well. Was great defensively as his footwork looks better and his length is really difficult to get around.  Greensburg (IN) wing Andrew Welage was great late in the game. Had a sequence where he had a come-from-behind block and then got out and put the ball on the floor in transition to finish with length at the rim.  Should be a good, competitive group this year with enough size and scoring ability to pull some upsets.