Hoosier Hoops Recruiting Notebook
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Christian Watford

Posted Jan 12, 2009


Bloomington - Another look at how IU's 2009 signees did in their games over the weekend, along with details on how IU's 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 recruiting targets are doing as well...

Bobby Capobianco, 6-8, 230, Loveland (Ohio) H.S. – Loveland has run its win streak to seven straight, and Capobianco has been a big reason why. After a 10-point, nine-rebound, two-block performance in a 62-41 win over Turpin on Wednesday, “Capo” had one of his best games of the season Friday. Capobianco scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals in a 77-61 win over Winton Woods H.S. on Friday. Capobianco is averaging a team-best 15.9 points and 9.0 rebounds and is shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. Loveland H.S. is now 7-2 overall and 4-0 in its conference and has a big conference match-up against Milford (7-2/3-1) on Friday.

Maurice Creek, 6-4, 185, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy – Hargrave (13-1) extended its win streak to five games Sunday with a 98-57 win over Averett University. Creek scored 14 in the win and continues to lead Hargrave in scoring at 18.4/game. He has had a couple of big games such as his 28-point, seven rebound effort in a 112-91 win over Massanutten and a 24-point effort in a 101-80 win over Louisburg College.

Derek Elston, 6-8, 210, Tipton (Ind.) H.S. – Elston pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter to carry Class 2A No. 1 Tipton (9-1) to a 50-40 win over West Lafayette Friday night. Elston’s quick start helped Tipton race to a 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, and he came up with a couple of big plays down the stretch to secure the win. With Tipton holding a 43-40 lead with 1:35 left, Elston zipped a pass to teammate Kyle Coleman, who converted a layup while being fouled. Coleman missed the free-throw, but Elston tipped it back in while getting fouled himself, and his free throw extended the lead to eight. Elston is now averaging 20.3 points and 10.6 rebounds.

Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 170, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. – With crosstown rival Bloomington North concentrating its defensive efforts on him and sophomore Spencer Turner, Hulls had a relatively quiet night in a 74-55 win. Hulls finished with seven points (3-of-6 shooting), four rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore Dee Davis wound up being the star, going off for 24 points and four assists against his former team. With the win, Bloomington South improved to 8-0 and remains on top of the state’s Class 4A rankings. Hulls is averaging 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists. South hosts Columbus East on Tuesday and plays at Edgewood on Friday.

Bawa Muniru, 6-11, 250, Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Academy – Muniru is the starting center at Mt. Zion this season, although we’ve been unable to track down his statistics thus far.

Christian Watford, 6-7, 215, Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley H.S. – After dropping a pair of games to Erwin H.S. earlier this season, Watford connected on a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left Saturday to lead Shades Valley (16-3) to a 45-43 win. Watford finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, but it was his defense that was every bit as important. After allowing Erwin’s 6’7” center Brandon Peterson to score 15 in the first half, Watford held Peterson scoreless in the second half. Earlier, Watford scored a season-high 36 and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Shades Valley to a 65-56 win over Huffman H.S. Watford is averaging 24.3 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Other Notables:
Class of 2011 commit Matt Carlino scored 15 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead top-ranked Highland (16-1) to a 73-68 win over Cesar Chavez. Highland entered the final period trailing by one, but Carlino was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line to help Highland secure the win. Earlier in the week, Carlino had 16 in a 72-58 win over Dobson H.S.…Marquis Teague scored 21 points in Pike’s 71-63 win over Perry Meridian, allowing the Red Devils to keep pace with No. 1 Bloomington South and Franklin Central at 3-0 in the Conference Indiana standings…Class 4A No. 2 North Central (10-0) struggled to a 74-67 win over winless Ben Davis H.S. Friday night. Standout freshman D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 12, while Purdue-bound junior Terone Johnson led the way with 21…Chicago Marshall senior Darius Smith scored 13 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough as No. 17 Marshall fell to Whitney Young 65-53. Smith added four rebounds and four steals…in a match-up of the last two Kentucky high school state champions, Ge’Lawn Guyn scored 13 points to help 2007 champ Scott County H.S. to a 71-64 win over 2008 champ Mason County H.S. Friday night…Cody Zeller is back from his hand injury and totaled 28 points and eight rebounds to lead Class 3A No. 6 Washington (9-1) to a 64-45 win over Evansville Mater Dei. Zeller is averaging 16.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in the five games he’s played in this season…Muncie Central sophomore Jeremiah Davis finished with 10 points on just 2-of-9 shooting in Central’s 72-55 loss to Hamilton Southeastern. Muncie Central is still without talented freshman Nick Osborne due to a back injury…New Albany H.S. junior Donnie Hale had 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks to lead Class 4A No. 5 New Albany (7-0 to a 73-72 overtime win over Jeffersonville. The win was New Albany’s 30th consecutive regular season victory...Broad Ripple H.S. freshman Ron Patterson scored a combined 31 points this weekend as his team split games against Howe H.S. (L 61-55) and Westfield H.S. (W 70-63). Patterson is averaging 12.6 points/game this season, and received scholarship offers from IU and Purdue this weekend.

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