Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Victor Oladipo

Bloomington – Victor Oladipo's DeMatha Catholic squad got a pair of scares last week, while Sagemont's Will Sheehey averaged 28.5 points in a pair of victories for his team. Get the news about IU's 2010 signees, 2011 commits Matt Carlino and Austin Etherington, as well as a host of other 2010, 2011 and 2012 IU basketball recruiting prospects…

Victor Oladipo, 6-4, 200, Dematha Catholic (Md.) H.S. – DeMatha Catholic (14-0) nearly saw its undefeated season and No. 16 national ranking go by the wayside last week – twice. On Tuesday Oladipo scored 17 points to help DeMatha hold off Good Counsel 54-52. Three days later, Oladipo scored 10 as DeMatha held off Bishop McNamara 63-61. Against McNamara, DeMatha trailed by six at halftime and four early in the fourth quarter before rallying late. Oladipo is now averaging 10.4 points ganme.

Will Sheehey, 6-6, 190, Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School– Back-to-back big games from Sheehey led Sagemont (11-3) to a pair of wins in the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic over the weekend. In Saturday's final, Sheehey scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the first half to lead his team to a 58-31 win over Boyd Anderson H.S. Sheehey scored 12 of Sagemont's 14 first-quarter points, helping his team to a quick 14-7 lead. That big effort came on the heels of a 30-point performance on Thursday in an 81-51 win over Parkway Academy. Sheehey is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds per game.

Matt Carlino, 6-2, 180, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. - Carlino scored a team-high 18 points to lead Class 4A No. 1 Bloomington South (10-0) to a hard-fought 66-51 win over Bloomington North. The win extended South's 1 ½ year unbeaten streak to 36 games and was the 11th straight in the city series. On the season, Carlino is averaging 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists and is shooting 52.1 percent from the field (62-of-119) and 40.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc (21-of-52). South goes on the road to take on Columbus East (3-7) Tuesday before returning home to face Edgewood (6-2) on Friday.

Austin Etherington,6-6, 190, Hamilton Heights (Ind.) H.S. - Etherington scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to lead Hamilton Heights (7-3) to a come-from-behind 51-46 win over Taylor. Hamilton Heights trailed 18-14 at halftime and 31-30 at the end of three quarters before putting together a 21-point fourth quarter. Etherington ranks in the metro Indianapolis area in scoring (23.8/game) and is also averaged 7.0 points, 2.6 steals, 1.4 blocks while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. Hamilton Heights hosts Lapel (6-5) on Friday before traveling to Western Boone (4-5) Saturday.

Other Notables: With UConn Coach Jim Calhoun watching, Lake Clifton senior Josh Selby scored 27 points to guide his team to a 64-25 win over Mervo on Friday night. Earlier in the week, Selby's 36 points wasn't enough as his team dropped a 72-64 decision to Digital Harbor in a match-up of two of last year's state champions (Digital Harbor in 1A, Lake Clifton in 3A)…despite a defense designed to slow him down, Cody Zeller had 15 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and four assists to lead Class 3A No. 1 Washington (10-0) to a 70-56 win over Evansville Mater Dei. Washington gets one of its bigger tests of the season this Friday when it goes on the road to face Jasper…Marshall Plumlee's 10-point, eight-rebound effort helped Christ School (N.C.) to a 99-61 win over Cannon School on Friday, earning Coach David Gaines his 300th career victory. That was one of three blowout wins on the week for Christ School (17-1), which whipped Spartanburg Day 87-39 and Carolina Day School 91-38. Plumlee scored 12 in each of those contests…Muncie Central's disappointing season continued over the weekend, losing to Hamilton Southeastern 49-47 to slip to 4-5. Jeremiah Davis scored 10 points in the loss. Hamilton Southeastern frosh Gary Harris, meanwhile, led his team with 13 points, eight rebounds and six steals…Carmel's A.J. Hammons was limited to six points and seven rebounds as Center Grove overcame an early 12-0 deficit to top No. 2 Carmel 60-40 Friday night…Broad Ripple sophomore Ron Patterson blocked a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer against Howe H.S., only to have the ball immediately stolen back and laid in to give Howe a 65-63 win over Broad Ripple (5-4). Patterson had 11 in the loss. That was one of two tough losses for Broad Ripple over the weekend, which got nine points from Patterson in a 52-45 overtime loss to Westfield Saturday…Pendleton Heights sophomore Kellen Dunham had 12 to help his team to a 51-44 win over Anderson in the championship game of the Madison County Tournament. Dunham is among the state's scoring leaders at 22.8 per game…Gary Wallace junior Branden Dawson had 20 points to help his team improve to 8-3 with a 66-60 win over Indianapolis Arlington…Class 4A No. 4 Indianapolis North Central won for the fifth time in six games, getting a game-high 23 from sophomore D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera in an 84-54 win at Ben Davis…Lawrence Central dropped to 3-5 with an 81-68 loss to Columbus North. Lawrence Central's talented youngsters Tyler Corley, Jeremy Hollowell and Jared Drew scored 11, 13 and six points, respectively…Park Tudor sophomore and Indianapolis area scoring leader Kevin ‘Yogi' Ferrell scored 32 in his team's 67-61 loss to Heritage Christian…Avon got 23 points from sophomore Austin Burgett to lead the Cardinals to an 84-63 win over Plainfield.

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