The regular season for Indiana High School basketball is coming to an end and both Purdue Basketball signees Bryson Scott and Basil Smotherman have huge games to end the season. This weekend is probably the most difficult for both as well, with both playing on Friday and Saturday against very high quality teams.
Bryson has 2 extremely difficult games this weekend and then 3 games after that to end the regular season. Something to know is Bryson is around 100 points away from breaking the 2000 career points mark and will likely break that mark sometime in these last 5 games. He is averaging 23.4 ppg, > 7 rpg, > 2 spg.
This is the end of the season for the 15-3, 4A #16 Fort Wayne Northrop Bruins:
Friday: 13-3, 3A #8 Fort Wayne Concordia: The Bruins defeated Concordia earlier this year 68 - 62 to win the SAC Tournament for the 3rd straight year. This is also the last home game for the Bruins so i expect a win.
Saturday: 14-2, 4A #5 Pike: This is probably the toughest and most important game for the Bruins this year besides the Arsenal Tech game. The Bruins are very guard heavy and the same is true for Pike who has 3 D1 guards that start in Taishaun Johnson (19.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2 spg), Jordan Pickett (17.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.1 spg), and Zavier Turner (15.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2 spg). Pike has probably the best back court in Indiana and will be very interesting to see how the Scott twins handle them. Northrop and Pike are the two highest scoring teams in Indiana so expect this game to be GREAT! This game will be played on a neutral court at Arsenal Tech High School.
16th: at 14-3, 4A Columbia City: not much to say except they have spent most of the year in the top 20 in the 4A rankings. They will challenge the Bruins but i expect a win.
19th: at 14-3, 4A #17 Homestead: Homestead is a dangerous team and will play very hard. They lost pretty bad to the Bruins last year in the regular season but then bumped them out in Regionals. Bryson has tweeted several times about how he has a chip on his shoulder for dropping that game so i bet he will go REALLY hard during this rematch. Homestead also has 2016 Purdue prospect Caleb Swanigan who is in the top 30 freshman in the nation.
22nd: at 14-2, 4A #10 Kokomo: The Kats are always a dangerous team but are not as good as they were last year with losing key Senior D.J. Balentine. They have 2 quality players in Junior Taylor Persons (17.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.1 spg) and Senior Labradford Sebree (15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.7spg). The Kats beat the Bruins last year in their final home game of the season so i also think that Bryson and brother Brenton will want to do the same to them this year.
Basil has the more difficult weekend but has 2 easier games, and 2 pretty tough games. Basil is starting to put all of his talents together but still has a way to go before he is where he needs to be to really dominate in college. As of Jan 18th he is averaging 17.3 ppg, and 6.1 rpg and is leading his team.
Here is the end of the regular season for the 12-3, 4A #12 Lawrence North team.
Friday: 13-1, 4A #1 Carmel: Carmel is the defending 4A State Champion and really shouldn't be this good but as always is playing big and taking down the top teams in the state. They have 3 good players in Michael Volovic (17 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1 spg), James Crowley (16 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2,2 apg, 1.6 spg), and Zach McRoberts (10.4 ppg, 7rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.2 spg). Carmel is for some reason a very tough team and will be Lawrence Norths biggest test all year besides maybe this next game.
Saturday: 14-1, 4A #2 Hamilton Southeastern: Probably the best team in the state and to me that is surprising since they lost 2 key Seniors from last year in Gary Harris and Jacobby Bledsoe but Zak Irvin is proving that he is the best player in the state and can make his team the best practically by himself. HSE really only has 2 dangerous players but Zak Irvin is enough for a whole team to have difficulty against. Zak Irvin ( 24.7 ppg, 9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.3 spg, 1 bpg) and Eric Davidson (11 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1 spg) are pretty much the whole team but no matter what, Irvin puts up numbers and is pretty unstoppable. At 6-7, the showdown between him and Basil (also 6-7) will be a great one, not to mention that they are pretty good friends and played together all summer. Kind of a Purdue vs Michigan future look.
7th: at 10-4, 4A #17 Ben Davis: Not much to say about the giants except that they play hard and tough and would be a great win for LN.
16th: 6-7, 3A Indianapolis Howe: should be an easy win for LN. Final home game for LN of the regular season.
19th: at 14-2, 4A #5 Pike: Pike narrowly escaped a loss from LN in a tournament earlier in the season and only won by 7 pts. I bet LN will want this win very badly.
22nd: at 10-6, 4A Terre Haute North: Dont really have anything to say. This is the final game of the season for LN and i would guess they win this one.
Both Bryson and Basil are leading quality teams in the state of Indiana and have the chance to end the regular season both ranked in the top 10 in 4A. Lets show them some love as they finish out their High School careers and head to Mackey.