Bryson Scott and Basil Smotherman officially ended their high school careers on Saturday as the Indiana All-Stars defeated the Kentucky All-Stars 84-77 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This came a night after the Indiana All-Stars thrashed Kentucky 114-60 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. It was a solid week overall for both Bryson and Basil. They went 4-0, including their sweep of the junior All-Stars I wrote about last Friday.
In Friday night's game everybody looked good for Indiana as our All-Stars set a record for margin of victory in the series. Indiana has now won 11 straight over the Kentucky All-Stars. Bryson had 15 points and five rebounds while going 6 of 7 at the line. Smotherman did not score and missed two free throws, but had five rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
It should also be noted that Bryson was one of five starters for Indiana and was 4 of 11 from the field. His 14 points came in just 16 minutes. Former Purdue commit Derek Willis led Kentucky with 18 points on 6 of 12 hooting and four rebounds, but he committed six turnovers.
Saturday's game in Indianapolis was much closer, but Indiana still pulled off the victory. Bryson was one of three Indiana players in double figures as he had 14 in another starting role. He played 21 minutes and was a much more efficient 5 of 7 from the field with 5 rebounds and four assists. Smotherman saw a more limited role with only seven minutes of action. He had just a rebound and an assist.
I think this is what you will see from both guys at Purdue. Bryson is going to be the more consistent scorer while Basil will do a lot of Little Things that don't often show up in the box score. That is not to say he can't score. He just won't be relied on for offense as much as he will for defense and rebounding.
The All-Stars experience has been a good one overall for Smotherman and Scott. They have gotten to play against multiple players they will see over the next few seasons. Devin Davis and Collin Hartman are off to Indiana. Zak Irvin is headed to Michigan. Michael Volovic is at in-state Butler and V.J. Beachem will be at Notre Dame with Demetrius Jackson. This was one of the most talented Indiana All-Star teams of all time.
Now it is on to West Lafayette for Smotherman and Scott.