It’s Indiana All-Star time, and that means this week the future of Purdue basketball is on display. Tonight the juniors took on the seniors in New Albany, home of the Latest Savior of Indiana Basketball: Romeo Langford. First the girls played, then the boys took center stage.
Seniors 75, Juniors 68
In the girls game Purdue signee Cassidy Hardin played for the seniors and had 6 points in 19 minutes of action. She was only able to get off three shots, but connected on a pair of three-pointers. Kayana Traylor, another Purdue signee did not play forthe seniors.
For the juniors coach Versyp is recruiting state champion Warren Central’s Cyndi Dodd. She had five points in a team low nine minutes.
Seniors 111, Juniors 101
The only player we had in this game that is actually committed was senior Eric Hunter. Isaiah Thompson was expected to be part of the junior team, but he has not been cleared to play yet after an ankle injury.
Hunter was a starter, and he finished with 9 points and 2 assists in 21 minutes. He was 4 of 10 from the field, but the seniors as a team were a pretty bad 40 of 90 from the field. The three Indiana commits of Langford (26 points) Damezi Anderson (16 points), and Robert Phinisee (11 points) led the seniors.
For the juniors several Purdue targets excelled. Armaan Franklin of Cathedral led the juniors with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting in 32 minutes. Brandon Newman, who recently received a Purdue offer, had 18 points, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in 29 minutes, but it was on 6 of 15 shooting. Mason Gillis had 8 points in 19 minutes on 3 of 5 shooting.
The bigger targets of Keion Brooks and Trayce Jackson-Davis did not play tonight because of other commitments.