Friday, January 14, 2011

2012 commitments to join forces in AAU

Indianapolis Star writer Kyle Neddenriep recently reported that the IU class of 2012 commitments will be coming together for this upcoming AAU season. This spring and summer, Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson will all play for Indiana Elite / Team Indiana. This may seem minor but it is actually huge news, as the Hoosier commitments will all be building up their chemistry before coming in together as freshmen. Indiana basketball is all about playing for the name on the front of the jersey, rather than the name on the back, and these four prospects are already putting the team first. Of course, they don't have to worry about impressing college coaches anymore, but it is great to see that they will already be forming that team bond and will come to Bloomington already very familiar with each others game. 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller have a similar chemistry after playing together this past summer. They also had Yogi Ferrell on their team, as he was playing up a level.
On a similar note, it was announced a few weeks ago that 2013 commitment Collin Hartman would be playing AAU for the Eric Gordon All-Stars this summer. This will put him on a team with fellow commit Devin Davis Jr., as well as big time IU targets Basil Smotherman and Zak Irvin. VJ Beachem may also play for the EG team.

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