A couple of notes on Friday afternoon, followed by 10 high school boys basketball games to watch this weekend and another five-game event:
• Indiana coach Tom Crean attended Park Tudor’s 62-51 win over Noblesville on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Park Tudor coach Kyle Cox said. Sophomore Jaren Jackson Jr., a 6-9 Park Tudor forward, has offers from Indiana and Purdue.
• As of Thursday night, there is no update on the eligibility status of Andre Jones. The 6-5 junior forward transferred from Scecina to Muncie Central, but Indiana High School Athletic Association Commissioner Bobby Cox said Jones has no eligibility at his new school. Scecina has not yet made a recommendation on Jones’ transfer, Cox said.
• Scecina’s Nate Canterbury, a two-way player and three-year starter, has committed to Hillsdale College (Mich.) for football. Canterbury was an all-state and all-city selection and played defensive end and offensive line for the Crusaders.
• I’ve been asked a few times this week about the Eron Gordon eligibility situation. At this time, there is nothing new to report on the 6-2 junior guard, who transferred from North Central to Cathedral but was declared ineligible by the IHSAA as it ruled he transferred for “athletic reasons.” The family sought a temporary restraining order to allow him to play, but there has been no ruling to date.
Looking for a good high school basketball game in the area this weekend? Here are 10 games to see, plus an event at New Castle:
• Ben Davis (6-3) at North Central (9-0), Friday: Ben Davis is short-handed without Brennan Gillis, but is still talented enough to push the unbeaten Panthers and standout sophomore Kris Wilkes. It’s the last game before next week’s Marion County tournament for both teams.
• Carmel (7-1) at Center Grove (7-3), Friday: Carmel shut down Fishers 59-46 on Saturday as Keegan Culp it five 3s and Ryan Cline scored 16 points. Center Grove has been pretty solid in Zach Hahn’s first year as coach, led by Belmont recruit Michael Benkert.
• Bishop Chatard (3-6) at Guerin Catholic (9-4), Friday: Guerin has lost three of its last four.
• Lawrence Central (2-9) at Hamilton Southeastern (3-8), Friday: The records don’t look great but these are still two talented teams. The Bears are coming off a nice 74-66 win over East Chicago Central.
• Perry Meridian (7-3) at Terre Haute South (8-2), Friday: Tough challenge on the road for Perry Meridian, which is led by Belmont recruit Dylan Windler.
• Pike (5-2) at Cathedral (3-4), Friday: Cathedral has quietly won three games in a row and held all three opponents to fewer than 50 points. Pike has also won three in a row.
• Warren Central (4-5) at Lawrence North (8-1), Friday: It’s possible these teams could meet again in the quarterfinals of the Marion County tournament next week.
• Zionsville (7-4) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-5), Friday: Todd Howard’s Brebeuf squad has won five of its last six games, including a win over Ben Davis.
• Danville (8-1) vs. Tri-West (8-0), Hendricks County semifinal, Friday: A big game at Avon tonight (8 p.m.) following Cascade-Brownsburg as the 3A sectional rivals battle. Tri-West is averaging nearly 84 points a game and is coming off a win over Avon.
• Kentucky-Indiana Challenge at New Castle, Saturday: If you want a whole day’s worth of basketball, this is your place. Homestead’s girls play Elizabethtown (Ky.), at 11 a.m., followed by four boys’ games: South Knox vs. Newport Central Catholic (Ky.), 1 p.m.; Scecina vs. Southwestern (Ky.), 3 p.m.; Hamilton Heights vs. Wayne County (Ky.), 5 p.m.; Zionsville vs. Scott County (Ky.), 7 p.m.
• Hendricks County championship, Saturday: At Avon, it’ll likely be Brownsburg vs. either Danville or Tri-West. The boys championship follows the 6 p.m. girls championship between Plainfield and Avon.