Mt. Vernon guard Michael Ertel ended his July on a high note, helping his Indiana Elite 2017 squad to the championship of the 16U bracket of the Adidas Uprising in Las Vegas. Ertel and Kobe Webster (Park Tudor) each had 16 points in Indiana Elite’s 66-48 win over the Utah Prospects in the title game.
Ertel, a 6-foot left-handed point guard, is a tough defender and crafty with the ball. As a sophomore on a 13-9 team at Mt. Vernon, Ertel averaged 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. With 6-5 classmate Erick Shepherd (13.3 ppg, 6.1 rebounds) and senior guard Miles Wayer (10.6 ppg) also returning, Mt. Vernon should be a team to watch this season.
All of Mt. Vernon’s losses last year were by 10 points or less. Four were by four points or less.
“We lost a lot of close games last year,” Ertel said. “Hopefully this year we’re going to look to finish those out. We just have to play hard and not let people dictate what we do. We can’t play down to people. We just have to play the way we are capable of playing.”
Ertel doesn’t yet have a Division I offer but is hearing from Cornell, Davidson, UNC-Greensboro, UMKC and Western Illinois.
“(The coaches) say they like that I play hard and like my motor,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to get stronger and work on my shot and ballhandling, really everything. I feel like I’ve improved.”
Ertel had a chance through the summer to play against top competition his age nationally and at times even stepped up a grade level. He faced Tech guard C.J. Walker in a game earlier in July at Best Choice Fieldhouse in Fishers. Matchups like that are beneficial, Ertel said.
“It helps me when I get back home, to know what I need to do to work on my game,” he said. “They are obviously good players and I can learn stuff from them. I work on my defense and my offense, trying to score against them. It does help a lot.”
A number of new offers have gone out recently to in-state prospects. Here’s a quick look:
*Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams, a 6-11 forward in the 2017 class, picked up offers from Purdue and Cincinnati on Monday night. Williams, who is ranked No. 47 by Rivals in his class nationally, had previously been offered by Indiana and Toledo. I saw Williams in May with his AAU team in Fort Wayne and was surprised he didn’t already have a dozen offers. It appears his recruitment is about to pick up considerably.
2017 Malik Williams has upside. Great size, good athlete. Terrific post defender. Similar size & movement to Willie Cauley-Stein at same age— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 17, 2015
*Crown Point’s Grant Gelon, a 6-5 guard in the 2016 class, had a productive July. The standout shooter added offers from Iona, Western Carolina and Youngstown State this week. Previously this month he was offered by IUPUI, Illinois-Chicago, Western Michigan and Toledo.
*Greenfield-Central’s Tate Hall, a 6-5 guard, picked up an offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Blessed to receive my 6th offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay 🏀😈 #Phoenix— Tate Hall (@tate_hall41) July 28, 2015
*Castle’s 6-9 Jack Nunge (2017) added offers from Toledo and Vermont. Ball State and Evansville have also offered.
*Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow, a 6-4 guard in the 2018 class, picked up his first offer from Toledo.https://twitter.com/mjallow21/status/625457568027054080