RICHMOND SEMI-STATE STORYLINES
March 19, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
By: Adam Derengowski
How did we get so lucky?
Two great matchups featuring four of the most talented teams that Indiana high school basketball has to offer, all housed in an 8100 seat gymnasium that has Hoosier Hysteria ingrained in each and every brick. If you’re a Hoosier, hell, if you have a pulse, that should make your knees buckle at the thought that with each bounce of the ball this weekend, each and every person in the 6th largest high school gym in the country is adding to the magic of Hoosier Hysteria. Pay your money, then sit back and take in all that one of the greatest traditions in sports has to offer.
Storylines for this weekend
Although Tech does seem to keep a great deal of talent on their roster, their opponent, Bloomington North, has plenty of Division 1 ties. The two names that you will probably recognize the most aren’t highly touted recruits yet but do have ties to a division 1 program. Freshman Riley Crean is son of Indiana University head coach Tom Crean and junior forward Kaleb Ferrell is the younger brother of star IU point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell. Although these two have the name recognition it is senior guard Grant Sims who is getting things done between the lines averaging 17 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Cougars. Sims has signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The pipeline of talent doesn’t end in the 4A matchup with both Guerin Catholic and Greensburg touting rosters with multiple division 1 commitments. Senior Aaron Brennan is the leading scorer and rebounder for Guerin Catholic and has committed to stay in the Indianapolis area and play for IUPUI.
He is paired with junior forward Matt Holba who is garnering interest from schools in the Big Ten and has been offered scholarships from Providence and Valparaiso according to verbalcommits.com.
Greensburg shouldn’t be left out of the conversation of depth on the roster boasting several players who are gaining a lot of momentum with major schools. The biggest name on the roster is senior point guard Bryant McIntosh who after a bit of a topsy turvy recruiting process that saw him commit and then decommit to Indiana state has settled on playing in the Big Ten for Northwestern.
McIntosh has been averaging about 9 assist per game this season thanks in part to 6-7 senior forward Sean Sellers who has carved his path to Ball State. Sellers has been playing inside along with junior forward Ryan Welage who has had interest from several Big Ten schools including Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue.
GREENSBURG'S SEAN SELLERS
Although the other 3A and 4A regionals feature teams with talent, it surely will not matchup to the amount of depth that teams in the Richmond semi-state owns and we all know that this is going to result in quality basketball Saturday.
Many of the experts around Indiana have been looking forward to one matchup in class 3A. Greensburg taking on Bowman Academy, two teams that have been dominating the class with a combined record of 47-5, of which just one loss came at the hands of a 3A opponent.
Although we all would like to see a battle between two powerhouses, we cannot forget about the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles.
This Eagles squad is laden with experience including 10 upperclassmen who were present 2 years ago when Guerin Catholic captured the 3A state championship. Look for this core group of experienced players to not back down from the role of underdog as they look to spoil the dominant season that Greensburg has had thus far.
There are so many great matchups when you look at the rosters between these two teams including the guard battle that will take place between Guerin Catholic senior point guard Whitt Rapp and Greensburg senior guard Bryant McIntosh. The two points are putting up strikingly similar numbers each averaging 9 assists and just about 1.5 steals per game each leaders for their team. Look for this matchup to make a huge difference in the result of this game. McIntosh, committed to Northwestern, is the better scorer of the two averaging 14 points per game, if he is allowed to get open scoring looks from both inside
and outside look for Greensburg to cruise. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
Even the swami of Indiana basketball John Harrell has seen what the Eagles of Guerin Catholic bring to the table in this matchup. Changing his championship projections to favor that of Bowman Academy because of this tough matchup at the Tiernan Center on Saturday.
The bottom line is. Don’t be surprised if Guerin Catholic heads back to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse to compete for their 2nd title in three years.