STEVE HANLON: Filer proved his worth on state's biggest stage

2011-03-26T22:00:00Z 2012-09-25T23:59:22Z STEVE HANLON: Filer proved his worth on state's biggest stageBy Steve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
March 26, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The gym was small and cramped. And humid.

It was November and these shoes walked up the steps to Bishop Noll's auxiliary gym, or "The Upper Room" as I've called it in my mind a couple times. Was going to do a story on Adonis Filer, the new player for the Warriors.

Noll coach Drew Trost said one sentence that stayed with me all winter.

"I hope they take a good look at him for the Indiana All-Star team," Trost said. "I hope because he was here just one year they don't push him to the side."

On Saturday inside of Conseco Fieldhouse, Trost spoke again about Filer. This time after a painful 43-42 loss to Indianapolis Park Tudor in the Class 2A state championship game.

"Do I think Adonis is one of the top 12 players in the state of Indiana, yes I do," Trost said. "And if he is he should be a member of that team."

Filer scored 19 points and had seven rebounds on the day. Every defense that Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling devised was to stop Filer. Because if you stop Filer you stop Noll. Without him the Warriors do not play in Indianapolis.

He is that good.

"As far as his slashing, I'd compare him to (Kentucky commit) Marquis Teague," said Park Tudor standout Yogi Ferrell, who has committed to play at Indiana. "He's someone I'd want to play one-on-one to get my game better."

When Filer was in motion, moving down the floor, he was unstoppable, even by Ferrell. Schilling did a great job of slowing the game down and keeping Noll in a half-court set in the fourth quarter, when this game was won.

Ronnye Beamon's last-seconds shot was well designed and came within fraction of dropping down for the win. But the several other possessions where Filer did not get a look, or a take, was huge. Credit Park Tudor's defense there.

Schilling, who runs the Champions Academy in Zionsville, said he is going to show Filer on the dribble to all of his basketball students to show them all how good No. 3 is.

"He changes directions so well," Schilling said. "His breakthrough in traffic was unbelievable."

But here is the problem. On the Indiana All-Star voting list that was sent to coaches and media around the state, Filer's name was not on the list. Anywhere. Such a thing is unthinkable.

On Saturday on the biggest stage in the state Filer outplayed a kid, a very talented young man, going to IU.

Filer said in the next three weeks he will decide between Baylor, Oregon State and Nebraska for who he will play for in the future. His name should be on the Indiana All-Star roster first.

"I had never heard of it before I came to Noll," Filer said of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star series. "I saw names of former Noll players who made it and I thought it was just an all-star game. I didn't realize how big it was.

"Yes, I really want to make this team."

On Saturday Filer will play at the Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 60 workout, where All-Star head coach Mike Hackett of Munster and his staff will watch Indiana's best try out for THE team.

If they can find 12 or 13 players better than Filer let me know. Then, send an apology to Bishop Noll.

Not only is he a tremendous individual talent, he is a team guy through and through. As he said before boarding the bus back home.

"I know this, every guy on our team left everything out on the floor," he said. "It hurts real bad that we lost. I'll never forget this feeling but I know we had a great year.

"We played as a team and we never quit. That's what I'm proud of."

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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