HAMMOND | Adonis Filer has had a lot of people talk to him this week. Some of them he's known. Others, not so much.
When you're the top player on a team that is one game away from the state championship game, like Filer is, you're going to have people in the cafeteria, gas station and grocery store yap it up with you.
Filer, a 6-foot-3 senior guard on Bishop Noll's Class 2A semistate team, heard one sentence this week that really stuck with him. Like a ball of gum and glue.
"You've really matured as a point guard."
When Filer first started playing basketball as a youngster, only three words described what he thought the game was about. "Score, score, score," he said.
That is something the former Mount Carmel player can do. But being surrounded by talented teammates at Noll, Filer understands he does not have to do everything by himself.
"At the start of the year, Adonis would take the ball in on a 1-on-3," Noll coach Drew Trost said. "He'd put up some bad shots. Now, if there isn't anything there he will take it out and set up our offense.
"He has a lot of trust in the other guys on the floor."
Filer also had a side where he talked to opponents and looked like he was show-boating. His Chicago-style of play irritated those wearing different colors.
But after being taken out of a physical game against E.C. Central, Filer has changed his on-the-court demeanor. He's letting his play do all of the talking.
At the start of the season Trost said that his prize guard was being tabbed as a mid-major prospect. But Trost had a belief that Filer was better than that.
Over the last month Filer's phone has been blowing up with countless calls from many D-I coaches.
"I'm feeling more wanted by college coaches," he said.
Baylor, Oregon State and Nebraska have all shown a strong interest in Noll's No. 3.
But first is today's semistate clash against No. 3 Tipton. Being one game away from Conseco Fieldhouse has Filer's heart pounding even faster than his crossover dribble drive.
"This is really exciting," he said. "I don't know how to put it into words. Especially with the team I have behind me. I'm really confidant.
"We know that any team is capable of beating us. We have to keep our guard up. I need to play hard and unselfish. If I need to take over a game I can."