Boys basketball

Region hoop stars getting closer on college decisions

2011-04-03T22:00:00Z 2012-09-25T23:59:23Z Region hoop stars getting closer on college decisionsBy Steve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | There were 27 undecided boys basketball players at Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 workout Sunday.

There were also 35 college coaches at Marian University watching Indiana's best players compete.

Munster's Joe Crisman, who verbally committed to play at Loyola-Chicago last summer, said he's been told that former Illinois State coach Porter Moser will soon be named the new coach at Loyola, replacing Jim Whitesell.

"I plan on talking to him and see what it's all about," Crisman said. "I need to make sure it's still a good fit. If it is, I'll stay there. If it isn't, I'll ask for my release."

JONESING FOR PREP SCHOOL: Merrillville's Jeremiah Jones confirmed that he plans to attend Brewster Acadamy along with Bishop Noll's Adonis Filer. Both guards have D-I offers on the table but both are 17 and believe another year to grow would be good.

"I have offers from Indiana State and VCU," Jones said of Virginia Commonwealth, which shocked the nation by advancing to the NCAA's Final Four. "But they offered me before the season started. I did not know how good they were going to be."

PREP SCHOOL II: Filer opened the eyes of many on the Indiana All-Star selection committee after amazing many in last week's Class 2A state championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse.

It continued on Sunday afternoon.

"Every time I step on the floor I know that eyes are always watching," Filer said. "So I came out and played hard."

Baylor, Oregon State and Nebraska have all shown great interest in Filer.

"I have some good looks but I'd like to see what else is out there," Filer said. "This was amazing to be among the Top 60 in Indiana. To compete with the best in this state means a lot. I hope the (All-Star) coaches view me as a good hard-working, unselfish point guard who hates to lose."

THE FIRST TIME: Lowell has never had an Indiana All-Star. Austin Richie made a good case for himself on Sunday, running the offense, making great passes and taking it to the basket without being held back.

"I came here to have fun, hang out with my friends because you only get to do this once," said Richie, who will play at Western Michigan. "Everyone wants to prove themselves. I hope they think I can help them beat Kentucky because that's what its all about.

"It would be an honor to make this team."

BORN IN A SMALL TOWN: Morgan Twp.'s Brandon Grubl made a name for himself when he led his team past Bowman Academy in the sectional championship game in Gary.

He was even more impressive going up against some of Indiana's best, knocking down shots, going high for rebounds and put-backs and blocking at least five shots on the day.

"Man is he athletic," said Crown Point coach Clint Swan, who was one of the coaches working the camp. "You could put him on any team in the Duneland and he would be one of the best players in the league. I was very impressed."

THE BIG 3: For the last time, Munster's three seniors -- Crisman, Brian Stolarz and Ricky Carbajal -- were in the same gym at the same time on the same team.

The Mustang seniors were 89-12 over four years and Munster was the top-ranked team in the state and undefeated until a last-second shot at semistate against Kokomo ended its season.

"I just wish we could've played one more," said Munster coach Mike Hackett, the Indiana All-Star coach.

Carbajal battled Washington's Cody Zeller for much of the afternoon. He was impressed, but ...

"He's a lot stronger than he looks," Carbajal said. "But it didn't seem like he did too much against me anyway."

WHO WOULD WIN?: All winter area fans argued who would win between Munster and Bishop Noll. Both finished the regular season undefeated with the Warriors No. 2 in the state poll.

Richie, who played both teams, said he would break the tie.

"Hey, Noll had a great season and they're a great team," Richie said. "But I've been going against Munster's team defense for three years. Munster would've beaten them."

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