Recap Of AAU Action In Merrillville, Ind.


The Boiling Point: Several Purdue basketball targets were in action on Saturday in Merrillville, Ind.

One of the best weekends of AAU action in Indiana took place on Saturday at the 2011 Spring Showdown in Merrillville, Ind. With all the high-quality talent in and around the state, there were plenty of Purdue verbals and targets playing.

Here’s a recap on how a couple Purdue-related guys played from an Indiana High School Hoops blog. Gary Harris still has not verballed to any school, while Kendall Stephens and Jay Simpson have both verbally committed to the Boilers.

"Gary Harris, D3 Pride 17u- After establishing himself as arguably the best player in the state, it comes as no surprise that Gary Harris stands out in nearly every event he plays in. Harris attacked the rim with authority today, slashing to the basket and throwing down rim rattling jams with regularity. The 6’4 junior showed he has the ability to takeover at any given point in a game, as he’s nearly impossible to plan against and stop. Harris also shot the ball well from deep and was active on the defensive end, showing off two other strong suits of his game."

"Kendall Stephens, Illinois Wolves 16u- The class of 2013 guard showed why Purdue fans are excited about his commitment to the Boilermakers. At 6’5 Stephens is a skilled wing player who has shooting range well past the 3-point line. Stephens can knock down jump shots off the bounce or coming off screens, and isn’t afraid to shoot with a hand in his face. He looks to have improved his ball handling and is comfortable attacking the basket and finishing with both hands."

"Jay Simpson, Illinois Wolves 17u- The 2012 Purdue commitment looks to have added some strength and bulk since last year’s AAU season. Simpson is a skilled four who can do a little bit of everything on the offensive side of the ball. He can shoot the ball out to the 3-point line, attack the basket against slower defenders and finish out of the low post. The 6’8 Simpson also does a good job positioning himself to rebound, using his frame and strong hands to pull down boards."