Indiana hoops recruiting notebook: Blackford’s Luke Brown selects Stetson, Jayden Brewer jumps to Ben Davis
The air raid sirens are ready to roll like thunder off the Florida coast.
Hoosierland’s Mad Bomber, Blackford gunner Luke Brown, is coming to town next year.
Brown, the most prolific scorer in the state, committed to Stetson this week. Stetson is a small Division I school in Florida and competes out of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The quick-on-the-draw, 6-foot-2 combo guard chose Stetson over Ball State, Indiana State, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Lehigh and UW-Milwaukee. He’s in the hunt for the IHSAA all-time scoring record, 1,100 shy of the ultimate Hoosier schoolboy legend, 1990 Mr. Basketball-winner Damon Bailey (Bedford North Lawrence/IU). Last year, Brown fired in 32 points per night. As a sophomore, he pumped in 35 a game.
Making a move
Jayden Brewer will play his senior season at Ben Davis. The 6-5 wing guard has played at Avon the past three years. He averaged 15 points, four assists and five rebounds a night in both the last two campaigns. Brewer joins Giants hoopsters Sheridan Sharp (breakout in 2020), Zane Doughty (will be breakout in 2021) and Trevor Nibbs (ultimate glue guy) for what should be a mighty good Ben Davis cage club next winter.
Brewer currently holds offers from Miami (Ohio) and Evansville.
The offers keep pouring in
Silver Creek senior forward Trey Kaufman, maybe the state’s No. 1 player and a frontrunner for Mr. Basketball, got a coveted North Carolina offer.
Marion senior guard Jalen Blackmon is back on his grind and healthy and just snagged offers from Tulane and St. Louis.
Central Noble junior sniper Connor Essegian (pictured), who could easily be the best shooter in his class, grabbed an offer from Lipscomb.
Warren Central senior guard Malik Stanley received a Tampa offer.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN