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Mid-Winter Indiana Basketball Notebook: Perkins, Pack join 1,000-pt. club; Hickman picks up offers

By: , February 11, 2020, 2:03 pm

The players club was never a question. Now, they’re G-Men.

Lawrence North senior Tony Perkins and Lawrence Central senior Nijel Pack both reached the 1,000-point plateau last week.

Perkins, a 6-foot-4 slashing guard, is signed with Iowa and is the frontrunner in a tight Mr. Basketball race. The 6-foot-0 Pack is the arguably the best pure point guard in the state and will be playing his college hoops in the Big12 at Kansas State. He’s also one of the top candidates for Mr. Basketball. North is 18-1 and Central is 17-2.

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Up, up and away

Bloomington South senior shooting guard Connor Hickman has seen an uptick in his recruiting in recent days.

Hickman’s Panthers are pouncing on the competition at every turn, out to a 19-0 start and he just received his first three DI offers. Elon and Furman offered last week and Bradley offered Sunday following an on-campus visit.

South is a hotbed of playmakers out of the backcourt these days. Besides Hickman (6-2, 15 ppg., 46 percent from 3-point distance), the Holmes Hardwooders boast combo guard and Mr. Basketball candidate Anthony Leal, signed with Indiana, and point guard Noah Jager, inked with Army.

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Some sophomore guards to keep an eye out for down the stretch:

Leland Walker (North Central) — Could very easily be the fastest-rising backcourt recruit in the state’s sophomore class right now, Walker is a flashy floor general who heats up in a hurry.

Braden Smith (Westfield) — Plays with the heart of a lion, logging 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game and bringing nastiness in heavy supply.

Julian Norris (Evansville Bosse) — The clever 6-foot-3 combo guard is breaking out in 2020, averaging 15 points per night and wowing scouts with his dogged demeanor baseline to baseline.

Dayveon Turner (Anderson) — This “little big man” is making a name for himself in the historic hoops town by showing all the signs of a game-changing talent with the keys of an offense in his hands and putting up 16 points a night.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN