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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana Basketball Recruiting Notebook — Gunn on his way to IU, Brewer back in action at new school

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, February 11, 2021, 3:00 pm

His name indicates he’s a shooter. Boy, is he ever.

Lawrence North junior guard C.J. Gunn committed to play his college hoops at Indiana over the weekend, capping a whirlwind 10 months where he went from a non-commodity to a 4-star recruit. Gunn is gunning his way to 17 points per night this season, torching the nets with his toasty shooting. Lawrence North is 17-2.

The 6-foot-5 slick and athletic off-guard blew up in the offseason, garnering his IU offer in August right before school started following a breakout summer on the AAU circuit. Gunn is the ninth in-state grab for Archie Miller in his tenure on the bench for the Hoosiers. Missouri, Xavier, Kansas St and Cincinnati were also in the hunt for his services.

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Reprieve from the bench (the one with the gavel)

Marion County Superior Court Judge Patrick Dietrick recently ordered Ben Davis boys basketball star Jayden Brewer’s eligibility status immediately reinstated, allowing him to play the remainder of the season for the 10-9 Giants. The 6-foot-5 Brewer was originally ruled out until March 3 by the IHSAA for an athletically-motivated transfer. He got to Ben Davis last March from Avon, where he averaged 16 points per game. 

In his first four games with Ben Davis, Brewer touched up the stat sheet for 18 points, five assists and five rebounds per outing. He has offers from Miami (OH), Cleveland State, IUPUI and Evansville.

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Five shooters from across the state recruiters should know about

1 Connor Essegian (Central Noble 6-4 Jr. G) — Could be the best shooter in the state, definitely the most underappreciated.

2 Luke Miller (Madison 6-1.5 Sr. G) — Ninja-like quickness on his release, textbook form and feathery follow through.

3 Pete Suder (Carmel 6-3 Jr. G) — Circle City triggerman who drops bombs with his timely shooting time and time again.

4 Ryan Caddell (Evansville North 6-2 Jr. G/F) — Classic technique, killer efficiency, coldblooded with a game on the line.

5 Sam Smith (Northridge 6-2 Sr. G) — Silent assassin type, fluid, soft touch, can get heated in a hurry.