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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Indiana basketball recruiting notebook >> Lake Central’s Ross makes it through fire, earns UWM scholarship

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, May 21, 2021, 3:07 pm

The road has been bumpy, but it’s also been rewarding.

Lake Central senior forward Kyle Ross committed to play his college basketball UW-Milwaukee last week, closing the door on a two year journey where he found redemption at a new school and a selection of scholarships to choose from when it was all said and done on his prep career. 

The 6-foot-7 banger can go inside and out on he hardwood and gave UWM the nod over Drake, Rhode Island and UW-Green Bay. As a sophomore in 2019, he took Andrean to a state title, but only played briefly in 2020 due to internal issues with his team before landing at Lake Central via transfer last summer.

In the aftermath of his lost junior campaign, Ross admitted and accepted ownership in his role in the situation that resulted in him leaving the team. He got to Lake Central and played refreshed, energizing basketball that galvanized his new program and made him an immediate leader. Ross averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game for a 16-8 Lake Central squad this past season and found his peace again on the court.

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Ringing the bell

Center Grove point guard Landin Hacker committed to Bellarmine University, a small Division I school in Kentucky earlier this month. Hacker is a heady floor general who plays with a constant chip on his shouldering while quarterbacking an offense and becomes the heart and soul of a locker room. He averaged 15 points and five assists per night and took Center Grove to a sectional crown back in March. Bellarmine was a D-II power that just made the jump to D-I two years ago.

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Crystal Ball: Two players in the Class of ’22 on the verge of DI offers 

Ryan Conwell (Indianapolis Pike 6-3 G) — Majestically menacing in the open floor, a coldblooded closer at the rim with a soft jumper.

Karson Jenkins (Ft. Wayne North Side 6-2 G) — Natural scorer ready for battle at the drop of a hat.