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Indiana high school basketball: Brebeuf's P.J. Thompson continues to produce, get offers


12:00 AM, Jan. 23, 2013 EST

With a 3-pointer in the second quarter of Tuesday's 66-46 win over Covenant Christian, Brebeuf Jesuit guard P.J. Thompson became the most recent member of the 1,000-point club, getting there with several games left in his junior year.

"It's a special thing, but you can't get satisfied," said Thompson, who scored 21 points in the win. "I have to keep working to help this team and keep putting the ball in the basket."

Wisconsin-Green Bay offered Thompson a scholarship after watching him Tuesday, and Miami (Ohio), which has already offered, had three coaches in attendance. Thompson, averaging 24.9 points, also has offers from Ball State, Dartmouth, IUPUI, Indiana State and Toledo.

Thompson plans on waiting into the summer to see what else develops. He said schools like Butler, DePaul, Minnesota and Xavier have continued to keep tabs on him.

"I'll probably narrow it down in July or August and make a decision before the season starts," Thompson said.

First-year Brebeuf coach Noah Haynes said Thompson is like "a coach on the floor" for the 9-5 Braves.

"It's been fun to grow with him in these (14) games," Haynes said. "He's pretty multi-dimensional as an offensive player. He's got the ability to shoot the 3, to go past you or come off a screen. He's a tough matchup."

Volovic to Butler

Carmel senior Michael Volovic has accepted a walk-on invitation from Butler coach Brad Stevens. The 5-8 guard informed Stevens of his interest in the program over the summer and Stevens kept in touch with Volovic and Carmel coach Scott Heady.

Volovic attended Butler's 64-63 win over Gonzaga on Saturday night and informed Stevens of his decision Sunday. He waited until Wednesday to call other coaches who had been recruiting him. He also had a walk-on offer from Indiana State and was being recruited by in-state programs such as Anderson, Bethel, DePauw, Taylor and Wabash.

Volovic played a key role on Carmel's Class 4A state championship team a year ago and is averaging 17.0 points and 4.8 assists for the 14-1 second-ranked Greyhounds this season.

"There's a chance I could never play, but there's also an opportunity to prove myself," he said, referencing Butler's use of sophomore walk-on Alex Barlow. "I think Butler is similar to Carmel in a lot of ways, especially the way they guard on defense."

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Pike senior Jamie Rutherford is no longer on the team, according to Pike coach Bill Zych, who declined to go into further detail. The 6-6 Rutherford averaged 9.2 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds in 13 games, all starts. Zych said Rutherford's departure will likely result in an expanded role for 6-6 junior Kendall Rollins (3.5 points, 5.2 rebounds).

Pike senior guard and Loyola (Ill.) recruit Jordan Pickett is 38 points from 1,000. Pickett is averaging 17.1 points a game this season. . . . Drew Hackett, a 6-2 sophomore guard for 15-0 Class 4A sixth-ranked Munster, picked up his first offer last week from Illinois-Chicago. Hackett has been invited to an Indiana game and will likely attend the Purdue game in Bloomington on Feb. 16.

Mt. Vernon junior guard C.J. Coleman has visited Loyola (Ill.) and Western Michigan and is also hearing from Lamar, Southern Illinois and Stetson. Coleman is averaging 18.7 points for the 14-0 Marauders. . . . Top in-state juniors Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor) and JaQuan Lyle (Evansville Bosse) attended Indiana's game against Penn State on Wednesday.

 

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