Playing with other Division I players such as Collin Hartman, Jared Drew, Mo Evans and Jalen Coleman in high school has been mostly a positive for Cathedral senior Garrett Hall.
The one negative is that the 6-2 Hall has been overshadowed at times by his talented teammates.
"I feel like I've kind of been under the radar my whole career but I think that's kind of motivated me a little bit to work harder," said Hall, who scored a team-high 15 points in Cathedral's 82-68 win over Northwest on Wednesday. "So it's been good in a way."
Hall was the sixth man for the 20-win Irish last season, averaging 5.1 points. His role has expanded as a senior, especially with the 6-6 Hartman, an Indiana recruit, sidelined for all but one game due to a concussion and a broken left wrist.
Cathedral coach Andy Fagan compared Hall's style of play to another left-hander, James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
"He shoots it, he can handle it, he can post, he rebounds and he guards," Fagan said. "He does a little bit of everything. He's just a kid who needed a little more of an opportunity, which he's gotten, and he's really continued to work on his game. He's incredibly coachable and he works. When you put those two things together, it is going to pay off."
Hall remains uncommitted for college. Wisconsin-Milwaukee offered him a scholarship in the fall and Miami (Ohio) has showed increased interest recently, along with a number of low-major Division I programs and Division II schools.
"I'm just going through every day and trying to get better and we'll see what's there (in the spring)," he said. "It can be a lot of pressure but I just try to be composed and play how coach Fagan wants us to play. That will be a pretty positive result."
There is basketball in the bloodlines as his father, David Hall, played at Ball State from 1991-93 after transferring from Arkansas-Little Rock. A native of Hammond, the 6-5 David Hall made 80 3-pointers in his two seasons at Ball State and was a starter on an NCAA tournament team as a senior.
"He was a pretty good shooter and he kind of gave that to me," the younger Hall said. "We go to the gym and get up shots and work on drills. He's a pretty big part of helping me along."
Though he's admittedly been an "under-the-radar" type of player, Hall said the payoff of playing alongside talented teammates has been worth it.
"It's motivated me to see them put in the work and want to get to their level," he said.
Bishop Chatard coach Travis Daugherty is hopeful senior guard Joe Fagan can return from a separated shoulder in time for the City Tournament in two weeks. The 6-4 Fagan originally suffered the injury in football, then separated it twice in a 65-62 loss to Fort Wayne Bishop Luers on Dec. 22. Daugherty said Fagan will be re-evaluated next week.
Franklin Central senior Forrester Sims suffered a high ankle sprain during a 59-55 loss to New Palestine on Dec. 15 and missed two games last week at the Zionsville tournament. The 6-2 Sims, a recruit of Division II Maryville (Mo.), could be back for the Marion County tournament next week, coach John Rockey said.
Roncalli 6-7 senior Michael Clements, one of the winners of the last week's IBCA/Subway Player of the Week Award, is averaging 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds. Clements has an offer from Division II Northwood (Mich.).