Lawrence Central High School boys basketball coach J.R. Shelt compares his freshman class this year to last season's senior class that produced the program's first sectional champion in 14 years.
Led by 6-1 shooting guard Kyle Guy, the Bears may even be ahead of the pace of that class. After starting 3-8, Shelt's team has gone 3-0 since inserting 6-3 freshman Nash Griffin into the starting lineup, including a 61-50 win over Franklin Central last week.
"We're really excited about that freshman group," Shelt said. "I think it can really rival that 2012 group (led by Jeremy Hollowell) by the time they are done."
Indiana, Purdue and Butler are all showing interest in Guy. Coaches from all three schools have been at Lawrence Central games this season and Guy attended Butler's game against St. Bonaventure on Wednesday. Xavier has also has been in touch.
"He's been very consistent all year," Shelt said of Guy, who is averaging 14 points. "He's a great shooter but he also is a very good passer and well-rounded player. He's a lanky kid so I think he'll grow. I think he'll be a point guard. Passing is probably the best thing that he does."
Logwood's interest rising
Sam Logwood has made a successful transition from Lawrence North to La Lumiere more quickly than even his coach would have predicted. The 6-6 junior is averaging a team-leading 19 points for 22-2 La Lumiere, which is ranked No. 6 nationally by USA Today.
"We thought it was going to happen for him his senior year and this would be the transition year," La Lumiere coach Alan Huss said. "Obviously he's exceeded expectations."
Logwood has transitioned from primarily an interior player at Lawrence North to a wing at La Lumiere, a prep school in LaPorte, Ind.
"I came in as a (power forward) so from the time I got here I've been trying to get comfortable on the wing," he said. "It's a hard transition but I feel like I'm getting there. My ballhandling and vision are improving."
Huss said Logwood is a major Division I player. So far, he has offers from Auburn, Buffalo, Indiana State, IUPUI, Miami (Ohio), New Orleans and Radford. Other schools have been in contact, including Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Purdue, VCU and Xavier.
Trey Lyles update
Tech's Trey Lyles is in the midst of making a few college visits. The 6-9 Lyles, a former Indiana recruit, visited Louisville for its win over Marquette on Sunday and visited Butler on Tuesday for a practice. Lyles, who is averaging 19.2 points and 12.6 rebounds, plans to visit Kentucky on Saturday for its game against Auburn.
Lyles would like to visit some of the schools recruiting him that are farther away, such as Duke and Florida, though he may wait to take them as official visits. Lyles plans on making another visit to Butler soon.
Michigan had two assistant coaches watching Park Tudor junior Trevon Bluiett on Wednesday. The 6-5 Bluiett scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half as Park Tudor defeated Scecina 46-32. . . . Michigan was also in to see Cathedral sophomore guard Jalen Coleman this week.
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers freshman Vijay Blackmon is the younger brother of junior James Blackmon Jr., and has an offer from the Hoosiers. The younger Blackmon said he has considered making an early commitment to Indiana but is still looking at other schools. He will visit Notre Dame on Saturday and also has significant interest from Purdue. . . . Lake Central 6-6 junior Tyler Wideman said Ball State, Indiana State, Tennessee and Xavier have been showing the most recent interest in him. He said he hopes to visit Indiana State soon. . . . Plainfield freshman guard Max Kurkowski will visit Indiana for Wednesday's game against Nebraska.
Highlights of Lawrence Central freshman Kyle Guy