Despite his team's 5-0 record and No. 2 Class 4A ranking, Evansville Harrison boys basketball coach Bryan Speer isn't getting too far ahead of himself.
"Coaches are pretty critical people," Speer said, "so I see a lot of areas where we need improvement. We're a work in progress, but do have a little bit of experience and size."
Evansville Harrison will get a chance to test itself against an unfamiliar opponent Friday at Marshall High School when it plays Detroit Consortium at 6 p.m., the first day of the two-day, 16-game IPSAC/Midwest Showcase.
Detroit Consortium (1-1) is led by 6-6 senior Vincent Hunter, a UTEP recruit. Hunter had 26 points in a 74-73 loss to Detroit Pershing on Saturday.
"It's a little different than playing a team from our home state," Speer said. "It's taken a little more work to track down information on them, but we know they are big."
Harrison is led by junior guard Ernie Duncan, who averages 14.6 points and 7.9 rebounds. Duncan had been committed to Evansville, but decided to open his recruitment again prior to the season. His brothers, 6-6 sophomore twins Everett and Stanley, are also getting Division I interest. Everett was Harrison's leading scorer as a freshman and is averaging 12.5 points and four rebounds this season; Stanley's numbers -- 16.8 points and 3.7 rebounds -- are up significantly from a year ago.
"He did a nice job in the second half of last year for us and has carried that over," Speer said of Stanley.
This is the seventh year of the IPSAC/Midwest Showcase and the first time it has been a two-day event. Some of the other top players include Indiana recruit James Blackmon Jr. (Fort Wayne Luers), Marquette recruit Deonte Burton (Milwaukee Vincent), Valparaiso recruit Nick Davidson (Andrean), Minnesota recruit Alvin Ellis (Chicago De La Salle), Wright State recruit Grant Evans (Wapahani), Ball State recruits Franko House (Concord) and Zavier Turner (Pike) and Loyola recruit Jordan Pickett (Pike).
Other uncommitted players include Northwest's Harris Brown, Chicago De La Salle's Justin Earls, Bishop Chatard's Joe Fagan, Milos Kostic and Nick Rogers of Traders Point Academy, Chicago Hillcrest's Jovan Mooring, Rich East's Ronald Lawson, East St. Louis' Deshawn Munson and Tech's Trey Lyles and Jeremie Tyler.
Today's schedule: Gary West vs. Shortridge, 9:15 a.m.; Gary Roosevelt vs. Horizon Christian, 11 a.m.; Gary Wallace vs. Marshall, 12:45 p.m.; Milwaukee Vincent vs. Crispus Attucks, 2:30 p.m.; Fort Wayne North vs. Howe, 4:15 p.m.; Detroit Consortium vs. Evansville Harrison, 6 p.m.; Brownsburg vs. Bowman Academy, 7:45 p.m.; East St. Louis vs. Pike, 9:15 p.m.
Saturday's schedule: George Washington Hammond, 9:15 a.m.; Broad Ripple vs. East Chicago Central, 11 a.m.; Wapahani vs. Concord, 12:45 p.m.; Bishop Chatard vs. Fort Wayne Luers, 2:15 p.m.; Northwest vs. Andrean, 4 p.m.; Chicago Rich East vs. Heritage Christian, 5:45 p.m.; Chicago De La Salle vs. Traders Point, 7:30 p.m.; Chicago Hillcrest vs. Tech, 9:15 p.m.