State bragging rights are on the line Saturday at Tech High School.
The Indy Legacy "Indiana vs. Illinois" High School Basketball Showcase is just as it sounds, pitting five teams from Illinois against five teams from Indiana. Tickets are $10 and good for all day. Here is a look at the game schedule and top players in the event:
Brebeuf Jesuit vs. Chicago Providence St. Mel, 1 p.m.: Class 3A Brebeuf is 3-2 with a win over 4A power Tech and led by junior P.J. Thompson, who is averaging 26 points per game. Providence St. Mel was 23-7 a year ago and won a 2A sectional in Illinois. Senior Khalil Small was first-team all-state last year and junior Tevin King was second team.
Mishawaka Marian vs. Maywood Proviso East, 2:45 p.m.: Mishawaka Marian (2-2) is led by senior guard and Notre Dame recruit Demetrius Jackson, an IndyStar.com Indiana Mr. Basketball candidate. Proviso East was the 4A runner-up in Illinois last season and is led by 6-4 senior Sterling Brown, an SMU recruit. Point guard Paris Lee is an Illinois State signee.
Warren Central vs. Chicago Orr Academy, 4:30 p.m.: Warren Central is 4-0 and has a big Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference game Friday against Ben Davis. Indiana recruit Devin Davis is a Mr. Basketball candidate and off to a fast start. The Warriors also have Division I prospects in juniors Jordan Garnett and Jaraan Lands, as well as sophomore Gary Bonds. Chicago Orr is loaded with talent, led by 6-5 junior Tyquone Greer, who has offers from DePaul and Providence.
Lawrence North vs. Chicago Morgan Park, 6:15 p.m.: Lawrence North is 5-0 for the first time in five years and has scored at least 82 points in four of those games. Senior forward and Purdue recruit Basil Smotherman leads the Wildcats, along with senior point guard Sean Howard and junior guard Daeshon Francis. Billy Garrett, the grandson of Shelbyville native and former Indiana star Bill Garrett, headlines for Morgan Park. Garrett, a 6-4 shooting guard, is committed to DePaul. Kyle Davis, a senior point guard, is committed to Dayton.
Tech vs. Chicago Curie, 8 p.m.: Two of the country's top juniors go head-to-head in the nightcap as Tech's Trey Lyles faces off against 6-10 Cliff Alexander. Lyles is ranked No. 5 by Rivals.com in the 2014 class nationally and Alexander is No. 4.
Speidel starts fast
Columbus North is 4-0 heading into Friday's showdown at 4A second-ranked Pike (5-0), in no small part to the play of 6-7 sophomore Josh Speidel. Speidel is averaging16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals on a team that is one of the biggest in the state.
"We know we have a lot of talent in that locker room," he said. "We feel like we are state contenders if we can take it one step at a time."
Speidel picked up his first scholarship offer in October while on an unofficial visit to Evansville. He said Evansville has been recruiting him the hardest of any schools, although Indiana, Michigan and Purdue have also been in contact and he's made visits to all of those schools.
Columbus North was 19-6 a year ago, losing to Bloomington South 58-49 in the sectional championship. The program hasn't won a sectional since 1997.
Speidel has plenty of talent and size around him. Evan Henry, a 6-2 junior guard, is averaging 15.0 points, and 6-4 senior guard Sawyer Glick is averaging 11.5 points. The frontcourt also includes 6-8 senior Tori Jackson (11.0 ppg, 9.0 rebounds), 6-6 senior Clint Cunningham (7.3 ppg) and 6-8 senior Elliot Welmer (6.5 ppg).
"We have a lot of size and a lot of guys with size who are versatile," Speidel said. "If we get the ball down low and other team collapses, we can kick it back out and find the open man."