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Recruiting Roundup: Eron Gordon is eligible, kinda

A busy weekend full of injury scares, 4 OT thrillers, and highlight-reel dunks were on display as Hoosier recruits battled it out across the country.

News, notes, and any other random thoughts that deal with Hoosier recruits.

  • Playing in the prestigious Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Missouri, Juwan Morgan had an up-and-down weekend. While playing in front of Tom Crean on Thursday night, Morgan made us all hold our collective breath when he suffered a knee contusion. Thankfully, he was playing the very next day, but was held to 7 points by 5-star recruit Malik Monk. On Saturday, Juwan made up for lost time by outscoring the ENTIRE OPPOSING TEAM for 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a 48-27 win. He even showed off some range by going 4-6 from 3 on his way to being named to the All-Tournament team.
  • O.G. Anunoby was back to his highlight-reel ways this weekend. As you can see below, O.G. channeled his inner Victor Oladipo by throwing down a 360-dunk for 2 of his 19 points in an important 55-51 victory over Battle. On Saturday, Anunoby had 23 points in a 61-55 loss to Pacific.
  • Finally, there is some good news on the Eron Gordon front. His appeal was heard on Friday and a Judge ruled Gordon eligible immediately for play. While the IHSAA still has a few options that may keep Gordon off the court, he is eligible for the moment. Still, Gordon must meet the "10-practice-before-eligibility-rule" before he's able to take the court. This will likely still keep him out of this weeks Indianapolis City Tournament.
  • Joey Brunk has continued his productive ways into the new year. The rising junior out of Southport (IN) had 21 points in a win over Decatur on Tuesday. Then, in what has to be the game of the year so far in Indiana, Brunk put up 32 points and 14 rebounds in a 4 OT loss to Pike.
  • Despite some recent shooting woes, Rawle Alkins showed that he can contribute in a number of ways. At the Hoophall tournament, Alkins notched 13 points and 11 rebounds, and then followed that up with another double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) in a 72-39 win over Holy Cross. One thing that nobody will dispute about Rawle, however, is that the man knows how to dunk.
  • A new name to keep a watch on is Cullen Russo (6'9" PF, 2015 JC) out of New Mexico JC. Tim Buckley has recently been in contact with Russo, as more and more schools have begun to get involved. The sophomore is averaging 11 PPG and 6 RPG on 56% shooting.