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Eagles' Ferree invited to Top 100 showcase


July 23, 2014 | 11:09 AM

The 12th annual IBCA/IHSAA Top 100 Showcase events have been set for July 23 and 24 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Staged by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association with support from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, the Top 100 Showcase events are designed to give exposure to top basketball prospects from throughout the state to colleges from the state as well as the nation.

Lanesville junior-to-be Joe Ferree was among the selections to participate in the event. As a sophomore, Ferree averaged 14.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game. He also made 50 3-pointers in 23 games along with shooting 77 percent from the free-throw line.

The 2014 Girls' Showcase will be Wednesday, July 23, and the 2014 Boys' Showcase will be Thursday, July 24. Both events are NCAA certified. Both events will begin at 2 p.m. and last until about 8.

Former Purdue player and current Purdue assistant coach Kelly Komara will be the guest speaker for the girls' showcase. Komara, the 1998 Indiana Miss Basketball from Lake Central, was a freshman on the Purdue squad that won the 1999 NCAA championship. She was a junior on the Boilers' 2001 NCAA runner-up team and was selected first-team all-Big Ten as a senior. She previously was an assistant coach at Valparaiso University, Auburn University, Northwestern University and the University of Albany.

Former Mr. Basketball and ex-Indiana University player Tom Coverdale will be the featured speaker at the boys' Top 100 Showcase event.

Coverdale was a standout player at Noblesville High School, where he scored 1,911 points en route to winning the title of Mr. Basketball as a senior in 1998. He went on to play at Indiana University, one season for Bob Knight and three for Mike Davis, helping the Hoosiers to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2002.

He played professionally in Europe and in the Continental Basketball Association then worked as a college coach for four years at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and two more seasons at Tyler (Texas) Junior College.

Currently, Coverdale is a sales executive for Carmel-based Shepherd Insurance, owned by 1970 Mr. Basketball David Shepherd of Carmel.

In 2013, coaches from 88 colleges attended the Showcase events. Among them were coaches from NCAA Division I programs such as Austin Peay, Ball State, Belmont, Butler, Chicago State, Dayton, Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Florida State, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Indiana, Indiana State, Iowa, IPFW, IUPUI, Lipscomb, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri-Kansas City, UNC-Greensboro, Northern Kentucky, Northwestern, Purdue, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee-Martin, Toledo, Valparaiso, Western Michigan, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wright State.

Pete Smith, coach at Guerin Catholic, is the director of the boys' showcase, and Kathie Layden, coach at Northwestern, is director of the girls' showcase. Numerous other IBCA-member coaches will assist the directors in running various stations and coaching the teams for each day.

High school players — 123 boys and 130 girls — have said they intend to participate, along with several statewide coaches.

Other area participants include: Boys — Gabe Bauer (Silver Creek), Will Brown (Rock Creek Academy), Jeff Byrne (New Albany), Christian Evans (Scottsburg), Cale Hall (Orleans), Nick Macon (Madison), Christian Reed (Silver Creek), Gavin Schaefer (Heritage Hills), DeAnthony Warren (New Albany) and Davon Winburn (New Albany); girls — Jenna Allen (Bedford North Lawrence), Alexa Bailey (Bedford North Lawrence), Olivia Crozier (Madison), Dominique McBryde (Bedford North Lawrence) and Natalie Ruedinger (Borden).

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