March 12, 2008

Chesterton's Novak Commits to Michigan

Put another name on the list of Northwest Indiana basketball players to commit to Division I programs. Around this time next season, Chesterton's Zack Novak will be competing for a Big Ten championship in Indianapolis. The 6-4 senior has committed to the University of Michigan to play for coach John Belien. Novak will be the second player this decade from Northwest Indiana to suit up in the maize and blue. At 225 pounds, Novak has size college as well as professional coaches drool over. Novak averaged better than 21 points and 8 rebounds per game in his junior season and followed it up with a 27 ppg effort in his senior season.


March 11, 2008

Purdue Racks Up Awards

Former East Chicago Central star E'twaun Moore was named to the Big East second team.

The Big Ten recognized it's top players yesterday, bestowing awards heavily on the Purdue Boilermakers. East Chicago Central graduate E'twaun Moore was named to the all-conference second team. Moore led Purdue in scoring and assists this year and set a Purdue freshman record with 58 3-pointers. Valpo graduate Robbie Hummel was named to the Big Ten first team after averaging 13 points and almost 6 rebounds.

In addition to Moore and Hummel, sophomore Chris Kramer was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Purdue's last player to win that award was West Side's Kenny Lowe who won back-to-back awards 2003 and '04. Purdue coach Matt Painter was also named Big Ten  Coach of the Year. Congratulations to the entire Purdue basketball program. The future looks bright.

In the Big East, Andrean graduate Luke Harangody was a unanimous selection the All- Big East first team. Championship week is about to really get rolling. Check the schedule for various tournament start dates.



March 10, 2008

High School

It's official. The 2007-'08 basketball season in Northwest Indiana is over. The defending state champion EC Cardinals lost an absolute heart breaker Saturday night in the Michigan City Regional championship game. Hats off to the Cardinals for a wonderful regular season and sectional championship.

But the tournament must go on. This coming Saturday the final four from each class will square off to decide who will compete for state championship hardware. For more information click here.


On the college hoops side of things, we are just getting into championship week. A few spots have been claimed by some mid-majors and now it's time for the big boys to do their thing. The Big East, Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-10, SEC will all begin their conference tournaments this week. With selection Sunday approaching, bubble teams need to get their acts together this week to ensure themselves a spot in the big dance.

The state of Indiana looks to be well represented in this year's tournament with Purdue, Indiana, and Butler all having good chances to make the dance.


If you haven't heard by now, the Western Conference in the NBA is the best it's been in years. 10 teams are separated by a total of six games with around 20 left to play. Sunday in a showdown in the desert between the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, the Suns came out on top and stopped a skid they were experiencing since the trade for Shaq.

Meanwhile Houston is screaming: "No Yao, No problem." The Rockets have continued their winning ways to the tune of 19 straight victories. They are now tied with New Orleans for the third spot in the playoffs.



November-February, 2007-2008

The high school season was a blur.  In the northern half of the state the top teams were E.C. Central, Crown Point, Merrill ville, Chesterton, Gary West Side, Munster, Hammond Clark, Bishop Noll.

September 22, 2007

Legendary Chicago basketball fixture Mr. Mac Irvin hosted his annual tourney in the Windy City at DeLaSalle High School.  Many of the top talent in the state of Illinois was present.  Indiana kids are exempt from being able to compete against some of the best talent our nation has to offer. 

September 10, 2007

The Hoop Side has learned that stand out point guard John Taylor of Lew Wallace High School is attending a prep school in the city of Chicago to help with his dismal GPA!  John is a nice talent who is being courted by many of the major conferences in the the country.  Good Luck!

August 28, 2007

Darius Stevens, former varsity member of West Side High School has transferred to Merrill ville High School.  The Hoop Side reporters do not understand the move  but wish the Stevens family well. 

August 21, 2007

Former Minnesota Timberwolve, Eddie Griffin dead from a fiery crash when his car ran through rail guards and burst into flames severely burning Mr.Griffin.  Reports say that he battled off court problems for quite sometime.  The hoop Side wishes all friends and family of Eddie Griffin our condolences.  RIP.

August 20, 2007

Mike Vick, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons has chosen to plead guilty to dog fighting charges.  He is facing a sentence of twelve to eighteen months.  NFL commissioner Roger Goddell has not decide on any specific punishment for Mr. Vick.  Stay tuned and keep Mr. Vick in your prayers. 

August 14, 2007

Gary Wirt High School in Gary, IN has one of the most impressive guards in the northern half of the state.  DeAndre Allen is a superb talent who has a big time first step.  He is a streak scorer who puts up numbers in bunches.  This site is unsure of his academics but D-1 junior colleges should get in early with this kid he's a stud.

Angel Garcia

Our sources say that Angel Garcia the top player in the state of Indiana for 2007-2008 has put on about twenty pounds and continues to develop an already impressive game.  He has been offered by: Indiana, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina and a host of others that this website will divulge at a later date.  We think that Angel is definitely a one and done player capable but the kid loves being a kid.  Great Job Angel keep up the good work. 

August 13, 2007

Deshawn Clay

We have learned that Mr. Basketball candidate, 2009 Deshawn Clay, super talent at West Side High School in Gary, IN has a list out.

Xavier University, Cincinnati, Valparaiso, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, West Virginia, Minnesota, Depaul,

Good Luck to Mr. Clay as he continues to excel on and off the court.


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