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Former IU basketball standout Trayce Jackson-Davis shines at Dizzy Runs Pro-Am

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Trayce Jackson-Davis from Dizzy Runs Pro-Am, which is hosted by Kyle Guy. (Photo Credit: Kyler Staley)

The local Indianapolis basketball community received a special treat last night with the jam-packed Dizzy Runs Pro-Am with former IU basketball standout Trayce Jackson-Davis as well as current Pacers stars Tyrese Haliburton and Obi Toppin playing in front of a huge crowd.

Dizzy Run is hosted and ran by Indianapolis native and former Virginia National Champion Kyle Guy. Guy, who recently signed a two-year overseas deal with Panathinaikos BC Athens, had stints in the NBA with the Kings, Heat, and Cavilers.

Due to a break between the NBA Summer League and start of training camp, Jackson-Davis returned to his home state for the time being to visit as well work on his game with individual workouts.

With the return to the state, Jackson-Davis was able to play in Kyle Guy’s pro-am league, which has become to be one of the biggest basketball events of the summer that basketball fans in the area can attend at no cost.

Jackson-Davis, who was drafted No. 57 by the Golden State Warriors earlier this summer, is coming off of playing two games for the Warriors in the NBA2k24 Summer League where he averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per contest while shooting 66.7% (14-of-21) from the floor and 66.7% (4-of-6) from the free throw line.

He recently agreed to a four-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, including two guaranteed seasons.

In front of what had to be over 1000 fans tightly squeezed around one single court, the former IU basketball forward put on a show.

Jackson-Davis teamed with his former Indiana teammate Joey Brunk and former NBA all-star Jeff Teague on Team Shoot 360. His team competed in the Dizzy Runs premier game of the night vs Kyle Guy Foundation, who had Kyle Guy, Tyrese Haliburton, Obi Toppin, and former IU basketball walk-on Nathan Childress rostered.

Shoot 360 would go onto win 131-127.

To put it plain and simple, Trayce Jackson-Davis was doing Trayce Jackson-Davis things that fans are used to seeing. He was putting on highlight dunks, running the floor, and protecting the rim.

While the stars do not go as hard as they would in a actual game, it was still a treat for the local fans to come and see Jackson-Davis and the other pros get out and run as well as put on a fun showing.

As Kyle Guy continues to grow Dizzy Runs into one of the top pro-am leagues in the Midwest, a local Indiana star like Jackson-Davis participating is huge for the potential of this league.

It was special to see a Indiana Mr. Basketball help another Indiana Mr. Basketball grow this awesome event.

Other Notes from Dizzy Runs:

Pacers stars were in the house: While many fans were there to see IU basketball great Trayce Jackson-Davis play, the majority of those in attendance were there to watch Indiana Pacers stars Tyrese Haliburton and Obi Toppin get a run in. The star-studded Pacers duo put on a show like you would expect them too while also showing off great chemistry with one-another. There were multiple lobs, cross-overs, deep threes, fast break scores, and so much more shown by this electric duo. Haliburton is coming off singing a five-year, $260-million maximum contract extension with the Pacers while Toppin is heading into his first season with the organization after spending his first three seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks. This was the first time that fans were able to see Toppin play in the state as a Pacer. Both of these stars looked like they were having a blast out there and fans were highly invested in it.

Indiana high school prospects show up: Not only is Dizzy Runs for the pros and college players, but some of the top in-state high school talent have been able to showcase themselves in this awesome capacity. Last night was no exception with talented high school prospects Flory Bidunga (2024), K.J. Windham (2024), Steven Reynolds III (2026), Dezhon Hall (2026), and even high-priority 2025 Indiana target and four-star power forward Trent Sisley out there running with the pros. In the past, we’ve have seen other Indiana target such 2025 guard Braylon Mullins out there playing as well. Bidunga, who was a former IU basketball target, was one of the highlights of the night and was out there putting on a dunk fest. Sisley also put on a nice showing as well and made play out there that shows why he is one of the top high school players in the state as well as nationally.

Kyle Guy is doing special things for the state: It really can’t be said enough just how many special things Kyle Guy is doing in the state of Indiana when it comes to basketball. Along with his AAU program Kyle Guy Elite and his KG Elite 24 high school camp, Dizzy Runs has so much potential to be one of the more highly anticipated events of the summer. The best part about Dizzy Runs is that it is free to public which means families can easily come out and watch these pro-level players up close. When speaking to Kyle last year, he told me that he wants to remind people that Indiana is the best place for basketball and that he wants to give the players and fans the best experience possible with this pro-am league. With all that Kyle is doing with Dizzy Runs and his other high school stuff, he is really growing basketball to even higher levels in the state of Indiana.

SEE ALSO: IU basketball standouts Trayce Jackson-Davis, Mackenzie Holmes named IU Athletes of the Year

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Former Indiana basketball guard Parker Stewart signs pro deal with Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League

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Nov 30, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Parker Stewart (45) controls the ball against the Syracuse Orange during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Former Indiana basketball guard Parker Stewart has signed a pro deal with the Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League, the team announced on Monday.

Stewart played one full season at Indiana during the 2021-22 season. After coming in at the mid-way point during the final year of the Archie Miller lead Hoosiers and not being able to play due to transfer rules, Stewart opted to stay in Bloomington when current head coach Mike Woodson took over the Indiana basketball program.

During Stewart’s time at Indiana, he played in 34-of-35 total games for the Hoosiers which included 31 total starts. In an average of 24.4 minutes per game, Stewart averaged 6.2 points while shooting 37.4% (70-of-187) from the field which included 39.3% (53-of-135) from three.

Before his time at Indiana, he spent one season at Pittsburg and two seasons at UT-Martin once his dad became head coach of that program. After his dad sadly passed away, he would then transfer to Indiana for a fresh start. After his time at Indiana, Stewart opted to transfer back to UT-Martin to finish out his collage career. He averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 in his senior season at UT-Martin.

Below is the full release from the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM – 4 September 2023 – The B. Braun Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League, are thrilled to announce the signing of Parker Stewart to their roster. The 25-year-old shooting guard, hailing from Union City, Tennessee, is set to make his mark in the BBL following an impressive college career in the United States.

Parker previously showcased his skills at renowned universities such as Pittsburgh, Indiana, and Tennessee Martin where he averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals last season. The 6’5 talent is looking to make his mark on the international basketball scene, in his inaugural professional season.

In a statement, Parker Stewart expressed his excitement about joining the Sheffield Sharks and embarking on this new chapter in his career: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play in the British Basketball League and represent the Sheffield Sharks. This is the first step in my professional journey, and I want to go out there and compete at the highest level.”

Head Coach Atiba Lyons is equally enthusiastic about adding Parker Stewart to the team’s roster: “Parker is an incredibly talented player with tremendous potential. He has the skills to make an immediate impact in the British Basketball League. We are excited to have him on board and believe that he will be a valuable asset to our team as we strive for success in the upcoming season.”

SEE ALSO: With his ‘signature skill’ and approach to the game, former Indiana basketball guard Jalen Hood-Schifino has unlimited upside heading into his NBA rookie season

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With his ‘signature skill’ and approach to the game, Jalen Hood-Schifino has unlimited upside heading into his NBA rookie season

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In just a few short months, former Indiana basketball guard Jalen Hood-Schifino will be officially entering into his NBA rookie season for the Los Angeles Lakers, who drafted him with the 17th overall pick in this past draft.

For the Lakers, Hood-Schifino comes in as player with an unlimited amount of upside and the talent and mindset to be the best player he can be. His approach to the game and how he prepares is what attracted him to both Indiana head coach Mike Woodson, and then eventually Lakers GM Rob Relinka.

“It’s something I saw in high school, and high school is not college,” Indiana head coach Mike Woodson said about the mentality of Jalen Hood-Schifino. “Once he got here, you could see how he approached things on and off the floor, his demeanor.”

As far as on the floor skill, Hood-Schifino is a bigger guard that proved in his short time in Bloomington, that he can play both on and off the ball, score all three levels and defend multiple positions.”

However when it comes to his play on the floor, what would you say is the ‘signature skill’ of Hood-Schifino? If you have watched him consistently, the majority would likely say it is his ability to create looks on the ball, especially when it comes to the pull-up shooting.

Bleacher Report Lead Scout/NBA Draft Insider Jonathan Wasserman agrees that pull-up shooting is currently Hood-Schifino’s best asset on the floor right now.

“At Indiana, Jalen Hood-Schifino drilled 80 pull-up jumpers in 32 games,” Jonathan Wasserman said when discussing the ‘signature skill’ of Hood-Schifino. “Shooting off the dribble represents his go-to method for scoring.”

“It keeps a lack of explosiveness from hurting him too much, as Hood-Schifino doesn’t need to get all the way to the rim to threaten defenses,” Wasserman added. “He shot 42.1 percent on 152 two-point jumpers, showing a high comfort level stopping and popping in the mid-range. He also made 37.1 percent of his pull-up threes, compared to just 30.4 percent on catch-and-shoot threes.”

“Hood-Schifino ultimately operates with good pacing and change of speed, which along with 6’6″ size for a ball-handler, helps him to create space and balance when rising up off the dribble.”

More: Jalen Hood-Schifino reflects on lone season at Indiana: ‘It was a great experience’

Like Wasserman eluded to, Hood-Schifino’s ability to create on the pull-up is a threat to the defense, as he showed in his loan season at Indiana. The style of play that Hood-Schifino brought on the court for the Hoosiers led him into becoming the Big Ten Freshman of the Year while averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

His approach and style of play is what makes Hood-Schifino have so much potential heading into his pro-career. He checks a lot of boxes, and he is confident in knowing he does.

“I think really just my approach,” Hood-Schifino said previously. “I’m a player who I’m going to bring it every day, work hard and I think I check a lot of boxes. Obviously, I’m a big guard, size, can score from all three levels, unselfish, get my teammates involved and then I can also really guard, guard multiple positions. Overall, I think I’m a really good player and an even better person.”

Along with his play, the approach of the game and Hood-Schifino’s mentality is what ultimately sold Lakers GM Rob Relinka into drafting the former Indiana guard.

As a Kobe Bryant fan, Jalen Hood-Schifino adopted the ‘Mamba Mentality’ early on in his basketball career…which ultimately led him into achieving his dream of playing for the NBA, for his dream organization.

“It’s honestly really crazy and kind of hard to say how I feel because growing up I was a big Kobe fan. I was always watching his videos, watching the Lakers,” Hood-Schifino said post-selection. “For me to get drafted by the Lakers is kind of surreal and kind of crazy.”

“His Mamba Mentality is something that he’s lived by. It’s a code he’s lived by his whole life,” Pelinka added. “You could tell he just didn’t throw that out because he was at a Lakers interview. It felt like it was from his heart and genuine. He has a very, very serious approach to the game.”

Hood-Schifino is in line for a four-year contract worth up to $17.9 million, according to the rookie salary scale. His contract includes $3.7 million in year one, with the assumption he signs for 120 percent of the standard rookie scale, which according to Hoops Rumors ‘virtually every first-rounder does’.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, Hood-Schifino averaged 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in six appearances in the Sacramento and Las Vegas. He shot 34.0% (32-of-94) from the floor, 21.7% (5-of-23) from the 3-point line, and 56.5% (13-of-23) from the free throw line.

SEE ALSO: Watch –> Feature video on Jalen Hood-Schifino and his path to the NBA

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‘I’m glad we made history tonight’: Eric Gordon and Bahamas on verge of Olympic qualifying following historic run

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Former IU basketball star Eric Gordon helped the Bahamas inch closer to something its never done in its countries history. (10th Year Seniors - @10thYearSeniors / Twitter)

Eric Gordon is US born, but his ties to the Bahamas were too much to keep him away from trying to do something special. On Sunday, the former IU basketball star helped lead the Bahamas to a win over Argentina that could go down as the biggest win in country history.

Gordon, whose mom is a native of Nassau, chose to play with the Bahamas in the Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament over the last few weeks. It led to the greatest performance of his international career as he helped lead the Bahamas to a 4-0 record and with Sunday’s win, punched the country’s ticket to next year’s FIBA ​​Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

The 34-year-old scored 27 points and was 6-of-7 from three in the 82-75 victory. This now gives the Bahamas a chance at qualifying for the Olympics for the first time in its country’s history.

“Man it means a lot,” Gordon told reporters following the win. “… I am just glad we get to advance with these guys. We have a great group of guys here. I’m loving it.”

Gordon averaged a tournament-high 20.3 points per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 65 percent from three (13-of-20).

The 16-year NBA vet joined a Bahamas roster that included Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton and Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield. In total, it included three additional players who played division one basketball in the US.

“This is collective,” Gordon said. “We have good coaches, good players. We are together. This is what it’s all about. I’m glad we made history tonight.”

A lot was spoken beforehand about Gordon’s connection to the Bahamas. Coming into the tournament, Gordon needed clearance from FIBA in order to officially join the roster.

Despite everything, Gordon wears his love for the Bahamas on his sleeve and was welcomed with open arms from the rest of the roster.

“He’s terrific, he’s out there doing it … I’m so happy for him to come out there. I know a lot of Bahamians say, ‘Eric, he’s not always in the Bahamas,’ but he’s in the Bahamas probably more than me,” Hield said. “He’s always there. Having a guy there to rep the Bahamas … he’s been in the league for 16 years. He was there to weather the storm for us. ”

Now, the country waits until next summer when they will take the court again and try to advance to the Paris Olympics.

In the meantime, Gordon will begin his next step in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, where he signed this offseason. Gordon, 34, has averaged 16.0 points for his career and holds a 37.1 percentage from three.

He has played in 818 career games.

SEE ALSO: Former Indiana basketball big Noah Vonleh signs with the Shanghai Sharks, reunites with Yogi Ferrell

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