3,500 people found their way to Carmel High School, just north of Indianapolis, on Friday night to watch three of the top prospects in the state of Indiana go at it on the hardwood. With nearly all of attention being paid to 6-foot-10 junior Josh McRoberts of Carmel and 7-foot sophomore Greg Oden of Lawrence North before the game, it was 6-foot sophomore point guard Mike Conley that demanded all the attention when the final buzzer sounded.
Conley led Lawrence North (18-1), the number one team in the state and No. 9 team in the country according to Student Sports, to a 72-59 win over Carmel. The sophomore was one rebound away from a his first ever triple-double, scoring 12 points, dishing out 10 assists and pulling down nine rebounds. Several teams are evaluating the No. 39th rated prospect on the Rivals50 and don’t be surprised to see several high majors follow Conley on the AAU trail.
The standing room only crowd was anticipating the state’s top two big men – McRoberts (No. 8 on the Rivals75) and Oden (No. 1 on the Rivals50) – to battle it inside the paint but the marquee match didn’t materialize as some would have wanted.
McRoberts is just a month into playing after recovering from a fractured back and plays with a back brace, causing some minor frustration while playing. The future Duke Blue Devil eventually fouled out in the fourth quarter but did score 12 points and had four rebounds. His Carmel team currently sits at 11-5 on the season.
Oden had a quiet 12 points but was effective on the defensive end, collecting eight rebounds and blocking five shots. Oden is already being discussed as the top NBA prospect in his class due to his 7-foot frame and tremendous potential.
Depending on the status of McRobert's back, all three could suit up together on the AAU circuit forming one of the toughest trios on the circuit.