“It’s coming together really well,” Balentine said. “We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. We expect to win big every game because we know we can be so good. We’re actually finding the feel now with the coach [Craig Teagle of Jay County]. We’re ready for Kentucky now.”
Balentine had seven points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 14 minutes in Wednesday’s scrimmage. The 6-foot-3 combo guard had 12 points in Monday’s scrimmage.
Balentine is part of a deep Indiana backcourt. The squad has a pair of go-go point guards in Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Park Tudor, Indiana recruit) and Ronnie Johnson (North Central, Purdue). They combined for 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in Wednesday’s scrimmage.
In addition, Indiana has strong shooters in Balentine (Evansville), Kellen Dunham (Pendleton Heights, Butler) and Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple, Indiana).
“We all three can light it up,” Balentine said. “In practice, me and Kellen usually stay after, we’re the last ones, and we’ll just shoot against each other and stuff like that.”
Indiana is loaded on the wings, too, with Mr. Basketball Gary Harris (Hamilton SE, Michigan State), Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central, Michigan) and Jeremy Hollowell (Lawrence Central, Indiana).
Balentine said he has a simple approach when he takes the floor.
“I feel I score the ball, make smart plays, make the extra pass for an easier shot,” he said.
Balentine noted he appreciated the Kokomo fans who attended Wednesday’s scrimmage, and added he is looking forward to playing against a future Evansville teammate tonight. Adam Wing, a 6-4 wing player, is on the Bluegrass squad.