Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lyles and Blackmon Jr. have big days

Both Fort Wayne Bishop Luers and Arsenal Technical were in action today, which means that both of Indiana's 2014 commitments would be out on the floor. Freshman James Blackmon Jr. had a great game this afternoon as his Luers team beat Arlington 72-62. Blackmon finished with 23 points in the win and 17 of those came in the second half. Trey Lyles' Tech team was not as fortunate, losing 73-70 to a tough East Chicago team. Despite the loss, Lyles finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Stats are courtesy of Kyle Neddenriep.'s Eric Bossi had this to say about Lyles: "Trey Lyles has nice skill level, good feel for a young PF... Most impressive about Lyles is the solid foundation he has because of strong fundamentals. Uses fakes, proper footwork, soft touch."
It is becoming more and more clear that Tom Crean has landed some extremely talented freshmen prospects. Not often can a freshman lead his high school team the way that Blackmon and Lyles have been so far this season. It will be a long time before they make it to Bloomington, but the two buds already look like they have the potential to be top 10 national prospects. There has been talk by some already that Lyles is making a case for the number 1 spot.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Hoosier tidbits 12/21/10

* SLAM Magazine has named IU forward Christian Watford to their list of "Super Sophs." C-Wat comes in at #8 in their top 10 and is the only player from the Big Ten to make the cut. Watford is averaging 18.3 pts (leads team), 5.6 reb (leads team), and 1.9 ast (third on team) per game this season.

*2014 prospect Jaquan Lyle (Evansville Bosse) recently tweeted before a game against Cody Zeller's Washington Hatchets that he was going to play against his future teammate (in reference to Cody). The tweet caused minor controversy and resulted in Lyle's account being deleted. His coach noted that Jaquan is a bit of a joker and that people should not read too much into the tweet.

* Jeremiah Rivers has been having a great senior season, playing within himself and not trying to do as much offensively as he did last year. He has really locked down on defense and developed a solid free throw shot (his .875 FT percentage is second on the team to Matt Roth's 1.000). However, Jeremiah appeared to badly roll his ankle during Sunday's win against South Carolina State. The injury did not look promising, as Rivers had to be helped off the court and did not put any weight down on the ankle, but he made the trip to Las Vegas that night with the rest of his teammates. No official word yet from the team as to whether or not he will play in Vegas or how long he may be out for.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hanner Perea to play in Chicago

Battle at Attack, presented by Basketbull

Indiana commit Hanner Perea will be in Chicago this weekend (Dec 18-19) as his LaPorte La Lumiere team plays two games at the Attack Athletics facility, located at 2641 W. Harrison. La Lumiere plays Saturday at 2:45p CT against Princeton Day Academy (Md.) and then on Sunday at noon against Blair Academy (NJ).
The event is open to the public and there will be an admission fee. This is a great chance for all the Hoosier fans in the Windy City to check out Perea up close without having to travel to Indiana.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Kelvin Amayo, class of 2011

There are some reports/rumors going around that class of 2011 point guard Kelvin Amayo is the latest prospect to receive an offer from Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers. Amayo is from Newark, New Jersey and is entering his fifth year at NIA Prep School. He is listed by Rivals at 6'4", 200, so he is rather big for a point guard. My opinion is that while he may be able to run the pure point position, he is probably more suited to play as a "big" point or a 2 guard. The Hoosiers currently lack a true point guard and will be without one until Yogi Ferrell arrives on campus in 2012. Amayo seems to be the kind of guard that could run the point on his own, as well as be a great compliment to a player like Ferrell in a 3 guard set. Rivals reports offers from Colorado, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Arizona, among others, but it is being reported that IU is the latest school to show interest. With the Guy Marc-Michel ruling, the Hoosiers have an extra scholarship available starting next year. Of course, we don't yet have any concrete source reporting that Amayo has indeed received an offer, but Kelvin "retweeted" this earlier, acknowledging some Hoosier interest.

The Windy City Hoosier Source will keep you posted on any developments with Amayo, as well as the rest of the recruiting situation in Bloomington.

Here are some videos so you can check out Amayo for yourself:
Long Island Lightning
Doin' Work
Highlight mixtape

Interview with Coach Kevin Wilson

Video interview with new Indiana head football coach Kevin Wilson, courtesy IU Athletics:

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Hoosier tidbits 12/9/2010

* Hugh Kellenberger is reporting that sophomore Bobby Capobianco will be ready to play Saturday in Lexington when the Hoosiers take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Capobianco sat out the Savannah State game with an ankle sprain.

* The Herald-Times has been doing a fantastic job catching up with all of the current IU football commitments to see if they will still honor their verbals to the Hoosiers. They reported that four-star Detroit athlete Raymon Taylor is still committed to IU after speaking with new coach Kevin Wilson, as will Indianapolis quarterback Tre Roberson. Roberson spoke recently on The Ride with JMV ESPN radio show that he expects all of the current commitments will honor their pledge to the Hoosiers. Kellenberger also tweeted this evening that after a phone conversation with Coach Wilson, Bloomington native DeAngelo Daniels still plans on being a Hoosier.

Hoosier Basketball Recruiting Roundup released it's updated recruit lists for the 2012 top 75 and the 2013 top 35. Some notables from 2012 include IU commits Hanner Perea (5*, overall #16, PF #4), Yogi Ferrell (5*, overall #20, PG #3), and Ron Patterson (4*, overall #63, SG #11). Coach Crean is still targeting a couple other players in the top 25, most importantly in-state recruits Gary Harris (5*, overall #14, SG #2) and Jeremy Hollowell (5*, overall #23, SF #3). Some have speculated that Harris may commit to the Hoosiers before the year is over and that Hollowell may be the odd man out in the recruiting class. No matter how things shake out with those two prospects, Tom Crean has assembled a remarkable 2012 class, which also includes 3* center Peter Jurkin, and has already received verbal commitments from big time players in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 top 35 on Scout features both of Crean's commitments: Collin Hartman (4*, overall #24, SF #4) and Devin Davis Jr. (4*, overall #32, SF #9).

Also on the list is IU target Zak Irvin (4*, overall #25, SG #7) who plays at Hamilton Southeastern with Gary Harris. The most impressive thing with Tom Crean's recruiting run is that he has been able to bring in all top-level talent while remaining within the Indiana borders. Jurkin is the only current commit that does not play his high school ball in Indiana, but he spends his summers play AAU for the Bloomington-based Indiana Elite. The top prospects in the state have gravitated towards the IE program, and in turn have been committing to the Hoosiers. Perea, Ferrell, Patterson, and Jurkin all play for the AAU team, as do 2011 signees Austin Etherington (4*, SF #26) and Cody Zeller (5*, overall #17, PF #5).

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hoosier tidbits 12/7/10

* Despite not playing in a bowl game, the Indiana University will receive $2.47 million from the BCS thanks to the Big Ten Conference's policy of even splitting bowl money to all 11 universities. Wisconsin earns $21.2 million for the conference from their Rose Bowl berth, while Ohio State adds $6 million more for playing in the Sugar Bowl. That $27.2 million is divided equally to all 11 schools, so even the three teams that aren't playing in any bowl (IU, Purdue and Minnesota) will be profiting. This money will definitely be useful for the Hoosier football program, who have just signed new head coach Kevin Wilson to a $1.2 million/year contract and will have to hire an entire new coaching staff under him in the coming weeks. Go Big Ten!
* released it's updated top 100 recruits list for the class of 2011. IU signee Cody Zeller moved up a few spots to #17. Zeller is the 5th highest power forward on the list. Cody is the highest ranked player headed to the Big Ten. He is one spot ahead Gary (IN) native Branden Dawson, who is headed to Michigan State. The number one overall spot goes to Kentucky-bound Anthony Davis out of Chicago.
* Remember that the Hoosier basketball team has the week off, time which they will surely use to the fullest in order to prepare for their huge matchup with #16 Kentucky Saturday in Lexington. That game will be aired on ESPN at 5:15p ET. The Wildcats are hosting #23 Notre Dame Wednesday night in Louisville as part of the SEC/Big East Invitational.

Kevin Wilson : the new head coach of Indiana Hoosiers football

UPDATE (5:50 p ET): Official IU Athletics Photo Gallery of the press conference

Athletic director Fred Glass has officially chosen the Indiana Hoosiers' next head football coach in Kevin Wilson, former offensive coordinator for the Oklahoma Sooners. Wilson has had a lot of success in college football despite never being a head coach. Working under head coach Bob Stoops, Wilson was in charge of the offense down in Norman since 2006 and was the offensive line coach from 2002-2005. He was the OC during Sam Bradford's tenure as a Sooner, including his Heisman trophy season and the Sooners' national runner-up finish in 2008-09. He was also on the staff the years than running back Adrian Peterson (2003) and quarterback Jason White (2002) were Heisman winners. The Sooners had 11 offensive All-Americans in Wilson's time with the program. Wilson also won the Broyles Award in 2008, which is given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He also has ties to the Big Ten, serving as the offensive coordinator at Northwesten for three seasons (1999-2001) under former head coach Randy Walker.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Guy-Marc Michel ruled ineligible by NCAA

UPDATE (7:20 CST): Thanks to a nice Twitter explanation by Inside The Hall's Zach Osterman, we can provide a more accurate explanation of what has happened with Michel. Guy's enrollment at a French university started his 5-year NCAA eligibility clock. Because of this, the 2010-2011 season would have been the last for him to play NCAA basketball. His contract with French professional team SLUC Nancy allowed him to be called up from his club team (playing for the club team is not a violation) to the professional team (here's the violation), which is what happened when Guy was a member of the SLUC Nancy team for five games. Though he was not compensated for more than basic expenses, the professional contract and his time on the team constituted as an NCAA violation punishable by suspension of one year and 10 games (one year for signing the contract, 10 additional games for actually playing for the team). Since his remaining NCAA eligibility is just one year, he is effectively suspended for the rest of his eligibility and therefore ruled permanently ineligible. Indiana will honor Guy's scholarship this season, as he is on track to graduate from IU, but the scholarship will not count against the basketball program's thirteen available after this season. This, in effect, has opened a scholarship spot for the class of 2011 and beyond.
The investigation was essentially looking into both his "eligibility clock" and his time with SLUC Nancy. If it was found that he had two remaining years of NCAA eligibility left, Guy would have been able to play next year after sitting out the first ten games. Since this is not the case, Guy is suspended for the remainder of his time at IU and will never see the court. Indiana has apparently exhausted both of its two avenues for appeal, rendering the decision final.

The NCAA has come to decision on the eligibility of Indiana center Guy-Marc Michel. The University announced Tuesday that Michel is not eligible to play with the Hoosiers this season. The investigation centered around a short amount of time that Guy spent playing for a club team in France a few years ago. Michel spent most of his time on teams not considered professional, but for 5 games he was a part of a top-tier professional team and that is the reason his amateur status came into question. He has not played in any games so far this season due to the investigation, but his height and presence in the post will certainly be missed by the Hoosiers. Michel showed some skills during the Hoosiers 2 public scrimmages earlier this year.

You can find the entire IU Athletic press release here, courtesy of the Bloomington Herald-Times.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Bill Lynch will not return

According to reports from Hugh Kellenberger and Mike Pegram, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass will be having a press conference at 5 pm ET to discuss the future of the program. This press conference will reportedly include an announcement that head football coach Bill Lynch will not be returning for next season. It is suspected that the rest of the staff will be let go, as well. This all comes less than 24 hours after the team returned the Old Oaken Bucket to Bloomington following yesterdays win in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers finished the season with a 5-7 record, but went only 1-7 in Big Ten play. We will have more information on this as it becomes available.
The story was technically first broken by suspended defensive back Andre Kates, who tweeted it at about 2:35p ET.

UPDATE: Here'a a recap of the Fred Glass press conference, courtesy Hugh Kellenberger and the Bloomington Herald-Times.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yogi Ferrell makes it official: It's Indiana
 Before the Park Tudor basketball season opener this evening, Yogi Ferrell made the official announcement that he will play his college ball in Bloomington. The 5-star point guard is the ninth in the last four months for Coach Tom Crean. Eight of those nine prospects, plus Austin Etherington, are from within the Indiana borders. Crean has effectively shut down any notion that he can't recruit the state and has placed IU back at the top of the state's pecking order.
No longer are all the best players in the state staying away from Bloomington. Granted, the stacked class of 2012 has plenty of talent to go around, but the top 2 Indiana prospects (Ferrell and Hanner Perea) are going to be Hoosiers. It is safe to say that Indiana basketball is making all the right moves in it's rise back to national prominence. I'm not sure if any other team in the country has been able to dominate an area like Crean has, especially as talent-rich as Indiana is for the next few years.
The best part about this all may be that Crean is not done yet. With Ferrell on board, the new top target becomes Hamilton Southeastern's Gary Harris, ranked #24 in the class of 2012. Harris' top two schools have long been considered to be IU and Michigan State, but he has received interest and offers from a number of major programs. Recently, he has attended games at Purdue, Illinois and Louisville. One thing is for sure: he has taken notice of what is going on with Tom Crean down in Bloomington. Crean has been the lead recruiter for Harris. My guess is that the next big announcement on the IU recruiting front will be concerning Mr. Harris, but it seems like he is no particularly hurry to end his recruitment at this point.

Video of the announcement, courtesy Inside The Hall

Victor Oladipo number 1 on SportsCenter

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. to IU

After a strong comeback victory against the Evansville Purple Aces on Sunday, Coach Tom Crean received verbal commitments from two of his top 2013 targets: Cathedral's Collin Hartman and Warren Central's Devin Davis Jr. Crean has continued to lock down the state of Indiana, as nearly all of his commits over the next four recruiting classes are from within state lines. I think that with these commitments, we are seeing the first concrete effects of the Cody Zeller commitments. We know that other recruits, namely Yogi Ferrell and Gary Harris, have said that Zeller's decision will have an effect on their own, but now we are actually seeing the dominoes fall. Here are some videos of Hartman and Davis for you to check out. Rivals is yet to release rankings for the class of 2013, but it has been reported by numerous recruiting experts that these two are arguably two of the best recruits in the state.

Devin Davis Jr. - 6'5" 185 lbs - Power forward - Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN)
Summer League Highlights

Collin Hartman - 6'6" 185 lbs - Small forward - Cathedral (Indianapolis, IN)
Indiana Elite 15s | AAU Highlights

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jeremiah Davis to Cincinnati

Former Indiana target and Muncie, IN native Jeremiah Davis has committed to play for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Davis is ranked #123 in the class of 2011 by Rivals and was a recruiting target of Coach Crean for a while before things cooled. Davis was also being recruited by Tom Izzo and Michigan State, but that seemed to cool off as well. After playing his first three years of high school ball at Muncie Central, Davis transferred to Huntington Prep in West Virginia. In regards to his recruiting process, Davis says he's "glad it's over."

Friday, November 12, 2010

FINAL: Indiana 88, Florida Gulf Coast 60

Christian Watford scored a career high 24 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists as the Hoosiers breezed past Florida Gulf Coast 88-60 Friday night. The other big offensive star of the night was Jordan Hulls, who was 6 of 9 for beyond the arc for 18 points. Maurice Creek added 13 points in his first regular season action since his injury.
However, there are some things that the Hoosiers still need to work on moving forward. They committed 24 turnovers, while only forcing 22 on defense. It seems pretty amazing that in a game with 24 turnovers they were still able to win the game by 28 points, but the Hoosiers got it done. Verdell Jones returned and was in the starting lineup, though he was understandably rusty. He shot 3-10 and turned the ball over 5 times in 22 minutes, but it is very encouraging to see him back on the court. The offense runs a lot more smoothly when he is running it.
It was an easy win tonight, but if the Hoosiers can not cut down on the turnovers they are going to have a tougher time beating Wright State on Sunday. This is Indiana's 15th straight season opening win.

Update: Yogi in Bloomington tonight

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell will be on hand for the Hoosiers' season opener tonight at Assembly Hall. After several encouraging quotes with Yogi and his father, Kevin Sr, the mood around Bloomington is that a commitment could come at any moment. Now Yogi will be in Bloomington for the game, so you have to wonder...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kevin Ferrell: Yogi "glad" Cody picked IU

It is easy to see why many think that Yogi Ferrell is an IU lean. Some of his best basketball friends, whom he has said he wants to play college ball with, are going to Bloomington. We can add Cody Zeller to the list with Austin Etherington, Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson. Now we have some more hard evidence in some quotes from Yogi and his father, Kevin:

Yogi on his decision process: "It's definitely sped up. That's for sure"
Yogi on his relationships: "Cody and Hanner are the two guys  that I want to play with.” 
Kevin, Sr on how Yogi feels now: "As it stands right now, I’m thinking maybe IU.” "The challenge of getting IU back on its feet is intriguing to Yogi.” 

Tom Crean may very well be pulling in his 3rd 5* recruit any day now...

Source: Twitter, Inside The Hall


The Newest Hoosier, Mr. Zeller
As predicted by many experts, Cody Zeller has made the official announcement that he will be attending Indiana University. Cody chose the Hoosiers over North Carolina and Butler in a press conference this afternoon in his high school gym the Hatchet House.
Bottom line: this commitment was absolutely essential to the return of Indiana basketball. Cody is a solid 5* prospect and a true big man. He is often regarded as the best Zeller in the family and stands at 6'11. But Cody will serve as a huge recruiting tool for Tom Crean. Just like Austin Etherington did with Cody, the two of them, along with Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin perhaps, will continue to work on convincing their pal Yogi Ferrell to commit next.
This is truly a momentous day for the Indiana basketball program and for Coach Tom Crean.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Michael Chandler decommits from Xavier

Xavier came into signing day expecting a LOI from Indianapolis prospect Michael Chandler. However, Chandler decided not to sign and will apparently be breaking ties with the university. Rivals' Jerry Meyer states that Chandler is done with Xavier and is considering UConn, Oregon and Providence right now. There was once talk that Chandler was looking to play college ball with Aurora (IL) prospect Ryan Boatright, who recently committed to UConn after decommitting from West Virginia. That fact has the experts placing UConn as the current leader for Chandler.

Chandler originally committed to Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals before reopening his recruitment. There was talk that he may be a back-up plan for Tom Crean should Cody Zeller end up somewhere else, but there have also been a lot rumors spreading that his grades may not be good enough for him to qualify anywhere. Chandler is ranked number #47 overall by Rivals and plays for Lawrence North HS in Indianapolis.

Mop Lady to return to Assembly Hall

From the official press release per IU Athletics:

"The irreplaceable, iconic spot will debut on Nov. 16 for the IU-Mississippi Valley State game, to be shown after the National Anthem and right before tip off – spiriting fans as it did in the 1970s through the late 80s.
IU Athletics’ new partner Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance took a tremendous interest in “Martha’s” return and decided to spearhead the effort with IU Athletics’ multimedia rights partner, Indiana University Sports Properties (IUSP)."

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Cody Zeller will announce Thursday at 1:05pm ET

The date/time/location that all Hoosier fans have been desperately waiting for are finally here: 2011 stud Cody Zeller will announce his college decision on Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm ET during a media-only press conference at Washington High School. The radio station WAMW will be streaming the decision live from the "Hatchet House," Washington's main gymnasium. Of course as we all know, Cody is deciding between Indiana, North Carolina and Butler. Zeller has followed a traditional recruitment path, taking visits to all three of his final schools this fall and making a decision the day after the official fall signing period begins. Most recruiting experts have said that it is basically a race between the Hoosiers and Tar Heels, with many insisting that he is an IU lean. However, it is apparent that no one outside of the Zeller family, or maybe even outside of Cody himself, really knows what is going to happen. No one will know until 1:05 on Thursday afternoon.

In other news, 2011 Austin Etherington is expected to sign his letter of intent at 8:30a ET tomorrow morning at his high school Hamilton Heights.

Matt Roth's knee injury not considered serious

Coach Tom Crean had this to say today about junior Matt Roth's injury status:

"All of us in the IU basketball program, especially Matt and his family have appreciated everyone's concern for his health."
"Our prayers have been definitely answered an he will return to action in due time."

Quotes come via the Twitter account of Dustin Dopirak.

FINAL (OT): Indiana 78, Ferris State 65 [RECAP]

As I am sure many of know, or can tell by the fact that this game had to go to overtime, Monday night's exhibition game against Ferris State was not the Hoosiers' best effort. After 36 minutes of slow, sloppy, and unenthused play on both sides of the court, the Hoosiers were recharged and the forced overtime thanks to some HUGE play by freshman Victor Oladipo. Victor hit a 3 pointer and got fouled with just 10 seconds left to play, then converted the 4-point play to tie the game. Then on the ensuing Ferris State possession, when a defensive breakdown left Kenny Brown with a wide open lane Oladipo came from seemingly out of nowhere to swat the shot away with just 1.7 seconds left. After a timeout, a game winning shot was ruled no good and regulation ended with the two teams tied at 61. The Hoosiers carried their new found energy and momentum into overtime, jumping out to a quick 12 point lead that effectively ended the game. The final score after 45 minutes of play was 78-65.

Obviously, there are a lot of bad things to talk about after last night. A lot of the same problems that occurred throughout the past two seasons creeped back into the Hoosiers play Monday. Indiana was out-rebounded 41-40, and that deficit was much larger go into the final 5 minutes of regulation. The offense was very sloppy all night and the Hoosiers could not get into a good flow until there were just 4 minutes left on the clock. Too many possessions ended by settling for long range shots and those shots were just not falling for Indiana. Maurice Creek looked to be moving around better on his knee but shot 6-18 from the field, including 3-13 from beyond the arc. The fact that Creek even had to shoot 13 3-pointers in one game is bad enough, but all of those shots came in the first half. Simply put, the Hoosiers did not come into this game ready to play and the Bulldogs did. Ferris State controlled the tempo for much of this game and were visibly stronger and faster than the Hoosiers were. Bad decision making and poor shooting had Indiana down for nearly the entire 40 minutes of regulation and if it weren't for Victor Oladipo really stepping up at the end of the game this would have been a loss for the Hoosiers. Outside of Oladipo (14 pts 9 reb) and Christian Watford (25 pts 7 reb), no one really stood out in a positive way. Tom Pritchard fouled out after recording just 6 points and 1 rebound, as did Derek Elston (4 points, 0-3 FT). The Hoosiers turned the ball over 20 times and forced just 25 turnovers on defense. Sophomore Jordan Hulls had 6 assists but turned it over 4 times, mostly on errant passes. On defense, Indiana was completely overwhelmed by Division II Preseason Player of the Year Justin Keenan, who dropped 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds before fouling out with 1:06 left in the second half. Keenan coming out of the game was critical to Indiana making a run at the end of the game.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Tonights matchup: IU vs. Ferris State (Exhibition)

Tip-off at 7pm ET
The Hoosiers play their second and final exhibition game this evening when they take on the Ferris State Bulldogs. FSU is part of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:00p ET tonight at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Here's a little information about the Bulldogs, courtesy of

"Bill Sall is in his 10th year as the head coach at Ferris State, compiling an overall mark of 122-121. Ferris State played an exhibition game on October 28 and defeated Aquinas, 69-39. Preseason Division II Player of the Year Justin Keenan led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Daniel Sutherlin added 18 points.
The Bulldogs return two all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players (Keenan and guard Darien Gay), along with seven letter winners from a 16-13 team."

A simple look at the roster shows that they are a bigger, more experienced team than IU's first opponent Franklin College. The competition should be better this evening and the young Hoosiers are in for more of a true test of their ability to play together as a team. Their 89-37 win over Franklin had a lot of positives, but moving forward the Hoosiers will need to cut down on their turnovers (they had 16), get to the free throw line more often (shot only 15) and shoot a higher percentage from the line (made only 8 of their 15).

As with the first exhibition game, the only live broadcast will be at and requires a paid subscription. However, the game will broadcast on tape delay Wednesday at 4:30p ET on the Big Ten Network.

Official Game Notes from
Coach Crean talks Ferris State

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Indiana 89, Franklin 37 FINAL

Well the Hoosiers looked impressive in the first exhibition game, defeating Franklin College 89-37 Wednesday night at Assembly Hall. Fans finally got their chance to see the Hoosiers in action against another team for the first time this year, but there were a few players that didn't see the floor. Junior leader Verdell Jones is still out with an ankle injury. Not sure exactly how much longer his recovery will be but it they should be alright without him if he needs to miss a couple games early. Also not on the floor was JUCO transfer Guy-Marc Michel, who is currently under extended review by the NCAA. Tom Crean has stated that he has known about the investigation for a couple of days and has been cooperating with the NCAA on the issue, which revolves around a league that Guy played in back in France that featured some semi-pro players. Guy was not paid, so it should not be too much of an issue to get him cleared, but the NCAA often spends more time reviewing players who have played in foreign countries. Michel was on the bench today but cannot play until he is cleared.
As can be seen by the final score, this game was not much of a challenge for the Hoosiers. Sophomore Christian Watford led with 25 points in 24 minutes, while Maurice Creek and Daniel Moore added 16 and 12 respectively. Freshman Victor Oladipo contributed 9 points on 4-4 shooting, including a three-pointer and two dunks. The Hoosiers out rebounded Franklin 42-20 and forced 28 turnovers in the game.
Indiana's second and final exhibition game will be played next Monday at Assembly Hall against Ferris State. The season opener is the following Friday (Nov 12) at home against Florida Gulf Coast.

Here's IU's box score for the game, courtesy of

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

First Exhibition Game Tonight : Indiana vs. Franklin

Indiana's first exhibition game against Franklin College will be streamed live on the Big Ten Network website, but a monthly fee is required for access to live video access. This is the link:

If you don't want to pay the fee, there will be an encore presentation Thursday night at 930 on the Big Ten Network.
The Hoosier Source will provide a wrap-up of the game for those of you who can't watch it and would like to know what happens.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Eric Gordon monster slam

Here's a little something for the EJ fans:

While his Clippers lost the game, Gordon scored a season-high 23 points, going 10-17 from the field. So far in this young season, EJ is averaging 18.3 points and 4.8 assists in 32.0 minutes. The Clippers are certainly a fun team to watch with new addition Blake Griffin, but that has yet to translate into a win...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hanner Perea commits to Indiana

Hanner Perea
Hanner Perea has made it official and committed to Tom Crean and the Hoosiers after his visit to Bloomington this weekend. Evan Daniels broke the news via Twitter just minutes ago.
Perea had long said he was only considering Indiana and Baylor, but the investigation into threatening and excessive text messages sent from a Baylor assistant to Hanner's high school and AAU coaches seemed to pretty much eliminate the school from the recruitment. Perea was on campus this weekend, along with Cody Zeller, Austin Etherington and Yogi Ferrell, and had his name chanted multiple times during the Night of the Living Red Friday and the football game Saturday.
Hanner is the 3rd commitment in the class of 2012, joining his good friend Peter Jurkin and Indianapolis star Ron Patterson. Perea is ranked #10 overall by Rivals and becomes the highest ranked prospect to commit to IU since 2nd overall Eric Gordon back in 2007. He transferred this past summer to LaLumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana and has been playing his AAU ball for the Bloomington-based Indiana Elite. Perea is good friends and AAU teammates with both Ferrell and Etherington, but has said that his recruitment was not being affected by Zeller's at all. As Zeller plans on deciding between November 8-10, we may see a commitment from Ferrell soon after. Ferrell has said that he would love to play college ball with Cody and has also been to campus with Hanner a number of times. This commitment may just get the dominoes falling in terms of Tom Crean's top prospects.

Here's some videos of Hanner: Dunk Reel, Indiana Elite Highlights, 12'2" vertical jump, adidas Nations 2010 feature
Perea is listed at 6'8, 210 lbs. Ranked #10 overall and #4 power forward in class of 2012.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

6 new members inducted into Indiana Hall Of Fame

The newest members of the Indiana Hall of Fame were inducted Friday night and were honored during halftime at this afternoon's football game at Memorial Stadium. Here's the list of inductees:

Chuck Bennett (football, 1926-28)
Lee Corso (football coach, 1973-82)
Steve Green (men's basketball, 1973-75)
Denise (Jackson) Salters (women's basketball, 1981-84)
Wayne McDonald (men's golf, 1968-70)
Van Waiters (football, 1983, 85-87)

Friday, October 29, 2010

UPDATE: Greg Lewis to Rutgers

To follow up from yesterday, Greg Lewis has committed to Rutgers. He had narrowed it down to Rutgers and Maryland yesterday. The Baltimore big man becomes part of a 7-man class with 4* recruits Kadeem Jack and Jerome Seagears and 3* star recruits Malick Kone, Myles Mack, Derrick Randall and Mike Taylor. First year coach Mike Rice is quickly rebuilding the Scarlet Knights program into a formidable Big East contender.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Greg Lewis narrows list, will stay on East coast

According to Adam Zagoria, IU target Greg Lewis has narrowed his list of schools down to just 2: Maryland and Rutgers. The Baltimore senior cut Indiana, USF, and UNC-Wilmington according to his father Greg Sr. The father also said that he was expecting his son to make a decision by next Monday in order to "get this thing over with."

Lewis is 6'9 225 lb prospect out of St. Frances in Baltimore. He is ranked #130 overall by Rivals and the 14th best center.

AP Preseason Poll Released, Duke 1 Michigan State 2

The Associated Press has released its official preseason top 25, as voted by 64 basketball writers and broadcasters from across the country. Duke comes in at #1, and the top 5 is rounded out by Michigan State, Kansas State, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh. Joining the 3 Big Ten teams in the top 5 are Illinois at #13, and Purdue at #14. Wisconsin and Minnesota received some votes but did not make it onto the list.
The list looks a little something like this:

1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Kansas State
4. Ohio State
5. Pittsburgh
6. Villanova
7. Kansas
8. North Carolina
9. Florida
10. Syracuse

Tom Crean at Big Ten Media Day

Indiana head coach Tom Crean this morning at the Big Ten Media Day in Chicago.

video courtesy IUAthletics

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chasson Randle commits, Matt Gatens out indefinitely

Rock Island, IL senior Chasson Randle has committed to play for the Stanford Cardinal, according to ESPN's Paul Biancardi. Randle is ranked #68 nationally by Rivals and #38 by ESPN. He was considering Stanford, Illinois and Purdue as his final three schools and will announce his decision today at a press conference at 5pm CST. According to Randle, he "chose Stanford because the program is growing and it's a great fit both academically and athletically." There were rumors that he was leaning towards Illinois and that the distance to Palo Alto was a deal-breaker, but after a recent official visit the distance issues were squashed. Randle becomes head coach Johnny Dawkins' second member of the 2011 class and will join up with a stellar class of sophomores next season. Stanford should definitely be in the Pac-10 mix the next few seasons.

In Big Ten news, Iowa's leading return scorer Matt Gatens has injured his non-shooting hand and is out indefinitely. He is scheduled to have surgery and will make a full recovery, but will miss considerable time this season. This is not the way that new head coach Fran McCaffery wanted his tenure in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are returning a very depleted lineup and their top scorer is taking things from bad to worse. McCaffery will his work cut out for him in rebuilding this Iowa basketball program.

Weekend festivities

Herald Times Online
As many Hoosier fans already know, Cody Zeller makes his official visit to Bloomington this weekend. Needless to say, this is the most important weekend for IU recruiting in recent history. Landing Zeller, the number 20 overall HS senior, would be the biggest recruit signing since Eric Gordon.
On Friday night, the school will host their Night of the Living Red event at Assembly Hall. The evening consists of trick-or-treating activities for kids and families, a full scrimmage at 8pm and autographs afterwards. It is similar to last years Haunted Hall of Hoops and the timing works well in that Zeller will be able to see somewhat of a Hoosier Hysteria Part 2.

Another bonus for Zeller's official visit is that his good friend and AAU teammate Austin Etherington will be making his official visit, as well. Etherington is Indiana's lone 2011 commitment but never made an official visit before announcing his decision. Zeller and Etherington will have all their meal, etc. expenses covered by the school per NCAA rules this will allow the coaching staff to really focus on winning Cody over. Many recruiting outlets and experts are feeling that Cody is Indiana's to lose right now. After his official visits to Butler and North Carolina, experts believe that IU remains at the front of the race and that this weekend's visit should seal the deal. Zeller has been to campus many times on unofficial visits, including a weekday visit to the Kelley School of Business with his parents earlier this month.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Verdell Jones sprains ankle in practice

According to Zach Osterman from Inside The Hall, junior Verdell Jones III suffered an ankle injury in practice Sunday and was seen walking with crutches. The extent of this injury is unknown at this time, but The Hoosier Source will provide more information when it becomes available. Jones is arguably the leader of this Hoosier team, so losing him for an extended period of time would definitely be detrimental. Luckily, this is a preseason injury so if he misses a couple of weeks he will not miss many significant games. The Big Ten season does not start until December 31st with a home game against Ohio State.

Michael Chandler also to Xavier

A day after fellow Indianapolis stud D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera committed to Xavier, senior Michael Chandler did the same. Chandler, who is ranked #47 nationally in 2011, was considering IU and held a scholarship offer but has been the subject of some eligibility concerns. As a sophomore, Chandler committed to Louisville but will now be a Musketeer. Coach Chris Mack has brought in some impressive recruits, including Chandler, Smith-Rivera, 4-star prospect Dezmine Wells, and Bloomington South point guard Dee Davis.

"I felt as though they had the perfect program for me to be successful as a person and to get better as a player and it's close to home," Chandler told

Sunday, October 24, 2010

D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera commits to Xavier

North Central junior D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera committed to Xavier University Saturday night during an unofficial weekend visit. The team was holding their annual Musketeer Madness event this weekend and Coach Mack had a trio of Indianapolis prospects on campus for it. In town with Smith-Rivera were Michael Chandler and Dejuan Marrero. Smith-Rivera is ranked the number 25 prospect in the class of 2012 and had cut his list down Georgetown, Miami (FL), Indiana, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Xavier. DSR posted this on his Twitter account after making the announcement:

"I am officially apart of the XAVIER FAMILY, with no regret.. Coach Mack u scratch my back I scratch yours.." - D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera via Twitter

Friday, October 22, 2010

ESPN basketball preseason top 25

The first edition of the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll was released Thursday and the top spot, not surprisingly, belongs to the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils. According the ESPN, Duke received 29 of a possible 31 first place votes with the other two going to Michigan State. The Spartans lead a strong Big Ten presence at the number two spot, followed by Kansas State, Pittsburgh and the Ohio State Buckeyes to complete the top 5. Coaches Izzo and Matta aren't the only Big Ten'ers ranked near the top, as Matt Painter's Purdue Boilermakers grabbed the #8 spot despite losing star player Robbie Hummel for the season. The #16 spot belongs to a talented Illinois team, while Wisconsin ranks #24. Fans should see a very competitive Big Ten this season and should not be surprised if the conference can make it two straight against the ACC in the annual challenge.
For those of you wondering, and are too lazy to click the link, North Carolina is #9, Kentucky #10, Butler #18 and Tennessee #20. Those were the other notables I thought I should bring up.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Robbie Hummel out for season

Photo credit: USA Today
Purdue senior Robbie Hummel has re-torn his ACL and will miss the upcoming season entirely. He missed the end of last season after tearing it the first time in a game against Minnesota and his absence largely contributed to Purdue's early postseason exit. It's heartbreaking to see a kid like Hummel go down like this again, not even 2 weeks after being cleared to return to practice following last seasons injury. The injury occurred this morning in practice during just the second team drill.
Purdue has been picked by many to be a Final Four team and is listed as a top 5 preseason team by most experts. Hummel's return, coupled with the decisions of seniors E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnsohn to skip the NBA draft and stay for their final year, had expectations higher than ever in West Lafeyette. The Boilers will certainly be a solid team without Hummel but can not possibly expect to have the same kind of success.
The one bright spot is that the injury occurred preseason, which means that Hummel will be able to declare for a medical redshirt this year and have a fifth year of eligibility. Unfortunately, the other two members of Purdue's "Big 3," Johnson and Moore, are seniors and will not be back on the court for the Boilers next season. Purdue had all the tools to make a legit run to the Final Four, provided they were able to stay healthy and play up to their potential. It's terrible for anyone to have to suffer through injuries like this, but especially for a great kid like Robbie Hummel who really personifies college basketball and is a great example of what the state of Indiana is all about.

Cezar Guerrero to Western Kentucky

Point guard Cezar Guerrero (Bellflower, CA / '11) has committed to head coach Ken McDonald and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Guerrero held an offer from Indiana, as well as the likes of Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, but he was long considered to be highest on WKU. Indiana got involved in Guerrero's recruitment a bit later than most other schools, and in the end Cezar decided that Western Kentucky was the best place for him. Guerrero, ranked #61 overall as a 4* prospect by Rivals, leads an impressive recruiting class for the Hilltoppers. Coach McDonald has gotten four commitments already this month in Nigel Snipes, Deng Leek and George Fant. #135th ranked recruit Derrick Gordon also committed to the Hilltoppers last summer.

Slam Dunk Champ: Victor Oladipo

That is all.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hoosier Hysteria confirmed visitors list

These are the recruits confirmed (via Inside The Hall, Jody Demling and Twitter) to be attending Friday night's Hoosier Hysteria events:

Austin Etherington (Arcadia, IN) - Hamilton Heights *committed

Ron Patterson (Indianapolis, IN) - Broad Ripple *committed
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (Indianapolis) - Park Tudor
Charles Harris (Lake Forest, IL) - Lake Forest Academy
Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis) - Lawrence Central
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (Indianapolis) - North Central

Darryl Baker (Jefferson, IN) - Jeffersonville
Devin Davis (Indianapolis) - Warren Central
Darryl Hicks (Shelbyville, KY) - Trinity Boys
Zak Irvin (Fishers, IN) - Hamilton Southeastern
Brenton and Bryson Scott (Fort Wayne, IN) - Northrop
Basil Smotherman (Indianapolis) - Heritage Christian

James Blackmon Jr. (Fort Wayne) - Bishop Luers *committed
Ernie Duncan (Evansville, IN) - Harrison
Trey Lyles (Indianapolis) - Arsenal Technical *committed
Trevon Blueitt (Indianapolis) - Park Tudor
Bryant McIntosh (New Castle, IN) - Chrysler

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Coach Crean talks to media [Video]

The video below is an 8-minute talk from head coach Tom Crean posted by the official IUAthletics YouTube page. Coach Crean discusses a lot of different topics, including changes to Friday's Hoosier Hysteria event, how the current team is developing and how they have built a defensive mindset going into practice. He also touched on how they have been all about creating competition for playing time and making guys battle with each other to get on the court this coming season. He also stressed the importance of this weekend on recruiting and how he hopes that recruits will stay till Saturday so they can check out a real, full strength basketball practice session.

"Your best players are not your best players if they are not the hardest working and not in that top 3 defensively." - Tom Crean

Cody Latimer (Dayton, OH) commits to Indiana
I'm a few days behind on this story, but Bill Lynch has received a commitment from wide receiver Cody Latimer from Dayton, Ohio (Jefferson). Latimer is ranked by Rivals as the #39 receiver in the country and the #16 prospect from Ohio. Indiana was the only big conference team to offer the 3* recruit, though he was hearing from the likes of Michigan, Iowa, and Purdue, among others. This commitment is number 22 for Bill Lynch in the class of 2011, and Latimer is the 7th verbal from Ohio. Lynch and staff have spent a lot of time recruiting in Ohio, due to the depth of talent that the state produces year after year. The 7 Ohio commitments equal the 7 Indiana prospects that Lynch has locked up so far in 2011. Indiana's top recruit, linebacker Zack Shaw (#249 on Rivals, 4*), hails from Coshocton, Ohio.

Naadir Tharpe to Kansas

Former IU target Naadir Tharpe (#91 Rivals150) has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. Tharpe becomes Bill Self's first verbal commitment for the class of 2011, and comes less than a month after missing out on top target Josiah Turner (#10, commited to Arizona). Tharpe is a 4* prospect and is the kind of guy that could very well stay in Lawrence for the full four years and be a solid contributer. Tharpe plays for Brewster Prep Academy in New Hampshire alongside a number of D1 prospects, including Durand Johnson, Richard Peters, Ge'Lawn Guyn, Elijah Carter, Deonte Burton and IU target Mitch McGary

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

IU to play exhibition game against DII Ferris State

According to the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana coach Tom Crean announced tonight a second exhibition game against the DII Ferris State Bulldogs. The game is currently scheduled for Monday, November 8th at Assembly Hall. Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, Michigan and the basketball roster is comprised exclusively of players from within the state. The Bulldogs are coached by Bill Sall, who is entering his 9th season in charge. Senior leader Justin Keenan was recently named the DII Preseason National Player of the Year. He averaged 20.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55% from the field last season. Ferris State will not be an easy opponent for the Hoosiers, as they are projected to be one of the better teams in DII basketball this season.
It was previously announced that the Hoosiers would take on Franklin (IN) College (alma mater of late IU football coach Terry Hoeppner) in the first exhibition game, scheduled for Wednesday, November 3rd. Following these two exhibition games, the regular season will begin on Friday, November 12th with a home game against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.

Baylor being investigated by NCAA for Perea recruitment

Mark Morefield -
According to Jeff Goodman at, who broke this story late last night, the NCAA is investigating the Baylor basketball program in regards to its recruitment of Colombian-born recruit Hanner Perea. Perea is a 5* recruit in the class of 2012 and is ranked #10 in the Rivals150. The investigation centers around excessive and threatening text messages that were sent to Perea's high school and AAU coaches this summer by Baylor assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Mark Morefield. Morefield has been working with Baylor head coach Scott Drew for the past 17 years, dating back to when they were both assistants at Valparaiso under Scott's father, Homer Drew. Sending text messages in July is already against NCAA rules, but some of the texts were reported to be rather startling. One text message that Morefield sent to Hanner's new high school coach at LaLumiere, Alan Huss, was published in the Goodman article:
"I guarantee u if he does [commit to another school] he will be in Colombia for the spring and summer and next year. Don’t forget it." - text from Mark Morefield to Alan Huss, July 2010
Goodman confirmed that attorney Jim Darnell, who defended former USC coach Tim Floyd in his NCAA investigation, was hired by Drew in September. He also confirmed that the NCAA is sending representatives to Waco to interview Drew's staff later this month.
The recruiting race for Perea has long been considered to be between just Baylor and Indiana. Perea plays AAU ball for Indiana Elite and his coach, Mark Adams, is his legal guardian in the United States. Hanner transferred to LaLumiere High School in Indiana this past off-season, and has been to Bloomington quite a bit in recent months. After making unofficial visits the past two weekends, Hanner is expected to be on campus Halloween weekend during the official visit of Cody Zeller. Conversely, Perea has never been to Waco to see the Baylor campus despite listing them consistently in his top two college choices. We obviously do not want to jump to any conclusions right now, but one would have to think that if his recruitment really is a two-horse race, then the path should now be cleared for an Indiana commitment in the near future.
In my opinion, this news, coupled with Zeller's impending official visit, are the catalysts that will get the recruiting dominoes falling for Tom Crean. I look for Zeller to commit to Indiana in early November after his visits and discussions with his family (he has set this as his current timeline), and then Hanner Perea and fellow 2012 5* recruit Yogi Ferrell to pull the trigger soon after. These huge commitments could very well be the deciding factor for other 2012 recruits Gary Harris (said that IU is his leader after recent visit) and Jeremy Hollowell (said he's down to IU and Ohio State) to choose Indiana, as well. With Hoosier Hysteria on Friday night and a lot of huge recruits coming to campus in the next few weeks, this is a VERY important time for Tom Crean and staff. Hoosier fans should be looking for plenty of good news in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Who Is Greg Lewis?

Simple answer: The #130 player on Rivals150 in the class of 2011 out of Baltimore (St. Frances).

Lewis is another prospect out of the DMV area a la Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo. He's a 6'9 center playing for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. Recently, Lewis named his top 5 schools: Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers, South Florida, and UNC-Wilmington. He has received scholarship offers to four of those five but is yet to get one from Coach Crean. On the surface, he seems to be a back-up plan if Cody Zeller falls through. The Hoosier Scoop posted a write-up on Lewis earlier this afternoon, in which they describe that Lewis had been considered a Maryland lean for some time causing other schools to back off a bit.
The Scoop also says that assistant coach Steve McClain is in charge of Lewis' recruitment. Crean and McClain will be in Baltimore to check out Lewis in action on Wednesday.

Hoosier Hysteria to be streamed live

For those of you who, like me, will not be able to make it to this coming Friday's event there is some good news. Big Ten Network will stream some of Hoosier Hysteria on the website, starting at 8:15pm ET on Friday night. The television network will also air parts of the event on their Big Ten Hoops Hysteria event on Saturday. They will feature coverage of midnight events at Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin. According to the story, "On-site reporters will talk to special guests, selected players and head coaches Bruce Weber, Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith, Bill Carmody and Bo Ryan." Friday should be a special evening for the Big Ten and especially for Tom Crean's Hoosiers. The coaching staff are expecting a number of top recruits to be in attendance at the event and the Windy City Hoosier Source will provide a complete list of confirmed visitors as the event draws closer.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Great news for IU Students!

In this story from this Indiana Daily Student, Ryan Winn outlines Fred Glass' plan to implement a partial "first-come, first-serve" student section at Assembly Hall. Basically, when students have tickets in sections K, L, M in Row 25 or lower, they will be able to choose their seats based on how early they arrive. This means that a row 25 ticket could potentially turn into a front row seat for Hoosier basketball. Students have been asking for a student section for years, despite the fact that Indiana sells more tickets to students than any other school in the country. The sections K, L, M have been largely consisting of students already, but very rarely have students had the opportunity to sit really close more than once per season. This also means that the "die-hard" student fans and those less crazy ones have had equal opportunities for good seats. Now those seats go to those who want it the most, insuring that the craziest student fans will be closest to the court and surely making life difficult for the opposing team (who's bench is just across the court from the new student section).
Of course, this HAD to happen the first season AFTER I graduated...

Monday, October 04, 2010

Weekend Recap

* The Hoosier Scoop has a picture of Cody Zeller on the sidelines during the football team. They also reported that while Zeller did not play at the open gym Saturday morning, most of the other visitors did. The standouts were Hanner Perea and Jeremy Hollowell. Hollowell and Gary Harris, among others, spent Saturday night in Bloomington and got a taste of the college night life.
* Inside The Hall is reporting that Gary Harris is "very high" on IU following his weekend visit. He said that he got a chance to see what it's like to be a part of Indiana basketball and every time he visits he likes it "even more."
* Jody Demling from the Louisville Courier-Journal caught up with 2014's Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor HS) and talked to him about IU basketball and his latest scholarship offer. He also spoke with 2014 committment James Blackmon Jr. about life after choosing IU.
* Demling was also on hand at the Lucas Midwest Invitational and had this to say about Blackmon and Bluiett's performance:
"Blackmon is ranked higher now, has already committed to Indiana and is a big-time scorer. He'll need to work on his speed and strength but he can score on anyone from just about anywhere. The 6-foot-5 Bluiett was maybe my biggest surprise of the camp because he's a lot better than I expected. The kid has a high-major body and all-around game." - Jody Demling

Friday, October 01, 2010

Austin Rivers to Duke

IU senior Jeremiah Rivers' younger brother, Austin Rivers, is the #1 2011 prospect in the country. Yesterday, he made official that he would play for the Duke Blue Devils. I've seen a lot of videos of this kid and he is the real deal. He even crossed up John Wall this past summer. He originally committed to Florida but decided to open up his recruitment a couple of years ago. He chose Duke over Kansas, North Carolina and Florida. The decision also comes before he made any of his scheduled official visits. Rivers said that he just knew where he wanted to go and didn't want to let it drag out any longer.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zeller at the IU-Mich game?

IU commit Austin Etherington is expecting Cody Zeller to be at the football game with him on Saturday, as well as Yogi Ferrell. Yesterday, we posted a list of the recruits that would be on campus for the game and Austin's statement confirms Yogi's plans and adds Cody's name to an already impressive list.

Speaking of official lists and visits, one of the posters over on Hoosier Nation has started a running list of all recruits that will be present at Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 15th. That list can be found HERE. <-- that's right, just click it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bluiett, Lands Pick Up Indiana Offers

According to Indianapolis Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep, Indiana has extended scholarship offers to two of the top 2014 in-state prospects: Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor HS) and Jaraan Lands (Brownsburg HS). Coach Crean was on hand earlier today to check out Bluiett and his teammate Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell working out at Park Tudor.

On a related note,'s Evan Daniels had some pretty positive things to say about Ferrell's game.

Epic List of Visiting Recruits

The game against Michigan this Saturday is a huge one for the Indiana football program, who enter conference play with a 3-0 record. However, it is shaping up to be a huge weekend for Tom Crean's basketball program, as well. Crean is expecting quite a few visitors on Saturday and we've got a list for you to help keep track.

2011: Austin Etherington (committed)
2012: Hanner Perea (#10 nationally), Gary Harris (#24), Jeremy Hollowell (#39), Sherron Dorsey-Walker (#74) and possibly Kevin Ferrell (#17)
2013: Darryl Baker, Devin Davis Jr., Basil Smotherman

This may very well be the most impressive list of visitors that Crean has ever hosted, and almost all of these players are from high schools within the state of Indiana. It has already been said by a number of college coaches that the talent in Indiana is enough to go to Final Four. Coach Crean is hoping to put together a team of in-state players capable of doing just that.

Monday, September 27, 2010

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Trey Lyles #1 prospect on ESPNU100

ESPN has released its updated list of 2014 recruits. Only 2 players on their list of prospects have committed to schools, and those players are #1 ranked Trey Lyles and #7 ranked James Blackmon Jr. The Hoosiers have a long time before Blackmon and Lyles make it to Assembly Hall, but the incoming freshman are AAU teammates and will be playing together during summers before coming to Bloomington. They will also be playing with Trevon Bluiett, an incoming freshman at Park Tudor who will be playing his HS ball with top 2012 recruit Yogi Ferrell. Coach Crean has built some very solid relationships, and his recruiting targets all seem to be connected to each other somehow, as well. His current players have also formed relationships with recruits, most recently evidenced by a Twitter conversation between IU freshman Victor Oladipo and Ferrell.

Video of the Spiece Indy Heat AAU team from this past summer, featuring 2014 commits Trey Lyles and James Blackmon and target Trevon Bluiett:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Trey Lyles (2014) commits to IU

Trey Lyles, standout prospect in the class of 2014, has just committed to Indiana. Trey's father confirms the story to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. Trey was quoted saying the following: Feel like (Indiana) is the best situation for me. Coach (Tom) Crean really recruited not just me, but my whole family." A 6'9 incoming freshman at Tech HS in Indianapolis, Lyles is considered to not only be one of the best 2014 prospects in the state, but in the entire country. He joins fellow in-state standout James Blackmon Jr. in Indiana's 2014 recruiting class. Tom Crean is really flexing his muscles within the Indiana borders. He has gotten two verbals from huge 2014 prospects, and is hosting the top players from the older classes each and every weekend. Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Perea were in town for the football game yesterday, and top prospects Gary Harris and Jeremy Hollowell should be in Bloomington for the IU/Michigan game next weekend. Things are definitely looking up for this program.
Stay tuned for more updates!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Crean speech

As promised, here is a recap of the speech given to students last evening by IU Coach Tom Crean. There are also audio links where you can hear the whole thing. Thanks to Peegs for making this available to all for free.

Also, here's a recap from the good people at Inside The Hall.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Coach Crean lecture tonight

For those of you on campus or in/around Bloomington:
Men's basketball coach Tom Crean will be giving a free lecture tonight on campus at the IU Auditorium. The lecture will take place at 7:30 pm eastern time (sorry for such late notice). If you can't make it (like myself), I will try and get a recap of it to post here on the blog.

Weekend Visitors - October 2nd

Continuing with the stream of unofficial visits:

2012's Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell will be in Bloomington on 10/2 for an unofficial visit. Ferrell, from Park Tudor HS, is listed by Rivals as the #20 overall recruit in the class.

Also coming that weekend is Indianapolis Tech freshman (2014) Trey Lyles, who holds an IU offer and is considered to be one of the top recruits in the state, if not in the country.