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, Scout.com'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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hartman at open gym tonight

Cathedral High School sophomores Collin Hartman and David Hill will be in Bloomington to play at an open gym tonight. Hartman is a top prospect for 2013 and is considered by some to be the top player in the state that year. He holds offers from Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame so far.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tom Crean on the recruiting trail

Here's a short article and video from the Indiana News Center about Coach Crean's recent visit to Fort Wayne Luers High School, where he watched the team workout from the sidelines. He, of course, was there to see his youngest commitment in freshman James Blackmon Jr. The reporters talked to Blackmon a little bit and we able to speak to Coach Crean at a different event that evening.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

BREAKING: Robert Goff commits to Oklahoma

This comes as a bit of a shocker but Robert Goff has committed to play for Coach Jeff Capel and the Oklahoma Sooners. Goff was considered to be very high on the Hoosiers and it was speculated that the IU staff would step up their efforts on Robert after BJ Young committed to Arkansas. Goff played high school ball at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and is currently playing at Hutchinson CC in Kansas.

Jeremy Hollowell update

There were some interesting developments in the recruitment race for 2012 stud Jeremy Hollowell. After making the trip down to Bloomington for the afternoon Saturday, Hollowell tweeted that he had a great time. He then told peegs that he would be returning for the Michigan football game in two weeks. It has long been assumed that Jeremy had narrowed his list down to just Indiana and Ohio State. The biggest development of the weekend comes from 2011 prospect Sam Thompson, who committed to Thad Matta and the Buckeyes earlier today. Thompson (Whitney Young HS in Chicago) is a comparable recruit to Hollowell: they play the same position, they are the same height, and are similar in overall ranking (Rivals has Hollowell at #39 and Thompson at #46). On the surface, one would think that getting Thompson in Columbus means that Matta and staff will back off on Hollowell. Although Hollowell is a year younger, he would presumably have less playing time for the Buckeyes assuming Thompson does not leave after one year. This could be a major turning point for Hollowell and the Buckeyes. It can also be a turning point for his Hoosier recruitment, as well. The fact that he has decided to return to Bloomington in a couple weeks is encouraging for IU fans. One thing is for certain: we will be hearing a lot more about Jeremy Hollowell in the coming weeks.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Call of the year: MSU game-winning fake FG in OT

Unbelievable ending between the Michigan State Spartans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in East Lansing:
Mark Dantonio just gambled for the call of the year so far this college football season. Down 3 in overtime and lined up for a 47 yard field goal, the Spartans pulled the fake and punter (a former quarterback) Aaron Bates tossed a game winning touchdown pass to tight end Charlie Gantt. Dantonio said he gambled due to the inexperience of their kicker and the distance of the kick. The look on ND coach Brian Kelly's face after the play was priceless. Crazy ending to a crazy game and easily the gutsy-ist call of this young CFB season.


Source: SportsGrid

Indiana 38, Western Kentucky 21 FINAL

The Hoosiers were able to overcome a slow start and respond to an early 7-0 deficit by scoring 31 straight unanswered points en route to a 38-21 win over the WKU Hilltoppers. The Indiana passing game was firing on all cylinders with senior quarterback Ben Chappell passing for 366 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Chappell's top target was junior wideout Damarlo Belcher, who caught 10 passes for 135 yards including an 11-yard touchdown. Five other Hoosiers had at least 25 receiving yards, including running back Darius Willis and returning star receiver Tandon Doss. Doss missed the first game with a lingering groin injury but started off the game today by returning the opening kick-off 87 yards deep into WKU territory. He finished the game with 161 all-purpose yards and a receiving touchdown.

Doss' return, however, was a lone bright spot early in this game as a fumble on the second play from scrimmage ruined the Hoosiers' chance to go ahead in the opening minutes. The Hilltoppers, led by running back Bobby Rainey, proceeded to march down the field and score. The touchdown marked the first deficit for the Hoosiers in this young season. It was very apparent early on that after the bye last week, the Hoosiers had some rust that they needed to shake off. The defense looked especially lazy, allowing Rainey to continuously run all over them. Some of the problems from the Towson game, like an inability to wrap up the ball carrier, carried over into the first quarter of this game.

More after the jump..

Huge weekends for Crean and Co.

Four of the nation's top basketball prospects will be in Bloomington over the next two weekends.
This weekend it is Jeremy Hollowell (2012, #39 overall) and Basil Smotherman (2013) will be on campus for unofficial visits. Hollowell, who has been quoted as saying his recruitment is down to just Indiana and Ohio State, tweeted less than an hour ago that he "had a great time" and shouted out to IU staff. He also stated earlier this morning that he was headed to Cook Hall.
Haven't heard much about Smotherman's visit, so far, but apparently he was also planning an unofficial visit to Illinois this weekend in Champaign. There has also been word that he will be back in Bloomington again next weekend, even if he is able to make it today or tomorrow.

Speaking of tweeting, Coach Crean posted this picture of him and his father-in-law Jack Harbaugh from his final year as the head coach at Western Kentucky. Crean met his wife, Joani, while he was working as an assistant for the WKU basketball program. The fact that he passed up an opportunity to go back to Bowling Green for the Hoosiers football game today in order to entertain visitors is yet another testament to his commitment to this program. Remember, he also passed up sideline access to Monday Night Football last week in order to recruit.

Next weekend's visitors, so far, are 2014's Trey Lyles and 2013's Darryl Baker. If these visits go well, particularly with Lyles, we may see Crean lock up his second big commitment for that class.
Baker's cousin is IU quarterback Edward Wright-Baker and he was in town for the Hoosiers first home game two weeks ago. If he keeps this up, he may be on campus five more times this semester just for football games.

The Lowdown: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Who: Indiana Hoosiers (1-0) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-2)
Where: Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
When: Saturday, Sept. 18 @ 5:00pm / 4:00ct
What: The Hoosiers hope to get a winning streak going after a bye last week, while the Hilltoppers are searching for the first win under new head coach Willie Taggart. WKU, from the Sun Belt Conference, are playing their third straight game against a BCS conference opponent.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Goff visiting Ohio State, others

According to Bob Baptist from the Columbus Dispatch, Robert Goff will be visiting Ohio State on Sept. 25th. Goff, of course, is a top junior college prospect who has had high mutual interest with IU for some time now. Baptist also reports that Goff either has or will be visiting Oklahoma, Iowa State and possibly Texas. Rivals reports offers from these five schools, as well as Auburn, Cincinnati, Houston and Oklahoma State. Goff has one more year at Hutchinson CC in Kansas before moving up to his future D1 destination.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Harris down to 5, more

* According to this Rivals article (subscription required), Gary Harris has narrowed his list down to five schools. In no particular order, he is still considering Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Xavier. The most notably team to be cut by Harris is Illinois. Coach Bruce Weber was connected to the Harris family because his wife actually helped deliver Gary as a newborn. Also, today is Gary's birthday.

* Scout.com has released its updated list of the top 75 players for 2012. Notables: Gary Harris #15, Hanner Perea #21, Jeremy Hollowell #29, JP Tokoto #35, Yogi Ferrell #36, D'vauntes Smith-Rivera #37, AJ Hammons #45, Braxton Ogbueze #48, Wannah Bail #50, TJ Warren #61, Ron Patterson #69, Peter Jurkin NR

Glenn Robinson III has committed to the Michigan Wolverines, as reported by Scout's Evan Daniels. The Indiana wing was getting interest from both Indiana and Purdue (where his dad so famously played) but did not hold an offer from either school. He is ranked by Rivals as the #118 player in the 2012 class and is a solid pickup for Coach Beilein's staff.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Crean visiting with Perea, Aget

According to his Twitter account, Coach Tom Crean passed up sideline access to the Ravens/Jets Monday Night Football game this evening in order to recruit. (Ravens coach John Harbaugh is Crean's brother-in-law). Of course it is against NCAA rules for Crean to get too specific, but sources are reporting that Crean is in LaPorte, Indiana this evening checking out Hoosier targets Hanner Perea and Obij Aget. Perea transferred to La Lumiere School this summer from North Carolina and is ranked by Rivals as the #10 overall prospect in 2012. Aget has reportedly transferred to the same school and is a 2012 prospect like Perea.

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Hoosier News Bites

* Junior college prospect Robert Goff has set up a visit to Bloomington for October 2nd. Goff has become a higher priority for Crean's staff after BJ Young committed to Arkansas over Labor Day weekend. Goff is considered to be one of the top prospects on the junior college circuit and will play one more season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before entering D1 as a junior in 2011. Goff is an Indianapolis product who played high school ball at Broad Ripple. Robert holds offers from a number of programs, most notably Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati.
* 2013 prospect Darryl Baker will visit Indiana on September 25th for the Hoosiers football game against Akron. Baker's cousin is Edward Wright-Baker, a redshirt freshman quarterback currently playing for IU.
* Another 2013 prospect, Collin Hartman, was interviewed recently by Inside The Hall. Tom Crean reportedly had an in-home visit today with Hartman, as well as with 2014's Trey Lyles. There have been a number of rumors circling around Lyles and a possible verbal commitment, but so far no substantial news to report. He is an AAU teammate of 2014 Hoosier commit James Blackmon Jr., a Spiece team coached by Blackmon Sr.
* Coach Crean has a visit planned for tomorrow with his top priority, Cody Zeller.
* Other visit dates to report: Jeremy Hollowell (2012, #39 overall), who was at Ohio State this past weekend, will be in Bloomington Sept. 18th. Basil Smotherman (2013), who is said to be high on both Indiana and Purdue, will be in town the same day.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Chane Behanan to Louisville

Chane Behanan made official this morning what most have been assuming of late by committing to Coach Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals. Behanan, ranked #23 overall by Rivals and who was once an IU target, was down to UL, Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina and West Virginia. He was at the UL/UK football game this past weekend and was seen flashing 'L's with his fingers, along with fellow recruits Deuce Bello (#43 overall) and Quincy Miller (#5), when the Kentucky players ran by where they were sitting. Jody Demling from the Louisville Courier Journal was on hand at Behanan's high school this morning for the announcement and has been updating his blog reports throughout the day. Behanan's next focus? Working on getting Bello and Miller to join him in Louisville. The way things are shaping up, it seems that UK might have some real competition within their own state. This is also nice for those Calipari haters, seeing some recruits choose his next door neighbor instead of him. I'm sure we will be hearing plenty more news from Louisville on the recruiting front in the coming weeks.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

BJ Young to Arkansas

BJ Young, the only big target not named Cody that Crean has been going after for 2011, has committed to play at the University of Arkansas after his official visit this weekend. Rivals has Young as the #18 overall prospect, two ahead of Mr. Zeller. There has been a lot of talk about Young's academic situation, but so far everything out there is based in rumors. Young has family members living in Arkansas and he scheduled his official visit so he could also spend time with family over the holiday weekend. This visit was his only official campus visit to any school, though he told Inside The Hall last week that he was planning on coming to Bloomington at some point. BJ is definitely a great talent and we at the Source wish him all the best. It's a shame the Razorbacks and Hoosiers may never cross paths.
The question now is what happens next for Crean and staff? Do we go back after the few remaining point guards in the class, like Naadir Tharpe, or does Crean keep the scholarship in his back pocket and step his game up on top priorities like Zeller and Yogi Ferrell. Crean has shown that he wants to bring in a quick point guard in the next couple years, so my guess is that he puts the full court press on Yogi in order to get him to commit. A verbal from Ferrell would allow Crean to focus on Zeller even more, especially with his official visit coming in late October.
Young's decision to be a Razorback has some positives surrounding it. First of all, Young would be taking a lot of playing time from certain current and future Hoosiers. There are also the rumored grade issues with Young and it is better that we are not involved if there is any truth to the stories. Overall, it would have been great to land Young, but now that he is off the radar the attention has be redirected towards other targets.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

James Blackmon Jr. commits to IU (2014)

We have news from multiple sources that James Blackmon Jr. has committed to play basketball at Indiana. Blackmon, who's father played at Kentucky, is part of the class of 2014. He is a freshman at Fort Wayne Luers, and although he is young he is considered by many to be a top national prospect in his class. He apparently committed to Coach Crean tonight while he and his father were in Bloomington for the football game. This is a huge accomplishment for Crean as he continues to go after the top in-state talent. There's not a whole lot of video out there right now but I did find this one. Of course this is a highlight video, but you can see Blackmon's ability to handle the ball and get into the lane and score. He also has a good-looking shot and a nice touch from three. He was a stand out at the Fab Freshman camp back in July. He also took in a football practice with Coach Crean back in August. Blackmon is only a freshman but is currently 6-2. He has a lot of time to grow, both as a player and in height, and he is one of the more talked about prospects in his class already. It's also great to beat out Kentucky on this recruit, despite his fathers ties to Lexington. We should find out a lot more about this commitment in the coming days and we will be able to watch him develop for the next four years before he even dons the candy stripes.

Indiana 51, Towson 17 FINAL

The Tigers were able to get within 10 points early in the second quarter, but this game was all IU. The Hoosiers put up 51 points and the defense proved me wrong by holding Towson to just 17 points. With a 37 point victory, I could obviously spend a lot of time talking about what everything the Hoosiers did right in this game. But that's just no fun, so I'll keep it short. On the positive side, the passing game is as electrifying as it was last year and the Hoosiers were able to pick 209 yards and 2 scores through the air despite playing without Tandon Doss and sitting Ben Chappell for much of the second half. Damarlo Belcher picked up a lot of the slack, catching 8 passes for 89 yards and a 41-yard touchdown in the first half.
Sophomore Darius Willis (pictured) added 102 yards rushing and scored twice, but one thing about his game that the stat line cannot show was his toughness. He had a couple of short gains that should have been losses, had it not been for his strength and ability to shed tackles. Granted, this was Towson but Willis' ability to shred the defense is certainly promising. The first team defense did a nice job shutting down the Tigers' Tremayne Dameron's running game, but we will revisit them later. It was great that the Hoosiers had the opportunity to play a lot of their young players and reserves. Real game experience is important to this team's development.

The Hoosiers won this game pretty easily, but there are some things that they NEED to work on in the coming weeks to prepare for Big Ten play. More on that after the jump:

Big Ten Divisions Announced

The Big Ten Conference has officially announced the two new divisions for football. The two unnamed divisions are as follows:
Division 1: Illinois,           Indiana,       Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Division 2: Northwestern, Mich. State, Michigan,   Nebraska,   Iowa,    Minnesota

Each team will play the five other teams in their division each season, plus one game against a guaranteed cross-conference opponent that they also will play every year. These matchups are designated vertically in the list above (ex. Indiana vs. Michigan State). The big thing that stands out with this alignment is that Ohio State and Michigan have been split up. While their rivalry will be maintained with the cross-conference matchup, it is no longer guaranteed to be the last game of the season. Wisconsin-Minnesota and Illinois-Northwestern are also being maintained with these matchups, while other rivals are possible because of division matchups.
For Indiana, this means that the Bucket game with Purdue will continue on completely unchanged, and the Hoosiers will continue to square off with the Spartans in the Old Brass Spittoon game.
The Big Ten has also released the conference schedules for 2011 and 2012. The Hoosiers will take on Iowa and Northwestern in addition to MSU and their division opponents.

Unfortunately, it may be a few more years before I can head to Lincoln and watch the Hoosiers take on the Cornhuskers at a much bigger Memorial Stadium...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Cody Zeller to visit IU Oct. 29th

Cody Zeller has set the dates for his three official campus visits. He will go to Butler first, for the weekend of Oct. 9-11. Then he will head to North Carolina the following weekend (Oct. 15-17) before taking his final visit to Bloomington from the 29th-31st of October. I could not be more thrilled with this schedule because even though he will not be in B-Town for Hoosier Hysteria, he is giving Tom Crean the chance to make the final impression on him. It is has been often said about Cody's recruitment that he will definitely not be making a decision until after he visits the three schools, so I love Indiana's shot even more now that we are his final destination. Here's to Cody Zeller becoming the next HUGE piece to the rebuilding of Indiana basketball.
In the spirit of IU awesomeness, here's a new video that was brought to my attention this morning:
 IU We're All For You

2011 McDonald's Game in Chicago

The United Center will serve as the host for the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game, which will showcase the best high school seniors in the class of 2011. The Hoosiers may have some representation in this game in the form of Cody Zeller, assuming he commits to IU (I know that's a lot to assume but we can all dream, right?). Another player than can make the list is point guard BJ Young, who has recently seen his name explode on the recruiting front. Indiana is still very much alive in his recruitment, but some high profile programs (Kansas, Memphis) have gotten involved of late. Nonetheless, I've always wanted to check out one of these events in person so I'm thrilled that I will finally have the chance.