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 IUHoosiers.com:

"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 BigTenNetwork.com 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 IUHoosiers.com.
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 IUHoosiers.com:

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: video.bigtennetwork.com/bigtenus/

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...