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.
Rivals.com'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

Scout.com 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!
* Scout.com 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.