Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New IU football commercial

Check out the new IU football commercial with the 2011-2012 slogan "Win Today," 
courtesy of IU Athletics.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

What Gunner Kiel means to Indiana recruiting

The number one high school quarterback in the country has committed to play college football for the Indiana Hoosiers. That sentence is not a joke, nor mistake, nor lie. It is the truth. Gunner Kiel, a Columbus, Indiana native and younger brother of current Indiana QB Dusty Kiel, verbally committed to his home state Hoosiers today while on campus. This marks a truly important moment in the future of IU football. Though it is obviously far too early to declare Indiana as a force in the Big Ten, one could easily argue that they are on the fast track out of the conference basement,

This is a huge score for new Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. Though he has yet to coach a game, Wilson has quickly earning the support of the Hoosier fanbase and actually gaining some national attention for the Indiana football program. The latter is no easy task, as basketball is king across the entire state of Indiana and most people only associate Peyton Manning and Notre Dame with football in this state (provided they know Notre Dame is actually in Indiana). Kiel’s commitment to Indiana has already turned the heads of the national media. Although most people are in the mindset of “the top quarterback is going WHERE?!” at least they are talking about IU football.

An obvious comparison to make here is to the commitment of Cody Zeller to the Indiana basketball program. Both football and men’s basketball have fallen on hard times in recent years (while I was a student, of course) and basketball received a much needed shot in the arm when they landed the 5* big man from Washington, IN. Football fans surely hope that the same kind of recruiting run that solidified Tom Crean as the “right guy” will occur for Wilson. Indiana as a state is not nearly as talent-rich on the gridiron as on the hardwood, but the opportunity to land a 5* quarterback from within the borders arose and Wilson made it happen. And while he is clearly the biggest, Kiel is not the only big name in the state. Indiana has already landed a commitment from Warren Central wideout Kevin Davis, considered by many to be the top receiver in the state. Several other prospects remain on Wilson’s radar, including Sheldon Day and Tyrone Pearson. It is unrealistic to think that the Kiel commitment will automatically lead to other big names choosing IU, but it will certainly help change the perception of this program. The number one quarterback chose a school that has won one conference game in each of the last three seasons, and hasn’t been to a bowl game since the 2007 season (Gunner wasn’t even in high school yet).

Gunner Kiel’s commitment to Indiana will do a lot for the Hoosier football program. He has put Indiana and Kevin Wilson on the front page of national recruiting media, he has already excited some other prospective college athletes, and most of all – the dude is a phenomenal quarterback. While this post dealt with Gunner’s impact on recruiting and perception of the program, stay tuned for my analysis on what it means for the Hoosiers ON the field, where it really counts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

2015 G Jalen Coleman gets offer from Indiana

Tom Crean is no stranger to offering scholarships to players that have yet to play a high school game. Last year, Indiana received verbal commitments from Trey Lyles and James Blackmon while those two were barely freshman in high school. On Friday, Crean sent out another early offer, this time to 2015 Cathedral-bound guard Jalen Coleman.

Coleman, a 6'2" 155 pound guard from Indianapolis has been having a great summer playing up a year with the 15U Eric Gordon All-Stars. This put him on the same team as IU target Jaquan Lyle, though Lyle recently moved up to the 16U Spiece team featuring Lyles and Blackmon. Making the offer more special for Jalen is the fact that Friday was his 15th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of, if not the best incoming freshman in the loaded state of Indiana. You shouldn't expect an early commitment from Coleman this time around, though (according to Kyle Neddenriep).

Indiana has the unique advantage while recruiting within the state of going after guys that all know and play with/against each other. The "friends" angle has worked in Tom Crean's favor so far and Coleman shares similar relationships. The older Eric Gordon teams feature IU commits Collin Hartman and Devin Davis and current target Zak Irvin. When Coleman gets to Cathedral, he will be a high school teammate of Hartman, as well.

More resources:
Introducing Jalen Coleman (Neddenriep post from last week)
Highlight Video from April (played with Indy Hoosiers travel team)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Introducing the three new Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana has updated the rosters on the official athletics site to include the three new incoming freshman basketball players. Here are screenshots of Cody, Remy, and Austin that include their basic info and new photos of each player in the cream and crimson Indiana jersey!

#40 Cody Zeller

#23 Remy Abell

#13 Austin Etherington

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

V.J. Beachem interested in Indiana

Photo: Scout.com
He does not yet hold an offer from Indiana, but 2013 forward V.J. Beachem (Fort Wayne Harding) hopes to get one soon. "I'd love to get an offer from Indiana," Beachem said this afternoon at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. He also stated that he was "very interested" in Indiana. The rising junior has offers from in-state Purdue and Butler so far, as well as interest from Indiana, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and others.

Beachem is playing with the Eric Gordon All-Stars this summer alongside Indiana commits Devin Davis and Collin Hartman. They also play with Purdue commit Basil Smotherman and high-major prospect Zak Irvin. Beachem noted that he has thought about playing with all of those guys on the next level, saying that playing with Hartman and Davis works now so it should work in college, too.

Purdue has been recruiting Beachem for the longest time and was the first program to offer him. He has also been on a visit recently to Michigan, one which he enjoyed very much. His AAU teammate Zak Irvin has been reported to be very high on the Wolverines right now.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Bobby Capobianco to Valparaiso

Former Indiana forward Bobby "Vanilla Gorilla" Capobianco has announced his decision to join new head coach Bryce Drew and the Valparaiso Crusaders basketball program. The sophomore from Ohio, who left the IU program in May in search of more playing time, told the NWI Times that he is excited to utilize all of his skills as a player.

Capobianco told Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald-Times that he visited Valpo, Evansville and Appalachian State. He said that Valpo was the only school that would accept all of his transfer credits, calling it the best fit for both academics and basketball.

Capobianco will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Updated 2012 Rivals150 rankings

Rivals.com has released their updated rankings for the class of 2012 and the Indiana recruiting class is well represented. Hanner Perea and Yogi Ferrell both received five-star status in the latest update, with Perea holding at #15 overall and Ferrell slides up five spots to number #23.

On the other hand, Jeremy Hollowell (4-star) and Ron Patterson (3-star) dropped a bit. Hollowell dropped from #42 to #52 and Patterson fell twelve places to #127.

The fifth member of the class, Peter Jurkin, remained an unranked 3-star. This is not surprising, since Jurkin has been sidelined since this past high school season with injuries. He has not yet played with Indiana Elite - Team Indiana this summer, but earlier this spring it was said he could return in July.

Indiana's number one target remaining in the class, Gary Harris, fell two spots to #28 overall. It was a small drop, but Harris fell from the last 5-star prospect to the 2nd highest 4-star prospect in the process.

Expect to see another update from Rivals, and the other ranking sites, at the end of the AAU season.

Monday, June 20, 2011

IU's new Dir. of Basketball Operations: Calbert Cheaney

All-time IU great Calbert Cheaney was officially introduced this afternoon by Tom Crean as the new Director of Basketball Operations. Cheaney, who is the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer, a three-time All-American and multiple National POY awards in 1993, said that the decision to come back to Indiana was an easy one. Here are parts 1 and 2 of the press conference, courtesy of IUAthletics YouTube page:



Friday, June 17, 2011

Q&A with 2012 Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday, the Windy City Source posted the first of two parts of our Nick Stauskas interview. As promised, here is the rest of what the 2012 Michigan verbal had to say, courtesy of our UM contributor [JH]:

Windy City Source:  How would you describe your game?  Is there anyone in particular that you try to mirror the way they play?

Nick Stauskas:  I think I have a unique game. I think I am one of the best shooters in the country. I also think I surprise people with my ability to get to the rim and my athleticism because I constantly get labeled as just a shooter. I also like to think of myself as an unselfish player and let the game come to me whenever it comes to me. I don't know whom I would compare my game to at this point. I try to learn a lot of things from all different NBA players, but don't think I play like one specifically. I guess when people see me play in college they can decide for themselves.

[rest after jump!]

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Indiana's single-game opponents for 2011-12

The Big Ten announced each school's the single-game opponents for the 2011-12 basketball season on Thursday. Adding Nebraska to the conference means that each team will play 7 teams twice and 4 teams once.

Indiana's single-game opponents are:

At home: Illinois and Northwestern
On the road: Wisconsin and Nebraska

This means that the Hoosiers will play Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, and Purdue twice this upcoming season. This year would have been a good year to get Ohio State as a single-game opponent at home (Iowa and Minnesota have that honor) as the Buckeyes look to be the favorite in the conference.

Avoiding trips to Champaign and Evanston will be nice, as the Hoosiers haven't won at either of those places since the 2007-2008 season. The Hoosiers played what was possibly their worst game of the season at Illinois last year, getting dominated 72-48. Fortunately, the lasting image of the 2010-2011 season for Hoosier fans will be upsetting the ranked Illini in Bloomington and the ensuing celebration.

Calbert Cheaney reportedly returning to IU program

Reports are surfacing from numerous outlets (including Louisville C-J, Inside The Hall, and Bloomington H-T) that Hoosier legend Calbert Cheaney will be returning to the Indiana basketball program in an operations position. While nothing is yet official, all signs seem to point to this hire happening in the very near future. Here's what Tom Crean had to say about it today:
“I’m not ready to make any official announcement yet but you can say that I’m extremely excited about the future of our basketball staff” - Coach Tom Crean

Cheaney, an Evansville-native, is one of the all-time Hoosier greats. In his four years in Bloomington, Calbert scored 2,613 points and remains the Big Ten Conference's all-time leading scorer. He was a three-time All-American, one of few Hoosiers to accomplish this, and swept the National Player of the Year Awards in 1993, taking home the Wooden, Naismith and many others. Cheaney is also recognized as the Hoosier with the most career wins (105).

After a 13-year career as an NBA player, Cheaney spent the last two seasons as a special assistant to the Golden State Warriors.


Needless to say, Cheaney will be welcomed with open arms upon the announcement of his hiring and should make an immediate impact with recruiting and current players. Though he will be in an operations position, I am sure he will spend time working with players in practice. Having a mentor like Cheaney could do wonders for players like Christian Watford and Jeremy Hollowell especially.

This news comes just about a month after Drew Adams left for New Mexico, so it is possible that Cheaney would take over those duties.

Indiana recruit showcase scheduled for February 4th

Indiana University basketball recruits from 2012, 2013 and 2014 will share the same stage for a high-school event on February 4th. The showcase, which is being held at Lawrence Central High School, features 8 of the 9 Hoosier verbal commitments playing against one another. This will be the first time fans will be able to see The Movement in action like this. The four games are as follows:

Lawrence Central (Jeremy Hollowell '12) vs. Cathedral (Collin Hartman '13)
Broad Ripple (Ron Patterson '12) vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (James Blackmon Jr '14)
United Faith Academy NC (Peter Jurkin '12) vs. LaPorte La Lumiere (Hanner Perea '12)
Park Tudor (Yogi Ferrell '12) vs. Arsenal Tech (Trey Lyles '14)

Should be an incredible event for Hoosier fans across the state. Warren Central (Devin Davis '13) seems to be the odd-man out from this event, though it leaves open the possibility for another game to be added should an additional prospect commit to the Hoosiers before February.

I'm sure Hoosier fans wouldn't mind seeing Hamilton Southeastern (Gary Harris '12, Zak Irvin '13) or Evansville Bosse (Jaquan Lyle '14) join in on the action to take on WC.

Q&A with 2012 Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas (Part 1 of 2)

The Source's Michigan recruiting contributor [JH] had a chance to interview rising senior and Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas:

Nick Stauskas committed to The University of Michigan back in March, joining fellow forward Glenn Robinson III.  Nick is currently ranked as one of the top 100 players in America, as well as one of the top ranked players in Canada.  He has spent time playing in prep schools in Connecticut and, most recently, at St. Mark’s in Massachusetts.  Windy City Source recently spoke to Nick about basketball in Canada vs. the U.S., what he sees in his future at Michigan, and everything in between.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Indiana contacts 2013 prospects

Twelve o'clock Wednesday morning marked the first time NCAA coaches are able to contact members of the class of 2013 via phone. This deadline is usually highlighted by coaches making calls right within that first hour and throughout the rest of the day. There are a number of 2013 guys that Indiana has been actively recruiting, as well as the two verbal commitments Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. In addition to those two getting calls, Crean and company spoke with Zak Irvin, Demetrius Jackson, Mark Williams, Byron "Bo" Zeigler, VJ Beachem and others.

Inside The Hall compiled a list of all of those uncommitted prospects contacted by the Indiana coaching staff as of Wednesday evening.

Michigan made some waves by landing two 2013 prospects this morning in Mark Donnal and Austin Hatch. Donnal is an Ohio-native who plays AAU ball for Indiana Elite South and Dan Dakich, while Hatch is a Fort Wayne prospect (Canterbury). Both Hatch and Donnal were at the Michigan Elite camp this past weekend and were being recruited by Indiana, though neither had received offers. We will have more on the two newest Wolverines in the coming days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hoosiers make NBA Top 100 Camp rosters

The National Basketball Player's Association (NBPA) has announced the rosters for the upcoming NBA Top 100 camp June 15-18. The event is being held at John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA). Four members of Indiana's 2012 recruiting class will participate, as well as a couple of top targets. Players are divided into teams affiliated with actual NBA squads:

IU Verbals:
Hanner Perea (Bulls) - 6'9", 220 lb PF
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (Magic) - 5'11", 165 lb PG
Jeremy Hollowell (Lakers) - 6'7", 200 lb SF
Ron "Buss" Patterson (Spurs) - 6'3", 200 lb SG

IU Targets/Offers:
Gary Harris (Grizzlies) - 6'4", 190 lb SG
Mitch McGary (Hawks) - 6'10", 255 lb PF
AJ Hammons (Magic) - 6'11", 265 lb C
TJ Warren (Mavericks) - 6'7", 210 lb SF

Other players include Michigan State verbals Kenny Kaminski, Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello; Purdue's Raphael Davis and Ronnie Johnson; Wisconsin's Sam Dekker; Michigan's Glenn Robinson III; Notre Dame's Cameron Biedscheid; and Butler's Kellen Dunham.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Congrats to Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks

The Windy City Hoosier Source just wanted to send out a congratulations to IU alumni Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks for closing out the Miami Heat last night and taking home the franchise's first NBA Title.

Cuban is a very outspoken owner but he has accomplished so much in his life so far and is a proud Hoosier.

So congrats to Mark, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and the rest of the Mavericks team for taking down the Heat!

(oh, and thanks for denying LeBron a title!)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Help find IU student Lauren Spierer!!!

I'm sure most of you have heard by now that there is an IU student missing in Bloomington right now. Her name is Lauren Spierer and she was last season at around 4:30am (EST) Friday morning near the corner of 11th and College in Bloomington. She was walking back to her apartment at Smallwood Plaza, which is about 2 blocks down College Ave, barefoot and did not have her phone or purse. Security cameras show that she did not make it back to her apartment building and is currently missing. If you have any information or are able to help the search efforts in any way you are encouraged to do so!

A Twitter account has been set up to update on any news and information.
There is also a website dedicated to the search efforts run by the IU Hillel.
The Indiana Daily Student has also done a tremendous job in reporting the situation, providing all news updates and information.

If you are in the area, you can volunteer to search. If you are not around but still want to help, you can donate money through the IU Hillel to be used in the search effort.

Spread the word as much as possible, send out the news on Social Media... use the hashtag #FindLauren to help make it a trending topic! Anything you can do to help will be worthwhile!!!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Big Ten title game locations

A little late reporting this, but the Big Ten Conference has decided on the locations of the football title game and the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the near future.

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which was already selected to host the inaugural Big Ten Championship game this December, was unanimously chosen to be the game's host through at least the 2015 season.

In basketball, the men's and women's tournaments will rotate each year between Indianapolis and Chicago from 2013-2016. Both tournaments are being held in Indianapolis in 2012 following the upcoming season. In Chicago (2013, 2015), the men's will be at the United Center while the women's at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Both men's and women's tournaments will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2014 and 2016.

Jeremy Hollowell shines at Best of the Best camp

This past weekend, top high school players from across the country gathered in Atlanta for the Under Armour Best of the Best camp. Rivals.com wrote up a nice piece detailing the stars of the camp. Some local prospects certainly made some noise down South this weekend.

From the free article:
On 2012 verbal Jeremy Hollowell: "shot the ball very well the whole weekend but also used his size to score inside."

On 2013 prospect Zak Irvin: "showed off a lethal long-range jumper all weekend in Atlanta. He doesn't need much room to get his shot off either."
(Irvin is a teammate of 2012 stud Gary Harris at Hamilton Southeastern)

The writers also noted that Mitch McGary, a Chesterton IN native now playing at Brewster Academy, was the star of the camp. McGary's recruitment has blown up this AAU season and he saw his Rivals150 ranking skyrocket from the mid 90s to #5 overall. McGary was originally in the class of 2011 and held an IU offer in that class. Now that he is a 2012 recruit, a number of other national powers have gotten involved. Rivals reports that McGary now holds offers from Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Marquette, Xavier, Cincinnati, Miami (FL) and Dayton, as well as interest from the likes of Duke, Michigan and more.

Gary Harris Recruitment RECAP - Guest Post

The first ever Windy City Hoosier Source guest post comes from contributor and Indiana-alum Kyle Dunne:

Gary Harris Recruitment Recap

With the five early commitments for the 2012 recruiting class, Tom Crean and the rest of the Indiana staff have been able to focus the majority of their recruiting efforts on Gary Harris. Harris, a SG from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, IN, is ranked 26th in Rivals’ 2012 rankings. While numerous other prospects from the state of Indiana have chosen to commit early, Harris has repeatedly insisted that he will take his time to make his decision. Harris recently told Jody Demling that Indiana, Louisville, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are the top schools he is considering. The list is no surprise, as each of these programs has been consistently mentioned throughout the course of his recruitment. Harris had stated earlier this spring that he had some conversation with Kentucky, though they have not formally extended him a scholarship offer.

Throughout this AAU season, Harris has been seen multiple times watching Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Ron Patterson and Jeremy Hollowell play. All four of those 2012 Hoosier commits had played for Indiana Elite Team Indiana, though Patterson recently chose to switch back to Indiana Elite One. If Harris commits to Indiana, he will join those four, as well as center Peter Jurkin, in what is already the top ranked recruiting class. Despite the presumably close relationship between those players, Harris has maintained that he will make the decision on what is best for him. While there isn’t another college coach in the country who is on a hotter recruiting streak than Tom Crean, it will be a challenge to beat out these other top tier programs for Harris.

Editors note: THIS is why Harris has become such a hot commodity.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Trey Lyles Spiece mixtape

New mixtape of Trey Lyles, courtesy of CityLeagueHoopsTV.
Features highlights of Lyles as he played for Spiece a few weekends back in the Spiece event.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Future Hoosiers in action in Chicagoland

This weekend, Chicagoland is the home of the Best Buy Chicago Classic AAU event. Both Indiana Elite Team Indiana and Indiana Elite 1 will be in action, so if you are in the area you can check out most of the 2012 IU recruiting class. Pool play for the 17u Super Pools starts Saturday morning, and tournament play is Saturday night and Sunday. Both teams have their pool and tournament games at Joy Of The Game in Deerfield (MAP HERE!).

Team Indiana, featuring Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea and Jeremy Hollowell, plays at 1:50pm against the Houston Preps and then again at 4:10pm against the Wisconsin Playmakers.

Ron Patterson and Indiana Elite 1 have an early start, playing Wisconsin Swing at 8am and Kansas Pray and Play at 10:30am. The first round of tournament play is Saturday night. Team Indiana is in Super Pool 3, and will play at 10pm against a team decided by pool play results. Elite 1 is in Super Pool 5 and will play their 10pm game at either Lake Barrington or Mundelein HS.

Sunday tournament games for both teams will be at Joy Of The Game, provided they aren't upset on Saturday night.

Gary Harris and D3 Pride will also be in the event, with their pool play games taking place at 5:20 and 7:40pm at Lake Barrington. *EDIT* According to Rivals' Mike Pegram, Harris will not be attending the tournament this weekend due to a wedding.
Mitch McGary's SYF Players team is scheduled to play, but as of now I do not believe that Mitch is making the trip. *EDIT* Pegram also confirmed that McGary will not play, as he is on a visit to UConn.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

ESPN article about Indiana Elite, A-HOPE, and my reaction

Hanner Perea
By now, I am sure that all Indiana fans have read or at least heard about this "investigative journalism" piece by ESPN.com's Mark Fish. The article, as well as 5 other companion pieces, revolve around Mark Adams, who runs the Bloomington-based A-HOPE Foundation and coaches for Indiana Elite Team Indiana, a 17u AAU team also out of Bloomington. The main point in all of this is the relationship between Mark Adams, his son Drew, Hanner Perea, and the Indiana Hoosiers basketball program. Fish makes some pretty strong accusations, including a pipeline in which Indiana Elite players are funnelled into the IU program, or that Adams' A-HOPE kids are being told where to go to college.

Unfortunately, there are a number of factual errors in Fish's writing, as is there a large amount of withheld information. My honest opinion on all of this is that the Indiana fanbase should not have much to worry about in terms of NCAA violations with the program. One thing that may entice some NCAA questioning are the alleged improper benefits that Perea has received from Adams. But here is a breakdown of what I think to be the most glaring inaccuracies from the piece:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Indiana's APR officially out of penalty zone

Indiana's APR has been phenomenal
under Coach Tom Crean.
Fred Glass, Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball program received fantastic news today regarding the teams multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. For the first time since Mike Davis was head coach, Indiana's score came in above the 925 penalty zone at 929. This can be attributed to a perfect 1000 score for the 2009-2010 academic year, which raised the 4-year sliding score 51 points from last year's abysmal 878. Low scores from Davis' last seasons seriously hindered the Indiana average, as did a 811 in 2006 with Kelvin Sampson in charge.
The multi-year average takes into account 4 straight years and is delayed by one. This past academic year (2010-2011) will not be a part of the sliding APR score until this time next year. When the average dropped to 866 in 2008, the university self-imposed a loss of two scholarships for the program. In Tom Crean's first two years at Indiana, the basketball team has posted scores of 975 and 1000.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bobby Capobianco to transfer

As first reported by Dustin Dopirak, Hoosier big man Bobby Capobianco will leave the program and explore his transfer options. He spent two seasons as a Hoosier, averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in that span. Capobianco, affectionately known as the "Vanilla Gorilla," will have to sit out one season before finishing his final two years of eligibility with another D1 program. Bobby excelled in the classroom and leaves Indiana in fantastic academic standing. In a statement, Coach Tom Crean said he hoped that Bobby would find another school like Indiana that values academics over athletics, adding that he would help with that search process.
Capobianco was originally recruited by Crean when he was head coach at Marquette, but when Crean took the Indiana job he continued recruiting the Loveland, Ohio prospect. Capobianco committed to Indiana on April 17th, 2008, becoming the first new commitment for Tom Crean at Indiana.
You can read the official IU press release HERE, which features comments from both Crean and Capobianco.
We are very interested to see where Bobby goes next. I expect him to move on to a MAC, Horizon, MVC-level team, possibly back in Ohio or North Carolina (which he called home before moving to Cincinnati). He will definitely be able to earn more playing time at a smaller-level school and with his size and motor, he should be able to make a difference right away. Capobianco was nothing but a class act in his time at Indiana, and we at the Hoosier Source wish him the best of luck moving forward.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jamari Traylor to Kansas

According to Dustin Dopirak, IMG Academy big man Jamari Traylor has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. Traylor was considering Indiana, at one time making an unofficial visit to Bloomington. He chose Kansas over IU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Most believed that for the past weeks it has really been between the Jayhawks and Cowboys, though Indiana was often listed as being still in play. Traylor is a Chicago-native who blew up on the recruiting scene after transferring to IMG in Florida for his senior year. Astonishingly, he has only been playing organized basketball for three years. He originally made a name for himself on the AAU circuit last summer when he was running with Anthony Davis and Meanstreets. The 6'7" forward recently moved to #141 overall in the updated Rivals150 list. Traylor's IMG teammate DeAndre Daniels pushed back his scheduled announcement to Thursday morning. Daniels is a high profile recruit (ranked #10 overall by Rivals) reportedly deciding between Texas and Kansas.

Hoosier tidbits 5/18/2011

* Despite the recent drop in Rivals.com rankings by Indiana's 5 committed 2012 prospects, the recruiting service still lists Indiana as the number 1 overall class for that year. A lot can change between now and 2012, since most of the top-ranked kids are still undecided, but IU's class has the quality and quantity to make a real run at staying at the top.

* Coach Tom Crean was finally able to discuss the third member of the 2011 class, Remy Abell, today after Remy officially signed with Indiana. A short snippet from the full quote: "He is a big guard who will have an immediate impact defensively with his ability to guard three positions." - Crean
* 2013 Cleveland Benedictine big man Mark Williams will make his college decision on August 12th of this year, according to announcement from the player via Twitter. Currently Indiana is the only school to officially offer Williams, though more are expected to offer this summer as he continues to play well on the AAU circuit. The 6'7" power forward is hearing from Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, plus probably others not yet listed by Rivals.

* Ron "Buss" Patterson made some minor waves this past Sunday following Team Indiana's upset loss in the adidas May Classic. Patterson, most likely upset after not getting the start in the loss, tweeted that he wanted to find a new AAU team. The team change was actually confirmed yesterday by Hugh Kellenberger, who reported that Buss will go back to the Indiana Elite One team he has played with in the past. The change reportedly has nothing to do with chemistry issues or IU and all to do with wanting to reunite with his old teammates for their final AAU season.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Indiana to visit NC State in B1G/ACC Challenge

The match-ups were announced today for the 2011 edition of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The event will consist of 12 games in 2 days, 6 games per day. Newest Big Ten member Nebraska makes its debut as the challenge will be 12 games for the first time in its 13 year history. After the ACC dominated the first 10 years by going 10-0, the Big Ten will ride a 2-year win streak into the late November event.
Here's a complete rundown of the match-ups:
Nov. 29
Miami at Purdue
Northwestern at Georgia Tech
Illinois at Maryland
Michigan at Virginia
Clemson at Iowa
Duke at Ohio State

Nov. 30
Indiana at North Carolina State
Penn State at Boston College
Florida State at Michigan State
Virginia Tech at Minnesota
Wake Forest at Nebraska
Wisconsin at North Carolina

(analysis after the jump...)

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Rankings at Scout and Rivals

Rivals.com today updated their top 150 prospects in the class of 2012. Scout.com did the same last week. The five players committed to IU have dropped in rank by both services, but some targets have actually climbed up the rankings.
Here's a quick overview of where the "Fab Five" now stand in the ranks:

Player:                           Rivals:                  Scout:
Hanner Perea             #15 - 5 star          #22 - 5 star
Yogi Ferrell               #28 - 4 star          #36 - 4 star 
Jeremy Hollowell       #42 - 4 star          #26 - 4 star
Ron Patterson          #115 - 3 star          #80 - 4 star
Peter Jurkin                NR - 3 star           NR - 3 star

Notable IU targets include Gary Harris (#26 - 4* Rivals, #14 - 5* Scout) and Mitch McGary (#5 - 5* Rivals, #15 - 5* Scout). McGary has made an unbelievable climb in the rankings for both services due to his outstanding play so far on the Spring AAU circuit. Both Rivals and Scout will likely update their rankings at the end of the summer between AAU and HS ball, so we will see where they end up going into their senior years. Ferrell, Perea, Hollowell (just returning from injury) and Patterson have been impressive so far from IE Team Indiana so their continued strong play may help them out in the rankings.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hoosier commits/prospects at the AMC

The annual adidas May Classic begins Friday in Bloomington as some of the top AAU programs in the country make their way to central Indiana. Over the next three days, many of Tom Crean's commitments and targets will play in Assembly Hall and Cook Hall.
On Saturday, commits from all three upcoming recruiting classes will grace Branch McCracken Court. Tipping at 9:15am EST, the Eric Gordon All-Stars 16U team featuring commits Devin Davis Jr and Collin Hartman and prospects Zak Irvin and VJ Beachem and will take on Martin's Wolverines. That game will be followed by the Hoosier-laden Indiana Elite/Team Indiana. Taking the floor for IE will be Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea and Jeremy Hollowell, who was cleared to play by his doctor this afternoon. Jeremy has been out for several weeks after taking a hard fall in Denver. Peter Jurkin will still be out as he is recovering from a stress fracture and Ron Patterson will not be with the team until Sunday as he attends his prom.
The two members of the 2014 class, James Blackmon Jr and Trey Lyles, will join their Spiece Indy Heat 16s at Assembly Hall Saturday evening at 4:45 to take on Indiana Elite South. Spiece also features two prospects on Indiana's radar in Trevon Bluiett and PJ Thompson.
Pool play lasts through Saturday and then tournament play will take place Sunday. If you are in the area, I encourage you to check out some great basketball action. A number of other IU targets will be in action, including Gary Harris, Jaquan Lyle and Drake HarrisMitch McGary's SYF Players team will be in Bloomington, though McGary has reportedly suffered and injury and is not expected to play. He may, however, still make the trip. 
You can find a full IU fan guide for pool play HERE, courtesy of peegs.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DJ White, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe visit Tuscaloosa, AL

NBA players and Alabama natives DJ White, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe recently went down to Tuscaloosa to help out with the disaster relief and try and lift the spirits of those who lost their homes. It's always nice when you see these players put their time and money to good use and help out their communities. They may have gone to rival schools in the past but they are just human beings with the desire to do better for their hometowns. I know that this really hits home for DJ as he is from Tuscaloosa and starred at Hillcrest High School. He tweeted back when all of the tornadoes were happening that his family members back home were all safe. DJ is a great ambassador for Indiana University and an even greater person.

Video courtesy of the NBA. Part of NBA Cares.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Patterson serves a pizza to Kaminski

This past weekend, the AAU stars aligned for the Spiece Run 'N Slam event in Fort Wayne. In the clip below, Indiana commit Ron "Buss" Patterson (IE Team Indiana) goes dunk-face on Michigan State-bound Kenny Kaminski (All Ohio Red). Enjoy:

Hopefully this is the first of many pizzas that Buss serves to Sparty and the rest of the Big Ten!
(video courtesy of INBRecruits)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Spiece Run 'N Slam Classic - Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Several Hoosier commitments and targets will be in action this weekend up in Fort Wayne for the Spiece Run 'N Slam Classic. All the vital information on scheduling, admission, etc can be found HERE.
A nice breakdown of who plays on which team and when/where their specific games are can be found on InsideTheHall.

In action will be the Indiana Elite / Team Indiana (17u) squad featuring Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson and Peter Jurkin. The five 2012 commits will again not be able to play together as Jurkin and Hollowell are still recovering from injuries. The other three will be on the court.
The five-star recruit that could turn the "Fab Five" into the "Super Six," Gary Harris, will be in the event playing with D3 Pride (17u). 
If you want to check out the two 2013 verbals, you will find them on the Eric Gordon All-Stars (16u). Devin Davis and Collin Hartman team up with IU targets Zak Irvin and V.J. Beachem
The rising sophomores will be in action as well, as Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr. suit up for Spiece Indy Heat (16u). They will be playing up along side Yogi Ferrell's Park Tudor teammate Trevon Bluiett.
Another IU 2014 target playing this weekend is Jaquan Lyle, who is rumored to be very high on the Hoosiers. Lyle plays for the Eric Gordon (15u) team. 

The event lasts from Friday-Sunday and will take place at several venues, so make sure you check out the schedules if you are thinking of attending so that you can plan out your days accordingly.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Congrats to Derrick Rose, your NBA MVP

I know this is an Indiana Hoosiers site, but I thought that this local Windy City story deserved some recognition. I want to personally thank Derrick Rose for bringing the Chicago Bulls, his hometown team, back to the top of the professional basketball world. When the Bulls lucked into the first pick in the 2008 draft, there was no doubt in my mind that the Chicago kid was the right choice. Now here we are, just three seasons later, and the 22-year old Rose is the youngest MVP winner in NBA history. He is also the leader of the number 1 team in the Eastern Conference. At such a young age and with such unlimited potential, Derrick will most likely be the face of the Bulls franchise for years to come.

Thank you for everything, Derrick, and congratulations on this historic achievement!!!

Derrick Rose high school/AAU highlights (mcrouz on YouTube)
Top 10 plays of Rose's MVP season (courtesy NBA.com)

* DRose is doing the same stuff now against NBA competition as he was back in his Simeon/Meanstreets days.... simply unbelievable

Friday, April 29, 2011

Yogi Ferrell AAU highlights

Here are some video highlights of Yogi Ferrell from the Nike Spring Showdown event this past weekend in Merrillville, IN. Ferrell shows off his wide array of talents, including a sick coast to coast play at the end of the video. It is easy to see why many have made the case that the five-star IU verbal is possibly the best point guard in the entire class.
For more videos of the 2012 Hoosier recruits AAU play, check out InsideTheHall.

Video courtesy: hoosiersprepspotlight

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Remy Abell commits to Indiana

After visiting Bloomington this past Monday, Louisville combo guard Remy Abell has decided to play for the Indiana Hoosiers. Tom Crean has reeled in the third member of a solid 2011 class, which already features five-star big man Cody Zeller and shooting guard Austin Etherington. Abell, who led Eastern High School to a 33-3 record for his senior season, averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals (stats courtesy of Jody Demling).

Abell, who was recently let out of his letter of intent to Bradley following a coaching change, will become the first Kentucky-native to play for the Hoosiers in nearly 40 years. The other schools Remy was considering were Butler, Xavier, Penn State, and Western Kentucky. All but Butler offered a scholarship, Indiana doing so during his visit on Monday.
Remy can come in and make an immediate impact on the defensive end this upcoming season. The Hoosier roster has a lot of wings and guards, but is missing a solid perimeter defender. Abell can fill that role, as well as providing athleticism and hopefully running the point at times to spell Jordan Hulls. This should also allow Verdell Jones III to spend more time as a shooting guard, which is a better position for him to be in.

*Note: Because he is not allowed to sign two letters of intent in the same year, Remy will sign just a financial aid agreement with Indiana University.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Trey Lyles named National Freshman of the Year

MaxPreps.com released their list of the top national freshman players from this past season. The players are broken down into first, second, third teams and honorable mention. Only two committed players made the list, those being Indiana recruits Trey Lyles (Arsenal Tech) and James Blackmon Jr. (Fort Wayne Bishop Luers). Both Trey and James were honored as first-team national selections. Lyles was also honored as the overall player of the year.
Both Indiana verbals are very deserving of these honors. Trey Lyles averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds as a freshman while playing Varsity level in a Indianapolis competitive city league. James Blackmon Jr. let it be known that he is a premiere scorer, averaging 20.3 points per game.

Both freshman put up numbers that would be impressive for a player at any age, so Indiana fans should be excited about watching these two develop their games in the next three years before arriving in Bloomington.

Remy Abell visiting Bloomington Monday


Lousville, Kentucky (Eastern HS) standout Remy Abell is making an unofficial visit to Bloomington this afternoon, according to Peegs.com. Abell signed a letter of intent with Bradley University but was formally released from his commitment this past week following the Braves' head coaching change. Tom Crean had recruited Remy last summer but never offered him a scholarship. The 6'4" 197 lb shooting guard is considered by many experts to be a steal this late in the recruiting game. Abell is also considering Xavier, Butler, Western Kentucky and Penn State as his final five schools. Peegs reports that Remy holds offers from all but Indiana and Butler, as of right now.
Scouts have described him as a great defender with athleticism. Abell averaged 16 points per game in his senior season for Eastern and shot 55% from the field. He played alongside Butler-bound Kameron Woods and IUPUI-verbal Lyonell Gaines.

The Hoosiers back court will not have a lot of depth in the 2011 season and that could provide Abell with a chance to contribute right away. Right now the Hoosier guard corps consists of Jordan Hulls, Verdell Jones and Maurice Creek. Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey also have the ability to play the guard position but they are more wing players.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hoosier Source News Brief - April 21st, 2011

Here's a couple of Indiana-related news pieces that have been published in the past couple days:

* Inside The Hall's Alex Bozich caught up with Cody Zeller and Austin Etherington as they practiced for this Friday's Derby Festival Classic in Louisville. He posted a Q&A with the Hoosier signees, as well as some practice video. Here's the full roster, though some changes have been made due to injuries, etc.

* Former Hoosier Dane Fife is leaving his head coaching position at IPFW to take a job at Michigan State as one of Tom Izzo's assistants, reports Hugh Kellenberger.

* Coach Tom Crean has offered a scholarship to 2013 PG Josh Newkirk from Word of God Christian Academy (NC). Here's a short story from Inside The Hall, as well as recent Newkirk highlights from the Carolina Challenge.

* The Indiana Daily Student's Greg Rosenstein recently interviewed 2014 prospect Jaquan Lyle (Evansville Bosse). Lyle has recently made some interesting comments on Twitter, some directed at Hoosier recruits Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell. It seems Indiana is a strong leader in Lyle's recruitment right now, though the IDS interview indicates that Jaquan is still at least a year away from making a decision.

* Speaking of Twitter, 2014 star commitment Trey Lyles is now a member of the popular social media giant. Check him out at @TreyMambaLyles.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Indiana Elite/Team Indiana AAU Schedule

Since many of you are wondering when and where the future Hoosier-led Team Indiana will be playing this spring and summer, I am posting their schedule here. You can check out IE/TE, featuring the 2012 Indiana recruiting class of Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin during any of the following events:

April 15th - 17th: Double Pump (Denver, CO)
April 22nd - 24th: Nike Spring Showdown (Merrilville, IN)
May 6th - 8th: Spiece Run N Slam (Ft. Wayne, IN)
May 13th - 15th: adidas May Classic (Bloomington, IN)
May 27th - 30th: Best Buy Chicago Classic (Chicago, IL)
July 6th - 8th: adidas Invitational (Indianapolis, IN)
July 13th - 15th: Best Buy Classic (Minnesota)
July 22nd - 26th: adidas Super 64 (Las Vegas, NV)

As more information comes available on these tournaments, or any future changes or additions are made to the schedule, just check back with the Windy City Source and we will have you covered!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cody Zeller is Indiana's 2011 Mr. Basketball

Cody Zeller joins his older brothers Luke (2005) and Tyler (2006) as the first trio of brothers to ever win Indiana Mr. Basketball. The honor is given to the state's top prep player. Cody was the favorite to win the award, while other candidates included Pike's Marquis Teague and Bloomington South's Dee Davis.
Zeller will be the second Mr. Basketball on the current Hoosier roster when he joins guard Jordan Hulls (Bloomington South, 2009).  Cody will be the 26th overall Mr. Basketball to wear the cream and crimson.

Other recent winners to play at IU include Eric Gordon (North Central, 2007), AJ Ratliff (North Central, 2004) and Jared Jeffries (Bloomington North, 2000).

Inside The Hall video of Indiana Elite

Inside The Hall has posted a highlight reel (click!) of Indiana Elite/Team Indiana's 103-63 win over Hancock County All-Stars this past Saturday. All five of Indiana's 2012 verbal commitments play on the team, though Peter Jurkin did not come out for the tournament as he is still in school in North Carolina. The four future Hoosiers put on quite a show. In the video you will see some fantastic passes from Yogi Ferrell (#11), some thundering dunks from Hanner Perea (#12) and some solid shooting and driving from Ron Patterson (#34) and Jeremy Hollowell (#33). Also, note that when Hollowell throws an errant alley-oop to Ron Patterson about half way through, Patterson actually jumps over one of the defenders.
The five future Hoosiers will have this spring and summer to work on their team chemistry. This will be great for them as teammates moving forward and they should all be very familiar with each other coming into college. Ferrell spent last summer playing up a year with 2011 Hoosier signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, so there is some familiarity there as well.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Hollowell to Indiana Elite/Team Indiana

It was reported earlier today by Indianapolis Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep that 2012 Indiana verbal Jeremy Hollowell will be switching AAU teams this season. Hollowell is leaving the Eric Gordon All-Stars to join Indiana Elite/Team Indiana, where he will play alongside fellow Hoosier verbals Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson. The five future Hoosiers will spend a lot of time on the court together this spring and summer, giving them a major advantage coming to Bloomington next June. Having a five-man recruiting class all playing on the same AAU squad is unprecedented, especially with such a talented group. I would recommend all Hoosier fans take advantage any opportunity they get to check out Team Indiana at some point this spring or summer, as it will surely give you even more reason to be excited about the future of the Hoosier program.

Indiana Elite/Team Indiana will be in action this coming weekend as part of the Indyball.com shootout in Indianapolis. Pools and schedule grids were released on Tuesday. On Saturday, IE/TE plays Hancock County All-Stars at 3:15 EST. They then face Club Elite Eight at 5:45 EST. Both games will be played on the main court at North Central High School.

Note: Peter Jurkin is still recovering from an injury suffered during this past high school season and was noticeably limping in UFCA's game this past week on ESPNU.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pair of IU recruits with games on ESPN

Two future Hoosier big men will be showcasing their skills on ESPN networks these next two days. Of course the main event is Wednesday night, as Cody Zeller joins the rest of the McDonald's All-Americans at the United Center. Tip-off is at around 10pm EST/9pm CST on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Zeller will play for the West team and is expected to start at center. His teammates include Kentucky signees Anthony Davis (Chicago), Kyle Wiltjer (Portland, OR) and Marquis Teague (Indianapolis), as well as Michigan State-bound Branden Dawsen (Gary) and Jeremiah River's younger brother and former Duke Blue Devil Austin Rivers (Winter Park, FL). The full East and West rosters can be found here.

On Thursday, 2012 verbal commitment Peter Jurkin will play at 8pm EST/7pm CST on ESPNU. Jurkin's United Faith Christian Academy (NC) team is taking part in ESPN Rise National High School Tournament, and as the #7 seed will take on #2 seed Oak Hill Academy (VA). Should his team win, Jurkin will play again on Friday at 5:30pm on ESPN2 against either Findlay Prep (NV) or Dwyer (FL). The championship game is Saturday April 1st at 2pm on ESPN. Here's the full bracket with the rest of the teams and game times, as well as the girl's bracket.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Zeller and Ferrell are state champs

2011 Indiana signee Cody Zeller led his Washington Hatchets to their third state title in his four years. The senior center scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the 61-46 victory over Culver Academies. The Zeller family has led Washington to four state titles in seven years, and now Cody has been a part of three of those.

While Washington grabbed the 3A title in the afternoon, 2012 Indiana verbal Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell was in action as his Park Tudor Panthers played in their second straight 2A title game. Led by Ferrell and freshman standout Trevon Bluiett, the Panthers avenged last year's loss by beating Bishop Noll 43-42. Yogi had 14 point, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, while Bluiett racked up 21 points and 8 boards.

Both games took place at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and several current Hoosiers, including Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and the Crean family, were in attendance. Hulls' alma mater Bloomington South went on to win the 4A title with a 56-42 victory over Kokomo.

Stats/scores credited to InsideTheHall.com, the Bloomington Herald-Times, and IHSAA.org.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jeremy Hollowell commitment press conference

As promised, here's the video. Courtesy Hoosier HQ (Bloomington Herald-Times)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jeremy Hollowell commits to Indiana

Indianapolis star SF Jeremy Hollowell has become the fifth member of a star-studded 2012 recruiting class for the Hoosiers. Hollowell made the decision at a press conference at Lawrence Central, his high school, at about 3:30 EST this afternoon. Jeremy was also considering Purdue, Ohio State and Cincinnati going into today. Tom Crean and his staff have assembled an unbelievable run of recruiting success in the last six months. Hollowell joins five-star prospects Yogi Ferrell and Hanner Perea, fellow four-star Ron Patterson, and top150 center Peter Jurkin in one is undoubtedly the top recruiting class in the country. Rivals.com lists Hollowell as the #39 overall prospect and #9 small forward in the country. New rankings should be released soon, so there is a chance that he may even move up.

It is worth noting that Tom Crean had 12 basketball visitors in Bloomington for the IU/Michigan football game back on Oct. 2. As of right now, 11 of those 12 recruits have either verbally committed or signed with the Hoosiers. Crean sold these players on rebuilding the Indiana basketball program together and so far they have all bought into it. Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller become the first wave of recruits coming to campus next year and in 2012 the monster class will arrive. The only recruit that has yet to commit from that group is Hamilton Southeastern star Gary Harris. Harris is high on the Hoosiers but is taking his recruitment slowly. Most experts believe that Harris will not make a decision until next fall, after having a chance to make official visits. This timeline would be very similar to that of Cody Zeller, who made his commitment to Indiana on signing day in November after making his three visits. Hollowell stated after his announcement today that he will get to work recruiting Harris to IU.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Zeller and Ferrell advance to state finals

Washington senior big man Cody Zeller and Park Tudor junior point guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell each led their teams to the Indiana state finals with big semi-state wins this past Saturday at Seymour. In the first game, Ferrel lead the Panthers with 25 points and 7 assists as they beat Forest Park 57-45. 2014 stud Trevon Bluiett pitched in 16 points in the victory. The freshman holds an offer from Tom Crean and the Hoosiers. In the second game, Cody Zeller's Hatchets beat Batesville 66-48. Zeller filled up the stat sheet, racking up 23 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. The dominating performance secured Washington (23-4) a spot in the 3A State Championship game where they will face Culver Academies (19-6) in an attempt to win back-to-back state titles. While Cody's older brothers Tyler and Luke were able to win state with Washington, neither of them won it more than once. All four state championship games will be played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, with the 1A game tipping at 10:30 a EST. Park Tudor (25-2) will face Hammond Bishop Noll (26-0) in the second game for the 2A state title.

All stats are from Inside The Hall. Head over there to check out post-game interviews and highlights from the semi-state games. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Jeremy Hollowell sets decision timetable

Just minutes ago, a tweet straight from Jeremy Hollowell (2012 SF - Indianapolis) has revealed the new timetable for his college decision:
"Talkin it over with my mom: I will be making my college decision before the start of AAU season"
This means that Hollowell's decision could be made in the next couple weeks. There was really no set timetable prior to today, so this is a big development. Many recruiting experts have named Indiana, Ohio State and Purdue as the leaders for Hollowell's services, but recently there has been some buzz that the Hoosiers are the clear leader. Another tweet a couple of months ago from Jeremy stated that his mom's favorite school was becoming his favorite. All signs point to that school being Indiana, as Jeremy's mother has had many favorable things to say about the staff and school and even took a visit to Bloomington without her son to check things out. We also know that the Boilermakers have yet to offer Jeremy a scholarship, so the odds of him committing to Purdue at this point are highly unlikely.
Rivals.com currently ranks Jeremy as the nations 39th best prospect in the class of 2012, and the 9th best small forward in that group. They also list scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee and Xavier. Tom Crean has done an amazing job keeping the top talent in the state of Indiana and landing Hollowell would all but guarantee the Hoosiers the #1 recruiting class in the nation.

AAU basketball usually gets rolling around April so hopefully we will have some news to report for you sooner rather than later. I am sure Hoosier fans are excited to see which school Jeremy chooses and how that decision will affect the recruitment of fellow 2012 in-state stud Gary Harris.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Coaching changes for former Indiana recruits

A pair of coaching changes have left two former Indiana basketball recruits with some uncertainty. The University of Arkansas announced yesterday that head coach John Pelphrey was being dismissed with three years left on his contract. Pelphrey led the Razorbacks to a 69-59 record in his 4 years at the helm and was recently the subject of an NCAA investigation regarding contact that he made with two high school junior prospects.
Then today, Oklahoma University fired head coach Jeff Capel after back-to-back losing seasons. Capel was unable to get the Sooners back on the winning track after the departure of star Blake Griffin two years ago. 
Normally, these two stories would hold little importance to Indiana basketball. However, when a coach is let go there is always speculation as to what the current players, and more importantly the current recruits, will do.

(Continues after the jump!)

New on the radar: PF Jamari Traylor

According to Eric Bossi from Rivals.com, coach Tom Crean and staff have formerly offered a scholarship to 2011 big man Jamari Traylor. The high school senior is currently prepping at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida but is originally from Chicago (Julian). He played AAU ball with Meanstreets alongside top prospect Anthony Davis. You can read Bossi's article here, provided you have a subscription to the site. Traylor has reportedly received offers from Indiana, Kansas, St. Johns, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. He is an athletic big man, with major hops and a Big Ten build. He is listed by Rivals as 6'7" 212 lbs and has been described by some as a banger who can do the dirty work without the ball, but still put up numbers if needed. Traylor definitely fits a need for this current Indiana team. Even with Cody Zeller coming in next year, the front court is weak and could get even weaker with off-season transfers. We will keep you updated as more Traylor news becomes available.

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