Friday, January 28, 2011

Tom Crean celebrates with students

After Indiana's win last night over #21 Illinois, head coach Tom Crean headed out to the South Lobby of Assembly Hall to celebrate with the students. Some may say that this is not that big of a win, but when you understand what this team, coaching staff and fanbase has gone through for the past 2+ years, this win is as big as it gets. Most of the students attending last night's game have never seen IU beat a ranked opponent. I just graduated after last year, and I can say without a doubt that had I been at Assembly Hall I would have been going just as crazy as everyone else. I personally love Crean's enthusiasm last night and every night. You can see how long he has been waiting for a real win like this one and it's great to see him getting in touch with the students and fans like this. Enjoy:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jeremy Hollowell updates, rumors

2012 Indianapolis (Lawrence Central) standout Jeremy Hollowell has stirred up the rumor mill with a recent tweet regarding his favorite school. Hollowell tweeted this on Wednesday night:
"My mom fav school is somehow becoming my fav school she make some strong points on recruiting!" - @jeremy152012
There is a lot of speculation as to which school Jeremy is referring to, but some signs point to Indiana. Hollowell's mother spoke very highly of IU after an unofficial visit late last year and was reported to have visited campus once on her own to check in on the school's academics. If Jeremy's mom's favorite school is indeed Indiana, this tweet should confirm that IU is Jeremy's current favorite, as well. Of course, I have to stress that current favorite could mean for a couple weeks (or even days) as high school recruitment is always a very fluid process. Another rumor floating around is that Jeremy and his mom will be on campus tonight for the Hoosiers' game against the Fighting Illini at 9pm EST. So far this is unconfirmed, but we are working to gain more details on both of these developing stories.
According to Rivals, Hollowell's two leading schools right now are Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and Florida. 

Remember that you can follow us on Twitter at @HoosierSource for all the latest IU recruiting news.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gary Harris can go upstairs

New video of top IU target Gary Harris completely wrecking a defender at the Flyin' To The Hoop event this weekend. Props to CityLeagueHoopsTV for this amazing video.

Maurice Creek out indefinitely

Coach Tom Crean said earlier today on his radio show that Maurice Creek's knee injury was more serious than most expected. The injury, which occurred Saturday near the end of the Michigan game, is a stress fracture of the right patella. Crean said that Creek is out indefinitely as of right now.
Most Hoosier fans know that Creek suffered a broken knee cap in the final non-conference game last season and was out the rest of the year. That injury was in his left knee, so this new injury is not a re-aggravation. It is also not as serious as last year's injury, but it seems like it is bad enough where he could potentially be out the rest of the season.
This is awful news for Maurice, as he was just getting his confidence and his game back. Although his knee injury was healed, he appeared to be playing a bit tentatively early on this season. He didn't have the same explosiveness that he had shown last season. In the last few games Creek was starting to really step back into his game, which makes this injury even more unfortunate.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Friday, January 14, 2011

2012 commitments to join forces in AAU

Indianapolis Star writer Kyle Neddenriep recently reported that the IU class of 2012 commitments will be coming together for this upcoming AAU season. This spring and summer, Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson will all play for Indiana Elite / Team Indiana. This may seem minor but it is actually huge news, as the Hoosier commitments will all be building up their chemistry before coming in together as freshmen. Indiana basketball is all about playing for the name on the front of the jersey, rather than the name on the back, and these four prospects are already putting the team first. Of course, they don't have to worry about impressing college coaches anymore, but it is great to see that they will already be forming that team bond and will come to Bloomington already very familiar with each others game. 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller have a similar chemistry after playing together this past summer. They also had Yogi Ferrell on their team, as he was playing up a level.
On a similar note, it was announced a few weeks ago that 2013 commitment Collin Hartman would be playing AAU for the Eric Gordon All-Stars this summer. This will put him on a team with fellow commit Devin Davis Jr., as well as big time IU targets Basil Smotherman and Zak Irvin. VJ Beachem may also play for the EG team.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New unofficial IU basketball recruiting video

If a top prospect watches this video and doesn't commit right on the spot, then there is something wrong with them. Or maybe they just need to see this video to seal the deal.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Recruit / commit updates - Jan. 7, 2011

Trey Lyles (2014 commit, Tech): 13 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in a loss to Brebeuf
PJ Thompson (2014 prospect, Brebeuf): 8 points, 5 assists, 1 steal in win over Indy Tech
- IU assistant Tim Buckley was at this game, and was joined in the second half by head coach Tom Crean
Yogi Ferrell (2012 commit, Park Tudor): 27 points in blowout over Heritage Christian
Basil Smotherman (2013 prospect, Heritage Christian): 19 points in loss
- Head coach Tom Crean was at this game in the first half before heading to Brebeuf

Ron Patterson (2012 commit, Broad Ripple): 16 points, 7 rebounds in win over Howe

Walter Pitchford (2011 prospect, Summit Christian MI): 14 points, 5-12 FG vs Iowa Western CC
- Assistant coach Steve McClain was on hand for this game in Vincennes, IN

*stats thanks to Hugh Kellenberger, Brian Snow, Kyle Neddenriep

IU staff on the recruiting trail

The IU coaching staff is out in full force this evening checking out recruits all over the state. Earlier today, assistant coach Steve McClain was down in Vincennes to check out uncommitted 2011 big man Walter Pitchford. Pitchford, who is currently in a prep year at Summit Christian Academy in Michigan, originally signed with Depaul before being let out of his commitment due to the Blue Demons' coaching change. According to Rivals, Pitchford holds an offer from Iowa and is getting interest from IU, Minnesota, Memphis and other major schools. Reports from the game say Walter went for either 12 or 14 points on 5-12 shooting, though he had limited playing time in the second half.
5-star Hoosier commitment Yogi Ferrell is playing tonight as his Park Tudor team takes on Heritage Christian. He is facing top 2013 prospect Basil Smotherman in this one, and head coach Tom Crean is reportedly at the game checking the two of them out. Scout's Brian Snow is reporting that at halftime, Park Tudor leads 44-23 behind Ferrell's 16 points. Smotherman has just 4, so far.
Lastly, 2014 commitment Trey Lyles and his Tech teammates are facing off against PJ Thompson and Brebeuf. IU assistant Tim Buckley is on site for this one. Lyles has been having a fantastic freshman campaign so far and is poised to be the top prospect in the state (even top 5-10 in the country). Thompson is also a freshman and is early on in the recruiting process. He is hearing from a number of schools so far, including IU, Purdue and Xavier.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Happy 2011 Everyone!

Photo: Bloomington Herald Times
Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season and are as excited about the future of the Hoosier basketball program as we are. Indiana fought hard Tuesday night and almost pulled the upset against Minnesota at the Barn, one of the tougher buildings to play at in the conference. Looking forward, Tuesday's effort should make Hoosiers fans more optimistic for the next two games. Sunday the boys will be in Evanston to take on a struggling Northwestern team, who without leading scorer Jon Shurna playing at 100% have gotten off to a rough start in conference play. Then the Hoosiers will come back home to take on a beatable Michigan Wolverines squad that is 1-2 in conference and will be coming off back to back games against the #3 Kansas Jayhawks and #2 Ohio State Buckeyes. Both of those will tough home games for the maize and blue and could possibly extend their losing streak to three as they travel to Bloomington.

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