Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recent Recruiting Ignites Indiana/Purdue Rivalry

Tom Crean's impressive recruiting run has been well-documented on this site, as the Hoosiers have received huge commitments from 2012, 2013 and 2014. More impressive is the fact that most of the players Crean has recruited are from within the state. The days of all the top Indiana prospects bolting to other schools seems to be over, and that is all more evident now with a recent string of in-state recruits pledging for the Purdue Boilermakers. While Matt Painter has taken commitments from several out-of-state prospects, the buzz about a re-energized rivalry has grown with the recent commitment of 2013 stud Basil Smotherman (Indianapolis Heritage Christian). The 6-5 small forward Smotherman joins Fort Wayne Northrop guard Bryson Scott in an impressive recruiting class for the Boilers. Down south, the Hoosiers already have commitments from in-state talents Collin Hartman (Indianapolis Cathedral) and Devin Davis Jr (Warren Central).
The state of Indiana is no-doubt loaded for the next couple of recruiting years, and it is promising to see the top talents choosing to remain in-state. While I am sure most of my readers would prefer to see kids don the cream and crimson, there is something to be said about the renewed rivalry in the not-to-distant future. Indiana and Purdue will face off with rosters full of Indiana kids who understand what the rivalry is all about.

After the jump, we will take a look at partial projected rosters when the Hoosiers and Boilermakers meet in 2013:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cody Zeller named to McDonalds All-American roster

photo: InsideTheHall
Washington (IN) senior Cody Zeller was named to the annual McDonalds All-American roster this afternoon. Zeller will play for the West squad, coached by the staff from St. Joseph High School (Westchester, IL). Cody is the third member of his family to receive this honor (Luke in 2005 and Tyler in 2008), making the Zellers the first trio of brothers to play in the game. He is the first MDAA to play at IU since Eric Gordon in 2007, and the 25th for the school overall.

The West squad also features Michigan State recruit Branden Dawson (Gary, IN) and UK-bound Marquis Teague (Indianapolis), giving Indiana three total players which is the most of any state this season. Hoosier senior Jeremiah Rivers' younger brother Austin will be there, as the Duke-bound star is Rivals' number one overall prospect in the class. Kentucky has the most committed players in the game (4), followed by Duke (3) and a few others with 2. Joining Zeller and Dawson in the Big Ten are Ohio State signees Amir Williams and Shannon Scott. Two Chicago prospects will take part in the game, as well. Morgan Park's Wayne Blackshear (Louisville) and Perspectives' Anthony Davis (Kentucky) will both play for the West team.

Full rosters HERE, or you can just read them after the jump...

Monday, February 07, 2011

Will Sheehey's big time dunk

(video courtesy of ESPN... I strongly recommend opening this in a new window and re-watching in HD!)

Very disappointing game Saturday evening but at least we got to see what Will Sheehey is capable of doing. This nasty dunk over Iowa's Melsahn Basabe earned the top spot on SportsCenter's top 10 plays Saturday night, making Sheehey the third IU player with that honor this season (joins Oladipo's half+ court shot and Pritchard's dunk last week). I was at the game and I can say that it was easily the loudest I had heard Assembly Hall get since the days of Eric Gordon and DJ White.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

"The Pritch" Throws Down HARD

video courtesy: ESPN

Tom Pritchard has been playing much better in the past few games for the Hoosiers, but I think that tonight was his coming out party. "The Pritch" had 12 points on 5-5 shooting and 2-2 from the FT line. Tom looks like a completely different player. It's great to see him coming into his own, as I get the feeling someone finally got through to him and helped him get over his mental blocks. One play that stood out to me (besides the dunk) was in the second half where Tom got the ball on the baseline. He went hard to the hoop for a one-handed slam and got fouled in the process. Before tonight, I think we would have seen Pritchard put up a weak shot from the baseline or dish it out to someone else. But tonight Tom was playing with intensity and emotion and I think this is exactly the kind of game that he has needed. Not to mention he knocked down both freebies from the line!
- Check out Tom getting into it as he runs back down the court.
- Check out Mr. Slam Dunk Victor Oladipo seemingly in disbelief
- Just listen to Quinn Buckner... The Pritch had him talking nonsense!
- Also, this video is actually from ESPN's YouTube channel - The Pritch is on a national stage!