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

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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"
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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.

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New on the radar: PF Jamari Traylor

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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.

Videos: Meanstreets AAU Highlights | SWAGair Highlights w/ Anthony Davis | 2 Sick Dunks AAU

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pair of IU signees still in action

Two of Tom Crean's top in-state commitments still hold hopes of winning state titles this season, and both of them will be in action at Seymour this coming Saturday (Mar 19th).
2012 star Yogi Ferrell has lead his (24-2) Park Tudor team to the 2A Semi-States, beating Centersville and Winchester by 20 and 15 points, respectively. The Panthers take on undefeated Forest Park on Saturday at 4 pm/3 pm CST.
2011 signee Cody Zeller and his Washington teammates had no trouble this weekend, beating Evansville Bosse 71-49 then Corydon Central 68-41. Next up for the (22-4) Hatchets is Batesville (18-6). This 3A Semi-State matchup will follow Park Tudor/Forest Park on Saturday at Seymour.
This will be a great opportunity for Hoosier fans to catch a glimpse of Indiana's future. Both Ferrell and Zeller have proven themselves as winners and will look to advance to the state finals at Conseco Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 26th. The other 2A semi matchup features undefeated Hammond Bishop Noll vs. Tipton, while the 3A semi has Culver Academies matched up against Columbia City. Both of those games will be Saturday at Huntington North, with the first tip-off at 1 pm/noon CST.