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 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 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 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.