Friday, May 27, 2011

Future Hoosiers in action in Chicagoland

USAYouthHoops.com
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
[IndianaElite.com]
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

IUHoosiers.com
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


NY2LA.com
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!!!

Video:
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