Monday, June 20, 2011

IU's new Dir. of Basketball Operations: Calbert Cheaney

All-time IU great Calbert Cheaney was officially introduced this afternoon by Tom Crean as the new Director of Basketball Operations. Cheaney, who is the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer, a three-time All-American and multiple National POY awards in 1993, said that the decision to come back to Indiana was an easy one. Here are parts 1 and 2 of the press conference, courtesy of IUAthletics YouTube page:



Friday, June 17, 2011

Q&A with 2012 Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday, the Windy City Source posted the first of two parts of our Nick Stauskas interview. As promised, here is the rest of what the 2012 Michigan verbal had to say, courtesy of our UM contributor [JH]:

Windy City Source:  How would you describe your game?  Is there anyone in particular that you try to mirror the way they play?

Nick Stauskas:  I think I have a unique game. I think I am one of the best shooters in the country. I also think I surprise people with my ability to get to the rim and my athleticism because I constantly get labeled as just a shooter. I also like to think of myself as an unselfish player and let the game come to me whenever it comes to me. I don't know whom I would compare my game to at this point. I try to learn a lot of things from all different NBA players, but don't think I play like one specifically. I guess when people see me play in college they can decide for themselves.

[rest after jump!]

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Indiana's single-game opponents for 2011-12

The Big Ten announced each school's the single-game opponents for the 2011-12 basketball season on Thursday. Adding Nebraska to the conference means that each team will play 7 teams twice and 4 teams once.

Indiana's single-game opponents are:

At home: Illinois and Northwestern
On the road: Wisconsin and Nebraska

This means that the Hoosiers will play Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, and Purdue twice this upcoming season. This year would have been a good year to get Ohio State as a single-game opponent at home (Iowa and Minnesota have that honor) as the Buckeyes look to be the favorite in the conference.

Avoiding trips to Champaign and Evanston will be nice, as the Hoosiers haven't won at either of those places since the 2007-2008 season. The Hoosiers played what was possibly their worst game of the season at Illinois last year, getting dominated 72-48. Fortunately, the lasting image of the 2010-2011 season for Hoosier fans will be upsetting the ranked Illini in Bloomington and the ensuing celebration.

Calbert Cheaney reportedly returning to IU program

Reports are surfacing from numerous outlets (including Louisville C-J, Inside The Hall, and Bloomington H-T) that Hoosier legend Calbert Cheaney will be returning to the Indiana basketball program in an operations position. While nothing is yet official, all signs seem to point to this hire happening in the very near future. Here's what Tom Crean had to say about it today:
“I’m not ready to make any official announcement yet but you can say that I’m extremely excited about the future of our basketball staff” - Coach Tom Crean

Cheaney, an Evansville-native, is one of the all-time Hoosier greats. In his four years in Bloomington, Calbert scored 2,613 points and remains the Big Ten Conference's all-time leading scorer. He was a three-time All-American, one of few Hoosiers to accomplish this, and swept the National Player of the Year Awards in 1993, taking home the Wooden, Naismith and many others. Cheaney is also recognized as the Hoosier with the most career wins (105).

After a 13-year career as an NBA player, Cheaney spent the last two seasons as a special assistant to the Golden State Warriors.

Needless to say, Cheaney will be welcomed with open arms upon the announcement of his hiring and should make an immediate impact with recruiting and current players. Though he will be in an operations position, I am sure he will spend time working with players in practice. Having a mentor like Cheaney could do wonders for players like Christian Watford and Jeremy Hollowell especially.

This news comes just about a month after Drew Adams left for New Mexico, so it is possible that Cheaney would take over those duties.

Indiana recruit showcase scheduled for February 4th

Indiana University basketball recruits from 2012, 2013 and 2014 will share the same stage for a high-school event on February 4th. The showcase, which is being held at Lawrence Central High School, features 8 of the 9 Hoosier verbal commitments playing against one another. This will be the first time fans will be able to see The Movement in action like this. The four games are as follows:

Lawrence Central (Jeremy Hollowell '12) vs. Cathedral (Collin Hartman '13)
Broad Ripple (Ron Patterson '12) vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (James Blackmon Jr '14)
United Faith Academy NC (Peter Jurkin '12) vs. LaPorte La Lumiere (Hanner Perea '12)
Park Tudor (Yogi Ferrell '12) vs. Arsenal Tech (Trey Lyles '14)

Should be an incredible event for Hoosier fans across the state. Warren Central (Devin Davis '13) seems to be the odd-man out from this event, though it leaves open the possibility for another game to be added should an additional prospect commit to the Hoosiers before February.

I'm sure Hoosier fans wouldn't mind seeing Hamilton Southeastern (Gary Harris '12, Zak Irvin '13) or Evansville Bosse (Jaquan Lyle '14) join in on the action to take on WC.

Q&A with 2012 Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas (Part 1 of 2)

The Source's Michigan recruiting contributor [JH] had a chance to interview rising senior and Michigan verbal Nick Stauskas:

Nick Stauskas committed to The University of Michigan back in March, joining fellow forward Glenn Robinson III.  Nick is currently ranked as one of the top 100 players in America, as well as one of the top ranked players in Canada.  He has spent time playing in prep schools in Connecticut and, most recently, at St. Mark’s in Massachusetts.  Windy City Source recently spoke to Nick about basketball in Canada vs. the U.S., what he sees in his future at Michigan, and everything in between.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Indiana contacts 2013 prospects

Twelve o'clock Wednesday morning marked the first time NCAA coaches are able to contact members of the class of 2013 via phone. This deadline is usually highlighted by coaches making calls right within that first hour and throughout the rest of the day. There are a number of 2013 guys that Indiana has been actively recruiting, as well as the two verbal commitments Collin Hartman and Devin Davis Jr. In addition to those two getting calls, Crean and company spoke with Zak Irvin, Demetrius Jackson, Mark Williams, Byron "Bo" Zeigler, VJ Beachem and others.

Inside The Hall compiled a list of all of those uncommitted prospects contacted by the Indiana coaching staff as of Wednesday evening.

Michigan made some waves by landing two 2013 prospects this morning in Mark Donnal and Austin Hatch. Donnal is an Ohio-native who plays AAU ball for Indiana Elite South and Dan Dakich, while Hatch is a Fort Wayne prospect (Canterbury). Both Hatch and Donnal were at the Michigan Elite camp this past weekend and were being recruited by Indiana, though neither had received offers. We will have more on the two newest Wolverines in the coming days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hoosiers make NBA Top 100 Camp rosters

The National Basketball Player's Association (NBPA) has announced the rosters for the upcoming NBA Top 100 camp June 15-18. The event is being held at John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA). Four members of Indiana's 2012 recruiting class will participate, as well as a couple of top targets. Players are divided into teams affiliated with actual NBA squads:

IU Verbals:
Hanner Perea (Bulls) - 6'9", 220 lb PF
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (Magic) - 5'11", 165 lb PG
Jeremy Hollowell (Lakers) - 6'7", 200 lb SF
Ron "Buss" Patterson (Spurs) - 6'3", 200 lb SG

IU Targets/Offers:
Gary Harris (Grizzlies) - 6'4", 190 lb SG
Mitch McGary (Hawks) - 6'10", 255 lb PF
AJ Hammons (Magic) - 6'11", 265 lb C
TJ Warren (Mavericks) - 6'7", 210 lb SF

Other players include Michigan State verbals Kenny Kaminski, Denzel Valentine and Matt Costello; Purdue's Raphael Davis and Ronnie Johnson; Wisconsin's Sam Dekker; Michigan's Glenn Robinson III; Notre Dame's Cameron Biedscheid; and Butler's Kellen Dunham.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Congrats to Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks

The Windy City Hoosier Source just wanted to send out a congratulations to IU alumni Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks for closing out the Miami Heat last night and taking home the franchise's first NBA Title.

Cuban is a very outspoken owner but he has accomplished so much in his life so far and is a proud Hoosier.

So congrats to Mark, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and the rest of the Mavericks team for taking down the Heat!

(oh, and thanks for denying LeBron a title!)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Help find IU student Lauren Spierer!!!

I'm sure most of you have heard by now that there is an IU student missing in Bloomington right now. Her name is Lauren Spierer and she was last season at around 4:30am (EST) Friday morning near the corner of 11th and College in Bloomington. She was walking back to her apartment at Smallwood Plaza, which is about 2 blocks down College Ave, barefoot and did not have her phone or purse. Security cameras show that she did not make it back to her apartment building and is currently missing. If you have any information or are able to help the search efforts in any way you are encouraged to do so!

A Twitter account has been set up to update on any news and information.
There is also a website dedicated to the search efforts run by the IU Hillel.
The Indiana Daily Student has also done a tremendous job in reporting the situation, providing all news updates and information.

If you are in the area, you can volunteer to search. If you are not around but still want to help, you can donate money through the IU Hillel to be used in the search effort.

Spread the word as much as possible, send out the news on Social Media... use the hashtag #FindLauren to help make it a trending topic! Anything you can do to help will be worthwhile!!!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Big Ten title game locations

A little late reporting this, but the Big Ten Conference has decided on the locations of the football title game and the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the near future.

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which was already selected to host the inaugural Big Ten Championship game this December, was unanimously chosen to be the game's host through at least the 2015 season.

In basketball, the men's and women's tournaments will rotate each year between Indianapolis and Chicago from 2013-2016. Both tournaments are being held in Indianapolis in 2012 following the upcoming season. In Chicago (2013, 2015), the men's will be at the United Center while the women's at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Both men's and women's tournaments will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2014 and 2016.

Jeremy Hollowell shines at Best of the Best camp

This past weekend, top high school players from across the country gathered in Atlanta for the Under Armour Best of the Best camp. wrote up a nice piece detailing the stars of the camp. Some local prospects certainly made some noise down South this weekend.

From the free article:
On 2012 verbal Jeremy Hollowell: "shot the ball very well the whole weekend but also used his size to score inside."

On 2013 prospect Zak Irvin: "showed off a lethal long-range jumper all weekend in Atlanta. He doesn't need much room to get his shot off either."
(Irvin is a teammate of 2012 stud Gary Harris at Hamilton Southeastern)

The writers also noted that Mitch McGary, a Chesterton IN native now playing at Brewster Academy, was the star of the camp. McGary's recruitment has blown up this AAU season and he saw his Rivals150 ranking skyrocket from the mid 90s to #5 overall. McGary was originally in the class of 2011 and held an IU offer in that class. Now that he is a 2012 recruit, a number of other national powers have gotten involved. Rivals reports that McGary now holds offers from Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Marquette, Xavier, Cincinnati, Miami (FL) and Dayton, as well as interest from the likes of Duke, Michigan and more.

Gary Harris Recruitment RECAP - Guest Post

The first ever Windy City Hoosier Source guest post comes from contributor and Indiana-alum Kyle Dunne:

Gary Harris Recruitment Recap

With the five early commitments for the 2012 recruiting class, Tom Crean and the rest of the Indiana staff have been able to focus the majority of their recruiting efforts on Gary Harris. Harris, a SG from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, IN, is ranked 26th in Rivals’ 2012 rankings. While numerous other prospects from the state of Indiana have chosen to commit early, Harris has repeatedly insisted that he will take his time to make his decision. Harris recently told Jody Demling that Indiana, Louisville, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are the top schools he is considering. The list is no surprise, as each of these programs has been consistently mentioned throughout the course of his recruitment. Harris had stated earlier this spring that he had some conversation with Kentucky, though they have not formally extended him a scholarship offer.

Throughout this AAU season, Harris has been seen multiple times watching Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Ron Patterson and Jeremy Hollowell play. All four of those 2012 Hoosier commits had played for Indiana Elite Team Indiana, though Patterson recently chose to switch back to Indiana Elite One. If Harris commits to Indiana, he will join those four, as well as center Peter Jurkin, in what is already the top ranked recruiting class. Despite the presumably close relationship between those players, Harris has maintained that he will make the decision on what is best for him. While there isn’t another college coach in the country who is on a hotter recruiting streak than Tom Crean, it will be a challenge to beat out these other top tier programs for Harris.

Editors note: THIS is why Harris has become such a hot commodity.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Trey Lyles Spiece mixtape

New mixtape of Trey Lyles, courtesy of CityLeagueHoopsTV.
Features highlights of Lyles as he played for Spiece a few weekends back in the Spiece event.