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Two Hoosiers in the Rivals 150

The prep careers for the class of 2014 has completed and today rivals.com released their final rankings for the class. Two Hoosiers appeared in the rivals 150 list.

James Blackmon Jr – 22
Robert Johnson – 48

You can check the entire list here: {Rivals.com 150}

Latimer going to NYC

Cody Latimer is about to get broke off something nice. The former Hoosier receiver is one of 30 NFL draft prospects invited to New York for the draft in a couple weeks.

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The Eagles pick 22nd and look for Latimer to land there. The Eagles have made no secret with their fascination in Cody. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly will attend Latimer’s private workout on Friday.

 

 

CTC Statement regarding Kenny Johnson

Kenny Johnson doesn’t look very good in a red dri-fit and today it becomes official we won’t see him in the Crimson dri-fit again. We told you last week that Johnson was looking at leaving, we did however expect it to be Maryland. Johnson is going to Louisville and will be introduced today as their new assistant coach.

Tom Crean released this following statement earlier regarding Kenny.

“We appreciate all that Kenny Johnson added to the Indiana basketball program over the last two years and we value his friendship.  We have loved having Kenny, Doreen, Amare, and Mekai as part of the Indiana family. I was always hopeful Kenny would not leave until he became a head coach, but I think this offer was too big to turn down. We have a lot of history together and he leaves with our support and appreciation for a job well done.”

2014 #iubb Recruiting update

With the recent commitment of 7 foot 235 pound Center Jeremiah April last night, let’s take a look at the latest on some of the latest names floating around the IU rumor Mill.

MARIAL SHAYOK

Shayok is a recent decommit of Marquette. He has been contacted by Florida and Michigan lately. The three front runners here are to stay at Marquette, Virginia, or IU. Shayok is a 6’7 wing.

JOSH CUNNINGHAM

Josh was once an IU lock to most but with his un-official to St. John’s this weekend things have gotten muddy. Also, take a look at his Twitter. The only coach he follows isn’t Tom Crean. I don’t see this one headed in IUs favor. Cunningham is a 6’7 3/4 from Chicago. I see him headed to South Carolina.

JAKEENAN GANT

A Missouri decommit is on record saying if he is let out of his LOI with Mizzou he would go to IU or Louisville. Gant’s family just move to Missouri. I see him staying there. He is a 6’8 PF and #47 on Rivals.

OTHER NAMES TO WATCH:

Jakeem Yates, Idrissa Diallo, Deng Deng. These will all be dark horses to be in a Hoosier uniform, however so was Jeremiah. It’s April of spring signing period folks, anything can happen.

I will guarantee one thing, Crean will use the scholarships. He doesn’t eat scholarships for breakfast.

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Tom Crean to Tennessee?

What a day for rumors! Earlier we told you Kenny Johnson is the first choice for Maryland as assistant. Will he go is another question? After that Cuonzo Martin left Tennessee for Cal and Tom Crean rumors began to heat up for Tennessee.

Are the rumors legit?

Have no insight one way or the other, we haven’t heard anything of Tom Crean to Tennessee. However, we wouldn’t be shocked considering the pressure he is under here to win next year or be fired and Tennessee can offer big money (of course we can too).

What we do know

According to Inside Tennessee, the Tennessee.scout affiliation, Tom Crean isn’t being mentioned. Premium information on their website lists eight names as early candidates for the position and Crean is omitted from the list. How reliable the list is we don’t know. Is this names the reporter threw together or is there some actual validity to them? This is too early in the process to know one way or the other but the eight names being thrown around at Tennessee presently are:

Archie Miller – Dayton
Donnie Tyndall – Southern Miss
Gregg Marshall – Wichita State
Mick Cronin – Cincinnati
Ray Harper – Western Kentucky
Rick Byrd – Belmont
Shaka Smart – VCU
Tommy Amaker – Harvard

Ryan Anderson to visit Indiana in May

As news broke of Ryan Anderson announcing his transfer from BC we told you to expect Indiana to get involved. Anderson announced yesterday on his personal twitter account than he will visit Indiana on May 5th.

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Anderson led Boston College in scoring last season averaging over 14.0 ppg in 2013-2014. Anderson will have one year of eligibility remaining in 2015-2016 after sitting out the 2014-2015 season. Anderson had surgery on his right shoulder this morning and will be out four to six months rehabbing. Surgery was a success this AM.

 

Kenny Johnson returning home to Maryland?

Indiana could be losing their top recruiting assistant in Kenny Johnson. He is a regular on the east coast and instrumental in landing top Indiana recruits such as Robert Johnson, Troy Williams, Stan Robinson and Noah Vonleh. Johnson is rumored to be returning home to Maryland.

Scott Spinelli was the top assistant at Maryland but recently left to take a pay raise from his 200k at Maryland to be an assistant at Boston College under new coach Jim Christian. Johnson is a Maryland native, a University of Maryland graduate and former assistant at Towson and Vice President of the world renowned Team Takeover AAU program.

This will be interesting to see if he leaves, but also who Crean replaces Johnson with if he does leave. Stay tuned Hoosier nation, the Indiana spiral could be getting more out of control.

Hoetzel and Johnson to play in Louisville on Friday

            

Indiana signee’s Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel will be in action Friday Night in Louisville. Hoetzel and Johnson are participating in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa Johns. Game time tips at 7:00 EST and you can call the Freedom Hall ticket office to purchase tickets, (502) 367-5144.

WHITE TEAM ROSTER

Keita Bates Diop – Ohio State
Leron Black – Illinois
Trevon Blueitt – Xavier
Chris Chiozza – Florida
Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
Brandone Francis – Florida
Jaylen Johnson – Louisville
Chinanu Onuaku – Louisville
Devin Robinson – Florida
Quentin Snider – Louisville

GREEN TEAM ROSTER

Jonah Bolden – UCLA
Isaac Copeland – Georgetown
ROBERT JOHNSON - INDIANA
JaQuan Lyle - Oregon
Dwayne Morgan – UNLV
MAX HOETZEL – INDIANA
Jaren Nickens – Maryland
Goodluck Okonoboh – UNLV
Romelo Trimble – Maryland
Dion Wiley – Maryland

The Week That Was and The Week That Is

THE WEEK THAT WAS

 Folks this is the hardest time of year. There is not any college football or basketball. I find myself asking what is the joy of life? I shutter to  think the time that will pass between now and September. We are left with off season story lines. So lets talk about the previous week.

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 IU commit Robert Johnson made the news this week. He averaged 24.5 points and 6.4 rebounds his senior year, leading Benedictine to a 25-7 record. He was named all-state and received honors from nearly every tournament his team attended. Johnson gets one final accolade before he packs his bags for Indiana: 2014 All-Metro player of the year. Congrats Robert!

vFormer Indiana University assistant men’s basketball coach and current IU Radio Network men’s basketball analyst Royce Waltman, 72, passed away last Monday evening.

 The bat Hoosiers looked to extend its winning streak to 10 games, the No. 23 Indiana baseball team came up short against Morehead State, 8-7, at Bart Kaufman Field on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers fall to 21-11 this season, while the Eagles improve to 17-18. IU is 8-2 at home in 2014 and 27-5 in 32 all-time games at Bart Kaufman Field.

 The spring game was Saturday. In front of 9,231 fans on a picturesque Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Cream earned a 24-14 victory over the Crimson in Indiana’s annual Spring Game. Shane Wynn, Flo Hardin, Collin Rahrig and Bobby Richardson captained the victorious team.

Wynn finished the game with five receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown. Cream quarterback Tre Roberson threw for 176 yards with a 16-yard strike to Wynn and a 65-yard TD run.

Tevin Coleman added 61 yards on three carries, while Anthony Davis posted 41 yards on five rushes with a 30-yard score as the Cream collected 177 yards and 9.3 per carry on the ground.

Cream defensive tackle Nate Hoff paced all defenders with seven tackles, including one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Rashard Fant was right behind him with six stops, one TFL, one interception and one pass breakup.

Fellow cornerback Michael Hunter carded five tackles with one PBU and safety Brandon Grubbe recorded the Cream’s second interception to go along with four stops.

THE WEEK THAT IS

 It is spring sport heaven. Below are the schedules for some spring sports this week.

Baseball
04/16/14        vs. Western Kentucky    BART KAUFMAN FIELD      6:05 p.m. ET 04/18/14        vs. Michigan State      BART KAUFMAN FIELD      7:05 p.m. ET 04/19/14        vs. Michigan State      BART KAUFMAN FIELD      2:05 p.m. ET 04/20/14        vs. Michigan State      BART KAUFMAN FIELD      1:05 p.m. ET

Tennis-Men’s
04/13/14        vs. Penn State *        Bloomington, Ind.       12:00 p.m. ET         vs. DePauw      Bloomington, Ind.       6:00 p.m. ET
04/18/14        at Michigan *   Ann Arbor, Mich.        4:00 p.m. ET
04/20/14        at Michigan State *     East Lansing, Mich.     12:00 p.m. ET

BY: HEDGES

Animated Gif of the Night – April 11, 2014

It’s time for the Animated Gif of the Week, OF THE NIGHT

 

Indiana Linebackers speak after Practice

The Indiana Hoosiers wrapped up their last day of spring practice today and close out the spring season tomorrow with the spring game. Check out this trio of IU line-backers today after practice.

 

Indiana now showing interest in 2016 Eli Wright

Tom Crean and staff are messing around in Kentucky again, this time after 2016 guard Eli Wright from Owensboro Apollo. Wright is the best kept secret not only in Kentucky but in the entire nation for the class of 2016. I am telling you this first hand from someone who has seen him play more than 10 times, the kid is an absolute stud.

Wright is a 6’5 guard who doesn’t play big time travel basketball so he hasn’t blown up nationally. Wright has had offers from the Nike Travelers, Adidas Indiana Elite, Nike All-Ohio Red and many more but chooses to remain loyal and play with Kentucky Elite 2016′s.

Barring injury, Wright will be a 10-12 year professional overseas at worst, with the potential to make the NBA. Check out some season highlights of Wright from early during his sophomore season.

He is the best prospect I have seen come out of the Southern Indiana / Kentucky area in a long time, better than JaQuan Lyle. He doesn’t have an IU offer but as soon as they see him on the travel circuit April 25-27 I expect an offer to be extended.

Wright recently visited Louisville for senior day and will be at the University of Tennessee this weekend. His travel team is also playing in Knoxville at the Knox Vegas Heat Invitational.

 

James Blackmon Jr. will be on ESPN2 Saturday Night

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Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. will be on the ESPN family of networks for the second time in less than two weeks on Saturday. Blackmon Jr. will partake in the famous Nike Hoop Summit at 7:00 pm EST on ESPN2. Personally the Nike Hoop Summit is my favorite of the high school all-star series circuit and I can’t wait until Saturday night.

The Nike Hoop Summit matches the USA select team vs. the World select team and introduces us every year to a star from overseas. Last year Dante Exum made his name at the Nike Hoop Summit.

In addition to Blackmon Jr. for the USA Select team, superstars Jahlil Okafor (Duke), Stanley Johnson (Arizona) and Myles Turner (undecided) will play for the USA team. The world team has a couple household names on it this season. Karl Towns Jr. was national player of the year and is committed to Kentucky as well as Emmanuel Mudiay from Prime Prep in Texas. Mudiay will be in Bloomington personally later in 2014 as he suits up for Larry Brown and SMU in the fall.

The game will take place in Portland, Oregon on Saturday. Tickets are available for $5, $10 the day of the game. Reserved seats are $25 and court seats are $50.

 

Marial Shayok gets IU Offer

Marial Shayok received an offer from Indiana tonight according to his high school coach, Joe Mantegna.

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Shayok signed with Marquette during the fall but is now re-thinking his decision after coach Buzz Williams took the head coaching job at Virginia Tech. Shayok has the body of a pro, 6’7 – 205 pound shooting guard from Canada. He is a three star prospect consistently ranked in the top 150 prospects in the country. Shayok attends the Blair Academy in New Jersey. He is yet to be released from his national letter of intent by Marquette.

Noah Vonleh is about to get Paid

Noah Vonleh is a lottery pick who may end up a top 5 pick in July’s NBA draft. According to Jeff Goodman, today Noah Vonleh told ESPN that he has signed with power agent Jeff Schwartz.

Schwartz is agent to many stars in the NBA who have gotten paid luxuriously during their 2nd and 3rd contracts. Some of the clients for Schwartz are Deron Williams, Blake Griffin, Paul Pierce, Kevin Love, Emeka Okafor, Tyson Chandler and Nikola Pekovic.

You have to applaud an agent who gets the following clients these type of salaries.

Deron Williams – 22,000,000 per year in 2016/2017
Emeka Okafor – 14,500,000 this season
Nikola Pekovic – 12,400,000 per year for the next five seasons

He is also the agent for last years #1 pick, Anthony Bennett and former Hoosier Cody Zeller.

 

 

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