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Hoosiers miss on Nick Marshall Again

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The most famous Nick Marshall in the sports world is the Auburn quarterback. The Hoosiers had the national champion runner-up on campus before he committed to Auburn. Yesterday the Hoosiers received more bad news regarding Nick Marshall, this time on the hardwood.

The Hoosiers lost out on Lexington, TN native, 6’10 Nick Marshall to the University of Memphis. Marshall was considering UCONN, Tennessee, and the Hoosiers along with Memphis. The expectation is for the senior to go to prep school next year and join the University of Memphis in the fall of 2016.

Must say, Memphis is loading up for a championship run if Pastner can figure out how to coach.

 

ESPN: Nate Sudfend is man on a Mission

Brian Bennett, Big 10 blogger for ESPN, wrote a great piece yesterday on IU’s signal caller, Nate Sudfeld. Check out the article here below or follow the link here: {Nate Sudfeld on a Mission}

Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld found himself in a time-share situation at quarterback the past two seasons. No matter how well he performed — and he finished fourth in the Big Ten in passing yards per game in 2013 — Sudfeld never knew exactly when he might start or even play.

Throughout it all, he never complained. He saw a much bigger picture.

“It would be really hard for me, if I had a bad game or something, to get too upset,” Sudfeld said. “I understand that there are people in the world who actually have problems.”

Sudfeld’s upbringing ensured that he would never get too wrapped up in himself. He comes from a family of missionaries who actually dare to try and alleviate some of the world’s problems.

His grandfather, Bob Pagett, is a former pastor who along with his wife, Charlene, decided to create a relief organization after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. He never dreamed it would take flight the way it has.

That organization, Assist International, now has 19 full-time employees split between its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay area and a 25,000 square-foot distribution center outside Sudfeld’s hometown of Modesto, Calif.

Assist International focuses on needs such as providing fresh water, delivering medical supplies and serving orphans in Third World nations. Pagett said the organization has completed projects in more than 60 countries around the world. It has built orphanages and schools in Romania, Uganda and other war-torn or impoverished areas.

Along the way, it also became the family business. Sudfeld’s father, Ralph, will take over as president of the organization next year, while his mother, Michelle, serves as fundraising director. Nate’s older brother, Matt, is the director of strategic development.

Pagett told each of his nine grandchildren that they could go with him on a relief mission when they turned 14. Shortly after he reached that age, Nate Sudfeld went to Uganda and Kenya, meeting renowned missionary Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe along the way. Sudfeld recalled playing soccer with orphans during the trip.

“It’s been a life-changing experience for our grandkids,” Pagett said. “When you grow up in Modesto and all of a sudden you go to Vietnam or Romania, your eyes are wide open and you’re a world person. They’re really into helping the poor and needy around the world, because they’ve been exposed to the world.”

Sudfeld has been itching to go on another mission ever since his first one. He had planned to join his twin brothers Matt and Zach, the latter of whom is a tight end for the New York Jets, on a trip to Uganda this spring. But the itinerary got postponed, and by the time it happened this summer, he was too wrapped up in football preparations.

Sudfeld hopes there will be time after this season to go somewhere on a mission.

“It seems like almost every time I’m on the phone with him he’s saying, ‘When can I go out? When’s the next trip?” Matt Sudfeld said.

For now, though, the Hoosiers take priority, and Sudfeld is the team’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback for the first time. Tre Roberson’s surprising transfer this summer cleared the way for the 6-foot-5 junior who threw 21 touchdown passes in eight starts a year ago.

It’s also the first time that fourth-year head coach Kevin Wilson won’t have to juggle quarterbacks. He says Sudfeld has the talent to be “one of the premier players in our league” and that he has definite NFL potential.

That’s what Sudfeld has dreamed of since he was a high school freshman, when he would practice his throwing motion in front of a mirror to make sure he maintained a quick and compact release despite his height. Sudfeld said not having to look over his shoulder this season gives him more confidence, but he’s not settling for just owning the starting job.

“I’m not trying to just be the No. 1 quarterback at Indiana,” he said. “I’m trying to be one of the better players around. If I do that, it will make our whole team better.”

As he was raised to do, Sudfeld sees the bigger picture at play. And football is never all that’s on his mind.

“I’m really glad I was able to get out of my little California bubble at a young age,” he said. “[Relief work] is something I definitely want to be involved in as I get older. There’s nothing like it.”

Mickey Mitchell de-commits from Ohio State

Not Indiana news directly but good news for the Hoosiers in the long run, Mickey Mitchell has de-committed from Ohio State. Many think Mitchell is the next white chocolate and very well could be, one of the most exciting players in the nation.

Mitchell was injured last season so his name may have dropped off some but the Texas Titan star will be back with vengeance this year. Look for Mitchell to land at SMU or Baylor with an outside chance at Florida. Reminds me of a mix between former Florida stars, Jason Williams and Mike Miller. Check out his video.

Hoosiers give scholarships to former Walk Ons

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Kevin Wilson was a walk on at North Carolina and today announced that six walk-ons to the Hoosier programs will now receive scholarships. Juniors Damon Graham and Michael Cooper are the newest Hoosiers to receive scholarships after being walk-ons.

Eric Toth, Anthony Corsaro, Isaiah Roundtree and Collin Rahrig are also former walk ons who have received scholarships and will now have them renewed again. Roundtree recorded 14 catches and 1 TD last year with that TD coming in the upset with over Penn State.

Rahrig was a 2nd team All-Big Ten selection last season and is on numerous pre-season all american watch list this year.

Big Ten Schedule Released

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The complete Indiana basketball schedule hasn’t been released but we now know 85% of the schedule. Today the Big Ten Conference released the 2014-2015 Big Ten Schedule. Check out Indiana’s here.

December 31 – at Nebraska          - Loss
January 5 – at Michigan State      - Loss
January 10 – Ohio State                - Loss
January 13 – Penn State                - Win
January 18 – at Illinois                  - Win
January 22 – Maryland                  - Win
January 25 – at Ohio State            - Loss
January 28 – at Purdue                  - Win
January 31 – Rutgers                      - Win
February 3 – at Wisconsin            - Loss
February 8 – Michigan                  - Win
February 11 – at Maryland            - Loss
February 15 – Minnesota              - Win
February 19 – Purdue                    - Win
February 22 – at Rutgers              - Win
February 25 – at Northwestern     – Win
March 3 –  Iowa                               – Win
March 7 – Michigan State              - Win

As I look at the schedule here, I think it is two different schedules. The first half is brutal and I am hoping for just a 2-2 start but I could see 1-3 or possibly 0-4. The back of the schedule however I think the Hoosiers can win the last 6 games very realistically heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

Lucky for Indiana we only play Wisconsin once as well. I predict the final Big Ten record for the Hoosiers to be: 12-6 possibly 11-7 with a loss early either at Illinois or home against Maryland.

BY: Dee-Bee

Hoosiers on 2017 Kentucky Point Guard

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Indiana is apparantly dipping south of the border once again into Kentucky, this time looking at 2017 point guard Tray Hollowell. He is a 6’1-6’2 point guard who plays at University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville.

Hollowell plays AAU ball for Team Corey Brewer out of Nashville, they are partially sponsored on the Under Armour circuit. Hollowell played well on the circuit this year earning an offer from Oklahoma State when his high school team went to Stillwater for a team camp in June.

Hollowell is point guard with a two guard mentality. He can score from the point and has great passing ability. He must improve his foot speed to play in the Big Ten, but as of now the Hoosiers are showing interest early and he has the potential to be a good one.

Caleb Cornett suspended Indefinetly

Mike Tyson was in Bloomington last night, I mean Caleb Cornett. Indiana red-shirt wide receiver Caleb Cornett knocked a guy unconscious last night and is now facing the consequences. Cornett is suspended from the IU football team.

Cornett will not face charges in the matter, the punishment seems to come from a multitude of events. Cornett was arrested for an OWI and had to serve two days in jail last December.

Cornett was thought to compete for significant playing time for the Hoosiers this year. We are Indiana, we might not win the football game but we are going to win the fight and party afterwards. Hopefully in 2014, we are winning some football games too, I got a feeling we will be.

Caleb Swanigan wins Gold Medal

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Fort Wayne, Indiana native and current Hoosier target, Caleb Swanigan is a gold medalist. The 6’10 big man competed with the USA National U17 team in the FIBA World Championships over the last ten days and came out victorious.

USA defeated Australia in the championship game, 99-92 led by Jackson, Mississippi product Malik Newman. Another name to remember from the games is going to be Isaac Humphries. He is a big man from Australia who will be going to La Lumiere in Indiana this year.

Swanigan recently re-classed to the 2015 class from 2016, many believed at the time to come to IU and play with his great friend, James Blackmon Jr. Look for Swanigan to decide between Indiana and Michigan State, many thing now he is a Sparty lean.

Zimmerman to host Indiana, we Think

Bishop Gormon (NV) big man, Stephen Zimmerman will graduate in the spring and looks to be ready to make a decision in the fall. Zimmerman will host six schools for in – home visits and a 7th yet to be scheduled. Zimmerman has comfirmed that UNLV, Arizona, North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA and Kansas will visit him. Zimmerman also says that he will schedule an in home visit with Indiana, the date yet to be determined.

The 7 footer from the Oakland Soldiers has five official visits scheduled to the before mentioned schools minus Indiana and UNLV. No need for Zimmerman to visit UNLV considering he lives in Vegas but to not visit Indiana, makes me wonder what kind of chance the Hoosiers have for the big man. Hopefully Tom can sprinkle some magic and pull a rabbit out of his hat and land the five star prospect.

Hoosiers in Season Openers

Hello Hoosier fans. Hedges is back after a long summer of football withdrawal. Exciting Hoosier football is right around the corner and  I can stop sucking my thumb in despair and changed into clean underwear. It is time to start living again.

Today, I want to take a look at Hoosier openers. The Indiana St. Opener is just overt two weeks out. The game is a must win and a should win for the Hoosiers. Getting off to a good start is crucial. Let’s take a look at  past years under Kevin Wilson:

2011- Loss to Ball Stat, 27-20
Location: Indianapolis, IN – IU Final Record, 1-11

2012  Beat Indiana State, 24-17
Location, Bloomington, IN – IU Final Record, 4-8

2013 Beat Indiana State, 73-35
Location, Bloomington, IN – IU Final Record, 5-7

Averages in opener for Wilson

 IU Point Per Game:  39 PPG

Opponent PPG: 26.3 PPG

IU Yards per game avg: 486 ypg

Opponent yards per game: 347.3 ypg

So after a crushing defeat in year one to Ball State, the Hoosiers have rebounded nicely in opening games under Wilson. This year should push Wilson record to 3-1 in openers. Bowl game here we come! Please tune in for my look at the week that was and the week that is that starts the opening week of football season Aug. 31.

By: Hedges

Indiana opponent, BGSU waiting to hear on two Transfers

The best game the Hoosiers played last year was at home against Bowling Green State. Leading into that game many thought the Falcons might run the table but the Hoosiers laid a smackdown of epic proportions to them, 42-10 at the Rock.

This year the Hoosiers make the return trip to Ohio and take on the Falcons who are poised for payback. The amount of payback available could depend heavy on the upcoming NCAA decision.

BGSU has two impact transfers for them awaiting a ruling by the NCAA. Defensive Lineman, Malik Brown red-shirted last year for Tennessee and has decided to transfer to BGSU over the last couple days. Earlier in the summer, Baylor wide-receiver Robbie Rhodes announced his transfer to Bowling Green.

Neither Rhodes or Brown have been ruled eligible but rumors are both will likely be eligible. If both eligible, both should be starters for the Falcons in 2014 and when the Hoosiers come to town September 13th. We will keep you updated once a ruling is announced.

Thon Maker with the alley at the Adidas Nations

The Carlisle School in Martinsville, VA is where Thon Maker plays his prep hoops but this weekend the 7’1 junior to be is in California partaking in the Adidas Nations. The Adidas Nations features some of the best prep players from the USA along with numerous college and pro prospects from around the country.

Thon Maker is highly considering Indiana, some think he is an Indiana lean. Maker has been reportedly interested in re-classing to the 2015 class but reports as of late state that is unlikely.

Maker is playing for Team Lillard at the Adidas Nations. Team Lillard could be a preview of IU hoops as alongside him on that team is Braxton Blackwell, De’Ron Davis and Eron Gordon. You think Adidas new what they was doing putting that team together and all four are being recruited hard by the premier Adidas program in the nation, Indiana? Against Canada yesterday Maker had 11 points and 8 rebounds, Gordon led the victors with 17 points.

Check out this nasty dunk by Maker from Friday nights contest against Team Africa. Maker led the winners with 16 points including this nasty throw down.

 

Hoosiers face two teams in the Coaches Top 25

Indiana enters the 2014 season with high expectations, higher than any in recent memory. Last week, the Coaches released their pre-season poll. Indiana wasn’t in it but two opponents for the upcoming season were.

The Hoosiers will face pre-season #6, Ohio State on November 22 in Columbus, Ohio. On Saturday, October 18th at 3:30, the Hoosiers will host #8 Michigan State.

In addition to the Spartans and Buckeyes, the Hoosiers will face three that received votes in the others categories. Missouri is #26 (at Missouri September 20), Michigan is #32 (at Michigan November 1), #33 is Iowa (at Iowa October 11). Minnesota and Northwestern were the two other Big Ten teams who received votes, neither are on IU schedule in 2014.

COACHES POLL TOP 10, outside of the defending national champions who start at the top we will list 2-10.

2.) Alabama
3.) Oklahoma
4.) Oregon
5.) Auburn
6.) Ohio State
7.) UCLA
8.) Michigan State
9.) South Carolina
10.) Baylor

Juwan Morgan says he will officially visit IU

Earlier in the summer 6’9 senior to be Juwan Morgan visited IU un-officially, he has no said he will visit officially. The Waynesville, MO native will be in Bloomington September 26-28. He has also announced he will visit Washington September 12-14 and Vanderbilt the last weekend in August.

Indiana and Washington have been recruiting Morgan the hardest. Crean and assistant coach Steve McClain are leading the efforts for the Hoosiers. Morgan is a great shot blocker, rebounder and finisher at the rim. His game reminds me of Philadelphia 76er, Nerlens Noel.

Check out some new video of Juwan Morgan from the July evaluation period.

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