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The Hoosiers are one of Athlon’s most improved teams for 2014

Indiana, our Indiana. We’re all for you!

After a dismal basketball season, the whole state is beginning to break out their cream and crimson in hopes of a successful campaign on the gridiron in 2014. Today our Hoosiers were thrown into the “Better… But it may not show in the win Column” by Athlon sports.

INDIANA
“After going 1-11 in Kevin Wilson’s first season (2011), Indiana has made improvement in the win column in each of the last two years. The Hoosiers went 4-8 in 2012 and finished 5-7 last season, barely missing out on a bowl game. With 16 starters back, Indiana should be a better overall team in 2014 but getting to six or seven wins will be difficult. The Hoosiers were aligned in the Big Ten’s East Division, which features annual matchups against Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers and Maryland. Home games against Penn State and Maryland are winnable, but Indiana also gets a road trip to Iowa in crossover play. In addition to a challenging schedule, Wilson has to fix a struggling defense. The Hoosiers allowed 38.8 points per game last season and allowed 7.4 yards per play in conference matchups. With one of the Big Ten’s top offensive lines, along with a standout backfield (quarterback Nate Sudfeld and running back Tevin Coleman), Indiana’s offense won’t be a concern. However, if the defense struggles again, a challenging schedule will keep the Hoosiers at home for the bowl season.”

 

IU with a chance to whip Purdue again Saturday

Live from the Jungle Saturday Night at 7:30 at the IUPUI Natatorium you can watch Indiana whip up on Purdue on the hardwood. The 2nd annual alumni rivals rematch takes place as Indiana takes on Purdue.

IUPUI will finally have some winners playing on their court and nothing better than watching the Hoosiers trash Purdue in the middle of July. I will be there front and center.

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Shake Milton played in front of Crean this Morning

Shake Milton, 6’4 SG, from Owassa, OK and of Mokan Elite performed well this morning at the Peach Jam in front of Indiana coach Tom Crean. Milton, has an IU offer and visited Bloomington back in June for the first time. Milton is seen as a shooting guard but is converting into a combo / point guard. Today vs. Team SCAN, Milton has 12 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals in the win.

In addition to Crean, Creightons, Doug McDermott and staffers from Illinois were in attendance to watch Milton. He is thought to love Kansas but it doesn’t seem he will get a KU offer at this point. Milton’s top two at this point are Indiana and Oklahoma.

Tevin Coleman named to Doak Walker Watch List

The Doak Walker Award is presented to the nations best running back at the conclusion of the college football season annually. Today, Indiana running-back Tevin Coleman was one of 53 collegiate running-backs named to the award watch list. With enough touches, Coleman will have a shot at being the leading rusher in the Big Ten in 2014, last year he had one of the best YPC averages in the nation.

Boston College’s Andre Williams rushed for over 2,000 yards and won the award last season.

Steve McClain watches a pair of 2015 Shooting Guards

Indiana basketball assistant Steve McClain is visible in Atlanta today. McClain checked out a pair of shooting guards in the 2015 class at the Under Armour Final according to @DerbyBBClassic.

Neither MItchell or Whitt are expected to be Hoosiers but Indiana is trying to get in late. The Hoosiers have JBJ who will likely start as a freshman and more than likely be a two year player. Would Mitchell or Whitt want to come to IU and backup a year with the likely hood of starting as a sophomore? I doubt it especially with Robert Johnson in the fold as well.

I think the Hoosiers will not sign another two guard until the 2016 class but it is interesting that they are monitoring Mitchell and Whitt.


DONOVAN MITCHELL

 

 


JIMMY WHITT

 

IUBB Recruiting Thoughts

Saturday, Tom Crean, Tim Buckley, Steve McClain and Chuck Martin spent time all across the country checking out possible future Hoosiers. I spent Saturday checking out the Adidas Invitational. Here’s some thoughts as we head into the teeth of the 2015 recruiting class and beyond.

Raymond Spalding. This kid is a flat out stud in the making. Sure he’s young and has to round into his body, but you can’t teach ability like his. He is a consensus top 100 recruit among all recruiting services. I see that ranking changing to a consensus top 50 once this summer season draws to a close. Spalding lists IU, Louisville, and Xavier as his top three. Spalding is a must get for Crean and the Hoosiers. He has a nice floor game, can step out and hit the three and a nice 15 footer. He is legitimately listed on the program at 6’9-6’10 and is someone I would love seeing in the Candy Stripes.

Across the gym, The UA Indy Grind 2017 team is loaded. Paul Scruggs, Zach Gunn, Kris Wilkes, Justin Roberts and Gary Trent are all players IU would love to have. If I had to choose 2 at this point it would be Wilkes and Scruggs. These two have Crean’s attention and are high on IU’s radar. The other 3 are just as much, however I feel Scruggs and Wilkes fit the Crean system very well. Again, all 5 are super talented, just my personal opinion.

Getting back to 2015, IU needs to be realistic in this class. If you can land a class of Spalding, Juwan Morgan, and Shake Milton, you take it and move on to 2016. We can sit here and wonder if Thon Maker is going to re-classify or if Caleb Swanigan is going to look at anyone other than Tom Izzo. Is Jalen Coleman really interested in IU or is he a Michigan lock? Having said that, give me those 3 I listed and I’m happy. Pair Morgan and Spalding inside with Yogi, JBJ, Stan, Troy and others, I like how we are shaping up. I see JBJ as at least a 2 year player, and Yogi, while talented, is a 4 year player (See Shabazz Napier).

This should be a fun summer as IU heads to Montreal and Ottawa in August. Will IU add anyone else or just eat the extra scholarship for this year? If it’s me, I eat it and focus on 2015 and beyond. Seeing what lies ahead in the future is very bright. IU is in on major 2015, 2016 and 2017 players. Let’s not waste the scholarship on a JUCO project big man. Let’s let Hanner, Jeremiah, Devin and Tim take their lumps this year and learn. The future is bright in my eyes.

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What they’re saying about Noah Vonleh

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Thursday Night, Noah Vonleh became a millionaire as he was drafted 9th oveall by the Charlotte Hornets. Many were surprised Noah was still available at nine. Lets take a look at the recap of what the national media is saying about the Noah.

CBS Sports Matt Moore: Round 1 Draft Grades

9.) Charlotte Hornets, Noah Vonleh: A+
Defensive length, rebounding, and can stretch the floor. Talent that fits the system. Total steal despite bust risk.

SB Nations Tyler Lashbrook: Draft Grades

NOAH VONLEH
Vonleh projects as a perfect fit next to Al Jefferson because he’s a stretch big man with the ability to block shots and rebound the ball. He has a ways to go on both ends of the floor, but he’s a good ball handler and rebounder with a huge, 7’4 wingspan. He would have been a reach in the top five, but at No. 9, he’s great value.

UPSIDE A- · FIT A · IMMEDIATE IMPACT C+

USA Today Adi Joseph: Draft Grades

Charlotte Hornets

Additions: PF Noah Vonleh (No. 9 pick, Indiana), SG P.J. Hairston (No. 26 pick, NBA Development League), PF Dwight Powell (No. 45 pick, Stanford).

The Hornets don’t need a power forward, but they also have some use for the addition to the roster. For one, drafting Vonleh (and Powell) means they can allow Josh McRoberts to leave in free agency and let Vonleh and Cody Zeller compete for the starting job next to Al Jefferson. And those two Indiana products could be the frontcourt of the future, if Jefferson leaves after three years. Hairston was the money pick, making up for their ignoring needs with the No. 9 pick. Charlotte gets a very NBA-ready shooting guard who should push Gerald Henderson for playing time. The Hornets did what they needed to in this draft and can let Vonleh develop slowly. The only knock is that they could have used the No. 55 pick acquired in the No. 24-No. 26 swap with the Miami Heat instead of selling it to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Grade: A-

 

 

#IUBB Recruiting Update

The July evaluation period becomes live in just under two weeks. The three evaluation periods are July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27. Let’s take a look at the latest recruiting info for the Hoosiers on three main prospects.

JALEN COLEMAN – 2015

Coleman has narrowed his list down to six schools. Michigan, INDIANA, Notre Dame, N.C. State, Illinois and U.N.L.V. are the six schools remaining for his services.

The Indiana native has left the state to play travel ball with All – Ohio Red  in the Nike EYBL league. The La Lumiere product is a consensus top five point guard in country for the class of 2015.

THON MAKER – 2016

Maker is currenly in the 2016 class but in January is likely to re-classify up to the 2015 class. Maker is thought to be down to seven schools. Maker visited Missouri and Kansas earlier this week. He has upcoming visits to Duke, Arizona and UCLA already scheduled and is in the process of scheduling visits to Kentucky and INDIANA.

In the final seven for Maker, don’t expect him to sign early unless he moves his announcement date up for re-classification. As of now Maker will be a late signee and the longer it goes on the more I like Indiana chances. Would love to see a freshman Maker and sophomore JBJ in candy stripes.

MALIK MONK – 2016

Malik’s brother Marcus, was a household name among college football circles in the mid 2000′s at Arkansas. Today Malik Monk is becoming known across the country for his prowess on the hardwood. The 2016 guard is being recruited by everyone in the nation but recently said that five are on him the hardest.

Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, INDIANA, and Louisville are the schools recruiting him the hardest. Monk is a high-flyer who dropped 59 in the EYBL playing up on the 17u circuit against Jalen Coleman and All-Ohio Red back in April.

Monk excels in the uptempo game and I think he will end up at Arkansas for Mike Anderson. Here is some video of Marcus at the Real Deal in the Rock from mid-April.

 

Vonleh one of the Biggest Steals of the Draft

Entering last night, former Hoosier, Noah Vonleh was rocketing up the draft boards. Vonleh was projected to go between 3-5 last night but fell a little bit to #9 and the Hornets. With the fall of Vonleh, the Hornets are happy and find themselves with one of the biggest steals of the draft according to bleacher report.

BLEACHER REPORT LIST:

Joel Embiid – #3 Philadelphia 76ers
Marcus Smart – #6 Boston Celtics

NOAH VONLEH - #9 Charlotte Hornets

“On ESPN’s draft telecast, Jay Bilas dropped the only piece of knowledge we should need to term Noah Vonleh a steal.

“His hands are bigger than Kawhi Leonard’s,” Bilas said.

Sold.

Seriously, though, Vonleh earns a “steal” label for a couple of reasons. The first is his ultimate draft slot being significantly lower than many pundits had him pegged in their mocks.

B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman positioned him in the No. 5 slot.

Kurt Helin of NBCSports.com had him at No. 4. So did Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears.

So in terms of perceived value, the Charlotte Hornets got a great return on their No. 9 selection.

But Vonleh also qualifies as a major bargain because of his skill set. He shot 48.5 percent from three-point range last year, has a ridiculous 7’4″ wingspan, rebounds the ball like crazy and fits perfectly into that coveted stretch 4 spot NBA teams are constantly falling all over themselves to fill.

Did I mention he has enormous hands?”

Jusuf Nurkic – #16 Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris – #19 Chicago Bulls
Jordan Adams – #22 Memphis Grizzlies
Clint Capela – #25 Houston Rockets
Kyle Anderson – #30 San Antonio Spurs

{Bleacher Report: Top 10 Steals}

The new dynamic Duo

Noah Vonleh arrived in Charlotte this morning to meet the media, the Queen City, and the organization. Shortly after arriving to the teams facilities, he linked up with a familiar face.

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Vonleh was the 9th pick in last nights NBA draft.

Hoosiers target to announce Tonight

Indiana target, Kevin Thomas, announced this morning via twitter that he will make his college decision tonight.

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Thomas is a three star wide receiver from Desoto High School in the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX area. Thomas has numerous scholarship offers from the likes of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Maryland and Wake Forest. Thomas has recently named his top three as Kansas, Clemson and INDIANA.

Thomas would be a great addition to the wide-receiving corp for IU and playing alongside Dominique Booth for three seasons. Hopefully we have some good news tonight Hoosier fans.

Hoosiers projected for Detroit

The sporting news released their college football preview and have the Hoosiers slated for the post-season. Indiana was on the verge of breaking through and making a bowl last season but fell one win short.

The sporting news projections have Indiana going to the Motor City to participate in the Detroit Bowl vs. Syracuse. Here is a look at all the projected bowl match ups: {Sporting News Bowl Projections}

Indiana ranked 69th according to USA Today


Pat Lovell – USA Today

We are 66 days from the Hoosiers kicking off at “The Rock” against Indiana State. Today the Hoosiers checked in as the 69th best team in the nation according to USA Today.

Here is a season preview from Paul Myerberg of the USA Today. You can view the entire IU preview here: Indiana #69 in all the Land

“SEASON BREAKDOWN & PREDICTION:

In a nutshell: Well, it’s time – and it’s been a long time coming. If not possessed by the sort of cohesive, offense-to-defense balance needed to vault into the upper tier of the Big Ten, these Hoosiers are ready to knock back a few decades of inconsistency and reach a bowl game: IU should win six or seven games during the regular season, riding a powerful offense and a can’t-be-worse defense to three or four wins in the Big Ten and a spot in the postseason. Anything less than a 6-6 regular season would be a substantial disappointment.

The defense stinks, but this offense could be special. There are no definite weaknesses, merely a weak link: IU is short on experience at receiver, but I trust in the staff’s ability to create a powerful passing game despite the changing cast of targets and receiving options. Sudfeld is more than capable of leading the charge as Wilson’s triggerman; the offensive line is extremely, extremely underrated; and Coleman is one of the most electric skill players in all of college football. It’s an offense to write home about – and an offense worthy of playing into December.

So the defense is terrible. Is that going to stop IU? It’ll slow the Hoosiers down, I think, but it won’t stop six or seven wins from becoming a reality. It can only get better: Knorr’s an upgrade, for one, and I don’t think IU will struggle mightily in the shift to the 3-4, thanks to the front seven’s readiness for the shift. The secondary is a huge concern, true, but I hope Wilson, Knorr and this staff won’t hesitate to slot the younger core into the mix should the returning cast continue to struggle. The defense might be terrible, it might be devastatingly frustrating, it might be horrible … but it’ll be good enough to get to 6-6.

The schedule does prevent a major breakthrough, however. There’s really no time for air: Indiana State’s a win, as noted, but IU will be hard-pressed to find extended winning streaks from September through November. So it’s crucial that this team not slip up against a North Texas or Rutgers, for example, and notch at least one upset win – against a Michigan State or Michigan, for example. Two such wins could mean an eight-win season and a top-four finish in the East Division. That’s probably too much. But six wins? Let’s do it.

Dream season: Indiana’s breakthrough comes behind a rejuvenated defense, one that works in concert with another powerful offense to lift IU to an 8-4 regular season.

Nightmare season: The Hoosiers fall back to 3-9, ratcheting up the temperature on Wilson’s seat.”

SMU coming to Indiana on November 20

The 2014-2015 mens basketball season is a make or break season for Tom Crean at Indiana. The Hoosiers have yet to release their schedule but we found out today that SMU will come to Indiana on November 20.

The Dallas / Fort Worth area fox affiliate announced this morning via their website ( SMU Schedule ) that SMU will travel to Indiana during the opening month of the season.

SMU isn’t the SMU of old as they are star studded from coaches to players. Larry Brown has won an NBA and NCAA title as a coach while the nations top freshman Emmanuel Mudiay will suit up for the Mustangs. SMU was 27-10 and NIT runner-up in 2013-2014.

Stay tuned as the rest of the schedule is released shortly but now here is what we know:

SMU – November 20
Pittsburgh - December 2
Louisville – December 9
Butler – December 20
Georgetown – December 27

Eli Wright to visit IU

Eli Wright is seeing his stock rise enormously in the summer of 2014. The 2016 shooting guard from Apollo High School in Owensboro, KY will visit Indiana tomorrow. Wright was recently ranked #36 in future 150′s ranking of the class of 2016.

Wright recently received offers last week from Purdue and Oklahoma State. The 6’4 wing will get an offer from IU tomorrow when on campus our sources tell us. Wright has recently switched AAU teams from the Kentucky Elite Kings to Hoop Dreams. His new AAU team plays on the Under Armour circuit.

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