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Victor and Cody ready to represent the USA

Today in Las Vegas, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo are two of twelve players that will be on the USA Select Basketball Team. The USA Select Basketball team trains with USA Basketball in order to help prepare the National Team for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Being a member of the select team is an honor and a stepping stone to becoming part of the National Team. NBA stars like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook initiated their USA Basketball playing careers as part of the USA National Select Team.

The USA Select roster is as followed:

36 Harrison Barnes F 6-8 210 5/30/92 Golden State Warriors / North Carolina
38 Trey Burke G 6-1 190 11/12/92 Utah Jazz / Michigan
28 Draymond Green F 6-7 229 3/4/90 Golden State Warriors/Michigan State
59 Tim Hardaway Jr. G 6-6 205 3/16/92 New York Knicks / Michigan
39 Tobias Harris F 6-9 235 7/15/92 Orlando Magic / Tennessee
77 Doug McDermott F 6-8 225 1/3/92 Chicago Bulls / Creighton
71 Victor Oladipo G 6-4 215 5/4/92 Orlando Magic / Indiana
75 Mason Plumlee F 6-11 235 3/5/90 Brooklyn Nets / Duke
74 Miles Plumlee C 6-11 255 9/1/88 Phoenix Suns / Duke
49 Marcus Smart G 6-4 220 3/6/94 Boston Celtics / Oklahoma State
46 Dion Waiters G 6-4 225 12./10/91 Cleveland Cavaliers / Syracuse
47 Cody Zeller C 7-0 240 10/5/92 Charlotte Hornets / Indiana

 

Who is going to be IU’s Star in 2014-2015

The first five years of Indiana basketball under Tom Crean have seen some good days and some bad. One thing for certain under Tom Crean, the offense or system so to speak is going to be focused around two players.

The best team under Crean was without a doubt the 2012-2013 season. During that year the offense was balanced with a six headed monster. Crean needs to get back to a balanced attack in 2014-2015 for equal success. However, the track record says it will be a two headed monster.

2009-2010: Verdell Jones III & Christian Watford
Attempted 41% of the IU FG attempts

2010-2011: Verdell Jones III & Christian Watford
Attempted 37% of the IU FG attempts

2011-2012: Cody Zeller & Christian Watford
Attempted 36% of the IU FG attempts

2012-2013: Balanced Attack
Indiana had six players with over 225 FGA on the season

2013-2014: Yogi Ferrell & Will Sheehey
Attempted 41% of the IU FG Attempts

Yogi Ferrell attempted a high under Tom Crean, 409 shot attempts in 2013-2014. Being a year older, Yogi isn’t going to give up more shots considering that the 2nd and 3rd most attempts were Will Sheehey and Noah Vonleh both of whom are no longer in Bloomington.

Who is going to be the Robin to Yogi’s Batman in 2014-2015?

The Top Candidates:

JAMES BLACKMON JR.
James Blackmon Jr. was 3rd in IHSAA Mr. Basketball voting and comes to Bloomington as one of the most celebrated recruits in memory along with Cody Zeller. Blackmon is a prolific scorer and more importantly shooter. He has a great catch and shoot game as well as one dribble pull up from mid-range. Blackmon is expected to step right in the starting lineup from day one and can give the consistent outside threat for the Hoosiers that we missed last season.

TROY WILLIAMS
Troy could be a stretch here because I don’t see him getting enough touches. In Crean’s system Troy is going to flourish on defense, in transition and crashing the offensive boards. The game will never be played through the four man under Crean. With that said, Troy has the potential to make things happen on his own simply because he is a NBA athlete. If he can develop a consistent jump shot from three, he could transition into a Corey Brewer type player and become a threat on offense for the Hoosiers.

STANFORD ROBINSON
Besides Blackmon, I like Robinson to step up and score tons for the Hoosiers this season. Robinson is slippery on his drives and knows how to avoid the charge. He needs to develop a quicker release from “3″ and a better pull up. If he put in some time in the gym this summer on his own, Robinson could be that 15 ppg scorer next to Yogi that the Hoosiers desperately need.

 

Kyle Guy performs well on National TV

If you were watching ESPNU earlier today you seen that 2016 Indiana target, Kyle Guy showed that he belongs on the national stage. Playing up a grade for Indiana Elite, Guy and his teammates took home the championship of the Adidas Super 64 with a double digit win over heavy favorite Dream Vision from California.

Guy needs to add some bulk to his frame but he showed the ability to score from all three levels today. Guy could knock down the three or use his shot fake to create the one dribble pull up. Guy showed athleticism by getting to the rim as well. Guy has offers from Indiana, Indiana State, Purdue and a ton of interest from Colorado to date.

Guy in action.

 

Big Ten Media Days kickoff Tomorrow

Football season is almost here and we know this because earlier today Indiana linebacker David Cooper tweeted this pic of him, Nate Sudfeld and Shane Wynn en route to Chicago for media days.

With the transfer of Tre Roberson last month, Nate Sudfeld has a strong hold on the starting QB position for the Hoosiers. Sudfeld threw for over 2500 yards and 21 TD’s during his sophomore season last season. Shane Wynn caught 46 passes and had 11 TD’s in 2014. Cooper has started all 24 games at Indiana, last season he had a team high 85 tackles.

The Hilton in Chicago plays host over the next three days to the Big Ten football coaches and players. You can see coverage on ESPNU and the B1G Network.

Blackwell speaks of 5 Recruiting him the Hardest

Five star prospect in the 2016 class, Braxton Blackwell, is playing like a top 10 player in his class this week in Las Vegas with the Atlanta Celtics. Up until this point, Crean and staff have did the best job recruiting Blackwell and are the favorites to land his services.

Blackwell is 6’7 and will be a three in college, he shoots over 40% from beyond the arc. Blackwell stated this weekend that INDIANA, Providence, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Ohio State are the five schools recruiting him the hardest.

The Hoosiers have been in the lead but as we stated on twitter two nights ago that has changed from what we are told. Blackwell’s high school teammate and best friend, Braxton Bonds was a Liberty signee but has since decided not to attend Liberty. Bonds will now walk on at Tennessee and it is expected that Blackwell will follow him to Rocky Top.

The good news is Blackwell can’t sign until December of 2015 so there is time for a change to be made. If Indiana or Tennessee didn’t get his services Vanderbilt will be in the mix. His high school coach, Drew Maddux was a star at Vanderbilt in the 90′s and as crazy as it sounds, don’t be surprised to see him in the mix at Vanderbilt for an opening at Vanderbilt in the next year or two if Kevin Stallings is let go.

Blackwell was the Tennessee Mr. Basketball in 2013-2014.

Swanigan named as a Finalist for the 17u USA Team

Indiana high school product and Hoosier recruit, Caleb Swanigan was 1 of 17 players named as a finalist for the USA Under-17 team today in Colorado. Thirty-eight prospects headed to Colorado Springs over the last three days to participate in training camp for USA Basketball.

The 17 finalist are:

Tyus Battle
Thomas Bryant
Henry Ellenson
Terrance Ferguson
De’Aaron Fox
Harry Giles
Mustapha Heron
Josh Jackson
V.J. King
T.J. Leaf
Malik Newman
Ivan Rabb
Devearl Ramsey
Diamond Stone
Caleb Swanigan
Jayson Tatum
Derryck Thornton

The 6’8- 265 pound Fort Warne native,  Swanigan, recently reclassified to the 2015 class. Will the Hoosiers let another in state 5 star prospect leave for a conference rival? Right now it is beginning to look that way as the Spartans seem to be the front runner for Swanigan.

He and Blackmon Jr. are great friends and it was originally thought that the reclassification up was so he and JBJ could play together in college. The #17 prospect in the nation doesn’t seem to be high on Indiana presently further emphasizing the question of why can’t Tom Crean recruit the state of Indiana?

2016 Indiana target T.J. Leaf was also named as a finalist. Leaf, the California native, recently received an offer from Duke over the weekend. The finalist of 17 will be cut down to 12 before the games begin.

Three areas the Hoosiers must improve in 2014

Thirty-five days from today the Hoosiers will be at the Rock running up the score on the Sycamores of Indiana State. This is year four for Kevin Wilson, the moral victory of improvement time has passed, the fan base wants results now. For the Hoosiers to make a bowl this season they must improve in three areas.

1.) GETTING OFF THE FIELD ON 3RD DOWN

As in basketball a team can be good defensively but not finish the possession by rebounding, the same can be said in football. In 2014 the Hoosiers didn’t finish possessions and gets teams off the field on 3rd down. The Hoosiers allowed their opponents to gain 310 first downs.Twelve were allowed by the Hoosiers making penalties the other 298 were by either the pass or run. Ironically 149 were by the pass and 149 by the run. The 310 1st downs ranked dead last in the Big Ten in 2014.

The even number of first downs by both the pass and run tell me the Hoosiers are giving up to many yards on 1st and 2nd down. The Hoosiers allowed their opponents to have to many 3rd and shorts making them unpredictable and a higher conversion rate. The Hoosiers need to drop their 25.8 first downs allowed per game down to the 20-21 area this year to make a bowl.

2.) TIME OF POSSESSION MUST INCREASE

I am one that thinks time of possession is usually an irrelevant stat, especially when your offense scores over 35 points per game and averages over 500 yards per game as the Hoosiers did in 2013. However in Indiana case, the time of possession stat is going to be important.

The Hoosiers have one of the best offenses in the nation and one of the worst defenses. The defense is not only bad in points and yards allowed per game but also yards per play allowed which tells me regardless of the amount of plays they are on the field they are giving up a lot of yards.

The Hoosiers possessed the ball for 25:48 a game last year, the next worst was Purdue with 27:34 per game. The Hoosiers can continue to run the up tempo offense but when going to the line I advice they don’t snap the ball so quick. Be innovative and get to the line and make the defense set up where they can’t sub but run a little clock. We need our defense on the field as little as possible in 2014. The less they are out there the closer we will keep games but it will also keep them fresher in the 4th quarter to get key stops we need to make a bowl.

3.) APPLY MORE PRESSURE TO THE QB

In 2014 the Hoosiers recorded 20 sacks in 12 games. The Hoosiers need to help the defense out more on 1st and 2nd down and sell out and apply more pressure to the opposition on passing plays. If the Hoosiers can ruin a possession or two for the opposition with a sack and put the defense in a more manageable 3rd down situation I like our chances to get off field more in 2014. The Hoosiers need to up their sack total to 30-36 sacks during the regular season.

 

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.

 

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