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Hoosiers Scrimmage, Kevin Wilson Speaks

The Hoosiers are less than two weeks from kickoff 2014 and yesterday held an intrasquad scrimmage. The offense wasn’t as crisp as expected and have two weeks to fix it. Coach Kevin Wilson spoke at length after the scrimmage, see what Coach had to say.

 

Caleb Swanigan wins Gold Medal

FIBA U17 World Championships - Dubai

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.

Donovan Mitchell says he will visit IU next Month

6’3 Brewster Academy guard, Donovan Mitchell has five official visits to take this fall, he has confirmed one. Mitchell will visit the University of Louisville next weekend.

Even though Mitchell has the dates set for only one visit, he also made it clear that he plans on visiting Florida State and INDIANA during the month of August. Mitchell is also high on Villanova and Providence, he will visit Nova unofficially next Monday.

Mitchell came on strong during the month of July, one analyst even said that he was the most impressive prospect during the month of July. Mitchell is thought to be a Louisville lean to date.

 

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.

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