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Mike Miller and Andy Graham update you on what’s going in the world of Hoosier sports.
Indiana’s full men’s basketball schedule may not be clear until later next month, but a few more non-conference opponents are beginning to trickle out.
According to reports, IU will bring UMass Lowell, Liberty and Southeast Missouri State to Assembly Hall during the pre-conference season. The Lowell Sun recently reported the River Hawks’ scheduled trip to Bloomington on Nov. 16.
That game would come five days after the Hoosiers’ season opener against Kansas at Pearl Harbor. UMass Lowell, which began its transition to Division I in 2013, finished 11-18 last season in the America East Conference. According to college basketball statistics website KenPom.com, UMass Lowell ended the year ranked No. 308 out of 351 Division I programs.
IU’s matchup with Liberty is scheduled for Nov. 19, according to a report by CBS Sports. Liberty went 13-19 last season, and was ranked No. 289 by KenPom.com. Three days later, IU is scheduled travel to Fort Wayne to play IPFW.
The Southeast Missourian reported the Redhawks will travel to IU on Dec. 4. Southeast Missouri State won only five games last year, including two against NAIA programs, and finished as the No. 342 ranked team in the nation, according to KenPom.com.
The marquee home game of the non-conference season remains IU’s matchup with North Carolina on Nov. 30 at Assembly Hall. That game was scheduled as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In addition to playing Kansas in Hawaii, Indiana also has neutral court games scheduled against Butler and Louisville at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
It was previously announced that IU will also see Big Ten foes Illinois, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue, Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Rutgers visit Assembly Hall next season. Dates for those games are expected to be announced later this summer.
In part 2 of the HSR’s interview with IU Wrestling Coach Duane Goldman, he talks about his days as a wrestler coming to an end and the beginning of his coaching career. During the summer of 2000, Goldman accompanied former assistant coach Charles Burton to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Goldman served as an assistant coach and training partner.
Troy Williams may have found a new home.
According to a report by pro basketball writer David Pick, the former Hoosier forward has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Williams, who went unselected in last month’s NBA Draft, boosted his stock with an outstanding finish to his stint in the NBA Summer League.
While playing on a summer league contract with the Phoenix Suns, Williams averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds across six games in Las Vegas this month. He started the final three games, averaging 20.3 points per game during that span. Following Phoenix’s final summer game last Sunday, Williams became a free agent.
Williams shot 54.3 percent from the field and was connecting at a 35 percent rate from 3-point range until going 0-for-5 beyond the arc in his summer finale. At the free throw line, Williams shot 79 percent for Phoenix.
A Third Team All-Big Ten selection in 2016, Williams elected in May to forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. Williams started 34 of the 35 games he played as a junior at IU last season, averaging 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Partially-guaranteed contracts are commonly offered to undrafted players, who are afforded at least a chunk of money and a chance to join a team for preseason camp. Partially-guaranteed contracts do not guarantee a roster spot for the regular season.
Terms of Williams’ deal have not been announced.
Former Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell has signed a free agent contract with the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple reports.
Ferrell played in four games off the bench on a guard-heavy Nets outfit in this month’s NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Ferrell averaged 8.8 points and 1.8 assists per game, but shot only 2-for-11 from 3-point range. He closed his summer with 10 points and two steals against Cleveland on July 16.
Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported Ferrell’s deal with Brooklyn.
Yogi Ferrell of Indiana has reached agreement on a free-agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league source tells The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2016
This gives Ferrell an opportunity to further prove himself during Brooklyn’s preseason camp. The Nets are looking for point guard depth and enter the fall with several options. Brooklyn selected combo guards Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead in last month’s draft and also recently signed point guards Greivis Vasquez and Randy Foye.
Ferrell, who originally signed a Summer League contract with the Nets in June, was free to sign with anybody. He graduated from IU as the program’s all-time leader in assists (633) and games played and started (137). As a senior last season, Ferrell averaged 17.3 points and 5.5 assists per game.
UPDATE (3:40 Friday): Added preseason players of the year
For the second consecutive year, Ohio State is the Big Ten’s preseason favorite.
That’s according to the annual cleveland.com poll, which counted votes this week from 39 writers who cover the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were a unanimous preseason choice for the conference crown in 2015, but it was Michigan State that ultimately claimed the Big Ten title.
Although not a unanimous pick, Ohio State is still the heavy favorite to win the conference. This year, 27 voters picked the Buckeyes, while 11 others chose Michigan. One voter picked Iowa.
It is worth noting, however, that the cleveland.com poll has not correctly picked the league’s winner in any of the previous five seasons. The Big Ten no longer conducts an official preseason poll, so cleveland.com has conducted its own — including beat writers covering all 14 schools — since 2011.
Ohio State was also the favorite to win the East Division, while voters overwhelmingly sided with Iowa in the West. Seven points went to a first-place vote, while one point went to a seventh-pace vote, according to cleveland.com. Voters could also pick ties.
Individually, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett received preseason offensive player of the year honors and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers received defensive honors. Offensively, 12 players in all received votes, including IU’s Dan Feeney. The senior right guard received one first place vote and one third place designation. Voters were asked to nominate three players, in order, with three points given to a first-place selection, two for second place and one for third.
Nearing the halfway point of the 2017 recruiting cycle, defense has been Indiana’s primary focus.
On Thursday, Kevin Wilson added another player to his defensive stable.
Three-star Georgia cornerback LaDamion Hunt made a verbal commitment to Indiana, giving the Hoosiers their ninth recruit in next year’s class and their seventh on defense.
Hunt, a 6-foot, 183-pound prospect out of Carrollton High School, chose IU over offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Minnesota and Purdue, among others. According to 247 Sports, Hunt runs a 4.49 40-yard dash.
In announcing his commitment, Hunt tweeted that Indiana cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby and defensive coordinator Tom Allen both influenced his decision. He did not return a message left by The Herald-Times.
“I wanna thank all my coaches from the past years cause they always pushed me to my best just so I could make it this far,” Hunt wrote. “I also wanna just give a big thanks to the coaching staff of Indiana (—) Coach Shelby and Coach Allen for being amazing through this recruiting process. But I’ve came to my decision and I’m very proud to say I’m officially committed to Indiana University.”
Of IU’s seven defensive commits, Hunt is the first member of the secondary, though Avon athlete Bryant Fitzgerald could also end up in the secondary.
With Hunt’s commitment, Indiana’s 2017 class is ranked No. 11 in the Big Ten and No. 68 nationally, according to the 247 Sports Composite.
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Last week, Julian Boatner rented a car for the first time.
Yes, the Bloomington native is growing up.
Boatner, 24, recently landed his first job, too, accepting an assistant coaching position at Mount St. Mary’s, where he’s expected to be one of the youngest full-time Division I assistants in the nation.
After playing four years at William and Mary, Boatner spent the last two seasons as a graduate manager on coach Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana. Now, he’s ready to begin his professional career and accept all the responsibilities that come with it.
“There’s nothing more that I’d want to do than be a college coach at my age,” Boatner said. “I jumped at the opportunity.” (more…)
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Lyndsay Leikem has been added to the roster at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a grad transfer, the school announced Friday.
The 6-foot-1 forward graduated in three years from Indiana. Before the 2015-16 season, Leikem expressed interest in moving to the Washington D.C. area upon graduation and pursuing a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, she will play for head coach Marsha Frese and pursue at master’s in criminal justice at UMKC.
On Friday, Leikem posted on Twitter about her decision to play at UMKC.
“Was not expecting to play my fourth year,” she wrote, “but tremendously blessed to receive this opportunity to pursue my masters!”
Leikem started seven games early in the season for IU in ’15-16, but came off the bench once Jenn Anderson was healthy. For the season, she averaged 1.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, helping a Hoosiers team that won its first NCAA tournament game since 1983.
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