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Report: Ferrell expected to return #iubb

Yogi Ferrell is expected to return for his senior season.

According to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Ferrell will announce today that he will stay at Indiana for his final season of eligibility.

The IU point guard was scheduled to announce his decision on Saturday night in Indianapolis, but postponed the press conference after the death of 22-year-old IU senior Hannah Wilson. The deadline to declare early entry to the NBA Draft is tonight at 11:59 p.m.

NBA Draft experts viewed Ferrell as a second-round talent after he averaged 16.3 points and 4.9 assists on the way to an All-Big Ten First Team selection. His return is expected to make the Hoosiers a top 15 team — maybe higher — when the preseason polls are released.

With Ferrell’s return, Indiana remains oversigned by one scholarship for next season.

Ferrell ranks 22nd on the Indiana career scoring list with 1,379 points and is sixth in career assists with 438. By returning, the Indianapolis native will have an opportunity to extend his program-record streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer, which stands at 65.

More to come.

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Alkins says Indiana recruiting him hardest #iubb

FISHERS — Thomas Bryant won’t arrive on campus for another month and a half, but he’s already giving Indiana basketball a boost.

The 6-foot-10 center found his way to Best Choice Fieldhouse on Saturday, where he caught up with 2016 Indiana target Rawle Alkins during the second day of the adidas Uprising Indianapolis Gauntlet tournament. In between AAU games, the two talked, and Bryant made his pitch.

“We could take IU by storm,” Bryant told Alkins.

Bryant, whose signing with Indiana became official this week, is only the latest player inside the Hoosiers’ program to make an attempt at wooing Alkins, a four-star two-guard from New York City who is considered among the top 30 players in next year’s class.

But Bryant wasn’t the only one recruiting Alkins this weekend. IU coach Tom Crean stopped in early Saturday morning, director of operations Rob Judson — who can spend time on the road while the program searches for a replacement for assistant Steve McClain — spent much of the day in Indianapolis and then there were the fans decked out in Hoosier garb.

Alkins saw them all.

“They’re showing a lot of love,” Alkins said. “They told me they were going to be here. I get all their tweets. They tweet me, and I see all of the Hoosier Nation. It’s great.” (more…)

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Video: Alkins, Davis talk recruiting, IU

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Ferrell’s announcement postponed #iubb

There will be no press conference tonight. Yogi Ferrell will wait.

Hours after the death of a 22-year-old Indiana University senior, the Ferrell family issued a release Saturday morning saying that Ferrell will hold off announcing his intention to return to IU for his senior season or enter the NBA Draft.

Ferrell was scheduled to announce his plans this evening at 7:30 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on the north side of Indianapolis.

The body of Hannah Wilson, a Gamma Phi Beta sorority member, was found Friday morning in Brown County. Indiana State Police arrested 49-year-old Daniel E. Messel on a preliminary charge of murder on Friday afternoon.

“The Ferrell Family sends out its condolences and prayers to the family of Hannah N. Wilson,” the statement read.

The deadline to declare early entry to the 2015 NBA Draft is Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

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Crean leaving decision making process up to Ferrell #iubb

Tom Crean isn’t recruiting Yogi Ferrell for a second time. He’s not telling him what to do or how to proceed.

What the IU coach has done is present his point guard with the research and thoughts of the NBA decision makers who hold Ferrell’s immediate future in their hands.

From there the decision is up to Ferrell, who will announce Saturday night whether he will return to Bloomington for his senior season or forego his final year in search of a professional pay day.

“What we try to do is we try to get real feedback that we can add to the projection, and then it becomes a matter of are you going to trust the research?” Crean said. “Are you going to look at it and say this is what it is or are you going to believe something that’s not there? That’s the most important thing you can do, but I don’t bug those guys about that. I really don’t.”

The research says Ferrell is a second-round pick, at best, and even that’s muddled by a few factors.

For one, DraftExpress.com projects the 6-foot Indianapolis native will go undrafted and doesn’t include Ferrell among its top 100 potential NBA prospects in the 2015 draft pool. Of that group, 15 are pure point guards ranked ahead of Ferrell.

ESPN draft expert Chad Ford told The Herald-Times last month that Ferrell could boost that stock by returning for his senior season and proving that he can lead the Hoosiers deep into March.

“It’s interesting because his size, his physical stature is the biggest thing holding him back,” Ford told The Herald-Times. “He can’t do anything about that. He can get physically stronger, and that’s something. But I think what he’s gonna have to do to get drafted is follow Shabazz Napier. Everybody said the exact same thing about Shabazz Napier coming in. He was second round pick at best if he would’ve come out then he led UConn to a championship and caught the high.

“(Scouts said), ‘This kind of swagger, this kind of floor leadership, I’m gonna value that on a veteran team and draft him.’ It wasn’t really until the tournament that he did that.”

With Troy Williams and James Blackmon Jr both announcing their plans to return to school next fall, and with the recent addition of four-star center Thomas Bryant, Ferrell would have the opportunity to lead the most complete and balanced team he’s had since his freshman year, when he started all 36 games on the way to IU’s second consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.

He will make a player like Bryant better, and a true center like Bryant will do the same for Ferrell. With a proven point guard like Ferrell, Indiana could start the season ranked as high as No. 15 — and perhaps higher.

Whether or not they get there is, in part, up to Ferrell.

“Whatever happens on that, he’s going to make a smart decision,” Crean said. “All you want to do is you want to make sure you’re giving them every bit of factual information that you can give.”

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Little 500: Kappa Alpha Theta wins back-to-back titles

Kappa Alpha Theta literally cruised to a second straight Little 500 championship Friday after a crash on Lap 98 put the race under caution on the final lap.

Theta and top rider Liz Lieberman were gearing up for a sprint finish, but several competitors, including Ski and Alpha Chi Omega were wiped out in the crash. Lieberman was already in front when the caution flag went up, which meant she could retain her position in front of Tabitha Sherwood from Phoenix Cycling.

This is Theta’s sixth championship overall, which is the most for any women’s program. Lieberman and Bloomington North grad Abby Rogers cycled in both of those races.

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Hoosiers host Spartans for series opener #iubase

FINAL: INDIANA 6, MICHIGAN STATE 1. Ryan Halstead shut down the Spartans in the ninth inning, helping Indiana to its second consecutive win and an optimal start to another important weekend series. Scott Effross earned the win, his third, after 4.1 innings of shutout relief. Brad Hartong finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Scott Donley also added three hits for the Hoosiers. (more…)

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Ramsey’s commitment is another important step into Cincinnati for IU #iufb

Posted by in Football on Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 at 7:40 PM.

Beyond the fact that he’s a quarterback, beyond the fact that he is Indiana’s first recruit in the 2016 class, Peyton Ramsey’s commitment this week represents a greater significance to the big picture success of IU’s football program.

Ramsey, who gave a verbal commitment to IU on Tuesday, is the latest prospect to come from the fertile football area of Cincinnati, where the Hoosiers are aiming to establish a long-lasting pipeline.

Linebackers Tegray Scales and Marcus Oliver, defensive linemen Mike Barwick, Patrick Dougherty and Nick Carovillano and offensive lineman Wes Martin are among the recent additions IU coach Kevin Wilson has brought from the Cincinnati area to Bloomington.

Ramsey’s father, Doug, sees it as a positive step in Indiana’s recruiting evolution and, as Peyton’s coach at Elder High School, he’d like to see that recruiting success in southwest Ohio continue.

“They’re in on some good players,” Doug Ramsey said. “I think the thing is, being in Ohio and having the Big Ten and then the SEC, there are so many different directions that kids are pulled. I think Indiana is one of those places where, if you can just get a kid to come over there and look around and see what it’s like, you have a chance. I think that’s starting to happen a little bit. Hopefully, it’s a thing where we can get some more guys to go over. Maybe I can be a semi-recruiter, myself, and try to get some kids to go that way, too.” (more…)

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IUWBB: Hoosiers add Tyshee Towner

Posted by in Women's Basketball on Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015 at 3:33 PM.

If there was ever a player that matched the direction of Teri Moren’s program, Wabash Valley head coach Zach Loll couldn’t think of anyone better than Tyshee Towner.

Will she defend?

“There aren’t a lot of players that say they want to thrive on being a great defender,” Loll said. “And she really does. She looks forward to that challenge.”

Athleticism?

For that, it was hard for Loll to even contain his comparison to the basketball court. He harkened back to a Hall of Fame running back instead.

“Her lateral quickness, my mind immediately thinks of Barry Sanders, because of her ability to change directions so quickly.”

In Moren’s second add of the offseason, announced Wednesday, she acquired a player that couldn’t check any more of her boxes. The junior college All-American not only averaged 17.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, but she fancies herself a defender first. (more…)

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Tickets on sale for IU-Mexico spring game

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