A big recruiting week continued Thursday for Indiana, which picked up verbal commitments from Largo (Fla.) High School teammates Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale.
Crawford, a 6-foot-2, three-star prospect who also had offers from Louisville and Iowa, will likely play safety at Indiana. Hale, a 6-foot-3, Rivals two-star prospect as an athlete, also received offers from Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others.
A source with knowledge of Hale’s recruitment says he also has an opportunity to play basketball for Indiana.
Hale, considered a three-star basketball prospect according to ESPN, also received a hoops offer from Florida State, where his father, Ron, averaged 12.3 points per game at FSU from 1997-2000. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that Hale will miss his senior season while he recovers from a torn meniscus and an ACL injury.
Both players announced their commitments through their Twitter accounts on Thursday night.
IU now has 17 players in its 2015 recruiting class. Crawford and Hale represent the sixth and seventh players to commit to Indiana since Sunday morning, joining three-star Georgia quarterback Austin King, three-star Carmel athlete Isaac James, three-star Maryland safety Tyler Green, three-star Virginia athlete Mike Majette and Missouri offensive lineman DaVondre Love.
Tom Crean spent nearly 20 minutes Thursday afternoon talking IU basketball on 1070 The Fan’s the Dan Dakich Show. You can listen to the full interview, including Crean’s thoughts on Saturday’s Crossroads Classic, by visiting The Fan’s web site.
A partial transcript follows:
Question: How did you act as a father to help Emmitt Holt get through the accident?
Crean: “Well, you have to act as a father for every one of them. They can have fathers and grandfathers and uncles, but they’re not with them on a continual basis like it is when they’re in college. So you have to wear a lot of different hats and you have to put yourself in a position of having true care and true love for them and, at the same time, there are consequences for actions. The old adage that you get to make your choices, but you don’t get to pick your consequences is alive. It doesn’t matter where it’s at. You have to help them to try and understand that the best they can, but they key is you’re not trying to turn your back and you’re not trying to turn your nose up. You’re trying to make sure that you help them get through it so they grow and that they can be not only productive in their immediate future, and in the case of Emmitt, really the first few days after everything happened, but really so further long term.”
Q: Does this team, in your mind, play the way college basketball is going to?
Crean: “They key statistic constantly is not the 3-point shooting or attempts or perimeter play. It’s how much the ball is going through the paint, whether we’re scoring in the paint, whether the ball is actually getting through there. If you’re gonna get layups, if you’re gonna drop the ball off, if you’re gonna have good shot game, there’s very few good post games without a very good outside shooting game, or it just becomes a double-team game all game. Then you better just have a phenomenal player who can do both. Cody (Zeller), when he was here, was a tremendous low post player, great passer, became an excellent driver and was surrounded by people who could make shots. That enhances everything. Bottom line, no matter what kind of team you have it’s still gotta get into the paint. When we play that way, like this past Saturday, we were 5-of-15 in the first half when the ball didn’t touch the paint. In the second half we’re 37-of-43 when it did. All of a sudden your points in the paint go up and your 3-point shooting looks go up — not maybe all the time the percentages, but the looks. I think the key is how do you get the ball there, how do you get fouled, how do you keep making sure that you’re getting to the free throw line. That’s the key. Certainly the more shooters you have, the better because it creats so many more situations then when they really understand the spacing. The hardest thing is to try to get guys to truly understand how to move without the ball and stay committed to their spacing on offense. Sometimes going to the ball is worse that hunting shots because you’re killing the spacing. But really being committed to being in movement and cutting and being patient and moving on penetration and all those things, that’s the key no matter what kind of team you have, I think.” (more…)
The contract for Indiana field hockey coach Amy Robertson will not be renewed, the school announced Thursday.
Robertson compiled a 134-141 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances during her 15 seasons in Bloomington. The Hoosiers went 9-8 this season with a 1-7 mark in conference play. IU has won only five Big Ten games since the start of the 2010 season.
A search for Robertson’s successor is underway.
“After a careful and deliberate review of the program, I have concluded that it is time for new leadership for our field hockey team,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “We thank Amy Robertson for her tremendous dedication to Indiana University and for admirably presiding over the launch of our field hockey program 15 years ago. I have great personal respect for Amy who has been a positive influence in the lives of her student-athletes.”
Field hockey is not a sport offered by the Indiana High School Athletic Association and IU’s roster reflects that. Of the 21 players on this year’s team, only six have ties to the midwest. The sport is especially popular on the East Coast — Pennsylvania, in particular — and Indiana has six players from that state alone.
Robertson arrived in 2000 to lead a newly-restarted Indiana field hockey program. According to The Herald-Times salary database, Robertson’s salary was $77,116 in 2014.
Assistant coaches Phil Edwards and Kate Lipton will remain in their roles until a successor determines whether to retain them. Edwards will serve as interim coach, effective immediately, and associate athletic director Mattie White will lead the search committee.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Exceeding even his own expectations, IU running back Tevin Coleman became a consensus All-American Wednesday, Mike wrote.
IU freshman Jessica Parratto was the top qualifier in the women’s platform at the USA Championships Wednesday, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Catching up on the statistical progress of former Hoosiers now in the NBA, with Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.
The job of ticket scalping is tougher than ever, especially for Indiana football, Evan Hoopfer of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
Kevin Wilson’s breakthrough season will have to wait according to IU’s season in review, Tom Dienhart of BTN.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For all those scalpers on 17th Street, the Beatles with “Ticket to Ride” live in 1965.
Big Ten Network asked fans to select four players to make up a fictitious Indiana Football Mount Rushmore, which I’m not sure where, exactly, such a thing could be accommodated in Bloomington.
Perhaps in one of the old limestone quarries south of town? Maybe.
Either way, the network released the results of its informal poll during Tuesday’s broadcast of BTN Live. Did fans get it right? Here, you be the judge:
— Anthony Thompson
— Vaughn Dunbar
— Antwaan Randle El
— George Taliaferro
Personally, I’d replace Dunbar with Pete Pihos, the only IU player enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pihos played from 1942-43 and again from 1945-46, leaving IU to serve in World War II, where he received the Bronze Star and Silver Star medals. He earned All-America status as both an end and a fullback, while shattering previous program records for touchdowns, total points and receptions.
A worthy pick, in my eyes. To me, Thompson, Taliaferro and Randle El are surefire candidates, but a few solid arguments could be made for the fourth.
Which four players would you select?
You can watch BTN Live’s Indiana segment by clicking here.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana has one of the best shooting teams in the nation and the work ethic to back it up, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Kelvin Sampson is trying to resurrect his college basketball coaching career at Houston, calling his ordeal at IU “ridiculous,” Scooby Axson of SI.com writes.
Former Hoosier Luke Fischer made a big impact in his first game at Marquette with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.
Even Kentucky fans should feel a little sorry for the Indiana basketball program, Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader writes.
IU grad Will Sheehey is a basketball free agent, sportando.com reports.
With his scoring down and assists up, Yogi Ferrell is facilitating to the point of exhaustion for IU, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
His ACL injury gave Collin Hartman a renewed focus, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For Kelvin Sampson, “Resurrection” by Brian May.
The postseason honors continue to roll in for Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, who was named an Associated Press First Team All-American on Tuesday.
Coleman previously earned first team honors on the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-America Team, in addition to first team selections from ESPN, CBS Sports, USA Today and Scout.com.
Coleman finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and was one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back. The junior became the 18th player in FBS history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a single season with a 130-yard effort in the team’s 23-16 Old Oaken Bucket victory over Purdue. He ranks 15th on the all-time list and tops the Indiana’s list with 2,036 yards.
UPDATE: Fox Sports also named Coleman a First-Team All-American on Tuesday.
You can view the AP’s first, second and third teams after the jump. (more…)
Kevin Wilson has been searching for a quarterback to top his 2015 recruiting class since losing Tommy Stevens to Penn State in early November.
On Monday, the Indiana coach found his player.
Georgia quarterback Austin King gave a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers, becoming the fifth player to commit to Indiana in the last two days. King, a 6-foot-3 three-star prospect from Alpharetta, Ga., chose IU one day after decommitting from North Carolina State, where he originally verballed during the summer. He previously had interest from South Florida, West Virginia, Harvard and Yale, among others.
Indiana has been in the mix for King since the spring, but its interest cooled when Stevens, a three-star dual-threat quarterback from Decatur Central, committed in June. But when Stevens flipped for the Nittany Lions last month, IU returned to Georgia.
“Out of the blue (Stevens) decommitted and I started hearing from them again,” King told The Herald-Times Monday. “Coach Wilson came to my house a couple weeks ago and sat us down for three hours and we just talked about the pros and cons, and why I should go to Indiana and what Indiana has in store for me and my family.” (more…)
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Indiana coach Tom Crean can’t say for certain whether he expects sophomore forward Devin Davis to play this season.
Crean was asked about Davis and a potential redshirt season on his weekly radio show Monday, explaining to a caller that no decisions have been made on Davis’ playing status.
Davis is living at home in Indianapolis, while going through outpatient rehabilitation stemming from a traumatic brain injury suffered in an accident involving teammate Emmitt Holt on Nov. 1. Davis has appeared at Indiana games over the last month, sitting with family members in the first rows of bleachers behind the Indiana bench.
Crean said he and the doctors are waiting to see how Davis responds to rehab over the next few weeks.
“His attitude’s been great,” Crean said. “He works extremely hard in Indianapolis. He came to our practice Thursday and he comes to the games. Hopefully, we’re gonna get him cleared to where he can sit on the bench with us. I don’t have much more to add other than that because it really comes down to how the doctors view it as far as how much he responds to all the work.”
Crean added that Davis, who hasn’t returned to class since the accident, would not be allowed to return to the team until he was fully and completely cleared by doctors.
“Our whole thing with him is his longterm health,” Crean said. “Do we miss him? There’s no question we miss him. We miss him on a personal level and we miss him on a basketball level — (that was no more clear) than the other night. He was, inch-for-inch, pound-for-pound, one of our best rebounders and toughest guys. We missed that in those types of games, but his longterm health and prognosis is far and away the most important thing.”
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What was at first a tight road contest turned into another decisive win for the Indiana women’s basketball team Sunday, with an 82-56 victory against Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.
Larryn Brooks led IU with 16 points and was one assist short of a double-double with nine assists. Tyra Buss almost came away with a double-double, too, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Cahill had 13 points and eight rebounds.
In the first half, the Hoosiers were hampered by foul trouble. Every starter picked up at least two fouls during the first 20 minutes, and Taylor Agler came away with three. Ten first-half turnovers also helped the Panthers hold tight with the Hoosiers, who carried a single-digit lead into halftime, 40-31.
“The frustrating part was the10 turnovers we had, five of them being offensive charges,” IU head coach Teri Moren said. “Trying to adjust there at halftime was we have to shoot more midrange jumpers. We are not going to be effective trying to get to the basket because of the way the game was being played.”
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