Smotherman, Irvin experience some star treatment at Hoosier Hysteria


Heritage Christian swingman Basil Smotherman used to come to Hoosier Hysteria events as a fan when he was younger. He remembers being there when Eric Gordon had his name chanted in Assembly Hall in 2006 and imagined what it would be like to be one of the recruits everyone in the stands was looking for.

“I stayed humble,” Smotherman said. “But I remember thinking, ‘I want to be them.'”

He’s achieved that to some degree, having earned a scholarship offer from Indiana for the Class of 2013. He didn’t get the Eric Gordon treatment on Friday night, as Park Tudor guard Yogi Ferrell was the only player to have his name chanted, but someone did ask him for his autograph.

“It was cool,” he said. “I never signed an autograph before. But this kid just came up to me and asked me for my autograph. So I signed it, he said thank you, and his dad said, ‘Come to IU.'”

Zak Irvin, a sophomore swingman at Hamilton Southeastern and Smotherman’s AAU teammate with the Eric Gordon All-Stars signed an autograph for the young man as well.

“It was nice to get that kind of attention,” Irvin said.

Both Smotherman and Irvin said they were impressed with the practice they watched before Hoosier Hysteria at Cook Hall. NCAA rules allowed practice to begin at 5 p.m., so the Hoosiers took advantage.

“It shows you how hard it’s going to be at the next level,” Smotherman said.

As sophomores, both Irvin and Smotherman said they’re not looking to commit anywhere anytime soon.

Smotherman said he has unofficial visits schedule for Purdue and Xavier in the coming weeks. He has offers from those schools as well as Notre Dame, and interest coming from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Irvin said he’s unlikely to make any visits until after basketball season. He said he’s taken visits to Purdue, Illinois, Butler, Michigan, Baylor and Xavier. UNLV, Louisville and Miami (Fla.) are also involved in his recruitment.

Share the Scoop!

8 comments:

  • 4guards #1


    Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 10:09 PM EST

    Good stuff. You would think Smotherman should be a lock being an IU fan and all. Purdue guys seem pretty confident.
    I would like to hear from Darryl Baker about what he thought and where IU stands with him.

  • Larry Gwaltney #2


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 7:33 AM EST

    If the 2012 class falls into place, Smotherman would be between them and the 2014 class (already a great one). Purdue wouldn’t have that kind of talent surrounding him.

  • Jeff #3


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:14 AM EST

    But Purdue has thre better coach, and there is no guarantee that Creen will still be here.

  • Larry Gwaltney #4


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:17 AM EST

    Purdue fans better get over their wish-dream of Crean leaving Indiana. He’s on the verge of a gigantic recruiting coup and they don’t like it – particularly since IU has positioned themselves so well with players from Indiana.

  • Josh #5


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:18 AM EST

    The better coach? I wouldn’t say that is true considering Crean has taken teams further than Painter has. Painter is a good coach but you act like its a no brainer, Jeff. Crean will be at IU for a long time. I am willing to bet a year’s salary on it.

  • RAM #6


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:42 AM EST

    Painter is a good coach and with some of the early recruiting success that he has had Purdue should have made it to a final four by now, but as with Keady they continue to be just a “also ran”.

  • Hoosier Clarion #7


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 11:06 AM EST

    Painter is a good coach but his recruiting success is essentially the “baby boilers” and it came at a time when the IU coaching focus on recruiting Indiana talent was suffering blurred vision during the MD fiasco and the start of the following Sanctions fiasco. During that period of time Painter had no choice but to do well recruiting in Indiana, it was made easy for him. He is now forced to face the reality of recruiting to W. Lafayette just as GK did.

  • TT #8


    Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:36 PM EST

    Nice try, Jeff, but Crean’s not going anywhere.As far as Crean vs. Painter, I’ll take an Izzo protege over a Keady protege any day.

Scoop Poll:

Who wins Saturday's Crossroads Classic game?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

IU vs Louisville Men\'s Jimmy V Classic

Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]5000James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]3840Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]3490Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]3070Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]2800Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]2760Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]2500Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]2740Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]2280Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]2250Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]2710Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]2890Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]3160Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]3210Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]3570Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]8650Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]4820Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]3970Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]3110Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]3020Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]3100Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]2640Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]2470Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]2640Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]2610Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]2770Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]2850Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]2710Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]2510Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
  • Jeremy Price:

    Yogi, RJ, Collin (even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while [...]

  • Hoosier Clarion:

    JBJ, Robbie J, Holt [...]

  • T Herman:

    Dry about that post, I was in panic mode. I found the channel. Go HO [...]

  • T Herman:

    Why would we only show this (or any game for that matter) on Fox India [...]

  • Harvard for Hllibillies:

    .....Yogi, RJ, Holt. Loved Harvard for Hucklebuckets....That big fa [...]

  • Geoff:

    Yogi, Buckets, Colin [...]

  • Geoff:

    Here are the 3-on-3 groupings for the BIG game today against Butler. [...]

  • Indiana taking it slow with Devin Davis -
    The good news is that Devin Davis is expected to return to school when Indiana’s spring semester begins on Jan. 12. From there, a timetable for Davis’ return to the court remains unclear. IU coach Tom [...]
  • Indiana women at Oakland: IU still counting on Gassion -
    When Alexis Gassion first stepped into a game donning an Indiana uniform, it was against Oakland. Six points and four rebounds was her beginning, the first line of a freshman season where she started [...]
  • Davis' basketball future uncertain -
    The good news is that Devin Davis is expected to return to school when Indiana’s spring semester begins on Jan. 12. [...]
  • Crossroads Classic: Indiana plays No. 23 Butler -
    He doesn’t view Butler as the flag bearers of basketball in the state of Indiana, although that’s almost certainly what the Bulldogs have become over the past six years. [...]
  • Indiana working on improved defense -
    Beyond the final exams that have occupied their time and the game preparation for Saturday’s Crossroads Classic matchup against No. 23 Butler, this week is all about improvement for Indiana basketball [...]
  • Crossroads Classic a double-edged sword for IU -
    The genesis of the annual Crossroads Classic was something of a pet project for the athletic directors at Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler. [...]
  • Indiana football adds 2 more commitments -
    A big recruiting week continued Thursday for Indiana, which picked up verbal commitments from Largo (Fla.) High School teammates Jonathan Crawford and Donavan Hale. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Cr [...]


Find Notre Dame football coverage on NDInsider.com. © Hoosier Times Inc., all rights reserved.