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The Indiana men’s soccer team announced the addition of freshman Rees Wedderburn to the 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. The attacking midfielder and British national currently plays for the West Bromwich Albion U-21 team, making 20 appearances in 2014-15.
The Hoosiers also will be one of six men’s teams to play Northwestern at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire, this fall due to renovations at the Wildcats’ home field.
Here’s the full release on Wedderburn:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced today that Rees Wedderburn will continue his soccer career at IU, beginning his freshman season in the fall of 2015.
“We are very excited to add Rees to our soccer program,” Yeagley said. “He most recently competed with the U21 West Brom Academy team. He has been playing at a very high level and will bring a confidence and sophistication that very few incoming freshman possess.”
Wedderburn, a British national, currently plays for the West Bromwich Albion U21s, previously competing for the squad’s U18 side. In 2012-13 he made 27 appearances with the U18s, scoring eight goals. He added six goals in 21 appearances in 2013-14. In 2014-15 he has made 20 appearances with the U21 team.
“Rees is a dynamic attacker who we expect to make an immediate impact within our team next fall,” Yeagley added. “His ability to beat players off the dribble and pass will provide additional firepower to our attack. Rees can also play in a variety of roles within our attacking shape giving us tactical flexibility and increased mobility.”
A left-footed attacking midfielder, Wedderburn has spent his youth career with West Bromwich Albion since the age of 12. His youth tournament experience includes making the final of the Aspire on Qatar, falling 2-1 to Benfica. He also finished third in a Premier League tournament with West Brom.
Wedderburn is a graduate of Deansfield Community School in Wolverhampton.
On the final day of the MLB Amateur Draft, the Chicago Cubs displayed a fondness for Hoosier arms.
The Cubs selected former Bloomington South standout Jake Kelzer in the 14th round before swinging back and taking Scott Effross in the 15th round. Both Kelzer and Effross can return to IU next season if they do not sign with Chicago.
Kelzer, who was selected by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round in 2014, worked to a 3.95 ERA over 17 appearances in 2015, including 11 starts. Over a team-high 73 innings, the 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed 65 hits, struck out 57 and walked 31. He held opposing batters to a .237 average while flashing a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and a tough breaking ball. Kelzer earned his first save in the first game of a doublehealder with Ohio State on May 15, striking out a career-high seven batters in three innings.He was an All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection last season. Kelzer will be eligible for the draft as long as he remains at Indiana because he turned 21 years old during his draft month in 2014.
Effross could have been a candidate to be selected during the latter rounds on Day 2. The right-hander has pitched in every role during his three seasons at Indiana, working as a starter and middle-, late-inning reliever in 2015. Effross appeared in 21 games, starting seven, while posting a 2.35 ERA. He scattered 50 hits over 61 1/3 innings, while striking out 51 and walking only nine. Opposing batters hit only .217 against the Ohio native. Effross also has a fastball that sits in the low-to-mid 90s, along with a changeup and a slider. Effross was outstanding down the stretch. Out of the bullpen in IU’s NCAA Tournament loss to No.1 Vanderbilt, Effross retired 10 of his first 12 batters and 16 of 20 for the game.
The draft runs through the 40th round on Wednesday evening. The Hoosiers have a handful of players who could possibly be taken, though right-hander Ryan Halstead and left-hander Kyle Hart remain the most likely to hear their names called on Wednesday. Iowa Western outfield transfer Alex Krupa, along with incoming freshman outfielder Luke Miller, could also be selected in the latter rounds.
Anderson, who replaces Je’Ney Jackson and interim coach Chris Virtue, returns to IU after working with the Hoosiers’ football program as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2012-13. Anderson most recently worked with the University of Houston football program.
“I’m extremely excited to work for a great coach like Tom Crean,” Anderson said in a statement. “This is like my Super Bowl. Every day I will have the opportunity to work with elite level athletes and elite level young men. I can not thank Coach enough for allowing me to be a part of this program.”
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Anderson played tight end at Alfred State College before transfering to Kansas after his sophomore year. With the Jayhawks, he caught 43 passes for 485 yards and three touchdowns in 21 career games from 2003-04. He later signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals and was a member of the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad. Anderson also played for the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush.
He began his career in strength and conditioning as a graduate assistant at Kansas in 2008, when he also served as a season intern with the Denver Broncos. Anderson was also an assistant strength coach at Youngstown State and Rice prior to joining the IU football program.
“Lyonel has coached and played at a high level and with great success,” Crean said in a statement. “Those who have worked with him and know him have nothing but the highest praise for him personally and professionally. He is well respected and developed a great rapport with everyone during his visit here.” (more…)
Indiana picked up its second recruit in the 2016 class, taking a verbal from Cincinnati Moeller defensive end Ryan Smith on Tuesday evening.
According to Rivals.com, Indiana is the only school to offer the 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive lineman. The Hoosiers offered Smith at the end of April. Rivals lists offensive line coach Greg Frey as Smith’s lead recruiter. Smith appeared in 10 games as a junior last season, making 24 tackles, including 13 solo stops, and recording 3.5 sacks.
Smith announced his commitment through his Twitter account before IU coach Kevin Wilson confirmed it with his customary “#boom” tweet.
I'm excited to say that I have officially committed to Indiana University to further my academic and athletic career!
Chris Lemonis will spend the next two days peeking at live streams, monitoring Twitter and checking in on player trackers to find where his Hoosiers may fall in this week’s MLB Amateur Draft.
The Indiana coach could see a handful of players, as well as an incoming recruit or two, taken in the draft, which runs through Wednesday.
“The thing about the pro draft is it’s big for our kids,” Lemonis told The Herald-Times. “Kids come to Indiana because they want to play professionally. We have 35 guys in our clubhouse and all 35 guys want to play professional baseball. It’s the dream, so we want that in our program. We want a big professional baseball influence. It means we’re signing the right kids.”
Entering this year’s draft, Indiana has seen seven players from its roster selected since 2013. That doesn’t include freshmen Logan Sowers (31st round) and Larry Crisler (35th round) and senior Ryan Halstead (36th round) who were selected out of high school before they matriculated to IU. Halstead was also drafted in the 26th round after his junior year in 2013. Nor does the list of seven include Josh Ockimey, a first baseman in last year’s recruiting class who was taken in the fifth round and signed to play with the Boston Red Sox instead of attending IU.
This year, Halstead, junior Scott Effross, junior Kyle Hart, senior Scott Donley, senior Luke Harrison and junior Nick Ramos are all possibilities, as is junior Caleb Baragar and senior Casey Rodrigue. Incoming junior college transfer Alex Krupa, an outfielder from Iowa Western, and Cowan senior outfielder Luke Miller could also see their names called. Whether any of the underclassmen actually sign is a different matter.
Rounds three through 10 will be held today, followed by rounds 11-40 on Wednesday. No one from IU was picked during the first and compensatory rounds on Monday. (more…)
Indiana is among eight schools being considered by Miles Bridges, one of the top ranked small forwards in the 2016 class.
Bridges, ranked as a five-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite, tweeted Tuesday that he’s considering IU along with Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Iowa State and Louisville, in no particular order. The 6-foot-6 prospect played alongside Indiana signee Thomas Bryant last season at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, where he averaged 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 blocks per game as a junior.
ESPN ranks Bridges at No. 7 on its list of top 60 players, while 247 slots him at No. 21 in his class and Scout has him at No. 27.
My Top 8 schools in no particular order. MSU Michigan Kentucky Indiana UNC NC State Iowa State Louisville
— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges01) June 9, 2015
Bridges told 247 Sports two weeks ago that Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa State and North Carolina comprised his top five. A native of Flint, Mich., Bridges was slated to visit IU for last season’s Hoosier Hysteria, but did not attend due to illness, according to Scout.com.
Bridges told Mlive.com in April that he’d like to play guard in college.
“We’re trying to make Miles aware of just how unstoppable he is,” Bridges’ AAU coach Brandon Neely told Mlive.com. “When he puts the ball on the floor and attacks the rim, he puts a lot of pressure on the defense. He can always pad the stat sheet because he’s always flirting with triple-doubles. But he should also be having seven to nine assists a game because of the all the defensive attention he draws.”
Here’s his junior year mixtape:
It was announced Tuesday that Indiana will begin its season at the Preseason WNIT in November.
The field of 16 includes 10 teams that participated in the postseason last year. The tournament begins Nov. 13, with the championship game on Nov. 22.
“We are excited to get a chance to play in a challenging field for this year’s Preseason WNIT to begin our season,” IU head coach Teri Moren said in a statement. “This is another great opportunity early in the year to help prepare us for Big Ten play.”
Other participants include: Alabama State (SWAC), Baylor (Big 12), Chattanooga (Southern), Dartmouth (Ivy), DePaul (Big East), Drexel (Colonial), Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun), McNeese State (Southland), Siena (Metro Atlantic), South Florida (American), Southern Illinois (MVC), Southern Miss (Conference USA), St. Bonaventure (Atlantic 10), Tennessee State (Ohio Valley) and UT Arlington (Sun Belt).
This will be the third time that IU has participated in the Preseason WNIT, and the first time since 2008.
Teams are guaranteed three games in the tournament, and those games are hosted at campus facilities, including the semifinals (Nov. 19) and championship (Nov. 22).
Moren made a point last year to say the Hoosiers needed to strengthen their non-conference slate. The pairings for the tournament have yet to be announced, but the field does include last year’s No. 5-ranked team in the country, Baylor.
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