3-4 front makes IU even more perfect fit for Stringer

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 8:09 PM   |   6 comments

Omari Stringer probably would’ve committed to Indiana regardless of the Hoosiers’ defensive front. The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder from Crete-Monee High School in Illinois had developed a close bond with the IU coaching staff since  it started recruiting him when he was a sophomore and he’d come to view the coaches he had the closest contact with as father figures and mentors.

But the addition of new defensive coordinator Brian Knorr and his 3-4 scheme sealed the deal. It gives Stringer, who has played every position from cornerback to nose tackle at Crete Monee, a position and a defense that best fits his talents. He announced his verbal commitment to the Hoosiers on Monday evening, picking Indiana over Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as offers from Missouri, Connecticut, New Mexico, Wyoming and several Mid-American Conference schools. The three-star recruit becomes the ninth recruit in Indiana’s Class of 2015.

“If they would’ve stayed with the 4-3, I probably would have still settled for it,” Stringer said. “But when they switched to a 3-4, that really had an effect on me. I really already thought that was the place for me, and it was an even better fit when they decided to go with that system. I’m very versatile and I really think I could fit that well.” 
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Illinois Linebacker/defensive back commits to IU

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 6:55 PM   |   1 comment

Omari Stringer, a 6-foot-4, 208-pound safety/linebacker from Crete-Monee High School in Illinois, posted on his Twitter account on Monday evening that he has committed to Indiana. He had offers from Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin among other schools. More to come.

The official Chuck Martin release

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 2:37 PM   |   8 comments

From IU Sports Info:

Tom Crean Adds Chuck Martin To IU Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced the addition of Chuck Martin as an assistant coach for the Hoosiers.  Martin spent the last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and brings more than 14 years of coaching experience on the NCAA Division I level, including five as a head coach.

Martin, a Bronx native, spent five years as a head coach at Marist College.  “He is a great recruiter, a talent developer, said graduating senior Jay Bowie.  “I would say I improved in my four years as a player because of him.”

Another four year player, Adam Kemp, surpassed former Marist and Indiana Pacer great Rik Smits for third place on the school’s all-time rebounding list.  Current player Chauvaughn Lewis, another Martin recruit, has scored more than 1,500 points in three seasons.
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IU to officially announce Chuck Martin as new assistant coach

By   |   Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 9:27 AM   |   1 comment

Former Marist coach Chuck Martin was reportedly named Indiana’s new assistant coach at the beginning of the month, and he’s had a line and an e-mail address on the IU athletics staff directory for much of June. Now he’ll apparently have his introductory press conference.

Per a release from an IU spokesman, the Hoosiers will hold a 2 p.m. press conference to introduce its newest staff member. Martin was head coach at Marist for five seasons from 2008-2013, compiling a 41-117 record. Prior to that, he held assistant coaching positions at Memphis, Drexel, St. John’s and Massachusetts. He replaces Kenny Johnson, who left for Louisville in May. Like Johnson, Martin has East Coast recruiting ties. He’s from the Bronx, N.Y., and played his high school basketball at the famed St. Raymond’s.

Jurkin leaving program to transfer

By   |   Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014 - 4:21 PM   |   38 comments

Center Peter Jurkin has left the Indiana basketball program and is looking to transfer, a source close to the situation confirmed Saturday.

The news first broke through a post on the Twitter and Instagram accounts of his teammate Hanner Mosquera-Perea, who also came to the United States through the A-HOPE program and played with the South Sudanese born Jurkin in the Indiana Elite AAU program.

“I can’t believe my big brother left me today,” Mosquera-Perea, a native of Colombia, posted. “This dude has been there for me everyday since the day we came to the US. We did everything together everyday all day. I’m going to miss this dude so much nobody will understand our friendship if you didn’t know us. He is the brother that I never had I love you P and I will miss you everyday bro.”

Jurkin had been dealing with shin injuries since high school however. They limited the 7-footer to just 18 minutes, two points and four rebounds in two seasons. According to the source, Jurkin recently had surgery to remove calcium deposits in his knees, which has made him feel much healthier. His shins have not fully healed, however. According to the source, Indiana does not believe he will be healthy enough to play, but Jurkin thinks he can and is therefore transferring instead of accepting a medical hardship waiver that would allow him to maintain his scholarship at Indiana but not play.

Indiana is now down to 11 scholarship players on the roster, which leaves two available.

UPDATE IU Athletics confirms Jurkin’s departure with the following release:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that center Peter Jurkin, whose playing career has been limited and hampered the last two years at IU and previously in high school by various leg ailments, will look to transfer to a school seeking more playing time.

“Peter has indicated his desire to try and find a program where he can get on the court more,” said Crean. “He has had an uphill battle health-wise since he arrived. He believes he can get to a point where he can contribute at a level greater than what he is able to do here. Our priority is that he can obtain his education and he always is welcome to do that and be part of our program at IU.”

Jurkin, a 7-0, 230-lb. center, played 18 minutes in 11 games and scored two points this past season. He was limited to three games in 2012-13 and is eligible for a medical redshirt. He played eight games this past year and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

“I want to thank Coach Crean and everyone on the staff for helping me through my injuries and the death of my father,” said Jurkin. I will always consider myself a Hoosier and think it is best if I look at another opportunity to pursue my education and continuing my playing career. Physically, I still have work to do but will hopefully be up to the challenge.”

Will Sheehey to play with Knicks summer league squad

By   |   Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 - 6:04 PM   |   9 comments

Indiana forward Will Sheehey went undrafted on Thursday night but will play for the New York Knicks in NBA Summer League from July 11-21 in Las Vegas, according to his coach at Sagemont Upper School in Florida, Adam Ross.

Sheehey had found his name at the end of the second round in several mock drafts on draft day, but was not taken. Still, Ross said before the draft he expected him to have a number of offers for summer leagues and training camps. The Knicks and other teams would have the option to invite him to a training camp after the summer league.

Sheehey averaged 11.4 points per game in his senior season to finish with a total of 1,120 points in his career. He was Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2012-13 and played for Team USA in the World University Games in 2013.

IU announces new student athlete bill of rights

By   |   Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 - 5:16 PM   |   3 comments

While he chatted with the parents of a potential volleyball recruit several weeks ago, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass realized something was missing.

Glass was surprised by questions being asked by the mother and father. They were basic in nature and at least partially confused. What happens if their daughter gets sick at school? What if she becomes injured and can’t compete?

The school would cover it, Glass explained, but the fact that he had to was a bit surprising.

“It made me realize how much we had lost the public’s awareness of things that we do in intercollegiate athletics for student athletes,” Glass said. “I’m a lawyer by training and I started thinking why don’t we put together a bill of rights? In doing so, we’ll look real hard at what we are doing, what we aren’t doing and what we think we should add.”

While the NCAA’s amateurism model remains under attack in courtrooms and in the court of public opinion, Indiana is taking a proactive step in the direction of athletes’ rights.

The university released a 10-point student-athlete bill of rights Friday, addressing areas including the cost of education, scholarship commitments and a lifetime degree guarantee, among other benefits.

Indiana is the first school to offer these additional benefits for athletes. The plan goes into effect immediately.
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