April will transfer, IU back at scholarship limit #iubb

Indiana announced Friday afternoon that freshman center Jeremiah April has requested a release and plans to transfer from the school at the conclusion of the spring semester.

April, a 6-foot-11 center from Westwind Prep in Arizona, appeared in only four games for the Hoosiers and never became the low post reserve option that IU coaches hoped he could be when they offered him a scholarship late last spring.

Indiana, which was oversigned by one after the addition of five-star center Thomas Bryant, is now at the NCAA scholarship limit of 13 for the 2015-16 season.

“Jeremiah informed us earlier of his desire to seek a different situation for himself,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “He would like an increased role and we are not able to ensure him this would happen. Our hope is that he will reach his potential wherever he chooses to go.”

April missed all five games of IU’s trip to Canada in August while he dealt with an ankle injury. The injury lingered into preseason workouts and April never carved out a niche in a thin Indiana frontcourt.

When starting center Hanner Mosquera-Perea went down with a knee injury in mid-January, a door was opened for April to potentially see more minutes as the Hoosiers marched into the heart of Big Ten play. But April saw only three minutes of action during conference season, the entirety of which came during a rout at Rutgers on Feb. 22.

In January, Crean called April’s lack of playing time an issue of work ethic.

“Jeremiah’s got to work harder,” Crean said in response to a caller’s question on one of his weekly radio shows. “He’s got to work harder on his own. He’s gotta work harder in building his skills. That’s the bottom line, but he’s getting better, and anytime you have the ability to get better like that and make those strides, then you want to see that work ethic pick up even more.”

All told, April played a total of 17 minutes at IU. Prior to committing, April also received interest from Marquette, Washington State and Arizona State.

“I want to thank coach Crean and his staff for the opportunity and support and for helping me improve my game,” April said in a statement. “My goal is to go somewhere I can have a bigger role. I’ll miss my teammates. They are a great group of guys.”

Friday’s live chat transcript

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for being here. Let’s get this first chat in May under way, shall we?
Mike, Andy, Jeremy: How are you tonight? Are you ready to get started?

JEREMY: The first of May, huh? Let’s take a break from dancing around the Maypole for a little chat on this May Day.

MIKE: Morning, everybody. Not much on the schedule today, aside from draft stuff later. Tevin Coleman is expected to be picked tonight, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Bobby Richardson go, either. Let’s chat.

ANDY: May day! (not a distress signal, in this instance) And time to chat.

QUESTION: Why are we not knowing where the scholarship is coming from for recruit Bryant ? IU is a public institution and taxpayer supported. I personally want transparency in everything, including my sports teams. Plus, is there a date the rosters have to be settled ? NCAA mandated.
Thank you.
Terry H., Bloomington

JEREMY: Terry,
Recalling from the Ron Patterson situation a few years back, the rosters simply have to be at the scholarship limit by the time school starts in August, so there is plenty of time to sort this one out, and with the end of the semester around the corner, it will probably be sooner than later.
While I’m thinking out loud, I suppose the situation with Devin Davis bears watching too, because if doctors aren’t satisfied with where he is at the end of the summer, he could be a medical hardship waiver candidate. (more…)

Tevin Coleman still on the board after first round #iufb

Tevin Coleman’s wish didn’t come true.

When he announced in December his intentions to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, the former Indiana running back did so with the goal of being among the first 32 picks. After round one concluded late Thursday night, Coleman remained on the board.

Indiana has not had a player taken in the first round since 1994, when the New York Giants selected receiver Thomas Lewis with the No. 24 overall pick. No Big Ten team has had a longer drought.

Perhaps due to durability and value concerns, NFL teams shied away from taking a running back in the first round in each of the last two drafts before St. Louis picked Georgia’s Todd Gurley with the No. 10 overall pick on Thursday. San Diego later traded up two picks to get Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon at No. 15.

Coleman, who visited Dallas, Baltimore, Carolina, Detroit and Atlanta, is expected to be picked Friday, when the NFL stages rounds two and three.

Kevin Wilson dishes out spring practice awards #iufb

Spring is typically a season of optimism around college football, and Bloomington is no different.

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson went out of his way to laud his team during the Hoosiers’ three-week spring practice session, calling the current 2015 group the best he’s had in four-plus seasons at IU. With the spring season having ended a week ago, Wilson took to Twitter this afternoon to hand out individual awards, which include those for breakout performances, leadership and others.

The awards, along with winners, are listed below:

The James Patton Juice Award (given for daily energy and enthusiasm on and off the field)
TE Anthony Corsaro
SS Chase Dutra

Weight Room Growth
QB Zander Diamont
QB Danny Cameron
TE Jordan Fuchs
WR Ricky Jones
CB Noel Padmore
LB Dameon Willis
P Joseph Gedeon (more…)

IUWBB: Hoosiers officially introduce Kemokai

Indiana officially announced the addition of junior college point guard Victoria Kemokai Thursday, marking Teri Moren’s third addition of the offseason.

Kemokai was a first-team All-American in the JUCO ranks in 2014-15, averaging 15.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game for Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.

Kemokai will be a junior next season and is immediately eligible. Moren offered high praise for the 5-foot-3 guard in a statement.

“Victoria is a great addition for us,” Moren said.  “We set out to find the best available point guard in the country, and we are excited to bring her to Indiana.  Victoria played for a great coach in Trenia Tillis-Jones, so she knows how to play.  She has great quickness, along with the ability to score the basketball.  The one thing that set her apart from most other guards is her ability to defend.  We are very excited about her ability to lead our team.”

As Tyler’s point guard, Kemokai led the Apaches to a 29-5 record last season. She joins Wabash Valley’s Tyshee Towner and Marquette transfer Tia Elbert in the backcourt, essentially taking the place of outgoing transfers Larryn Brooks, Taylor Agler and Maura Muensterman. Elbert, a freshman, will have to sit out a transfer year.

In the front court, IU will be bolstered in 2015-16 by two incoming freshmen, 6-foot-2 forward Kym Roysters (Newark, Ohio) and 6-foot-5 post Danielle Williams (Fort Worth, Texas).


IU inks new 3-game football series with Western Kentucky #iufb

Indiana continues to build its future non-conference schedule, announcing Thursday that it has agreed to a new three-year deal with Western Kentucky.

The Hoosiers will host games at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019 and Sept. 12, 2020, before traveling to Bowling Green, Ky. for a game on Sept. 25, 2021. The two programs are also set to meet this season on Sept. 19 in Bloomington.

Indiana also announced last week it has worked out a new two-year, home-and-home series with Florida International. IU will host the first of those meetings on Sept. 16, 2017 and will travel to Miami on Sept. 1, 2018. The Hoosiers and Panthers already have a home-and-home matchup on the books. IU hosts FIU on Sept. 12 this year before traveling to Miami on Sept. 3, 2016.

Report: Could IU and Kentucky resume the rivalry? #iubb

UPDATE 5:50 p.m.: Spoke to IU athletic director Fred Glass, who said fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about resuming the Kentucky series next season. There are no current talks between he and Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart, but Glass said he’s open and willing to engage in any possible future conversations to restart the rivalry.

“There’s really nothing new. Really nothing new at all,” Glass told the H-T. “… I haven’t talked to my counterpart there. There’s no ongoing conversations with us. At the staff level, there are some general conversations about the scheduling and the general desire to get back together, but it’d be overstating that considerably to say that they were in preliminary talks to restart the series or anything like that. I think it’s a good sign that there’s a good relationship at the staff level, but it’d be overstating it to say that we were on our way to get it put back together again.

“Having said all that, I really want to get it back together again. I think it’s important for college basketball. I think it’s important for us. I hope we can do that, but there’s nothing new to report on making progress toward that.”

Asked about conversations with Louisville, Glass was more optimistic:
“I would say those talks are fairly active,” Glass said. “I think there’s some opportunity there. So I think it’s fair to say there’s some conversation there. Unfortunately on the Kentucky side, there’s really not.”

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: A UK official sent the following statement to The Herald-Times:

“Our schedule is near completion for the upcoming season, but Jayd Grossman and I have continued to talk as we have in the past about playing in the future. At this point there is nothing to report in regards to the Kentucky-Indiana series.”
– DeWayne Peevy, UK Deputy Athletic Director (more…)

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