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Zeller No. 12 on ESPN’s Draft Top 100

As pointed out by ESPN.com reporter and former Indiana Daily Student reporter Eamonn Brennan, Indiana freshman forward Cody Zeller currently sits No. 12 on ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford’s  Top 100. Zeller currently ranks in between Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones and ahead of his older brother Tyler Zeller, a senior at North Carolina.

Zeller, who ranked near the top of his class at Washington High School and made it clear when he was recruited that academics played a major part in his decision, has given no indication whatsoever that he would want to leave Indiana after his freshman year. But this obviously indicates that he could have the option.


Report: IU adds JUCO defensive end

Peegs.com and 247Sports.com are both reporting that Justin Rayside, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Riverside Community College in California, has committed to Indiana to become the 21st commitment in the Class of 2012.

According to Peegs, Rayside picked the Hoosiers over offers from Eastern Michigan, New Mexico State, Texas-San Antonio and Sacramento State. He was also hearing from Iowa State and Nevada.

Rayside recorded 45 tackles this season at Riverside including 12.0 for loss and 6.5 sacks.


IU RecruitWatch: Weekend recap

2012

Yogi Ferrell (Park Tudor): Ferrell and Park Tudor bounced back from their loss last weekend to crush Beech Grove and Covenant Christian. Ferrell put up 14 points on Friday and just five points on Saturday. But nothing to worry about, as the games provided plenty of opportunity for the Panthers to empty their bench.

Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple): Patterson put up an impressive 20 points in a 30-point win over Indianapolis Howe, and he’s averaging an impressive 19.8 points so far this season. He’s still not shooting great from the perimeter, but that’s not really his identity.

Jeremy Hollowell (Lawrence Central): Hollowell put up a game-high (again) as his Bears lost for the first time this season, to Pike, even though he put up 25 points. Hollowell comes to Bloomington on Friday to take on South. (more…)


Hoosier Morning

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Is Indiana back? Whether they are or are not, the Hoosiers are ranked for the first time since 2008. They come in at No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the coaches’ poll, Dustin writes.

Indiana football signs its 20th recruit of the 2012 class, lineman Ralphael Green, Dustin wrote. (more…)


Indiana ranked No. 18 in the AP, No. 20 in the Coaches’ Poll

Indiana returned to the Top 25 in both polls on Monday afternoon thanks to Saturday’s buzzer-beating upset of No. 1 Kentucky. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the USAToday/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. It’s Indiana’s first appearance in either Top 25 since March of 2008.

UPDATE: Stole this idea from our good friend Zach Osterman at 247Sports.com, but here is a link to Pollspeak.com’s list of where every Associated Press voter picked Indiana. The Hoosiers were picked as high as No. 5 by Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and were left unranked by eight voters.

UPDATE: In case you’re interested, here’s a link to Fittipaldo’s blog at the Post-Gazette and some of his reasoning for putting the Hoosiers fifth. I also spoke with him by phone, and he said that he didn’t want to penalize Kentucky too much for losing on the road, but early in the season, he also won’t put an undefeated team behind a team it beat. He dropped Kentucky to No. 6, so he said it was only fair to put Indiana at No. 5.

“ I’m going head-to-head 95 percent of the time on that,” said Fittipaldo, who as the Post-Gazette’s Pitt beat writer, watched the final seconds in the Madison Square Garden press room after the Panthers’ game against Oklahoma State. “I  know Indiana’s schedule wasn’t great before Kentucky, but they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. Know other people do it differently, but I don’t see how you put Kentucky ahead of Indiana right now.”

Fittipaldo ranked Louisville No. 1 followed by Syracuse, Baylor and Xavier.


Hoosier Morning

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IU’s win was worth the wait, especially for veteran starters Christian Watford and Verdell Jones, Dustin wrote.

My IU review, following Indiana’s huge upset win over Kentucky.

Sasha Chaplin’s free throws sink IUPUI at the end of the game, giving the Hoosier women a much-needed win. (more…)


Report: Texas lineman is Hoosiers’ 20th commitment

Ralphael Green, a 6-foot-5, 325-pound offensive lineman from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas, has committed to Indiana according to a report from Matt Weaver of Peegs.com on Sunday.

Green had offers from Missouri, Colorado, Houston, New Mexico, New Mexico State and North Texas according to Rivals.com. He was also hearing from Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Baylor. He is listed as an offensive lineman, but told Weaver the Indiana coaches have told him they want to play him on defense.

Green becomes Indiana’s 20th commitment for the Class of 2012. IU coach Kevin Wilson has said the Hoosiers will be able to sign 27 players. More on this story, hopefully, later.

UPDATE: 11:16 p.m.: Green might be built like an offensive tackle, but defense is where he thinks he can give Indiana the most help, and he said he’s excited to play on that side of the ball for the Hoosiers.

“It’s just ‘go get it,” Green said.  “… Defense wins championship, offense sells tickets to the games. I feel like if Indiana can get a good defense, they can compete with the Ohio State’s and the Wisconsin’s and compete with those types of guys.”

Green returned to San Antonio on Sunday evening after a trip to Missouri, and said he knew after that trip that Indiana was where he wanted to be.

“I like to overcome things, and I feel like I can bring a championship to Bloomington,” Green said. “… They’re real special and they believe in me. That’s where I wanted to be and that’s where I need to go.”


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