Notes from spring football teleconference, Day 1

The Big Ten is giving the media the opportunity to check in with the league’s football coaches and selected players today and tomorrow via teleconference. Today, the teams in the Legends Division (we’re just going to have to get used to that now) were represented. Tomorrow is the Leaders, which includes Indiana.

Some notes from today.

  • Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he’s happy with the progress he’s seen from a team that once again finds itself in transition. This Wolverine squad will use more downhill, power running than it did under spread offense aficionado Rich Rodriguez and it’s switching from a three-man front to a four-man front on defense, but Hoke thinks his players are picking things up quickly. “Our seniors have done a great job in their leadership,” Hoke said. “They’re being an example for the rest of the team.” (more…)

Fever draft Jori Davis

Indiana senior guard Jori Davis was selected by the Indiana Fever with the No. 33 overall pick in the third round of the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon.

Davis, who averaged 19.5 points and 5.6 rebounds en route to second team all-Big Ten honors in 2010-11, becomes just the third Hoosier ever drafted. She joins Quacy Barnes, the No. 22 overall pick of the Sacramento Monarchs in 1998, and Jill Chapman, the No. 21 overall pick of the Detroit Shock in 2002.

Video: Gary Harris during IndyBall

Video: Team Indiana during IndyBall

FYI: Yogi Ferrell is wearing No. 11, Hanner Perea No. 12, Jeremy Hollowell No. 33 and Ron Patterson No. 34.

Traylor visiting Oklahoma State

Indiana target Jamari Traylor, who at the moment is the only Hoosier target known to have a scholarship offer for the Class of 2011, is visiting Oklahoma State this weekend according to Adam Zagoria’s blog.

The report also says that Traylor will visit Kansas soon, but that there has not yet been a date set.

In the report, Indiana is not mentioned as one of the schools still in the mix for Traylor’s services. We don’t know yet if there’s some reason for that or if IU was just left out accidentally. Have a call in to IMG Academies basketball director Andy Borman to try to find out.

UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Zagoria tweeted to clarify that Traylor took an unofficial to IU and is still involved.

UPDATE, 3:03 p.m.: Borman returned a phone call to say that Indiana is still in the mix. Not mentioning the Hoosiers to Zagoria was accidental. “Indiana is still very much in play for Jamari,” Borman said.

Ohio State at Indiana, Game 3

UPDATE, End of Game: My apologies. Had some internet issues with my laptop and I’m just publishing this after writing my game story. But basically, madness ensued in the ninth. With two outs and the bases loaded, center fielder T.C. Knipp ripped a pitch into the right center field gap for a triple to tie the game. On the next pitch, shortstop Michael Basil hit a low liner up the middle to score Knipp and give Indiana the victory 10-9 and their second straight series victory to open the Big Ten season. More in tomorrow’s paper. (more…)

Cody Zeller wins Mr. Basketball

David Snodgress | Herald-Times

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Washington’s Cody Zeller is the Indianapolis Star’s Mr. Basketball for 2011.

The Indiana signee gathered 198 of the 283 votes cast by coaches and media. Warsaw’s Nic Moore was second with 21 votes, followed by Pike’s Marquis Teague and Bloomington South’s Dee Davis with 16.

Zeller, who averaged 24.1 points and 13.4 rebounds this season, is the third member of his family to win the award, joining brothers Luke (2005) and Tyler (2008). Cody won three state championships, one with Tyler in 2008 as a reserve and the last two seasons as the centerpiece player.

Zeller, a 6-foot-11 center, had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Washington past Culver Academies 61-46 in the this year’s Class 3A final.

“He’s the total package,” Washington coach Gene Miiller said. “He does everything well. If you were trying to pick a guy to coach, he would be the example.”

Most nights, Zeller was double- and triple-teamed, roughed up and pounded on.

That was nothing compared to the recruiting process. Cody was also considering Butler and North Carolina. Because Luke had gone to Notre Dame and Tyler to North Carolina, there was outside pressure in Hoosier-crazy Southern Indiana to pick Indiana. Cody heard it on a daily basis.

“Of the three boys, it was by far the toughest choice,” said his father, Steve.

Zeller said — and those close to him agreed – that he never felt any pressure to please anyone outside his tight inner circle.

Some Indiana fans expect him to come in and be the piece to rejuvenate a program that has won just eight Big Ten games the last three seasons.

Zeller realizes he alone can’t return the Hoosiers to national prominence.

“I don’t plan on coming in and turning the program around on my own,” he said. “I don’t really feel any pressure to do that. I have a good support system with my family and friends. Those are the people I listen to and they aren’t putting any extra pressure on me.”

Indiana coach Tom Crean agrees.

“Like most great competitors, Cody has enough internal pressure on himself to get better,” Crean said. “The coaching staff certainly isn’t going to put any extra pressure on him. Now, we are going to have to challenge ourselves to raise the level and make him a better player. He has such good footwork and fundamentals already. We’re going to have to be ready to challenge him.”

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