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1. HOOSIERS HQ
Stony Brook no easy opener for IU, I wrote.
Signing day a long time coming for coach Tom Crean, Dustin wrote.
2. INDIANA BASKETBALL
Improved Sheehey has chance at breaking out this season, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort-Wayne News Sentinel wrote.
Littlest Hoosier looks for biggest improvement, LaMond Pope of the Journal Gazette wrote.
Hoosiers’ ‘fight of their lives’ produces top-rated recruiting class, Pete DiPrimio wrote.
With the home opener against Stony Brook just one day away, Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media this afternoon (his second time today doing so) to talk about the Hoosiers’ first matchup of the season.
And after focusing much of the offseason and early practices on improving Indiana’s defense, Crean and a few players said that the Hoosiers’ finally spent some time on working in new offensive sets. Forward Will Sheehey said they now have three times as many as sets as they did before the exhibition game against Indianapolis last week. (more…)
When Tom Crean headed into his first season as Indiana basketball coach with just two returning players, he knew he would instantly have to start looking this far down the road. He had to recruit every class intensely from the high school seniors he needed to put his team on the floor to the high school freshmen that wouldn’t be ready until 2012.And that talented 2012 class especially had to be a big one.
But Crean couldn’t have even imagined that he’d be able to sign all five of the players he did Wednesday — Park Tudor point guard Yogi Ferrell, Lawrence Central swingman Jeremy Hollowell, United Faith Christian Academy (N.C.) center Peter Jurkin, La Lumiere power forward Hanner Perea and Broad Ripple shoooting guard Ron Patterson — to complete what Rivals.com is calling the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation.
“It’s far beyond anything we could’ve ever drawn up,” Crean said Thursday in his first opportunity to speak about the class publicly. “We wouldn’t have even have thought to have drawn a wish list like this when we first got here. Well, first off, you don’t know how good everyone’s going to be. But we would’ve never, never thought or have looked at it and said, ‘OK, we’re going to be able to pull this off.’ And we did, and it’s over a period of time, and it says a lot about them.” (more…)
The Indiana women’s basketball team officially announced the signing of two players for the recruiting class of 2012 Thursday.
One is Brittany Webb, a 5-foot-4 point guard from Heritage Christian in Indianapolis, and the other is Haley Videckis, a 6-foot wing from Bartlett, Ill.
Webb, who averaged 14.7 points, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season, committed to the Hoosiers in April. She is rated as a two-star recruit and ranked the No. 123 point guard in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz.
“I would love to schedule the 122 point guards that are ahead of this competitive Hoosier,” IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack said in a news release. “I think that she would fare quite well. I love the fact that Brittany’s dream school is IU. She is a pure point guard who is tough as nails. I am so glad she will be a Hoosier, as she has been one her entire life.”
Videckis averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last year for a 28-2 Bartlett team that won a regional championship and led the team in 3-point field goals made connecting on 41 during her junior campaign. She becomes the third Division I player off that team with former teammates now at Wisconsin and San Jose State. Videckis is a two-time All-Upstate Eight Conference selection and a two-time Chicago Daily Herald All-Area pick. She chose IU over offers from Providence, Colgate and Yale according to the Daily Herald.
“Haley is a fantastic student-athlete who can absolutely shoot from long distance,” Legette-Jack said. “Her upside is immeasurable. I love our future with Haley as a part of it. I am so glad she will be a Hoosier.”
In which we bring back Zach Osterman, now the recruiting reporter for Inside Indiana and 247Sports.com
Sorry about the lateness of this post. Honestly didn’t want to have this come across my Twitter feed during the State College riots. But anyway, we’ll be live-chatting in about 45 minutes or so here.
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