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ScoopTalk: The Movement signs

In which we bring back Zach Osterman, now the recruiting reporter for Inside Indiana and 247Sports.com

 


Live Chat, 11 a.m.

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.


Gary Harris commits to Michigan State

As originally reported by Brian Snow of Scout.com, Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris has committed to Michigan State. Harris, the No. 25 player in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals.com, had narrowed his choices to Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky and Michigan State and had made an official visit to Indiana last month for Hoosier Hysteria. Gary Harris Sr., Harris’s father, confirmed the commitment via text message.

 


A look at the other Big Ten recruiting classes

You know the potential of Indiana’s recruiting class. With four of five recruits in Rivals.com’s top 30 for 2012, “The Movement” — as it’s been dubbed — should be one of the top classes in the nation in 2012. But what about the rest of the Big Ten?

Michigan: Mitch McGary (3), Glenn Robinson III (34), Nick Stauskas (79)

The Wolverines have brought in a pretty competitive class, and are ranked ahead of Indiana, according to some recruiting rankings. The gem here is McGary, who’s widely recognized as the best big man in the entire 2012 class. Glenn Robinson III is no slouch as well, and Stauskas is ranked by Scout.com’s Brian Snow as the best shooter in any Big Ten recruiting class. Coach John Beilein has quite the nucleus to build for future classes. (more…)


Ron Patterson makes it four

 

Ron Patterson signs his letter of intent

Broad Ripple guard Ron Patterson the second player to commit to Indiana’s vaunted 2012 class and the one who dubbed it “The Movement” signed his letter of intent at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, leaving Lawrence Central swingman Jeremy Hollowell as the last of the five committed players waiting to sign. Hollowell has a signing day ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m.

Patterson was asked the words “The Movement” have come to mean to him.

“It means hang banners and win championships,” Patterson said. (more…)


The old boss speaks

Haven’t made much of a point to post everything going on at Penn State. Here of course are the basics. Jerry Sandusky will go to try for 40 counts related to sexual abuse of minors. Joe Paterno says he’s retiring at the end of the season, though the Board of Trustees will have to decide if he’s going to make it that far. Sources have told various outlets that President Graham Spanier might not make it through the day.

There has  been a lot of outstanding journalism, including dozens and dozens of on-the-mark columns about the situation. Here’s one of the best, written by my former boss, Penn State classmate and Daily Collegian cohort Chris Korman, who is now an editor at the Baltimore Sun and was one of the architects of this here blog.

 


Yogi Ferrell makes it official

 

With an Indiana hat on the table with the Cam Cameron era oval IU logo — which had no other symbolism other than the fact that his father stumbled across it — Yogi Ferrell made his commitment to the Hoosiers official by signing a letter of intent in the Wood Room at Park Tudor School on Wednesday morning.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder made his verbal commitment to IU just over a year ago at Park Tudor’s opening game of the 2010-11 season and said he was excited to finish the process.

“It’s a pretty big day,” Ferrell said. “Signing this letter of intent basically gives my full commitment to IU. It feels great to get this off my shoulders. Now I can just focus on getting better every day, preparing for college and definitely getting ready for this upcoming seasons.”

Ferrell admitted, though, that when he does get to IU the pressure will be high when he and the rest of the Class of 2012 come to IU. They have dubbed themselves “The Movement” (that was Ron Patterson’s word and IU fans adopted it) and Ferrell said they recognize the expectations will be high.

“Our class going to IU is one that should be remembered,” Ferrell said. “… I just can’t wait to get there. I know if we go in and we don’t produce as people expect us to, they won’t be too happy. …. There’s going to be a lot of pressure, I know, but I feel like when we go in, all of us coming together and playing together, I feel like we can all do it as a team. We can’t all do it individually, you know one guy, but I feel like if we come together and play well, we can get it done.”

What does “get it done” mean?

“What can be is definitely getting that sixth banner,” Ferrell said. “That’s definitely the main goal I actually want to accomplish coming in to college is winning a national championship.”

Ferrell knows his part in that will be being more of a leader as the point guard and floor leader of the group. Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling said Ferrell has mostly been more of a quiet lead-by-example type, but he’s working to become more vocal.

“I know I definitely have to work on that now, because I know Coach Crean, when I get there, I’m going to have to take over the team,” Ferrell said. “That’s basically what he told me, so I’m working on basically just my leadership skills. That’s the only thing I’m working on for this season and the future.”

AUDIO: Yogi Ferrell and Paul Bayt’s press conference

AUDIO: Yogi Ferrell

AUDIO: Kevin Ferrell Sr.

AUDIO: Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling

 


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