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ESPN’s Grantland goes behind the scenes with Wilson

Michael Weinreb, an extremely accomplished writer who in this case happened to be working for ESPN’s Grantland site, spent a day at practice following Kevin Wilson. It’s outstanding and pretty much captures exactly what I imagine goes on behind that particular curtain.¬† The link is here.


Rivals releases 2014 Top 25, one commit, three targets ranked

With the release of Rivals’ first 2014 basketball rankings, one Indiana commit and three other targets made the site’s top 25.

Trey Lyles, who committed almost a year ago to the Hoosiers, comes in at No. 18.

Along with Lyles, Indiana targets Jacquan Lyle (No. 8), Cliff Alexander (No. 9), and D’Angelo Russell¬† (No. 14) also made the opening list. Alexander and Russell were both on campus within the last week for unofficial visits.

Lyle and Alexander were classified as 5-stars, while Lyles and Russell both were at the 4-star level.

The nation’s top player in 2014, according to Rivals, is currently Andrew Wiggins, a forward out of Huntington Prep (W.V.).

Get the full list here.


Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ

As a fifth-year senior, Little man workaholic Dre Muhammad finally has a scholarship and a chance to play as a fifth-year senior, I wrote.

Darius Willis will not play in Saturday’s game against Ball State. That may or may not count as his suspension, I wrote.

2. INDIANA FOOTBALL

Matt Perez’s injury forced him to become a different running back, Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star wrote.

Indiana approaches its opener with a lot of unknowns, Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes. (more…)


Gary Harris schedules visit to IU on Oct. 15

Brian Snow of Scout.com is reporting that star Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris will visit Purdue on Oct. 1, Indiana on Oct. 15 and Michigan State on Nov. 5. He also has an in-home visit scheduled with Louisville on Sept. 10. The story is subscription only, but Sean Bledsoe, Harris’s AAU coach, confirms that the information is accurate.

The story suggested that Harris will be at Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria. That would mean that unlike in previous years, Hoosier Hysteria would be on a Saturday instead of Friday Oct. 14, which is the first day team’s can practice. Harris, a football player at Hamilton Southeastern, obviously wouldn’t be able to make Hoosier Hysteria if it were on a Friday. We’re trying to confirm whether or not this move is official.


LIve Chat, 11 a.m.

My bad being late here. Yes, there still be a live chat. Right here.


Darius Willis out for Saturday’s game

Junior tailback Darius Willis will not be available for Saturday’s game against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said after practice on Wednesday.

Wilson said Willis, who has started the last two seasons, hasn’t had much action all preseason. He played in just four games last season before sitting out the rest of the season with several injuries, the critical one being a torn patella tendon in his knee that required surgery. Willis sat out all of spring practice, and has apparently had his action limited in August.

“He just hasn’t been practicing much,” Wilson said. “He’s just always been nicked and dinged, not able to go full go all the time. It’s kinda hard to go when you don’t practice.” (more…)


And we have a new guy

I think I’m safe in announcing this now that he’s been here for a day. The Bloomington Herald-Times has hired Ryan Kartje, a recent University of Michigan graduate who was an intern at USA Today this summer, to step into the role vacated by Hugh Kellenberger. That means he will be the beat writer for high school football and the Indiana basketball columnist and will hold other duties similar to those that Kellenberger held.

Candidly, we did not expect to hire a recent college graduate for this position. We had a large pool of applicants, including several with more experience. Honestly, there were probably 15-20 who could have handled the job. But if you’re going to hire a columnist, he better be able to write.

I think this story on Denard Robinson, which was named sports story of the year in the college division of the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards, proves beyond a doubt that he can do that.

At some point soon, Ryan will introduce himself on this blog. I hope you all welcome him the same way you did me and all the rest of us on the Scoop.


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