Here’s a story that ran in today’s paper, written by new guy H. Williams Kellenberger.Â
CINCINNATI — Indiana basketball history will likely remember both Bobby Capobianco and Jordan Hulls as coach Tom Crean’s first commitment and Hulls as the hometown kid with a family history intrinsically linked to the Hoosiers.
For now, though, they’re rising high school seniors that play on the same Indiana Elite AAU team.
“That’s the upper hand,” Capobianco said of he and Hulls playing together now. “Knowing what a guy thinks, how he plays.”
Sunday, the two played a major role in Indiana Elite’s 74-71 win over Capital City out of Pickerington, Ohio, during the It Takes 5ive Classic.
Hulls scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, with a couple of assists, while sharing point guard duties with former North guard Ray McCallum, now of Detroit Country Day.
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Here are a few of the teams and players we know Indiana coach Tom Crean (and assistant Tim Buckley) were watching today at the “It Takes 5ive” event on the campus of the University of Cincinnati:
- He pulled double duty at 2:40, standing between courts 3 and 4. On court 3, he could watch Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco help Indiana Elite One (17-under) to a 74-71 win. He also had a chance to see Stephan Van Treese play for only the third time. But Crean also watched the Atlanta Celtics lose to the All Ohio Force, all the while making sure that Celtics star Christian Watford knew he was there. Indiana is very high on the 6-8 wing forward — and he on the Hoosiers.
- At 4 p.m., Crean ventured over to the student recreation center to see Indiana Elite’s Team Indiana 15-under group. Coaches in the area are trying to be sure to evaluate the squad, which has three foreign players â€” brought to the U.S. by Adams â€” over 6-8, plus an assortment of other promising players (one, Vinny Zollo, has already committed to Kentucky).
- After that, Crean scooted over to a nearby court to see what Indiana Elite’s other team of rising sophomores, Indiana Elite One, had going. Elite One is anchored by the two youngest brothers in the most recent Indiana family dynasties: Marshall Plumlee (6-10) and Cody Zeller (6-8). Indiana has interest in both, and there’s no question both have the talent to live up to their name. The Hoosiers are also after Spencer Turner, a Bloomington South guard who plays for Elite. He’s also hearing from North Carolina, Duke and every other Big Ten school other than Northwestern and Penn State, he said.
Tom Crean has just arrived at court 3 to watch a few of his future players. He stopped to shake hands with UCLA coach Ben Howland on his way in. Howland is presumably here watching Van Treese.
Five courts have been set up here on the main floor at the Fifth Third Arena.
On court three, the Bloomington-basked Indiana Elite One team — its top 17-under club — is playing against a team called Capital City that, frankly, I don’t know a whole lot about.
Though Elite leads 21-16 with nine minutes left in the first half, you can see how much trouble they’re having getting back into it. They haven’t played an organized game since late May and are without star center Mason Plumlee, who is trying out for a spot on USA Basketball’s 18 and under national team.
Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley is here watching the game. He’s carefully watching Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco, who’ve already committed to IU, and is evaluating Stephan Van Treese, the Lawrence North forward who hasn’t been offered by the Hoosiers yet.
We’re headed toward Cincinnati to watch some of the “It Takes 5ive” tournament. And by we, I mean our new guy, Hugh (or H. Williams, according to his byline) and me.
All of adidas’ top teams will be competing. Tom Crean will probably be there to watch.
We’ll have more coverage later today.
Even as Indiana adds players to its possible 2009 football recruiting class, it found out it is losing a 6-3 wide receiver that was supposed to join the team in August.
Marquelo Suel, who starred for Harding in Fort Wayne, did not qualify academically and now plans to attend Division II Northwood University in Michigan, according to the Fort Wayne News-Setinel.
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This week got away from us a little bit in the aftermath of Rick Greenspan’s resignation late last week. Doug and I (as well as H-T editor Bob Zaltsberg) spent the early part of the week in St. Louis, where Doug gave a presentation to editors and reporters from other papers on how to cover the big story. He knew of what he spoke.
But a few smaller stories, I must admit, got past us this week as we’ve been trying to fit our vacations in and get to some projects we’ve wanted to do. So here’s a round-up of what we didn’t hit — or of what deserves some more rumination — from the last week.
- The Indiana football team received a commitment from Adam Replogle, a 6-3, 265-pound tackle out of Centerville, Ohio. His brother, Tyler, saw playing time at linebacker as a freshman last season before tearing his ACL.
- Bill Lynch also received a verbal commitment from Jamonne Chester, bringing IUs class of 2009 to nine players (if you count Josh Keyt, who will walk-on his first year and be on scholarship thereafter).
- Bud Mackey, the one-time Indiana recruit who got in trouble for transporting crack on school grounds, has been released from jail. He still faces a hearing in August.
- Lexington Herald-Leader scribe Jerry Tipton, who I have declared in this space before the best college hoops beat writer in the country, reported that former Hoosiers guard Jordan Crawford will not transfer to Kentucky, where his brother Joe played. A source tells the Scoop that Crawford will end up at Xavier, which was one of his favorites the first time he picked a school. He’ll end up playing with Terrell Holloway, who took Mackey’s scholarship after Sampson pulled it but then asked out of his committment when Sampson left.
- Finally, Darren Rovell has the sad story of just how far-reaching the Kelvin Sampson debacle has been. (HT to Cannot Falter)
Former IU track standout David Neville punched his ticket to next month’s Olympics in Beijing with a third-place finish in the men’s 400 meters Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Neville, the indoor national champion, finished in 44.61 seconds behind Olympic favorites LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner. That time is easily better than the Olympic qualifying ‘A’ standard of 45.55.
Neville is the first track and field Hoosier to make the Olympic team, joining diver Christina Loukas, who won the 3-meter springboard at the Trials two weeks ago.