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Crean: “It’s far beyond anything we could’ve ever drawn up”

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…)


IU women ink pair for 2012

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.”


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…)


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