Muniru’s arrival delayed

By   |   Monday, Jun. 15, 2009 - 6:41 PM   |   2 comments

Bawa Muniru, the 7-foot center who resides in Huntsville, Ala. but is originally from Ghana, will not report to Bloomington this week with four other members of the incoming class.

Muniru has one summer class to finish, according to his AAU coach Kerry Johnson and his guardian Brian Privett.

“My understanding is that once he has completed that he will have done everything he needs to do to qualify,” Johnson said Monday night before conducting a workout with Muniru. “Everything right now points to him being eligible.”

Privett, who taught and coached Muniru at Madison Academy before taking him in, expects Muniru to report to campus in early July.

Muniru is taking the class at Bob Jones High School in Huntsville. He spent last year at Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, Nort Carolina because he was too old (19) to continue playing for Madison Academy, the shool he attended for three years in Huntsville. He started the year at Charis Prep but left specifically because the NCAA declared it would no longer accept grades earned there.

Johnson said Muniru worked to improve his footwork and hand-eye coordination while playing for Mt. Zion, and is now trying to develop a face-up jumper.

Maurice Creek, the 6-5 guard from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., is awaiting the results of the SAT before reporting to campus. He should know his score by June 25.

Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford are expected to move into the dorms tomorrow or Wednesday.

Hoosier potpourri

By   |   Monday, Jun. 15, 2009 - 5:15 PM   |   1 comment

No, it’s not a new scent of air freshener for your car, as far as I know, but here’s a few IU-related tidbits some of you might find interesting:

  • Former soccer Hoosier Pat Noonan was traded from the Columbus Crew to the Colorado Rapids today for a 2010 first-round draft pick and allocation money.
  • Ex-IU women’s basketball player Haylie Linn has officially transferred to Toledo. Linn will not be eligible to play for the Rockets until the 2010-11 season.
  • Indiana baseball players Eric Arnett and Josh Phegley were named Baseball America All-Americans today. Arnett has already signed with the Brewers. Phegley was drafted by the White Sox. He has until Aug. 17 to sign, or he could return to school.

Q&A: Derek Elston

By   |   Monday, Jun. 15, 2009 - 10:58 AM   |   4 comments

Indiana Boys Allstars

I was able to sit down with Derek Elston after yesterday’s All-Star Game in Indiana for a one-on-one interview. This is what we talked about.

Q: How was this weekend for you?

A: It was amazing. It really was. With this group of guys, I don’t think I could have had a better experience playing basketball. Especially getting the sweep in Conseco and in Kentucky. It’s been a dream, and I am glad it finally got fulfilled.
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Hulls’ All-Star weekend

By   |   Sunday, Jun. 14, 2009 - 11:20 PM   |   7 comments

Indiana Boys Allstars

Jordan Hulls is embraced by Indiana All-Stars coach David Wood as Hulls leaves the game Sunday. Monty Howell | Herald-Times

I suppose, if you want, you could say that Jordan Hulls performance this weekend (6 points on 1-of-16 shooting) indicates just how much he is going to struggle on the next level.

But do take note that he did have 11 assists in two games. And that he was not the only All-Star to shoot poorly — everyone not named Colt Ryan struggled from the outside.

And this was not exactly elite competition. Bloomington South guard Dee Davis would have started for the Kentucky All-Stars, as would probably 10-20 guards in the state of Indiana.

The weekend probably had more to do with eight straight days of intense competition. The All-Stars played four games and practiced at least eight times. They went from Indianapolis to Benton Central to Indianapolis to New Albany to Indianapolis to Louisville. That’s a recipe for tired legs, and tired legs usually leads to poor shooting nights.

Here’s a photo gallery from tonight’s game. I have a Q&A with Derek Elston that I’ll post tomorrow.

DISCUSS: Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Stars

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Another picture

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Indiana Boys Allstars

Monty Howell | Herald-Times

Jordan Hulls, as Mr. Basketball, was the final Indiana All-Star to be introduced Saturday. You can look at the rest of Monty’s photos from Saturday here.

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Indiana 78, Kentucky 65 (Final)

By   |   Saturday, Jun. 13, 2009 - 8:06 PM   |   3 comments
Indiana Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls strips Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls strips Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood.

Boys’ box score

Girls’ box score

Quick stats

  • Jordan Hulls: 0-f0r-7 (0-for-4 from 3), 2-for-2 from the line, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in team-high 26 minutes
  • Derek Elston: 1-for-2, 4-for-4 from the line, 2 rebounds, 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal in 15 minutes
  • MVP Errick Peck: 7-for-11 (0-for-1 from 3) 2-for-3 from the line, 12 rebounds, 16 points, 3 blocks
  • Jon Hood (Kentucky Mr. Basketball, bound for UK): 9-for-16 (2-for-5 from 3), 0-for-0 from the line, 5 rebounds, 20 points, two blocks

Peck, a 6-foot-7 forward who will play for Cornell, was really effective against Kentucky’s efforts to double-down in the post. Indiana couldn’t use its big big men — Elston, Bade and Van Treese combined to play 38 minutes — because of the pressure Kentucky put on using smaller, quicker players (Kentucky’s tallest player was 6-foot-7, and only two other players were 6-5 or taller).

So the home team countered by using two 6-foot-5 guards — Colt Ryan and D.J. Byrd — and rambuctious 6-foot-3 small forward Matt Kenney to control the game.

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