Dickerson named to Golden Spikes Award List

Indiana’s Alex Dickerson was selected to be one of 50 players on the USA Baseball preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. From Indiana Sports Info:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – On the eve of opening day, Indiana junior outfield Alex Dickerson was selected as one of 50 players nation-wide to be placed on the USA Baseball preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. The award, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is given to the top amateur baseball player in the country annually.

Add this watch list recognition to Dickerson’s ever-increasing list of preseason accolades, having been named to nearly every single publication’s preseason All-America list.

The Poway, Calif., native wrapped up his second season in an IU uniform with a .419 average, 99 hits (tied for third all-time), 24 home runs (second), 75 RBI (fifth), 19 doubles (seventh) and an .805 slugging percentage (third). He finished seventh nationally in home runs and total bases, and eighth in slugging percentage. He enters his junior season with 38 longballs, just nine home runs shy of the school record. He also carries a 17-game hitting streak into the 2011 season.


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Lynch hired as assistant A.D. at Butler

Former Indiana coach Bill Lynch has been hired as an assistant athletic director at Butler.

The release from Butler:

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Hall of Fame player and coach Bill Lynch is returning to Butler University.  The former Butler, Ball State, DePauw and Indiana football coach has been named Associate Athletic Director, Development for Butler’s athletic department.  He’ll begin his duties on March 1.

“We are thrilled to have Bill Lynch returning home to Butler,” said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier.  “Bill brings a wide range of experience, deep relationships and the highest level of integrity.  He is the perfect fit for this position and will contribute greatly to the success of Butler University.”

Lynch will lead the efforts of Butler’s athletics development office and work closely with Collier on strategy and solicitation of gifts to support the needs of the athletic department.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity, said Lynch, who was a standout quarterback, assistant coach and head coach at Butler.  “As I thought about (the position), it was just the right fit at the right time for me.  Obviously, there are things I will have to learn, but you have to be active in fund-raising as a coach, I understand the importance of organization and building relationships, and I won’t have any trouble selling Butler University.” (more…)

Pitchford is off the board

Walter Pitchford, the 2011 player Indiana was most actively recruiting, has verbally committed to Florida,’s Dave Telep is reporting.

The 6-foot-9 forward is raw, but had clear ability and was thought to be a guy that could help Indiana with its problems in the low post.

He had originally committed to DePaul but backed out of that decision last summer and had also been recruited by Memphis, Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Georgia and Rhode Island.

Smotherman to Purdue

Basil Smotherman committed to Purdue Tuesday night,’s Eric Bossi is reporting.

Smotherman is a 2013 guard from Heritage Christian. Indiana had offered him and was seen as being competitive for his services – he visited Indiana for Hoosier Hysteria, for instance, and is an AAU teammate of Indiana target Devin Davis (and Collin Hartman, though Hartman is just joining the Eric Gordon All-Stars).

It is Purdue’s second verbal commitment in the class this week (Illinois’ Kendall Stephens also elected to pick the Boilermakers) and the third overall – joining Fort Wayne Northop’s Bryson Scott.

What does it mean? That 2013 may be the first year we see Indiana and Purdue really battle for in-state supremacy. Purdue stocked its roster with in-state prospects like E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson, but Indiana has built classes that appear, to date, better in the classes of 2009, ’10, ’11 and ’12.

IU baseball picked third in conference

From the Big Ten office.


PARK RIDGE, Ill. – After winning the Big Ten’s regular-season and tournament titles last season, Minnesota has been named the conference favorite for 2011, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday. For the first time in conference history, the Big Ten baseball coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their teams for a Players to Watch list. Also among the top six projected finishers for the season were No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Indiana, No. 4 Michigan State, No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Ohio State.

The Golden Gophers return 24 players from last year’s team that advanced to the program’s 30th overall and second consecutive NCAA Championship. Among the returnees are Players to Watch Justin Gominsky, Scott Matyas and TJ Oakes. Matyas and Oakes were third-team All-Big Ten honorees as relief and starting pitchers, respectively. Minnesota is led by 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year John Anderson.

Michigan finished second in last year’s conference standings and is led by a trio of sophomores in center fielder Patrick Biondi, pitcher Bobby Brosnahan and shortstop Derek Dennis. All three were named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team last season, and Brosnahan earned a spot on the 2010 All-Tournament Team.

Last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year Alex Dickerson headlines Indiana’s returners, having already been named to several preseason All-America teams. Look for Dickerson, as well as senior first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and freshman starter Joey DeNato to lead the Hoosiers, who tied for fifth in the 2010 standings. (more…)


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