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Drew Adams, a Bloomington South graduate and Indiana Elite coach, was recently hired as Indiana’s director of operations. David Snodgress | Herald-Times


McCombs picks Central Florida

The website and other recruiting websites, including Peegs, are reporting that Dwight McCombs has committed to Central Florida. McCombs, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward at Moraine Valley Community College at Illinois, had interest from Indiana and was reportedly scheduling a visit to IU, but chose to make his commitment official on Monday.

McCombs was also considering Arizona State, Auburn and Middle Tennessee State.

McCombs is the third Class of 2010 Indiana target in the past week and the fourth in the past six weeks to spurn the Hoosiers, joining forwards Will Yeguete, Cody Larson and Moses Abraham. The reported possibilities for the Class of 2010 are down to three transfers: John Wilkins, a 6-foot-9 forward from Southeastern Community College in Iowa; Walter Offutt, a 6-3 guard who transferred from both Ohio State and Wright State who is considering walking on at IU; and Emmanuel Negedu, a 6-foot-7 Nigerian native who initially chose Tennessee over Indiana but will likely transfer because the Volunteers will not let him play because of a scary incident in September.

The 21-year-old suffered cardiac arrest when his heart stopped after a light workout and a race with a teammate on Tennessee’s football practice field. He was resuscitated and later had an internal cardiac defibrillator implanted in his chest. He has since met with two doctors, one at Tennessee and one in California, and both cleared him to play, but the Tennessee athletic department would not grant him medical clearance. He was told he could stay at Tennessee and the school would honor his scholarship or he could request his release and it would be granted.

According to sources, the 6-foot-7, 225-pounder still wants to play basketball and will therefore likely request his release. Indiana is the one the schools he is apparently considering. He was seen in Bloomington this weekend and reportedly met with IU doctors. It is unknown how those tests went or what other schools he is considering.

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Indiana coach Tom Crean talks with Bill Cook and Mike Woodson during the dedication of Cook Hall Sunday. David Snodgress | Herald-Times


Perea looks like the real deal

Maybe it was one of his two-handed dunks. Maybe it was the way he ran the floor with the ball. Maybe it was a windup jam on a fast break.

But a certain point, while watching Hanner Perea Saturday during the Indiana Spring Classic, I thought to myself, “Sweet Tijan, this kid is legit.”

Perea, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, is one of three A-Hope kids on the Indiana Elite Team Indiana roster. The other two, 7-footers Obij Aget and Peter Jurkin, are far beyond what the aformentioned Tijan and Bawa Muniru are at, or maybe ever could be.

But Perea (who is from Colombia) is special. Call him the Colombian Jack Rabbit. Call him, as one IU fan in attendance did, the Helicopterin’ Hoosier. But this kid can absolutely fly.

And he likes Indiana.

Indiana and Baylor are his final two schools, Perea said. He’ll decide a year from now which one to eventually go to, but he clearly likes both.

On Indiana: “I already know the coach from IU (Tom Crean). He’s a nice person, to me. He’s been talking to me about doing stuff, and I really believe him. I know that if I play for him, he’s going to help me get to the next level.”

On Baylor: “They play with the big men. They really use their big men. And their coach (Scott Drew) is a nice person too.”

It helps Indiana that Perea lives in Bloomington with A-Hope director Mark Adams when he is not in school at United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C. It’s allowed him to be in Bloomington and around the Indiana campus.

He and Jurkin were the two prospects Crean Tweeted about showing off what noted wordsmith Riley Crean has termed the “Chamber of Awesome” to.

It was the second time Perea and Jurkin had seen Cook Hall, and also the first opportunity to meet new assistant coach Steve McClain.

“I really like the campus,” Peraa said. “I have fun with (Crean) and Peter and the new coach they have (McClain). He’s a nice person too.

“I like everything. I like the basektball court. I lke all the training stuff they have. I like everything they have.”

Below is a highlight video of Perea. Like many a highlight video, it is mainly cut scenes of the big man jumping and dunking. But this time, it seems representative of who this kid is and how he plays.

“I’ve been dunking since I was 12-years-old, so right now that’s all I like to do,” Perea said. “That’s all I think about.”

Polk, Mayberry, Patterson, Wagner sign free agent deals

The Indiana draft hopefuls who didn’t have their hopes fulfilled are at least finding homes for camp.

Safety Nick Polk and linebacker Will Patterson have agreed to free agent contracts with the Houston Texans according to Polk. Linebacker Matt Mayberry has signed with the Chicago Bears according to his agent and tight end Troy Wagner has signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns according to his agent. With Rodger Saffold (second round, St. Louis Rams) Jammie Kirlew (Seventh round, Denver Broncos) and Ray Fisher (seventh round, Indianapolis Colts) all going in the draft, the only IU player with an agent whose plans are unknown at this time are those of defensive end Greg Middleton. His agent did not immediately (and by immediately, I literally mean in the last minute) return a call seeking comment.

More on this as it happens.

IU tradition paying off with Kaminski

INDIANAPOLIS — Kenny Kaminski, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from Medina, Ohio, said Saturday he is down to three schools.

Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State are all vying for Kaminski’s services. He said he’ll decide at the end of the summer.

“It all comes down to where I feel comfortable,” Kaminski said. “I feel comfortable at Indiana and at Michigan State right now.”

Kaminski, who is playing with the Indiana Elite Team Indiana 16U team, has already seen Cook Hall, Indiana’s new practice facility. He said it is the best he has seen — “by far.”

“As soon as you walk, in you know,” Kaminski said. “The Indiana tradition, it’s crazy. None of the other schools have that tradition.”

Kaminski, who averaged 17 points and seven rebounds a game for his high school team last season, fits in to what Indiana has done in the past and what fits in Crean’s system — big men who can shoot the basketball.

“They want to keep that Indiana tradition,” Kaminski said. “I can shoot the ball a little bit, so it’s good.”

For his high school team, Kaminski is the big man in the middle. But playing for an AAU team that features two 7-footers (Obij Aget and Peter Jurkin) and 6-foot-8 Hanner Parea, he is able to play on the perimeter.

“I am mainly a shooter,” Kaminski said. “If I can’t find my shot, I dump it inside to one of our bigs. I am also one of our slashers, so that’s nice.”

He did that well on Saturday, making 3 3-pointers as part of his 13 points in a 88-31 win against the Southern Indiana Aces (a Greene County-based team).

Seventh round run on Hoosiers

The selection of cornerback Ray Fisher by the Indianapolis Colts makes it two Indiana football players taken in the seventh round. Jammie Kirlew was taken earlier in the draft by the Denver Broncos. We’ll have more on this as we get a hold of the principal parties.

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