Day 1 at Hoosier Hardwood

As expected, a crazy day full of basketball action in the debut of this national AAU tournament.

  • I saw Bloomington native Shea Collins shook off early jitters to score six key points down the stretch to help her Vegas Elite Blue team win its morning opener.
  • In the evening, Indiana Elite Central, featuring 2010 IU recruit Andrea Newbauer and 2010 Purdue recruit Courtney Moses knock off Orange County Elite, 70-59. Hoosier and Boilermaker recruiting target Liz Stratman (2011) stole the show with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Newbauer had five points and an assist, but had at least four other assists blown by missed layups. I’ll have more on these players Tuesday.

SI’s Davis on nation’s top players

It’s long been a complaint that America no longer produces dominant centers. And, Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis wrote today, that remains true in the class of 2010.

Davis, who spent two days in Cleveland for the LeBron James’ tournament and a day at the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia, said he thought the class of 2010 could be described by one word: wiry.

Also included in his evaluation of several Indiana prospects, including Kyrie Irving, Marquis Teague and Stacey Poole. The nugget about Irving is fairly interesting, but I won’t spoil it.

Spiece Indy Stars in action

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The college coaches lined up late Friday afternoon to watch the Spiece Indy Stars 2012 team with good reason.

Indiana’s Tom Crean and Tim Buckley, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Dwayne Stephens, Purdue assistant Paul Lusk, Iowa assistant LaVall Jordan and others were on hand to watch some of the best players Indiana has to offer in 2012.

For the Kentucky Hoopfest, Spiece brought Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell, Broad Ripple’s Ron Patterson, Southport’s Kellon Thomas and Avon’s Austin Burgett. (more…)

A new Indiana target in 2011

Aaron Thomas is excited. Really excited.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard from Cincinnati (Ohio) Western Hills is one of the early success stories of the July AAU recruiting season. (more…)

Hoosier Hardwood Championships

Gearing up for the AAU girls’ basketball tournament in Bloomington, which starts with a skills camp Sunday, and I thought I’d throw out some video of 2010 IU recruit Andrea Newbauer as a warmup. Stay tuned for updates over the next few days.

Zeller, Plumlee have Florida offers

Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee, two of the top targets for Indiana in 2011, both can now claim offers from Florida.

Inside The Hall had the report on their Twitter feed. That Alex puts the pajamas-wearing, basement-living blogger stereotype to shame — he’s been out reporting all week.

Florida head coach Billy Donovan and assistant Richard Pitino both watched Zeller and Plumlee’s AAU team, Indiana Elite One, in Cincinnati. Pitino was at Friday’s morning game.

I haven’t caught up with Plumlee yet, but I talked to Zeller on Monday and he reported four offers at the time.

Bashore signs with Twins

Former Indiana lefty Matt Bashore signed with the Minnesota Twins over the weekend and is expected to be sent to the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League.

Bashore went 7-5 with a 4.07 ERA and for the Hoosiers in 2009. He struck out 108 and walked 30 in 98 innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out nine in seven scoreless innings against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament, which the Hoosiers went on to win for the first time since 1996.

Bashore joins Hoosiers Eric Arnett, Evan Crawford, Joey O’Gara, Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz as 2009 MLB draftees that have signed with pro teams.

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