From NBC’s new show, “Parks and Recreation.” It’s set in Pawnee, Ind. and it’s about, apparently, the parks and recreation department in the fictional small town. Amy Poehler stars, and I’ve seen one guy in the commercials that I recognize and remember being pretty funny.
But, it is comedy. And Indiana. And that usually equals Bob Knight.
We all knew this weeks ago, and I got confirmation on Thursday. But the Indianapolis Star is really high on being the “first” to report it, so we could not publish anything until this morning’s paper.
What was once a really tight race between Hulls, Derek Elston, D.J. Byrd and Stephan Van Treese became an absolute wipeout.
Hulls received 131 votes from high school coaches and members of the media. Rochester’s Bruce Grimm Jr. was next, with 26.
Then Elston with 18, Byrd with 16 and Marion’s Scott Wood with 15. Some 20 other guys received 12 votes or less, and I’d like names on those votes because, for the life of me, I cannot name 20 guys worthy of winning Mr. Basketball after the top five. That’s some funny business.
But, back to Hulls. He took the award like I expected him to, with grace and reverence for what it means to be forever linked to names like Greg Oden, Eric Gordon, Damon Bailey and Kent Benson.
I was amused, this morning, to find out that Larry Bird did not win Mr. Basketball. Steve Collier, of Southwestern, did â€” he went to Cincinnati and was not drafted into the NBA or ABA. Oops.
A few days ago, I said I voted for Hulls. This is why.
Maurice Creek carried an Indiana flag as he was introduced before the start of Saturday’s Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Monty Howell | Herald-Times
LOUISVILLE â€” Of the three future Hoosiers, only Maurice Creek started for the Gold team during the Derby Festival Classic on Saturday. Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls came off the bench, and the three appeared only briefly as a trio.
Still, it was a strong night for the Hoosiers.
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LOUISVILLE â€” Three future Indiana players took part in the Night of the Future Stars event at Bellarmine University here on Friday night.
Maurice Creek, a 6-foot-5 guard from Hargrave Military via suburban Washington D.C., led all players with 17 points in the 3-point contest. He hit all five of his “money-ball” shots. This means one of two things: he likes to shoot with a little extra pressure on him or he likes to shoot basketballs that are painted white on the bottom half.
Creek will be joined by Bloomington South’s Jordan Hulls â€” who remains the favorite to win Mr. Basketball when it is announced on Sunday â€” in the finals of the 3-point contest tonight. Hulls had 15 points.
Christian Watford, the 6-7 wing from Birmingham, Ala., ended up with seven points in the 3-point contest.
Indiana coach Tom Crean has made no secret of his desire to add players to the class of 2009 â€” which already numbers six and will bring the team’s number of scholarship players to 13, the maximum allowed â€” if he believes they can help the program.
Deshawn Painter, a 6-9 forward who played last season for Hargrave Military Academy (with future Indiana guard Maurice Creek), probably fits that description.
Painter was released from his letter of intent with Florida this week. Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts told reporters from both major recruiting services (Rivals and Scout) that concern over playing time lead Painter to request his release (though the move does come after VCU hired Florida assistant Shaka Smart to be its head coach). According to Keatts, Painter will open his committment and see which schools are interested. He may also consider doing a post-graduate year at the prep school.
Count Creek among those who are interested in adding Painter, though. After Creek led all players with 17 points in the 3-point contest at the Night of Future Stars (as brought to you by the Derby Festival Classic) at Bellarmine University Friday, he spoke of his recent work trying to build relationships with the other five members of his class.
He also acknowledged the possibility that the class will grow, and mentioned Painter’s availability. He’s ready to join the recruiting effort.
â€œWeâ€™re going to see what we can do with him,â€ he said.
According to Scout.com, Painter is a four-star prospect and the No. 21 power forward in the class.
Rivals.com considers Painter the No. 85 prospect in the class of 2009 and rates him a four-star center.
Two of the schools Painter considered before signing with Florida have since gone through coaching changes; he had offers from both Virginia and Kentucky.
Here’s a link to the best video I could find of Painter.