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Hulls has not lost in 11 months

One of the more oft-repeated phrases used to describe Jordan Hulls is winner.

For at least once, the hyperbole is correct.

The former Bloomington South guard, who will play for Indiana next season, has not lost an organized basketball game since July 2008.

That’s a streak of some 30 games, including all 26 games South won during the 2008-09 season and four all-star games.

“It’s been a while,” Hulls said. “Hopefully, you guys don’t jinx me and we lose.”

The last loss came with South, but during the Adidas Super64 Tournament in Las Vegas. An AAU event, South was the only high school team in the field.

Hulls will put that winning streak on the line again tonight in New Albany, when he leads the Indiana All-Stars against the Junior All-Stars. Game time is 8 p.m., with tickets available at the door.

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Willard heads to Louisville

Ralph Willard, a sturdy branch on the same coaching tree that produced Tom Crean, has decided to leave his job as the head coach at Holy Cross to become an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville.

Here’s an interesting blog post from Willard about why he chose to leave.


Crawford, Schutz selected on day two

From IU Media Relations (specifically the keyboard of baseball contact Matt Brady):

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Outfielders Evan Crawford and Kipp Schutz of the Indiana baseball team were selected on day two of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Crawford was chosen in the ninth round by the San Francisco Giants (267th overall), while Schutz went to the Baltimore Oriolesin the 19th round (566th overall).
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Today, they go pro

[9:25 UPDATE]

Left-handed pitcher Matt Bashore goes 46th to the Minnesota Twins.

[9:10 UPDATE]

Catcher Josh Phegley has been selected with the No. 38 pick by the Chicago White Sox. That’s a compensation pick.

[8:15 UPDATE]

The Milwaukee Brewers have selected right-handed pitcher Eric Arnett with the 26th pick. He’s the first Indiana player taken in the first round of the MLB draft since Jim DeNeff in 1966.

Harold Reynolds, best known for playing second base for the Seattle Mariners in the 1980s and his work with ESPN, said during the MLB Network broadcast of the draft that he felt Arnett was the second-best pitcher available based on film he had watched.

[7:22 UPDATE]

Many mock drafts had predicted Cleveland would draft Eric Arnett with the 15th pick. The Indians went with Alex White, another right-handed pitcher, from the North Carolina Tar Heels instead. He seems to be a similar prospect to Arnett, as he is 6-4 and throws mid-nineties fastball and a hard slider. He’s more of a known commodity, though: he was considered the 71st most talented prospect in the draft coming out of high school.

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Just got off the phone with Indiana baseball players Eric Arnett, Matt Bashore and Josh Phegley. (Not at the same time; I called them separately.)

Arnett and Phegley will be attending parties at restaurants in their home towns (Pataskala, Ohio and Terre Haute, respectively), while Bashore will gather with family in Tipp City, Ohio.

The first three rounds of the Major League First-Year Player Draft begin at 6 p.m. tonight. The remaining 47 rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

To follow along, go here.

To hear what Arnett (a probable first-round pick), Bashore and Phegley (both of whom have a good chance of being picked tonight) have to say about their new teams, come back here later tonight or Wednesday morning.


Real Basketball Wives of Bloomington?

Apparently, Tom Crean may soon be the subject of a reality show.

Our friend JMV interviewed Indiana’s basketball coach and found out that the Crean family is apparently mulling an offer to appear in a television show.

Crean, who is a die-hard fan of the Real Housewives series, would not go into specifics. He did say the show would include another school. And then seemed to downplay the possibility of it actually happening.

The conversation then turned to Jon Gosselin, the father in the Jon & Kate Plus Eight show (and a product of the same community that produced this particular blogger) and Crean wonders whether it’s a good thing that Mr. Gosselin, who has been rumored to have engaged in an affair but denies it, wears an IU shirt.

The subject of basketball eventually does come up. Crean emphasizes the need to get recruits on campus so that they can see the facilities and feel the atmosphere (and the love from fans.)

Other notes of interest: Crean shares his thoughts on Jeremiah Rivers, his summer camps, Tom Abernethy, Verdell Jones’ off-season workouts, the rivalry with Jon Calipari and Kentucky.


What the mocks say

It would be fair to say that the level of intrigue for today’s MLB Draft is a mere pittance as compared to the NFL or NBA Drafts. It’s been only in the past few years that the draft was televised at all, and the league had to create its own cable network in order to insure primetime coverage.

You can watch the draft’s first three rounds at 6 p.m. today on the MLB Network. For those of you without the network (and shame on you, because it is Awesome with a capital A), you can follow MLB.com’s DraftTracker.

The Hoosier Scoop will be paying attention, for three Hoosiers could see their professional future decided today. Pitchers Eric Arnett and Matt Bashore, and catcher Josh Phegley are all considered top prospects.

This is a fairly big deal, since the last Hoosier to be selected in the draft’s first round was Kevin Orie in 1993 (No. 29 overall, to the Chicago Cubs). He played 316 games in the Major Leagues, with a lifetime .249 batting average.

And, like the NBA and NFL drafts, the internet has been kind enough to grace us with more mock drafts than we know what to do with. Here’s four of the more respected ones, along with what they’re saying about the Hoosiers. (more…)


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