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It’s official. Maurice Sutton is headed to Villanova.
“I’m going to be a Villanova Wildcat next year,” Sutton said at his press conference this afternoon. “It was a great opportunity. I came there, they really grew on me. Coach Jay Wright really impressed me, he really made an amazing impression on me. I love him as a coach and I felt like it was a great family atmosphere for me. I felt like that is what God wanted me to do.”
Sutton said he liked Villanova’s style of play. The Wildcats run with the best of the Big East which is, unlike the Big Ten, a conference where up-tempo basketball is the norm.
I haven’t gotten any confirmation from Maurice Sutton’s press conference, but there are more and more reports coming out that he’s headed to Villanova.
Indiana has announced the kickoff times for five of next season’s games:
Aug. 30 vs. Western Kentucky (home) noon
Sept. 6 vs. Murray State (home) 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 vs. Ball State (home) 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Illinois 8 p.m.
Oct. 25 vs. Northwestern (home) noon
Three of those games – Murray State, Ball State and Illinois – will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Plans for televising other games will be announced later.
Here’s the press release . . .
Bloomington, Indiana–Indiana University menâ€™s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that Tijan Jobe (Tee-zhan Joab), a 7-0, 255-lb. center from Olney (Ill.)â€ˆCentral College has signed a national letter of intent to attend IU and play basketball for the Hoosiers beginning next fall.
â€œWe are excited to be able to sign a player with the defensive ability and rebounding presence that Tijan has,â€ said Crean.Â â€œWe feel he has a lot of room for growth in the sense of improving on both the defensive and offensive end and we love the fact that he plays extremely hard.Â His height and wingspan (7-5 1/2) is something that our team was in great need of.â€
Originally from Banjul, Gambia, Jobe averaged 4.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and a block for Coach Mike Burris at Olney.Â He attended Butler County (Kan.) Community College as a freshman and attended Laurinburg (N.C.) Prep School.
He came to the United States four years ago through the African Hoop Opportunities Providing an Education Foundation (A-HOPE), a Bloomington based organization. The foundation is designed to provide talented basketball players from a host of African countries the opportunity to come to the United States to use their skills as a means to get a U.S. education.
He chose Indiana over UAB, Auburn and Nebraska.
He is the sixth player to accept a scholarship to play for the Hoosiers joining forward Tom Pritchard (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edwards), guard Verdell Jones IIIâ€ˆ(Champaign, Ill./Central) guard Matt Roth (Washington, Illinois), guard Devan Dumes (Vincennes/Indianapolis/Decatur Central) and guard Nick Williams (Mobile, Alabama/LeFlore).
So….that was quite the day. And there figures to be no delay to the action tomorrow.
But here’s a semi-interesting note to tie up the night: Indiana hosted a couple of the top young players today on unofficial visits.
Donnie Hale, a 6-8 forward from New Albany in the class of 2010, and Jeremiah Davis, a 6-2 guard from Muncie Central in the class of 2011, met with Crean and his staff.
Both players are being sought by the top schools in the region, and Davis received a scholarship offer from Kentucky in the days following his strong performance at the May Classic.
Hale plays in the Spiece AAU program while Davis is with Indiana Elite.
Tom Crean is a hard worker. He’s got boundless energy (and goes hardly a moment without some caffeinated beverage in his hand.) He did a great job recruiting Jordan Hulls, making sure to invite the Bloomington South guard for frequent visits to Assembly Hall, where the two would dissect hours of tape, which just happens to be one of Jordan’s favorite things to do.
But as John Decker of HoosierNation.com (which has covered IU’s recent recruiting as well, if not better, than anybody else this spring) and I left Bloomington South earlier this evening, we couldn’t help but notice a car that had been, uhhh, decorated. Clearly, this is what swayed Hulls. Cause even Tom Crean needs someone to get him the ball before he can make a play.
Found a couple of pictures of Tijan. The first, interestingly, was in our archives. We wrote a story on Mark Adams, the Bloomington AAU coach who started a foundation that brought players to the states from Africa, in early January of 2006. And, wouldn’t you know it, the 7-foot guy dunking the ball in the picture that ran with the story happened to be Tijan Jobe, who was spending the holiday break with Adams.
We also were able to get a hold of this head shot.