Monty Howell | Herald-Times
Jordan Hulls, as Mr. Basketball, was the final Indiana All-Star to be introduced Saturday. You can look at the rest of Monty’s photos from Saturday here.
Peck, a 6-foot-7 forward who will play for Cornell, was really effective against Kentucky’s efforts to double-down in the post. Indiana couldn’t use its big big men — Elston, Bade and Van Treese combined to play 38 minutes — because of the pressure Kentucky put on using smaller, quicker players (Kentucky’s tallest player was 6-foot-7, and only two other players were 6-5 or taller).
So the home team countered by using two 6-foot-5 guards — Colt Ryan and D.J. Byrd — and rambuctious 6-foot-3 small forward Matt Kenney to control the game.
[4:40 P.M. UPDATE]
James Dye, the executive director of the SYF Players organization, said Ferguson has a sprained knee and that is why he was not in New Albany on Thursday.
Ferguson told Dye, who is a doctor, that he was asked at Tuesday’s game whether or not he could play Thursday and said no. Because of that, neither Ferguson or Dye called Thursday to let the game’s organizers know what was happening.
“It’s no disrespect,” Dye said. “A lot of times guys think these kids are arrogant and more than they are. But this has nothing to do with that; more of a kid not making a phone call because of an assumption.
“I will be talking to those guys over there and putting in whatever apologies I need.”
Ferguson has had knee problems in his past, so Dye wanted to rest the knee and see how it is. It is a first-degree sprain, and Dye said Ferguson’s pain level is at a three or four going downstairs, but has no pain going up.
Dye said that Ferguson was hurt 10 minutes into the Benton Central game, and did not have any complaints about playing time because of that. Ferguson was also scheduled to be at the Adidas Nations event in France, but turned it down to play in these two games.
“He basically just told his dad that he would rather stay home,” Dye said. “I don’t know many guys who would give up a European tournament to do something they really didn’t want to do.”
As to the prep school rumor, Dye said Ferguson will definitely not attend Oak Hill. He has received calls from prep schools (most national-level prospects do), but has not made any plans to visit a prep school campus. (more…)
Eric Arnett, who was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 26th pick in the recent MLB draft, has agreed to terms according to MLB.com.
Right-hander Eric Arnett agreed to terms on his first professional contract Friday, three days after the Brewers made him the 26th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. He received a $1.2 million signing bonus, the slot figure set by Major League Baseball.
“We just got a deal done,” Arnett said. “It’s tremendous. This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and to have it really happen is awesome.”
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid wouldn’t confirm that there was a deal in place, as Arnett has not yet actually signed a contract.
Arnett said he will travel from his Ohio home to Milwaukee on Saturday to attend the Brewers-White Sox game, followed by a dinner with club officials. He did not expect to meet the media until Sunday.
We’ve been trying to reach Maurice Creek this week to find out about his timetable for heading to Bloomington.
Jordan Cohen of the IDS basketblog beat us to it, and confirmed the speculation I’d heard from sources: Creek is still waiting for test scores to confirm that he is eligible.
I just got off the phone with Maurice, who had just finished a workout with a trainer.
“My family just doesn’t want me to come yet,” he said. “They want to make sure we get things straight.”
When asked what needed to be set straight, Creek said, “just test-score wise.” Creek took the SAT just last weekend, he said.
“I’m not really sure where I stand with all that,” he said. “My parents handle all of that. But one way or another I’m going to get up there. We just have to make sure it’s all set.”
In the meantime, Creek is back in Maryland working with multiple trainers, he said, and preparing for the vigors of college basketball.
“I’m trying to look at it as a good thing and a bad thing,” he said. “The good is I have really good trainers here and have been improving a lot. The bad is that you want to get into a system early and start to understand it. But I’ll get there as soon as I can and be ready to learn it.”
We’ve heard from four of Indiana’s other recruits — Bobby Capobianco, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford — that they expect to be here by early next week, in anticipation of taking classes during the second summer session.
We’ve yet to hear from Bawa Muniru.
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