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IU soccer nabs No. 2 recruit

Multiple media outlets, including TopDrawerSoccer.com and ESPN.com, have reported that Andrew Oliver, the second-ranked player in the 2012 recruiting class, has verbally committed to play his college soccer for coach Todd Yeagley at Indiana.

Oliver has spent the past two years at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as a member of the U.S. Soccer residency program, but will be returning to his home town of Indianapolis following this summer’s U-17 World Cup in Mexico. He will attend Southport High School, and if he chooses to play high school soccer, would play against Bloomington North and Bloomington South in Conference Indiana games.

Recently, Oliver led the U.S. U-17 team to the CONCACAF Tournament championship in Jamaica, scoring four goals and picking up an extra time red card after the title game against Canada had been decided that will force him to sit out the World Cup opener.

His Westside FC club coach, Josh George believes the 5-foot-9 forward will be a proficient scorer.

“I think technically he’s still developing quite a bit,” George told ESPN.com’s Brent Latham. “I think he’s gonna be a big time goal scorer, I think he has the potential to be a bigger goal scorer than even Landon (Donovan) is for the U.S. He’s not the biggest guy but he’s got an edge to his game, he doesn’t back down from anybody.”

Latham has an entire story comparing Oliver to Donovan, but you have to be an ESPN Insider to read it. Read a broader overview of the story here.

Oliver could still wind up with an MLS Generation Adidas contract next winter, especially if he plays well in the U-17 World Cup, and never make it to IU. But he told TopDrawerSoccer.com that playing collegiately close to home was a big attraction.

“I just thought being close to home was a big plus,” Oliver said. “And Indiana definitely has lots of young talent coming up that’s looking really good for the program. It was the right fit for me.”


Offseason to-do list: Will Sheehey

Indiana guard Will Sheehey guards Wisconsin’s Mike Brueskewitz in Assembly Hall. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The fourth player in the series is sophomore forward Derek Elston. PREVIOUSLY: Christian WatfordVerdell JonesJordan HullsMaurice Creek,Tom Pritchard and Derek Elston.

2010-11 STATS: 4.8 PPG (48.4 percent FG, 30.4 3pt, 64.9 FT), 2.1 rebounds, 12 assists, 14 steals.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Admittedly, I did not expect much of Will Sheehey during his freshman season. Because Indiana did not really begin pursuing him until well into the fall, we did not get the opportunity to watch him during the spring and summer AAU season. Therefore, we went off what we could: some Internet scouting reports and a high school game televised on ESPN.

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Hollowell to announce decision Thursday

Lawrence Central swingman and Indiana target Jeremy Hollowell will announce his college decision Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at his school, his coach J.R. Shelt confirmed via text message Tuesday morning.

Hollowell, the No. 39 rated player in the Class of 2012, said last week he had narrowed his choices to four schools —Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue and Cincinnati — and that he wanted to make a decision before the beginning of the AAU season. CBSSports.com is reporting that Hollowell is expected to choose Indiana.


Offseason To-Do List: Derek Elston

Derek Elston defends Ohio State's William Buford during the Buckeyes' 82-61 win in Columbus this season.

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The fourth player in the series is sophomore forward Derek Elston. PREVIOUSLY: Christian WatfordVerdell JonesJordan HullsMaurice Creek and Tom Pritchard.

2010-11 STATS: 4.9 points (51.2 percent FG, 17.6 percent 3-point, 63.6 percent FT) and 3.7 rebounds a game.  Eight blocks, 68 personal fouls.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Elston went into last offseason knowing he would have to make a physical transformation to compete in the paint in the Big Ten and he did exactly that. The 6-foot-9 sophomore put on at least 15 pounds of muscle. His listed weight inflating from 220 pounds to 235, though it’s possible he actually weighed less when last season ended. He entered the season looking like a Big Ten power forward and he showed some signs of becoming one early, especially in December when he strung together three straight double-digit games. The athletic Tipton native continues to show range and athleticism that is beyond that of most of his fellow big men.

THE TO-DO LIST:

  • Get it together defensively. Defense has been Elston’s problem since he arrived in Bloomington. There were periods when it seemed like he made strides in that department this season, but the campaign ends with him still not making nearly as much progress as the Hoosiers had hoped. A big part of that is the fact that he had to play center instead of power forward because Guy-Marc Michel was declared ineligible, leaving IU with two other foul-prone options at the five in Tom Pritchard and Bobby Capobianco. But generally, Elston doesn’t appear to have figured out post defense. He’s out of position too often and almost always appears to be scrambling. As it has with Pritchard and Capobianco, that has resulted in a lot of fouls. His average isn’t near Pritchard’s or Capobianco’s, but he still averages 5.6 fouls per 40 minutes. Defense continues to be the biggest reason Elston hasn’t been a fixture in the starting lineup or at the top of the rotation. He started just 10 games, only two after Jan. 4, and played more than 20 minutes in a game just seven times. Pritchard doesn’t appear to be nearly as athletic as Elston and certainly doesn’t have most of the offensive skills Elston has, but he maintained the starting job for most of the season because he had a much better understanding of the basics of post and help defense than Elston showed.
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Borman: Traylor “as athletic as it gets.”

IMG Academy basketball director Andy Borman doesn’t think Jamari Traylor would be a natural fit as a center at the college level, but he does believe the Class of 2011 Indiana target could make an impact anywhere in the frontcourt immediately.

“He’s about as athletic as it gets,” Borman said Monday. “The immediate impact he will bring to a program is he will never be in a game that is above him.  A lot of guys can come in and shoot the ball, but it takes a year to get their frame ready. Because of his size, his frame, his athleticism, his quickness, his leaping ability, his strength, all of his physical tools are prepared right now to compete at the highest level. He has to work on his offensive game, but as far as protecting the rim, rebounding and finishing, he’s ready to go.”

Indiana needs a player that fits that sort of description, and Borman confirmed reports last week that the Hoosiers have offered Traylor a scholarship. Kansas, St. John’s, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Virginia Commonwealth have also offered and are in the mix, Borman said. (more…)


Big Ten to add ice hockey as conference sport

File this under the list of things that don’t currently affect Indiana but you might find interesting anyway. The Big Ten could make ice hockey a conference sport. From the conference office:

MEN’S ICE HOCKEY TO BE RECOMMENDED AS OFFICIAL BIG TEN SPORT
BEGINNING WITH 2013-14 ACADEMIC YEAR


Park Ridge, Ill. – The directors of athletics of Big Ten institutions which sponsor men’s ice hockey unanimously announce their intention to recommend to the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors in June the establishment of men’s ice hockey as an official conference sport for the 2013-14 academic year with participation by Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.

The recommendation includes both the establishment of the inaugural Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament in March of 2014, with the winner earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, and a 20-game conference schedule with each team playing the other five schools four times (two home games and two away games). In addition, the Big Ten’s men’s ice hockey programs will continue to proactively work to maintain a strong schedule of non-conference competition with the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

In September of 2010, Penn State announced the establishment of men’s and women’s ice hockey programs set to begin competition in the 2012-13 academic year, giving the Big Ten six institutions sponsoring men’s ice hockey. Big Ten rules allow for a conference championship when six institutions sponsor a program in any given sport. (more…)


Ferrell scores 25 in Semi-state victory

Perhaps Forest Park thought it could stop Yogi Ferrell by clogging the middle with a 2-3 zone to take away his driving lanes.

That didn’t go nearly as well as planned.

Ferrell scored 25 points and recorded seven assists to lead Park Tudor to a 57-45 win over Forest Park to advance to the Class 2A state championship game next weekend in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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