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Monar selected by Nationals in 12th round

Indiana had its second player taken in the Major League Baseball draft. Left-handed pitcher Blake Monar went in the 12th round to the Washington Nationals.

After sitting out most of last season with an arm injury, Monar was 6-3 with a 3.52 earned run average this season. He struck out 61 batters in 79 1/3 innings pitched.

Monar was also drafted out of South Spencer High School in Rockport in the 26th round by the New York Yankees. (more…)


Dickerson goes to Pirates at top of third round

Indiana junior Alex Dickerson was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the first pick in the third round. The Pirates selected him as a first baseman as opposed to a left fielder, portending a position change that many expected. The MLB’s scouting report on Dickerson follows.

Teams interested in the University of Indiana outfielder will be buying the bat, as that’s the one tool that stands out for the left-handed hitter. He’s a solid hitter who seems to have overcome some holes in his swing, making adjustments to continue performing. He’s got power, winning the Big Ten Triple Crown in 2010 as a sophomore. The power numbers have fallen off with the new bats, which might lead some to question if his power will translate to wood. He doesn’t run or throw that well, limiting him to left field, and there are those who think he’s marginal there, at best, with some thinking a move to first base might be essential. Those limitations might impact his stock, but his pure hitting ability should interest someone in the early stages of the Draft.

Hope to get a hold of Dickerson soon and will provide an update.

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m.: Just got off the phone with Alex Dickerson. He was hoping to go a little higher and admitted the wait was starting to get long, but said he was still ecstatic to go at the top of the third round.

“It’s just a dream come true,” Dickerson said. “I’m ready to get going. I’m ready to be the guy I set out to be 15 years ago. I’m extremely excited.” (more…)


HD Video: Indiana All-Stars vs. Junior All-Stars

Here’s some numbers for you: Cody Zeller is No. 1 in white and Austin Etherington is No. 12. In the red, Yogi Ferrell is No. 5, Gary Harris No. 7, Ron Patterson No. 15 and Jeremy Hollowell No. 18.


Indiana All-Stars edge Juniors, 117-113

WASHINGTON — It was Cody Zeller’s last game in the Hatchet House, the gym he has called home for the last four seasons (and his family for a full decade).

He has not lost here since his sophomore season, so it only made sense that Mr. Basketball would lead the Indiana All-Stars to a win on Monday, 117-113 over the Junior All-Stars.

Zeller had 26 points – a game-high. He had 19 rebounds – a game-high. He also had three blocks – figured out the repetition yet?

“I’ve played against a lot of those guys through AAU or during the season, but they’ve never come here to play,” Zeller said. “It’s kind of fun to just see them experience what I have experienced for the last four years.”

What they experienced was several thousands fans giving Zeller a standing ovation before the game, booing Kentucky-bound Marquis Teague during warmups and cheering just about every good play by both sides afterwards.

Austin Etherington scored eight points to help out the Indiana All-Stars, as well.

For the juniors, IU target Gary Harris scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Jeremy Hollowell played a fantastic game, scoring 15 points, pulling down five rebounds and also dishing out four assists. He went head-to-head with Zeller in the Juniors’ small lineup and did what he could – drawing Zeller out from the basket and then attacking to the rim.

Yogi Ferrell was quiet, with four points and two assists in 16 minutes. And Ron Patterson had nine points, but on 4-of-12 shooting.

These teams will play again on Wednesday, in Kokomo. They’ll lose Hollowell and five others, but gain Hanner Perea. In the Colombian-born center, the Juniors should have a match for Zeller.

 


Recruit profile: Peter Jurkin

HEIGHT: 6-foot-11

WEIGHT: 215 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: United Faith Christian Academy (Charlotte, N.C.)

AAU: Indiana Elite Team Indiana

YEAR: 2012

RANKINGS: Not ranked

STATUS: Verbal commit (as of Aug. 9, 2011)

STRENGTHS

  • Blocks shots at a high rate.
  • Rebounds well.
  • Very active and fast in the open court, especially for a player his size.

WEAKNESSES

  • Lack of strength, especially in the legs (Jurkin has sat out the Spring with a stress fracture).
  • Raw offensive game.

Click for archive of stories about Peter Jurkin.

 


Recruit profile: Gary Harris

HEIGHT: 6-foot-4

WEIGHT: 170 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Hamilton Southeastern

AAU: D3 Pride

YEAR: 2012

RANKINGS: No. 14 (Scout.com), No. 16 (ESPN.com), No. 19 (247Sports.com), No. 26 (Rivals.com)

STATUS: Top target in the class of 2012. Also considering Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State, Xavier and Purdue.

STRENGTHS

  • Drives aggressively to the basket.
  • Can score in a variety of ways.
  • Good length.

WEAKNESSES

  • Not an elite defender.

Click for archive of stories about Gary Harris.

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Recruit profile: Mitch McGary

HEIGHT: 6-foot-10

WEIGHT: 250 pounds

HIGH SCHOOL: Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)

AAU: SYF Players

YEAR: 2012

RANKINGS: No. 4 (ESPN.com), No. 5 (Rivals.com), No. 13 (247Sports.com), No. 15 (Scout.com).

STATUS: Top big man target in the class of 2012. Also considering Kansas, Connecticut, Duke, Arizona, Texas, UCLA and Florida.

STRENGTHS

  • Has a Josh McRoberts-like game, as a very smooth and athletic big man that is also blessed with a large frame.
  • Hunts down blocked shot opportunities.
  • When he rebounds he can also start the break.

WEAKNESSES

  • Loses focus on the court, a result of attention-deficit disorder.

Click for archive of stories about Mitch McGary.

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