Doss, Brewer still on board after Day 2 of Draft

Jared Fox, the agent for both Tandon Doss and James Brewer, said they’d gathered from scouts and other NFL personnel that they both would go in the window between the third and fourth round.

Problem is, there’s about 14 hours separating the two.

The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft passed on Friday night and both former Indiana players remained on the board and now have to wait for the draft’s third day to hear their names called.

“Both of those guys were in a similar situation in terms of information we got back from the teams,” Fox said. “There was a possibility they could go tonight, but there was a possibility they wouldn’t go. The latter scenario obviously played out. We anticipate for both of them similarly that their number is not far from being called. As far as why this happened, there’s a lot of good players out there, some guys get picked that people don’t expect. It’s a fluid process.” (more…)

Commentary: Balancing the present against the future

Photo: Chris Howell | Herald-Times

At first, admittedly, I did not understand why Indiana was recruiting Remy Abell.

When word got out that he would visit campus earlier this week, my initial reaction was that Indiana did not need another 6-foot-4 guard and that using the last scholarship in the class of 2011 on one was a mistake.

But I forgot that we are dealing with Tom Crean, the man whose recruiting mantra is that he never stops. To him, recruiting Abell was not about 2012 and the future. It was about 2011, and making sure the Hoosiers do not make it four 20-loss seasons in a row.


Webb commits to IU women for 2012

The IU women’s basketball team got its first commitment of 2012 Tuesday night when Heritage Christian’s Brittany Webb verbally committed to the Hoosiers.

Webb is a 5-foot-4 point guard with a very consistent 3-point shot, strong ballhandling skills and an overall outstanding floor game. Her AAU coach, Danny Riego, says her height is not an issue.

“Her height, the times that it’s hurt us in a game has been very limited,” he said. “If you’re not tallest, you have to understand how to play angles to minimize that stuff. Sometimes basketball IQ can outweigh height issues or mismatches. (more…)

Live Chat, 11 a.m.

We’ll be here, as usual. We’re expecting some questions about a dude from Kentucky.

Remy Abell commits to Indiana

Remy Abell has committed to Indiana, he just confirmed to Dustin.

“It’s an honor to get to play for Indiana,” Abell said. “Coach Crean is a future hall of fame coach.

“I want to help bring back the winning tradition. I can’t wait to wear that jersey and the candy stripe pants.”

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.:

Dustin Dopirak here, more from Remy Abell.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky., said he was planning on taking more visits after the IU trip, but in the days following his visit, decided it was unnecessary.

“I thought about it a lot that night and all day yesterday and today and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Abell said. “I’m very happy with my decision. It’s a great program. I’m very happy to be a Hoosier.”

Abell said IU coach Tom Crean’s reaction was what you’d expect from the always excitable third-year coach.

“He was crazy,” Abell said. “He was fired up. He’s fired up and ready for me to come in. He said he can’t wait to coach me. He was just fired up and can’t wait to get this started.”

Jason Couch, Abell’s coach at Eastern High School, said the player should be able to help IU in a lot of ways. Abell, he said, is a strong defender, and is good at getting to the basket.

But most importantly, Couch said, Abell knows how to win. In four years at Eastern, Abell was a part of 113 wins, the most in school history. Eastern advanced to the state semifinals this year before losing.

“The kid knows how to win,” Couch said. “He’s a great teammate and he makes everyone around him better.”

Keith Smart fired as Golden State Warriors coach

Former Hoosier Keith Smart has been fired after one season as Golden State’s head coach.

Apparently he was on a one-year deal with an option for next season, according the report.

Golden State was 36-46, a 10-game improvement, but a new ownership group is trying to make an impact on the long-struggling franchise.

Old friend Kelvin interviewing with the Houston Rockets

Kelvin Sampson is in Houston today to meet with the Rockets and interview for their head coaching position, according to the Sporting News.

Sampson recently finished his third season as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. He received a lot of credit for Brandon Jennings’ emergence, and he obviously has plenty of prior head coaching experience (albeit at the college level).

Mike Woodson will interview Thursday for the job.


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