Branden Dawson video

Again, sorry for the quality. But you can still see Dawson’s athleticism. He’s No. 13 in the black.

IU releases spring depth chart

Along with its spring prospectus, Indiana also put out its first depth chart for the 2010 season. It should be stressed that it is extremely premature, and that most of the reason it’s even being released is for the preview magazines who have to write their pieces shortly after spring games. For instance, pay no attention to the fact that sophomore Adam Follett is listed as the backup quarterback, because it is pretty likely that when the dust settles, that job will go to either Edward Wright-Baker or Dusty Kiel.

But one way or another, it’s a depth chart, and it follows. (more…)

Lynch: “We’re going to be more multiple,” on defense

After Indiana finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring defense last season, IU coach Bill Lynch said Monday that schematic changes will be made to the defense beginning this spring.

“We’re going to be a little bit more multiple,” he said.

What that means specifically, Lynch said, is the Hoosiers will occasionally work in a 3-4 front with its base 4-3. Lynch stressed that it won’t be a wholesale change, and that anyone who attends the first few sessions of spring practice won’t see any use of the 3-4 at all. The Hoosiers don’t have the personnel to run an NFL style 3-4, Lynch said, mostly because they don’t have a truly monstrous nose tackle to put in the middle of the defense.

What they do have, though, is a group of defensive ends who are slightly smaller but more athletic than the prototypes, and who could be just as effective if not more so standing up than they could be coming out of a three-point stance. (more…)

Oladipo, Abraham will play in Derby Festival Classic

Indiana signee Victor Oladipo and prospect Moses Abraham will be among the participants in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic on April 9 and 10 in Louisville.

This is the same all-star game (with a slam-dunk and 2-on-2 tournament the night before at Bellarmine) that Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford played in last season.

The game will be at Freedom Hall.

Also on the roster is old friend Ray McCallum, who is still making his college decision.

Hat tip to Alex Bozich over at Inside the Hall for the rosters.

Anthony Brown #3 Stanford  6’7/180 F
Justin Coleman #21 Louisville 6’5/215 F
Gorgui Dieng #10 Undecided 6’10/210 C
Ryan Harrow #12 NC State 6’/158 G
Tyler Lamb #0 UCLA 6’4/195 G
Nate Lubick #33 Georgetown 6’9/227 F
Russ Smith #24     Louisville 6’2/150 G
Trey Zeigler #32 Undecided 6’5/185 G
Elisha Justice Louisville 5′11/167 G

Moses Abraham Undecided 6’9/235 C
Trae Golden #5 Tennessee 6’2/190 G
Josh Hairston #15 Duke 6’9/195 F
Justin Martin #20 Xavier 6’6/200 F
Ray McCallum #3 Undecided 6’2/175 G
Jordan McRae #1 Tennessee 6’6/180 G/F
Victor Oladipo #23 Indiana 6’5/180 G
Stacey Poole, Jr. #2 Kentucky 6’5/200 F
Dwight Powell #33 Stanford 6’9/215 C
Royce Woolridge Kansas 6’1/175 G

DeJuan Marrero video

Here is a short video from Saturday’s semistate game between Bowman Academy and Monroe Central. Sorry about the relative lack of quality — tried out the wife’s new camcorder and discovered it is better suited for kids’ birthday parties, not fast-paced basketball games.

Anyways, Marrero is No. 1 for Bowman Academy. He’s also the biggest guy on the floor, at 6-foot-5.

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Washington’s Cody Zeller dunks against Edgewood earlier this season. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times


Live from Lafayette Jefferson

Sorry about the lack of in-game updates. The wireless card was not working in the gym.

Gary Wallace defeated Fort Wayne Elmhurst 57-47 in the 3A semistate game, advancing to next week’s state championship against Washington.

Wallace won behind star Branden Dawson’s big effort, with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Dawson was 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-8 from the free-throw line and was dominating for stretches.

In a 185-second stretch, Dawson made a turn-around jumper in the high post; reached high into the air and pulled down a bad alley-oop pass and guided it through the basket; blocked a shot in a one-on-one situation; and grabbed a steal and had a furious dunk with no one around him.

Dawson, a 6-foot-6 forward who is top-20 in the class of 2011, has great athleticism and length. He’s active on offense, guiding his team through sets and serving as a calming presence. On defense, he tended to float. Part of that was Elmhurst just did not get the ball to his man, partly because Dawson appeared to be picking his spots.

Bruce Weber was in the gym. Did not see any other coaches.

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