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[9:25 UPDATE]

Left-handed pitcher Matt Bashore goes 46th to the Minnesota Twins.

[9:10 UPDATE]

Catcher Josh Phegley has been selected with the No. 38 pick by the Chicago White Sox. That’s a compensation pick.

[8:15 UPDATE]

The Milwaukee Brewers have selected right-handed pitcher Eric Arnett with the 26th pick. He’s the first Indiana player taken in the first round of the MLB draft since Jim DeNeff in 1966.

Harold Reynolds, best known for playing second base for the Seattle Mariners in the 1980s and his work with ESPN, said during the MLB Network broadcast of the draft that he felt Arnett was the second-best pitcher available based on film he had watched.

[7:22 UPDATE]

Many mock drafts had predicted Cleveland would draft Eric Arnett with the 15th pick. The Indians went with Alex White, another right-handed pitcher, from the North Carolina Tar Heels instead. He seems to be a similar prospect to Arnett, as he is 6-4 and throws mid-nineties fastball and a hard slider. He’s more of a known commodity, though: he was considered the 71st most talented prospect in the draft coming out of high school.

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Just got off the phone with Indiana baseball players Eric Arnett, Matt Bashore and Josh Phegley. (Not at the same time; I called them separately.)

Arnett and Phegley will be attending parties at restaurants in their home towns (Pataskala, Ohio and Terre Haute, respectively), while Bashore will gather with family in Tipp City, Ohio.

The first three rounds of the Major League First-Year Player Draft begin at 6 p.m. tonight. The remaining 47 rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

To follow along, go here.

To hear what Arnett (a probable first-round pick), Bashore and Phegley (both of whom have a good chance of being picked tonight) have to say about their new teams, come back here later tonight or Wednesday morning.


Real Basketball Wives of Bloomington?

Apparently, Tom Crean may soon be the subject of a reality show.

Our friend JMV interviewed Indiana’s basketball coach and found out that the Crean family is apparently mulling an offer to appear in a television show.

Crean, who is a die-hard fan of the Real Housewives series, would not go into specifics. He did say the show would include another school. And then seemed to downplay the possibility of it actually happening.

The conversation then turned to Jon Gosselin, the father in the Jon & Kate Plus Eight show (and a product of the same community that produced this particular blogger) and Crean wonders whether it’s a good thing that Mr. Gosselin, who has been rumored to have engaged in an affair but denies it, wears an IU shirt.

The subject of basketball eventually does come up. Crean emphasizes the need to get recruits on campus so that they can see the facilities and feel the atmosphere (and the love from fans.)

Other notes of interest: Crean shares his thoughts on Jeremiah Rivers, his summer camps, Tom Abernethy, Verdell Jones’ off-season workouts, the rivalry with Jon Calipari and Kentucky.


What the mocks say

It would be fair to say that the level of intrigue for today’s MLB Draft is a mere pittance as compared to the NFL or NBA Drafts. It’s been only in the past few years that the draft was televised at all, and the league had to create its own cable network in order to insure primetime coverage.

You can watch the draft’s first three rounds at 6 p.m. today on the MLB Network. For those of you without the network (and shame on you, because it is Awesome with a capital A), you can follow MLB.com’s DraftTracker.

The Hoosier Scoop will be paying attention, for three Hoosiers could see their professional future decided today. Pitchers Eric Arnett and Matt Bashore, and catcher Josh Phegley are all considered top prospects.

This is a fairly big deal, since the last Hoosier to be selected in the draft’s first round was Kevin Orie in 1993 (No. 29 overall, to the Chicago Cubs). He played 316 games in the Major Leagues, with a lifetime .249 batting average.

And, like the NBA and NFL drafts, the internet has been kind enough to grace us with more mock drafts than we know what to do with. Here’s four of the more respected ones, along with what they’re saying about the Hoosiers. (more…)


Indiana All-Stars week kicks off Tuesday

I was furiously trying to keep a running box score for the Hoosier Reunion Classic on Friday when the group of guys behind me started discussing this week’s junior all-star exhibitions.

The question was not if the juniors could beat the Indiana All-Stars, but by how much?

The first game is tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Benton Central, followed by a Thursday game at New Albany.

Part of the reason this is even a debate is that this is considered a down year for the senior class, with only six players headed to what is perceived as major college basketball (sorry, Butler, that does not mean you).

And, on the other hand, the junior class is nothing short of outstanding, at least on paper.

Fort Wayne Luers’ Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) could break Damon Bailey’s scoring record. He is the posterboy for why the All-Stars should open things up and let one or two juniors play with the seniors.

Lawrence North’s Dominique Ferguson, an IU target, will also be on hand. As will a pair of Purdue guys (North Central’s Terone Johnson and Danville’s Travis Carroll) and a Michigan State commit (Fort Wayne Blackhawk’s Russell Byrd).

Donnie Hale (New Albany), Jake Kitchel (South Central) and Jesse Berry (Lafayette Jeff) are also seen as potential Indiana targets.

The juniors have not won since 2006. Eric Gordon went off and Greg Oden was out with an injury.


LIVE: Hoosier Reunion Classic

END OF GAME: The Tigers won, 124-97.

Elston scored a game-high 30 points and also had eight rebounds.

Hulls only scored five points, but he had three rebounds, two steals and nine assists.

D.J. Byrd went to the bench late in the fourth quarter complaining of a pulled hamstring.

More later

HALFTIME OF BOYS’ GAME: The Terhune Tigers are winning, 75-42.

Yes, 75-42.

Who’s on Terhune? Hulls and Elston.

Elston has 21 points (including 4-of-5 from 3-point range) and five rebounds.

Hulls has two points, two rebounds, two steals and six assists.

Marion’s Scott Wood, who is headed to North Carolina State, also has 20.

The two Purdue recruits, Patrick Bade and D.J. Byrd, have five and seven points, respectively. Lawrence North’s Stephan Van Treese, headed to Louisville, has two points.

END OF GIRLS’ GAME: Hickory wins, 107-104.

Sinclair started and played as many minutes as anyone until falling awkwardly on her ankle during the third quarter. She came out and tried to play on it in the fourth, but just couldn’t keep up and left for a while. She came in to play 30 seconds late.

Unofficial stats (I had a bad view for the first half): 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.

I’ve seen Sinclair play twice now, both in the all-star format. I’ve yet to see what Felisha Leggette-Jack and her staff see.

Also, Skyler Diggins is very, very good. The Notre Dame-signee, who won Miss Basketball, went up to the basket, had two defenders coming in from her right and switched the ball to her left in mid-drive and scored. Very smooth.

Chris Korman and I are in the old Hoosiers gym in picturesque Knightstown on this Friday night for the Hoosier Reunion Classic.

Right now, the announcer is introducing both girls’ teams. IU recruit Aulani Sinclair will suit up for Terhune.

Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston will play in the boys’ game, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

We’ll have updates all night.


Arnett high in MLB mock draft

Indiana junior Eric Arnett should feel pretty confident in his chances to go somewhere in the MLB Draft’s first two rounds next week.
But one mock drafter, who happens to work for the house organ, has Arnett pegged as the No. 15 selection, to the Cleveland Indians.

“Without one of the better high school arms making it down here, it’s looking like the college-pitcher angle will play well here. The Indians were at Arnett’s regional start en force and they liked how the big right-hander competed. He’s a good athlete with great makeup who will sign quickly, something that works in his favor.”

Arnett finished 12-2 with a 2.50 ERA for the Hoosiers in 2009. He was the Big Ten co-pitcher of the year, a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award and a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award.


A few more discussion points

Questions I didn’t get to during today’s IU chat. Interested in your take on both, too.

Q: Since you’re dishing out your favs, what’s your blog roll & who are your fav Twitter feeds?

I’ve really enjoyed the way Twitter serves as a portal for sports news & blogs- great for people like me who can be too lazy to set & visit favorites tabs.

ChronicHoosier, B-Town!

A: My regular reads each morning include the IU sites first: Inside the Hall, Peegs, Hoosier Nation, Indy Star, the Fort Wayne Papers, etc. Then I jump to national college basketball stuff from ESPN, Fox, CBS and SI. I regularly check Deadspin and The Big Lead. I love Joe Posnanski’s blog and think Jeff Pearlman is pretty good on his, too.

Through that progression of blogs and message boards, I’ve usually seen any breaking news or interesting stories from around the country. It used to be that I’d read a handful of newspaper Web sites each morning, but that becomes redundant. If any paper, from The New York Times to the New Albany Tribune, writes something interesting it will get linked for me somewhere.

You’re right about Twitter, too: I find that it directs me to the news I need. I follow a lot of the people I listed above who Tweet (Inside the Hall, ESPN writers, Peegs) but also find it useful to follow more obscure people like Dan Tudor, who coaches coaches on recruiting. Honestly I’m still exploring how best to use Twitter, as I’m experimenting with groups and other ways to arrange Tweets.

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