Released by IU this afternoon:
Indiana defensive end Greg Middleton has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America announced on Monday afternoon. The trophy is awarded to the best defensive player in college football and is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Middleton, who is one of 88 players on the list, is also on the Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List and the Lott Trophy Watch List. The Indianapolis native picked up All-America distinction from the Associated Press, The Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Rivals.com and CollegeFootballNews.com one season ago.
He was selected as a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award and became the first IU defensive lineman since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997 to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. Middleton set a new single-season school record with 16 sacks, which also led the nation.
Jerimy Finch is taking Indiana University classes this summer, according to sources close to the Hoosier football program.
The sources weren’t sure of the requirements and timetable for Finch to be admitted as an IU student, but said the former Florida football player is working on those requirements this summer. Finch is now listed in IU’s student database at indiana.edu, although he may be taking independent study courses this summer, a source said, rather than taking classes on campus.
Finch visited IU’s football program 10 days ago. The nation’s top-ranked high school safety in 2006, according to Rivals.com, he played the first three games for then-defending national champ Florida last season before suffering a knee injury. He decided this spring to transfer.
According to the Gainesville newspaper, he wouldn’t have been academically eligible to play at Florida next fall, which explains his academic work this summer prior to any formal commitment to play at IU.
I hadn’t seen this article in the New York Times about former Hoosiers Adewale Ogunleye and three other NFL players until former H-T reporter Steve Hinnefeld sent me a link to it today.
The story is a good read about four NFL players whose families came from Africa and who recently went back to help.
Indiana Elite 80, Michigan Mustangs 63 (Final)
The Mustangs had pulled within eight points before Colt Ryan’s 3-points sandwiched a Stephan Van TreeseÂ dunk — set up by a good look from Bobby Capobianco — and Elite doubled its lead. That was it, other than some yelling from the crowd about the officiating.
Indiana Elite 58, Michigan Mustangs 50 (End of 3rd Quarter)
Interesting turn of events. The Mustangs’ coach was called for a technical at the end of the first half, and it looked like Elite could begin to pull away. But Hulls hit only 1-of-2, and the Mustangs began to feed off what they thought was biased officiating. That, and Elite got out of its system and has not shot well. Plumlee’s in foul trouble, so Capobianco and Van Treese will have to work the middle.
Indiana Elite 44, Michigan Mustangs 31 (End of 2nd Quarter)
Elite’s in control of this game. It’s interior defense has been shabby but the Mustangs have no answer defensively. Elite just has too many ways to score. Indiana commit Bobby Capobianco has a quiet nine points.
Indiana Elite 31, Michigan Mustangs 20 (End of 1st Quarter)
Miles Plumlee was supposed to miss the game because he had a flight at 7. But a last-second change of plans allowed him to stay.
He’s made the most of it. His behind-head-dunks and unreasonable athleticism for a guy his size have pushed Indiana Elite ahead in this game.
But the Mustangs are having some success getting to the lane by clearing out and driving.
This game is about to finally begin.
This game’s been pushed back by a delay at the SportsPlex, but we just found out that the Mustangs edged Indiana Elite LNO, with Maurice Sutton, for the chance to face Indiana Elite One for the championship.
In the meanwhile, we’ve been watching Andrew Dakich — the son of former Indiana coach and player Dan, who is here — hitting shots from all over the court. Observers here say that he’s a better shooter than Dan ever was. I think he’s 13.
Change of plans. The So-Cal team originally thought it was stuck in Bloomington until tomorrow, which would have given Demetrius Walker time to visit with Indiana coach Tom Crean.
But while So-Cal played its last game, team organizer made arrangements to catch a flight tonight.
So Walker won’t visit with Crean this weekend.
Isn’t recruiting fun?
Demetrius Walker plans on meeting with Indiana coach Tom Crean now that his So-Cal All-Stars team has been eliminated.
If all goes well, the 6-4 slashing guard could end up becoming the fourth player in Indiana’s class of 2009.
After scoring 20 points — 15 in the second half — against Indiana Elite, Walker told a small group of reports that Indiana is his favorite and that he hopes to make a decision after he completes his visit.
Indiana Elite 84, S0-Cal All-Stars 60 (Final)
Elite loses focus a bit in the second half but ultimately has no trouble securing the win.
Demetrius Walker was impressive in the second half, cutting through the lane with ease and throwing down a few dunks with flare. Will he be the next to commit to the Hoosiers?
Indiana Elite 72, So-Cal All-Stars 47 (End of 3rd Quarter)
Bobby Capobianco introduces himself to the Assembly Hall crowd. The 6-8 forward — and IU commit — hit a 3 in the third quarter and then hit two quick buckets in the final ten seconds. He drove the lane for one, then made a steal and hits a fade away from just inside the arc.
Indiana Elite 48, So-Cal All-Stars 24 (End of 2nd Quarter)
Maybe I hyped this game too much.
Or maybe Indiana Elite is this good. Van Treese stepped up in that quarter, driving to the lane and drawing fouls while helping to contain the Wear twins. Colt Ryan, the Batesville guard who I think will start to get more major offers later this summer, had back-to-back buckets on smart, simple plays.
Indiana Elite 26, So-Cal All-Stars 10 (End of 1st Quarter)
Jordan Hulls charges out, scoring 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3 and a beautiful runner in the lane. He also picks up two assists on passes to Van Treese. And he’s the one guarding Walker, who was held to four points.
This is probably the game of the tournament.
Mason Plumlee, Stephan Van Treese and Bobby Capobianco must deal with the Wear twins, David and Travis.
Good guard matchup, too, with Demetrius Walker and Jordan Hulls on the floor.
Thought I don’t have all the scores from other sites yet, it looks like the Indiana Elite One team chocked full of future D-I players is headed for a semi-final game with the So-Cal All-Stars team that has the North Carolina-bound Wear twins and Indiana target Demetrius Walker, a flashy wing.
If this game happens, it will be a clash of two AAU superpowers. There probably aren’t two more talented or better-coached teams at this event.
On the other side of the bracket, Maurice Sutton and his Indiana Elite LNO team appear to be making a run.
It would not be a surprise to see the two Indiana Elite 17-under entries play for the title; it happened last year when Tyler Zeller’s group faced Garrett Butcher’s team (a matchup that played out over and over last season.)
Zeller’s team — which included IU recruit Matt Roth and five other high-major D-I players — was too much for Butcher’s team to handle.