Crawford to Xavier

By   |   Thursday, Jul. 10, 2008 - 2:10 PM   |   9 comments

The recent rumors about Jordan Crawford being headed to Xavier have turned out be correct, according to a story this afternoon from SI.com, which is reporting that Crawford signed his transfer papers around noon today.

The former Hoosier guard will join former recruit Terrell Holloway, a point guard who signed with IU, but decided to attend Xavier instead after Kelvin Sampson’s resignation.

The 6-4 Crawford started eight games last season as a freshman and averaged 9.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. He will have to sit out next season at Xavier, which was one of the schools he originally considered before picking Indiana.



It’s a festival of hoops

By   |   Thursday, Jul. 10, 2008 - 9:35 AM   |   1 comment

10:50 a.m.: The college coaches have all moved over to the 15-under Indiana Elite One team’s first game of the day. It’s a doozy, with Elite One up 44-18 at half.

Marshall Plumlee is running the floor well, South guard Spencer Turner and Perry Meridian guard Max Landis are making every shot they take and their opponents, Grand Rapids Storm, are pretty much helpless.

So when I say coaches, who do I mean? Buckley is sitting in the coaches area, along with an assistant from Purdue. UNC coach Steve Robinson (the Tar Heels are hard after Turner) just came in, and is hanging out with Illini assistant Jay Price. Louisville assistant Walter McCarty is here, as well. Then you have Butler, Dayton and an assortment of mid-majors. I am not seeing the head coaches (they could be at the Kentucky Expo, watching the rising seniors, or in Philadelphia at the Reebok Camp).

9: 35 a.m.: I am in Louisville, K.Y. today for day two of the Kentucky Hoopfest.

My schedule told me Harrison Barnes was supposed to be playing on court nine right now, but the top recruit is nowhere to be seen. I’ll let you know if I track him down.

In the meantime, a bevy of assistant coaches are watching Indy Fastbreak and Florida Elite go at it. We have coaches from Wisconsin, Ohio State and Georgetown in attendance, as well as Indiana assistant Tim Buckley.

I’ll try to keep you guys abreast of what’s going on as best I can.



Crean on players heading to Europe

By   |   Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2008 - 2:53 PM   |   16 comments

On July 1, at the sit-down between Tom Crean and a group of reporters, I asked him for his opinion on elite college basketball players talking about going to Europe, instead of heading to college for, likely, one season. This was his response:

“I don’t have any reaction to it. I don’t. I haven’t even thought about that, that part of it. There’s always going to be different things. That’ll be the new rage. We’ll go from eighth-grade recruiting to players going to Europe. I don’t have any interest in it. We just better take care of our job and know where the players are.”  

Well, he’s apparently developed an opinion. Crean was quoted in the New York Times on Tuesday about the subject, and his response was much different.

“If people thought going to the N.B.A. was a hard adjustment at a young age, imagine going thousands and thousands of miles away,” Crean said. “You’re going to lose your support system. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”



Football media day attendees announced

By   |   Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2008 - 12:31 PM   |   Comments Off

Indiana’s representatives at the 2008 Big Ten Football Media Day and Kickoff Luncheon will be Greg Brown and Marcus Thigpen, according to an announcement today from the conference.

The event will be held July 23 and 24 in Chicago.

Of course, the player most of the media would like to interview is quarterback Kellen Lewis, to talk with him about his return to the team after a four-month suspension. But Lewis will not be available to the media until at least the start of Indiana’s fall camp on Aug. 4, according to the IU athletics media relations department.

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Hoosiers are No. 1

By   |   Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2008 - 3:18 PM   |   43 comments

It’s not often – or ever – that you can say that about the IU football team. But Bruce Feldman’s blog says the Hoosiers have the No. 1 softest non-conference schedule in the country. Indiana narrowly edged Texas Tech for the top spot.

At least Northwestern at No. 3 and Iowa at No. 10 ensure the Big Ten is well-represented among the nation’s best at scheduling patsies.



Live chat: Tuesday at 11

By   |   Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2008 - 2:15 AM   |   9 comments

What better way to endure the dog days of summer than taking part in a live chat right here? Check back in this space Tuesday — or sign up below to receive a reminder e-mail — and talk about whatever you want: recruiting (for football or basketball), predictions for the upcoming seasons or where to get the best wings in town. Whatever.



Bassett to UAB

By   |   Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2008 - 12:28 AM   |   12 comments

Former Hoosier Armon Bassett has decided to transfer to UAB, according to several sources I’ve talked to. I haven’t been able to reach Bassett yet, but I knew he was certainly leaning toward heading south.

He’ll be reunited with Mike Davis, who originally recruited the 6-1 point guard out of Terre Haute to Indiana.
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