Potential recruit happy to be seen

By   |   Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 - 12:09 PM   |   6 comments

Spencer Turner

That’s Bloomington South shooter Spencer Turner. The sophomores is averaging 13.9 points a game for the No. 1 team in the state, and is 27-of-51 (52.9 percent) from 3-point range.

He’s also a potential target of Indiana. He went on an unofficial visit this fall, but did not notice Tom Crean and Tim Buckley in the audience at Tuesday’s Center Grove game.

After the game, I asked them if he saw them. This was his response.

“Really? That’s awesome. That’s great to have them watching. I appreciate all their interest in all of us. It’s awesome that Jordy (Hulls) is going to IU. I love Jordy — we’re best friends. It’s awesome that he’s going there. And, that’s awesome that they’re coming here to watch us. That’s just the greatest feeling, to know that Division I colleges are coming to watch you play and interested in you. It’s just a great feeling. I thank them for coming to watch, and I hope they continue to like us.”

So, yes, it’s awesome. That’s one of Turner’s favorite words – he’s also described Crean as being an awesome guy.

Turner is also perhaps the most earnest kid I have ever met. He’s legitimately excited about the recruiting process, but also does not seem to consumed by it.

Does he end up at IU? It certainly seems possible, especially with his relationship with Hulls. But Turner (who does not have any offers, but is being recruited by most of the Big Ten and some of the ACC) has been very clear that he wants to have a great relationship with a coach, and is is no rush to make a decision.

Thursday Q&A

By   |   Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 - 11:03 AM   |   5 comments

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Michigan 72, Indiana 66

By   |   Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 - 9:48 PM   |   16 comments

In a truly bizarre game, the Hoosiers lost a lead of 20 points for the second time this season and fell to Michigan 72-66 in overtime.

The story of the game, according to Indiana coach Tom Crean, was that Indiana did not defend well in the second half.

The Wolverines hit just 25 percent of their shots in the first half, and trialed 39-22 at half. They shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 50 percent in overtime.

But there were other causes for the loss, ones that are familiar to Indiana fans: the Hoosiers hit just 7-of-13 free throws and a bad late-game decision turned the momentum. With under 40 seconds left and the Hoosiers clinging to a 59-56 lead, Devan Dumes tried to force his way to the basket and had the ball stolen.

Laval Lucas-Perry hit a 3-pointer a few seconds later to send the game to overtime.

Dumes said after the game that if he had a chance to do it over again, he’d do it differently.

Michigan at Indiana: Discuss it here

By   |   Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 - 4:12 PM   |   26 comments

Two Lawrence North sophs pick Louisville

By   |   Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 - 1:50 PM   |   43 comments

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Lawrence North sophomores Ryan Taylor and  Michael Chandler have both verbally committed to play for Louisville.

Both were targets of Tom Crean and his staff.

I talked to Tayler over the summer, at an AAU tournament in Louisville, and he said that Crean and his staff had been to a Lawrence North open run. He was told by his coach, he said, that IU was interested in him.

Taylor is a really athletic player who seemed to rely on his natural skills to make plays.

Both come off the bench for Lawrence North.

The Tom Crean Show

By   |   Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 - 4:31 PM   |   9 comments

Read through this rambling post for Crean’s thoughts on recruiting and other matters.

Oh, and for some thoughts from Calbert Cheaney and Chris Reynolds, who were the guest stars of the show.

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The happenings beside The Hall

By   |   Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 - 3:47 PM   |   8 comments

Construction continues on the basketball development center next to Assembly Hall, as you can see from this picture taken early Saturday morning.

Up, up, up.

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