Here’s a video by H-T photographer Jeremy Hogan showing Maurice Sutton Friday night at the May Classic in Bloomington.
The skinny 6-10 center from Maryland (in the Washington D.C. metro area) played well in a guest appearance for Indiana Elite. He didn’t play the first quarter while someone located jersey for him.
After Indiana Elite fell behind 19-2 with Sutton on the bench, he helped his team come back for a win with 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in less than three quarters. He demonstrated athleticism and good passing skills for a big man.
– Maurice Sutton will take his unofficial visit with Indiana coach Tom Crean on Monday. After that, he plans on visiting Villanova and then making his decision. But Indiana’s first impression, he said, has been strong. He pointed to the five banners when asked about what it was like to play in Assembly Hall and relayed the story of his visit to Subway today. Someone stopped him and said, “You’re Maurice Sutton.”
– Jeremiah Rivers apparently took an unofficial visit to Indiana on Friday. He was in the gym talking to members of Indiana’s support staff, including Kelvin Sampson’s son Kellen (a graduate assistant.) Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is transferring form Georgetown after two years. Crean got to know the Rivers family well during his time a Marqutte, where Doc played.
– Demetrius Walker, the 6-4 slashing wing for the S0-Cal All-Stars, told Andy Romey of Inside Indiana/Peegs.com that Indiana is his No. 1 school right now and that the Hoosiers have offered him a scholarship in the class of 2009.
Looks like Indiana Elite and Sutton are going to hang on to win. They’re up nine with 58 seconds left.
I’ll have more after we head to the floor and conduct interviews.
Sutton orchestrates a give-and-go with Patrick Bade to get his team two points and make it 59-56. Great touch on the pass, and Sutton knows it: he pumps his fist as he goes down the floor.
Then he grabs a loose ball and sends an outlet pass up the floor to get an easy basket and extend the lead.
Sutton re-enters the game with a little more than four minutes left and his team ahead 57-52. He’s got 13 points so far.
Matt Kinney of Indiana Elite just hit a transition 3 to tie the game at 44 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
Sutton has thrown down a dunk this quarter and Walker helped steady his team’s defense by hustling to take a charge.
Sutton’s put-back makes it So-Cal 35, Indiana Elite 31 at half.
Now we catch up with Demetrius Walker, the wing for So-Cal that has some interest in IU. He takes an alley-oop and finishes strong at the rim.
Maurice Sutton, it turns out, has made all the difference.
He’s just scored four quick points. He made an excellent adjustment in the air to corral a lob pass and then hit a lay-in. Then he got his hand on a pass and broke in — beating his man down the floor — for a dunk.
It’s So-Cal 31, Indiana Elite 29 with two minutes left in the half.
In the Wear twins, David and Travis, North Carolina will be getting two Tyler Hansbrough-like players. They’re big, tough kids that play with some energy.
Sutton takes an alley-oop pass from North Central guard Tyrone Johnson and drops it through the hoop. Then on a break he couldn’t hit his lay-up but was fouled. He hit 1-of-2.
Doesn’t take long for Sutton to get involved. He takes a pass from Evan Gordon — Eric’s little brother — and hits an uncontested jumper from free throw line to cut So-Cal’s lead to 24-15.
His basket drew the loudest applause of the day from the crowd.
Maurice Sutton has finally procured an orange Indiana Elite jersey and has entered the game in the second quarter, his team down 24-10.
Maurice Sutton, the 6-10 center who could become a part of Indiana’s incoming recruiting class, is at Assembly Hall right now preparing to play with Indiana Elite LNO in the first game of the night.
He’ll be playing against the So-Call All-Star team led by Wear twins — bound for North Carolina in 2009 — and Demitrius Walker, a 6-3 who is being recruited by Indiana.
More updates as the night progresses.
It took a few days but Verdell Jones, the point guard from Champaign, Ill., has given Indiana his signed letter-of-intent.
His announcement on Monday that he would join the Hoosiers’ class of 2008 came as a bit of a surprise because Tom Crean had seemingly jumped into Jones’ recruitment late.
However, Jones had a long relationship with Crean’s top assistant, Tim Buckley. It was Buckley who first started recruiting Jones a few years ago when he was Steve Alford’s assistant at Iowa, and he kept in touch with Jones when he went to Marquette.
Here’s a release from Indiana on Jones’ signing. It includes quotes from Crean.
Bloomington, Indiana–Indiana University menâ€™s basketball coach Tom Crean
has announced that Verdell Jones III, a 6-4, 180-lb. guard from Champaign
(Illinois) Central High School has signed a national letter of intent to
attend IU and play basketball for the Hoosiers beginning next fall. He was
the Champaign News-Gazette Area Player of the Year and an All-State choice
as a senior.
â€œVerdell is an excellent addition to our recruiting class,â€ said Crean. â€œHe
is a great floor leader with a tremendous ability to direct an offense and
he also has the ability to make plays on his own. His wingspan will make
him a tough defender and we like the fact that he has played in so many
big-game environments in high school and AAU ball that he will be able to
compete for our program right away. We are very excited about his upside.â€
A spokesman for the University of Florida football program said today that there are no stipulations on other schools to which Jerimy Finch can transfer.
A report this week in the Knoxville News Sentinel stated that Finch’s release from his scholarship to play football at Florida prohibited him for transferring to Indiana. But the Florida football spokesman said that report is incorrect and there is nothing prohibiting Finch from playing at IU.
The safety from Indianapolis visited Bloomington last Friday and met with IU’s coaches. Sources close to the situation say Finch, the top-rated high school player in Indiana in 2006, is interested in transferring to IU.
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I added a few answers to yesterday’s Q&A with Doug Wilson. Nothing major, but I thought I’d let you know. Because you surely aren’t focused on work this dreary Friday afternoon.