Reports: Abell, Djimde will visit Indiana

Remy Abell, a 6-foot-4 guard, will visit Indiana on Monday, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling.

Abell recently backed out of his letter of intent to Bradley and is now considering five schools: Indiana, Xavier, Butler, Penn State and Western Kentucky.

“Yes, I like IU a lot,” he said. “I like where it’s at and I like the program. They have some great pieces there, especially if I get to go play with one of the top recruits in the country, Cody Zeller. He’s a great player and IU has one of the elite programs in the country.

“It would be an honor to play there and for coach (Tom) Crean. I am really looking forward to seeing what IU has to offer.”

He’s a three-star, and been described as everything from a point guard to a small forward. I saw him once during the Adidas May Classic last year and thought he was an energetic, hustle guy that wasn’t extraordinarily skilled. But that was after one viewing, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt.

There’s also Ibrahima Djimde, the 6-foot-9 center from Huntington Prep. His coach, Rob Fulford, Tweeted earlier today that Djimde will take an official visit to Indiana, as well as Illinois and Old Dominion.

Djimde is something of a late bloomer. ESPN’s scouting report is favorable, and Fulford said he would be a steal this late.

But the recruiting of Abell does bring up a question: does Indiana really need another guard/wing-type?

Already the Hoosiers are looking at dividing time at one of three positions between Verdell Jones, Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Christian Watford, Matt Roth and Austin Etherington. Watford will certainly play the 4, but we’ll also see him at the 3. Still, that is eight guys fighting for three spots — and six have a legitimate claim at a starting position (and the accompanying 25-30 minutes a game).

Also, Ron Patterson and Jeremy Hollowell are coming in 2012, with only Jones and Roth (presumably) leaving the program. And we haven’t gotten into Gary Harris, who forces a shakeup of the entire prospective lineup should he commit.

Indiana Elite dealing with injuries, still bonding

MERRILLVILLE — Through three weeks of the AAU season, it has become clear that Indiana Elite Team Indiana can draw a crowd — the stands were full at Merrillville Fieldhouse on Saturday for the Nike Spring Showdown.

It was that way at Indyball earlier this month at Indianapolis, and there were also Indiana fans in attendance in Denver.

It’s also evident that Team Indiana — made up of the five members of Indiana’s class of 2012 and a handful of other talented prospects — can dominate lesser competition during pool play.

But Team Indiana has yet to win a tournament championship, and the Showdown ended up being their worst performance to date — the team lost in the first round of the gold (pool play winners) tournament.

However, it is not simply about wins and losses when judging the performance to date.


Video: Indiana Elite at Nike Spring Showdown

Live: Minnesota at Indiana, Game 3

UPDATE, End of the Ninth Inning: Michael Basil flew out to center field, Casey Smith struck out and Matt Serfling hit a check swing weak fly to third base to end the game. Minnesota wins 5-2 and sweeps the series. The Hoosiers fall to 25-15, 6-6 in the Big Ten. Crucial loss. More later.

UPDATE, Middle of the Ninth Inning: Matt Dearden gave up a two-out single to right fielder John Gominsky, but got first baseman Nick O’Shea to fly out to end his second shutout inning. The Hoosiers are down to their last bats, down 5-2. Minnesota right-hander Scott Matyas comes on in relief.

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Live: Indiana at Minnesota baseball, Game 2

End of the Game: Indiana’s hopes died on a hard line drive by right fielder Justin Cureton that was stabbed by Minnesota third baseman Kyle Geason. Minnesota wins 12-1 and sweeps the double header. IU hopes to avoid the sweep at a 12:05 p.m. game tomorrow.


Middle of the Ninth Inning: Minnesota tacked another one on in the ninth, just for good measure. Third baseman Kyle Geason’s RBI single followed a double by first baseman Dan Olinger and made it 12-1 Gophers heading into the bottom of the ninth.

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Live: Minnesota at Indiana baseball, Game 1

UPDATE, End of Game 1: Tom Windle finished up four innings of perfect relief. He struck out left fielder Josh Lyon, got catcher Wes Wilson to pop up to third, and got second baseman Jerrud Sabourin to ground second base to end the game. Minnesota takes Game 1 of the double-header, 3-2.

AJ Pettersen finished 3-for-4 with three runs and the solo home run that broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Right fielder Justin Gominksi was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Minnesota. Windle struck out four batters and threw just 47 pitches in four innings of relief. Blake Monar took the loss despite eight mostly solid innings. He struck out five and walked two, but gave up eight hits. All three runs were earned.

Game 2 starts in approximately 30 minutes. (more…)

Zeller named Gold Team MVP at Derby Festival Basketball Classic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cody Zeller definitely doesn’t treat all-star games like they’re meaningless.

The Washington star forward and Indiana signee was back at it again Friday night at the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, setting screens, diving on the floor for loose balls and taking charges.

“It’s just how I play,” Zeller said. “I’m just playing to win.”

His Gold Team did, defeating the White Team 126-122 in a game that featured a number of Top 50 players on both sides. His efforts were appreciated, as were his 16 points and nine rebounds, and Zeller was named the Gold Team MVP. (more…)


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