Jordan Hulls, the point guard from Bloomington South who received a scholarship offer from Indiana last night, visited Matt Painter in West Lafayette today.
He received a scholarship offer from the Boilermakers.
Hulls, as good friend of the scoop ww posted on a previous post, is the grandson of John Hulls, who was an assistant with Bob Knight in his first two years at Indiana.
This lineage explains why Hulls has always watched and though about playing for Duke — his grandfather knew Mike Krzyzewski before he was the guy everybody just referred to as Coach K.
I didn’t even have to make a request to get this press release. It magically appeared in my inbox, for which I am thankful. Here it is.
New UDM head coach Ray McCallum continued his retooling of the Titan men’s
basketball roster with today’s addition of transfer Eli Holman, a 6-9, 250-pound
center who played last winter as a freshman at the University of Indiana.
McCallum spent the last two seasons on the IU basketball staff and is
well-acquainted with the newest Titan, who was part of a recruiting class ranked
among the top five in the country for 2006-07. Holman played in six games as a
Big Ten freshman before being sidelined for the rest of last season with a wrist
“I’m really happy that Eli made the decision to come to UDM. I think me having
been at Indiana and recruiting him was a big reason why he went there and he had
a great opportunity there. But when you’re involved in a young man’s life for
two years, you obviously build a relationship that he cared about and respected
and he wanted it to continue,” coach McCallum said.
“With his size, he’s an athletic player who can finish around the basket, he can
block shots, he rebounds, he has good hands, he’s a good runner. I think the
next phase for him is to continue to grow as a player in our practices. I’m glad
he’s here with us.”
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According to the Detroit Free Press, Eli Holman has decided to pick the one non-West Coast school he was considering. He’ll apparently follow Ray McCallum to Detroit.
Holman was extremely close with McCallum, who was the lead recruiter for the 6-9 center out of Richmond, Calif.
Another former Hoosier, Xavier Keeling, has already landed at Detroit. Don’t be surprised to see a few other players that once wore the candy-striped pants to end up playing in the Horizon League with McCallum.
Also, news broke today that Jordan Hulls, a point guard who will be a senior at Bloomington South, received a scholarship offer from IU last night. I actually spoke with Jordan yesterday afternoon, and he wasn’t sure at that time where Indiana’s interest in him stood. He thought they were interested in watching him this summer and then deciding whether to offer a scholarship.
Turns out, Tom Crean and his staff have already made up their minds. They have competition, though: Hulls is on his way to West Lafayette as I type and could be offered by Purdue soon. Stanford and Duke are also picking up their interest in the 6-0, self-described “leader on the floor.”
Fifteen of Indianaâ€™s 24 sports teams have four-year Academic Progress Rates that are higher than average compared to other NCAA teams in the same sports, according to figures the NCAA released Tuesday.
The menâ€™s golf team, with an APR score of 1000, had the highest score among all IU sports teams. It also finished in the 90th to 100th percentile among all NCAA Division I menâ€™s golf teams.
The percentile rank for each IU team compared to teams playing the same sport is provided below. The four-year APR score for each team is given in parenthesis.
No IU teams will receive an NCAA penalty for having a low score.
- 90th to 100th percentile: men’s golf (1000)
- 80th to 90th percentile: menâ€™s tennis (991), womenâ€™s soccer (990), softball (988)
- 70th to 80th percentile: womenâ€™s swimming (990), menâ€™s cross country (988), womenâ€™s indoor track (981), womenâ€™s outdoor track (981), menâ€™s soccer (971), menâ€™s indoor track (971), menâ€™s outdoor track (971), football (950)
- 60th to 70th percentile: water polo (981), menâ€™s swimming (978)
- 50th to 60th percentile: womenâ€™s tennis (979)
- 40th to 50th percentile: field hockey (981), womenâ€™s golf (978), womenâ€™s cross country (971)
- 30th to 40th percentile: wrestling (929), baseball (924)
- 20th to 30th percentile: volleyball (959), menâ€™s basketball (899)
- 10th to 20th percentile: womenâ€™s basketball (940)
- 1st to 10th percentile: rowing (965)
Though the Indiana men’s basketball teams’ four year rolling-average of 899 puts it well within the range of established punishment boundaries set out by the Academic Progress Rate, the Hoosiers avoided the wrath this year.
The NCAA released its data for the 2006-07 academic year today. On the three page document that logs all of Indiana’s teams, a footnote explains that the basketball team was spared punishment because of the “team’s demonstrated academic improvement and favorable comparison based on other academic or institutional factors.”
Only one school, Purdue, had a lower APR for men’s basketball in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are also the only conference school to suffer any penalty in basketball. They’ll suffer an “immediate punishment,” possibly the loss of a scholarship
UPDATE: According to the Indy Star, Purdue already implemented its one-scholarship penalty last year.
Tracy Smith’s squad pulled off the program’s first Big Ten series win in two years and the first over rival Purdue in six years with a 13-1 win today at Sembower Field.
Hoosier catcher Josh Phegley, the conference’s leading hitter in 2008, belted a grand slam in the bottom half of the fifth as part of a six-run inning, his ninth homer of the year and 59th RBI’s. Third baseman David Trager collected a career high four RBI’s in the game, knocking in two with a single in the second and the others with a double in the fifth.
After a loss on Saturday, Indiana (21-25, 9-15) responded with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday that saw Phegley cap a come-from-behind win in the bottom of the seventh with a walkoff single that scored Evan Crawford from second. That came after Andrew Means had tied the game with his first homer of the season. In game two, a Kipp Schutz grannie highlighted an 11-run first that also included two-run jobs by Tyler Cox and Jerrud Sabourin, who also hit one on Monday.
Trager, one of four seniors on the team honored before the Sunday games, said he spent a lot of time in the batting cages before todayâ€™s game and noticed the effects immediately. “You canâ€™t ask for a better senior weekend to go out on,” he added.
The state of Minnesota weeps. Verdell Jones III, the point guard who was reported to have the Gophers as his “prohibitive favorite,” ended up picking Indiana.
Count me among the surprised. If I had more of an inkling that Jones might pick Indiana, I would have driven over to Champaign and experienced the whole thing for myself.
We could have more on this story as it develops.