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END OF GAME: The Tigers won, 124-97.

Elston scored a game-high 30 points and also had eight rebounds.

Hulls only scored five points, but he had three rebounds, two steals and nine assists.

D.J. Byrd went to the bench late in the fourth quarter complaining of a pulled hamstring.

More later

HALFTIME OF BOYS’ GAME: The Terhune Tigers are winning, 75-42.

Yes, 75-42.

Who’s on Terhune? Hulls and Elston.

Elston has 21 points (including 4-of-5 from 3-point range) and five rebounds.

Hulls has two points, two rebounds, two steals and six assists.

Marion’s Scott Wood, who is headed to North Carolina State, also has 20.

The two Purdue recruits, Patrick Bade and D.J. Byrd, have five and seven points, respectively. Lawrence North’s Stephan Van Treese, headed to Louisville, has two points.

END OF GIRLS’ GAME: Hickory wins, 107-104.

Sinclair started and played as many minutes as anyone until falling awkwardly on her ankle during the third quarter. She came out and tried to play on it in the fourth, but just couldn’t keep up and left for a while. She came in to play 30 seconds late.

Unofficial stats (I had a bad view for the first half): 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.

I’ve seen Sinclair play twice now, both in the all-star format. I’ve yet to see what Felisha Leggette-Jack and her staff see.

Also, Skyler Diggins is very, very good. The Notre Dame-signee, who won Miss Basketball, went up to the basket, had two defenders coming in from her right and switched the ball to her left in mid-drive and scored. Very smooth.

Chris Korman and I are in the old Hoosiers gym in picturesque Knightstown on this Friday night for the Hoosier Reunion Classic.

Right now, the announcer is introducing both girls’ teams. IU recruit Aulani Sinclair will suit up for Terhune.

Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston will play in the boys’ game, scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

We’ll have updates all night.


Arnett high in MLB mock draft

Indiana junior Eric Arnett should feel pretty confident in his chances to go somewhere in the MLB Draft’s first two rounds next week.
But one mock drafter, who happens to work for the house organ, has Arnett pegged as the No. 15 selection, to the Cleveland Indians.

“Without one of the better high school arms making it down here, it’s looking like the college-pitcher angle will play well here. The Indians were at Arnett’s regional start en force and they liked how the big right-hander competed. He’s a good athlete with great makeup who will sign quickly, something that works in his favor.”

Arnett finished 12-2 with a 2.50 ERA for the Hoosiers in 2009. He was the Big Ten co-pitcher of the year, a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award and a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award.


A few more discussion points

Questions I didn’t get to during today’s IU chat. Interested in your take on both, too.

Q: Since you’re dishing out your favs, what’s your blog roll & who are your fav Twitter feeds?

I’ve really enjoyed the way Twitter serves as a portal for sports news & blogs- great for people like me who can be too lazy to set & visit favorites tabs.

ChronicHoosier, B-Town!

A: My regular reads each morning include the IU sites first: Inside the Hall, Peegs, Hoosier Nation, Indy Star, the Fort Wayne Papers, etc. Then I jump to national college basketball stuff from ESPN, Fox, CBS and SI. I regularly check Deadspin and The Big Lead. I love Joe Posnanski’s blog and think Jeff Pearlman is pretty good on his, too.

Through that progression of blogs and message boards, I’ve usually seen any breaking news or interesting stories from around the country. It used to be that I’d read a handful of newspaper Web sites each morning, but that becomes redundant. If any paper, from The New York Times to the New Albany Tribune, writes something interesting it will get linked for me somewhere.

You’re right about Twitter, too: I find that it directs me to the news I need. I follow a lot of the people I listed above who Tweet (Inside the Hall, ESPN writers, Peegs) but also find it useful to follow more obscure people like Dan Tudor, who coaches coaches on recruiting. Honestly I’m still exploring how best to use Twitter, as I’m experimenting with groups and other ways to arrange Tweets.

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Thursday chat: 11 a.m.


Crean’s mentor headed to Louisville?

This just in from Pat Forde (a guest on our chat this past Monday): Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard, who gave Tom Crean his first full-time assistant coaching job, could be joining Rick Pitino’s staff at Louisville.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has offered his vacant assistant position to Holy Cross head coach Ralph Willard, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com Wednesday.

Willard is expected to give an answer to Pitino by June 10, according to the source.

This could make things fairly interesting. Crean has not been shy about sharing his affection for Kentucky coach John Calipari through Twitter. Of course the Hoosiers and Wildcats play each season, so that rivalry is going to be talked about annually. The situation with Louisville and Pitino has been a bit murkier for Crean, though. The Cardinals have aggressively recruited Indianapolis, an area Crean knows he needs if he’s going to be successful.

If Willard, who hired Crean as an assistant at Western Kentucky in 1990, ends up taking a job two hours south there’s going to be a new layer to the Indiana-Louisville-Kentucky battle.


Jared Jeffries gives back to Bloomington

Jared Jeffries announced from Bloomington’s SportsPlex on Tuesday he would be forming the Jared Jeffries Foundation.

The foundation’s aim is to improve Jeffries’ ability to give back to his hometown. Though, he hasn’t needed much help to this point.

Now seven years into his NBA career, Jeffries has given out more than $52,000 through 24 college scholarships to Bloomington high school students.

Jeffries added the foundation would help him focus away from the little things and more on the events he holds.

“I think a lot of time people overlook how important Bloomington is and how much it really gives to everybody,” he said. “I have traveled all over the world, been to a lot of different cities and I haven’t found any place as special as this city is.”


Irving says IU at the top of his list

It’s been a while since we could link to Zagsblog, but today Adam Zagoria reports that New Jersey guard Kyrie Irving, the No. 4 point guard in the class of 2010 according to Rivals, has Indiana at the top of his list of potential schools.

“They’re at the top of my list for now,” Irving said in a phone interview. “It’s them and Notre Dame and Duke and Virginia. They’re at the top of my list right now.”


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