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Quick hits: Crean presser

Tom Crean held a press conference today to update reporters on the summer for him and to, as usually happens when us media types are in the room, answer some questions.

Here are some highlights:

Story misses grade

Though Crean stressed his team made progress academically this semester, the program stands to take a small hit in their Academic Progress Rate, monitored and issued by the NCAA.

This because Malik Story did not meet a 2.6 grade point average, forcing IU to take another blow to its already lackluster APR. It should be mentioned Nick Williams did meet the goal.

Here is everything Crean had to say on the issue:

“Well we have had a very good semester and I am proud of that. In reference to (Williams and Story), it appears Nick has accomplished what he needed to accomplish and it appears that Malik didn’t – which really is not surprising either way. Both are eligible, that’s not the question, but in the form of looking for that 2.6. … We’ll lose a point.”

“But we had some guys really do an excellent job. We have had some guys really continue to build on what they did, and had some guys really pick themselves up academically. All of the grades aren’t in yet, but they are close. I feel they are about 80 to 90 percent of the way in.”

Also discussed was the possibility of Story coming back for summer school to raise his GPA above the 2.6 benchmark, a thought Crean dismissed.

“It has to be important on both ends,” he said. “It is what it is.”

Devan Dumes’ pinkie; offseason workouts

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We will discuss

And we will discuss whatever you want to discuss. Promptly at 11 a.m.

I know, I know. We’re all a little lost without …umm…what was that fella’s name? Anyone?

But we must move on. Life goes forward, against any notion we have otherwise.

And here’s a fancy twist: Tom Crean will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m., dead smack in the middle of our chat. I know: the nerve of that guy. Anyway, maybe you could ask a question to me, and I could forward it to Crean and the report back to you.

Join me here.


The adidas May Classic is back

Greetings,

I wanted to take advantage of the Scoop’s brief intermission to introduce myself and let you all know what’s on the docket for this weekend.

First off, my name is Ryan, and I am one of the underlings brought in by the HT this summer to help contribute to its IU sports coverage. This in exchange for, well, the opportunity to write for the HT this summer.

If you want a quick background on where I come to the HT from, feel free to follow the jump. But for now, let’s talk hoops.

As many of you might know, the adidas May Classic is back in Bloomington this weekend, starting Friday night. Chis Korman will have a preview for you all in Friday’s paper.

Much of the duties for the first night have fallen to the other intern, Jeremy, and myself. We have a few plans for the night, including talking with prospects such as DuJuan Marrero, from the sophomore Spiece Indy Heat team.

The Scoop will be very active all weekend with quick updates and videos of the tourney. We have had meetings discussing who all we should cover this weekend, but I want to know from you, the reader, what prospects from this weekend you all want to hear about.

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Purdue is in on Bloomington South’s Davis

An excellent sophomore season and very good first month of the AAU campaign seems to have paid off for South’s Dee Davis.

Purdue offered Davis, a 5-foot-10 point guard, a scholarship Tuesday, Davis’ mother, Leslie, said.

Xavier and Ohio each offered Davis over the weekend.

Davis was in West Lafayette on an unofficial campus visit Tuesday. He visited Xavier last weekend.

Internet reports suggest New Mexico has offered Davis, but Davis has not been told that directly by the Lobo coaches (including former Hoosier Steve Alford).

Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee and Memphis are also interested in Davis, who averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists a game for South, which won the 4A state championship in March.

Purdue head coach Matt Painter watched several South games this season live, including a January showdown against Pike. Painter also attended South’s open gym workout last month.

It is believed that Purdue also has interest in Spencer Turner and Erik Fromm, South’s other two major prospects.


IU Tailgate Tour, Stop 1

Lovely.

[9:30 UPDATE]

Tonight’s even was fairly typical for these sorts of things.

Tom Crean spoke first, apparently so he could make it to his son’s baseball game. He told the crowd that his program is still in the early stages of a rebuilding project. He said the fans were an important part of that because they helped the program overcome the stigma of a 6-25 season. The support makes a big difference, he said.

Bill Lynch spoke of the future and of the past and of how they are intersecting this year. It’s the 125th birthday of the program, but this year represents a new beginning with the completion of the North End Zone project. He said he hopes the new facility will attract top recruits and, ultimately, fans. I wrote about the end of his speech in my story for tomorrow:

But he ended his speech to the crowd, which included former soccer coach Jerry Yeagley and other such luminaries of the IU athletics world, with an anecdote from a graduation celebration held for athletes over the weekend.
Each year, he said, one person is chosen to speak for the group of graduates. Sarah Stockwell, a senior swimmer from Kent, Wash., stood up and told the story of how she answered the ubiquitous question posed to her by the people back home: what’s a Hoosier?
“She always told them, ‘It’s a way of life,’” Lynch recounted, drawing cheers. “And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t you know it would take somebody from out of state to answer that question?’ But she’s right.
We’re going to teach our kids the Hoosier way.”

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The setting here next to the DeVault Alumni Center is positively bucolic as about 150 people await the beginning of what’s been dubbed the IU Tailgate Tour.

Tonight, all four of the involved coaches — Tom Crean (men’s basketball), Bill Lynch (football), Felisha Legette-Jack (women’s basketball) and Sherry Dunbar (women’s volleyball) — are expected to address the crowd. I don’t know that what they’ll say will amount to anything more than the usual pep rally hype, but I’ll have updates a little later.

In the meantime, I will listen to the soothing tunes of Clayton Anderson. This can only lead to a Tom Crean Tweet later: “The performance by CLAYTON ANDERSON today was Strong. That’s what we need from our players!”


Kates just wants you to know he’ll be a Hoosier

sports_pb_kates0509What I like most about Andre Kates, the first player to commit to join the Indiana football program as part of the 2010 class, is that he called us.

On Friday afternoon, he found the phone number for the local newspaper in a town he’d never been to and called to tell them he was coming.

Jim Gordillo eventually spoke to Mr. Kates and put together the following story.

So far, Andre Kates’ life out of high school has emulated his new position on the football field.

The 6-foot, 193-pound freshman cornerback at Erie Community College, who announced Friday his verbal commitment to Indiana as a part of the incoming group of 2010, had to backpedal the moment he graduated from high school in 2006.

His plans changed dramatically after committing to Florida, but now, he is charging forward with his life and picking off a Big Ten scholarship instead. He intends to sign a letter of intent in February.

Indiana won out over a number of big time programs, Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Baylor, Memphis, Maryland, Illinois, Clemson, sight unseen. He was persuaded in part by by Hoosier assistant coach Joe Palcic, current IU defensive back and Florida transfer Jerimy Finch and the chance to come in and play right away, an important factor for the JUCO transfer with just two years of eligibility. North Carolina and Florida were the only schools he’s visited.

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Xavier offers 2011 IU target

Bloomington South point guard Dee Davis has been offered a scholarship by both Xavier and Ohio.

Davis visited Xavier this weekend on an unofficial campus visit, and was told by the coaching staff he was their top priority at the point guard position, his mother, Leslie, said.

The Musketeers are expected to have four open scholarships for the class of 2011, and have yet to take a commitment. The Atlantic 10 school recently promoted assistant coach Chris Mack to head coach (replacing Sean Miller, who departed for Arizona) and then hired Pat Kelsey as associate head coach.

Kelsey, then at Wake Forest, visited Bloomington in April to watch Davis, Erik Fromm (also a Xavier recruit, though he has not been offered) and the rest of the South Panthers during an open gym workout.

Ohio, who sent two coaches to the same workout, has also offered Fromm.

Davis has an unofficial visit to Purdue scheduled for later this week.

Indiana is also recruiting Davis (he has taken a visit to the campus), as is Virginia and a host of other schools. Schools can begin directly contacting Davis and the rest of the class of 2011 on July 15.

Davis averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists a game for the Panthers as the team’s primary point guard and best on-ball defender. He was named MVP of the state tournament.


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