Just how much do you really get out of a spring signee?

In recent weeks, we have spent considerable time discussing Jamari Traylor. There have been other names of interest, namely James Farr and Ibrahim Djimde, as we wonder what big man will finish out the class of 2011 for the Indiana Hoosiers.

But just how much should we expect from whomever it is that ends up signing with Indiana? Judging by last season, not much.

During a wild and crazy spring of 2010, Indiana was attached to nine post prospects. One, Guy-Marc Michel, signed with Indiana. Some were only briefly involved with Indiana. Some kept us up late into the night, waiting for a possible 2 a.m. commitment.

But when they did arrive on various campuses, the nine struggled to make an impact. Just two made a real impression on their new team, and they played at Central Florida and Illinois State.

The lesson? If you’re a big man that is best described as a “project,” wait until the spring. College coaches get desperate to fill holes, and they end up looking at what you are and forget what you’re not.

If you’re a fan hoping someone available right now will easily push aside incumbents like Tom Pritchard and Derek Elston for playing time inside, go ahead and hope – but do not count on it.

After the jump are the nine prospects and their 2010-11 numbers.


Negedu’s career ends at New Mexico

Emmanuel Negedu, a former Indiana target who played with the Indiana Elite AAU team, is ending his basketball career because of a heart condition.

Negedu, who initially committed to Tennessee, collapsed during a workout in the school’s indoor football facility in September, 2009. Tennessee’s athletic administration was willing to keep him on scholarship but unwilling to clear him to play basketball, so he decided to transfer last offseason. Indiana evaluated him and doctors close to the athletic department cleared him to play, but the administration wouldn’t OK it. He eventually signed with New Mexico, but he played in only 10 games and at halftime of a pre-Christmas game against The Citadel, he had a problematic internal defibrillator reading and never played again.

Spring Game Info

Some basic info about the spring game from IU Sports Info:


The 2011 Cream vs. Crimson Spring Game presented by Smithville will kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Memorial Stadium. Admission is free and the gates will open at 8:30 a.m.

Fans are asked to enter the West side of Memorial Stadium via Gates 1, 2 & 3 and to sit in the West stands. All parking lots will be open and parking is free. (more…)

Etherington, Zeller both Indiana All-Stars

Both Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller were named to the 13-man Indiana All-Star roster, announced this morning.

It should be an entertaining team to watch, with Marquis Teague, Branden Dawson and Dee Davis also on the roster.

Here’s a story from the Star focusing on Etherington being selected to the team. It looks like he’ll be fighting with Andy Smeathers (Butler) for time at the wing position.

The exhibition games against the junior All-Stars (featuring all four in-state 2012 commits) will be on June 6 at Washington and June 8 at Kokomo. The first game against Kentucky will be June 10 at Bellarmine in Louisville, then the next night at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Live Chat, 11 a.m.

Same time, same place. We’ll be here.

IU women ink 3 spring recruits

The Indiana women’s basketball program announced the official signing of 6-6 center Quaneisha McCurty (ranked 34th-best player in the nation by Blue Star Basketball), 5-8 point guard Candyce Ussery and 5-11 JUCO player of the year Jasmine McGhee Wednesday.

They join fall signees Necole Sterling and Linda Rubene to make up what is ranked as the nation’s No. 23 recruiting class according to All Star-Girls Report. Below is the official release on the trio with comments from IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack. (more…)

Bloomington South grad Price’s career ended by back problem

Aaron Price’s football career is apparently over.

The Indiana sophomore offensive lineman and Bloomington South grad has a degenerative condition in his back, IU coach Kevin Wilson said, and will seek to be classified as a medical non-counter. Price will continue to receive his scholarship at Indiana, but will no longer participate in football and will not count against Indiana’s limit of 85 scholarships.

“He’s got some degeneration medically in the back where it just couldn’t hold up,” Wilson said. “It was a concern through winter, but he did a great job in the winter. He actually came out in the first week in spring, but it started going south on him. Just long-term health, it’s not in his best interest… He was doing well, but he does have a major issue with a major part of his body. He tried. Local kid. No issues from us. It just health-wise couldn’t hold up. It’s unfortunate for him.”

Price started the first 10 games of last season at left guard and played in all 12 games. The 6-foot-4, 288-pounder was an All-State pick at South.

In other notes from Tuesday’s availability session, Wilson said the spring game will not have split up rosters, but will first team offense against first team defense and second team offense and second team defense. For purposes of scoring, the first team offense and second-team defense will essentially be a team as will first team defense and second team offense. Players will switch from team to team, however.

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