Highlighting the defense

A second post, similar to the one earlier on Indiana’s offensive signees.






No videos available for the following: Pete Bachman, Ryan Phillis, Harrison Scott, Chase Hoobler, Matt Zakrzewski, Brian Williams and Cameron Cole.

Crean: Hoosiers excited about rivalry

Half of Indiana’s current team has never played Purdue. The other half has never played them at Assembly Hall. Coach Tom Crean, said, however, that all of the Hoosiers have shown an appreciation for the rivalry going into Thursday’s home game against the Boilermakers.

“I’ve been really impressed with how excited our guys are to play this game,” Crean said. “In the sense of even the guys who aren’t from the state. They know that we’re playing against a really good team. They know we’re playing against a team that’s not only a household name in Indiana but throughout the country. They know that. These guys are astute basketball fans as well as players, but I think they understand that this team is very good and they feel very competitive right now in a sense of ‘let’s go play it.”

The seven in-state players, however, are especially hyped up.

“I can definitely say I don’t really like them,” freshman forward Derek Elston said. “I haven’t been here for a while, but I’ve been around Indiana my whole life to know that if you go to Indiana, you just don’t like Purdue.”

They’ve also been around long enough to know, however, that beating the No. 8 Boilermakers isn’t going to be easy. Purdue has two stars in the frontcourt in JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel, but counters that with guards like Chris Kramer, E’Twaun Moore and Lewis Jackson who can give the Hoosiers problems on the perimeter. Because of Purdue’s speed and ability to attack on defense, Crean said he isn’t sure how much he will use the three-forward lineup he implemented at the start of the Illinois game.

“I think it did a nice job,” Crean said. “Except we just got into some foul trouble and we wanted to get some backcourt work a little bit. I think tomorrow we need to rebound the ball, so that’s big, but at the same time, you’ve gotta have people that can handle pressure. I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to go with it. … we’ve gotta really really handle pressure the ball tomorrow. They get on you for 94 feet, and we’ve gotta do a good job with that.”

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Lynch: I’ve never felt so good about a class

Signing day didn’t bring a lot of surprises for Bill Lynch. Cornerback Andre Kates made him sweat a bit, but the other 24 members of the class were signed by about 9:30 a.m. on signing day. Here’s an overview of the class, provided by IU.

And here’s a link to the video highlights IU showed at its signing day reception.

Lynch said that the general lack of drama was one of the more enjoyable things about this recruiting season. Lynch said he didn’t offer a scholarship to a high school player after July. He had a few who didn’t commit until December, but most of his class was finished before the start of the season.

“That part of it is different than probably the old days,” Lynch said. “I think our staff did a great job of holding onto the commitments. What I liked about it is the opportunity to really get to know them as we go through this process. It used to be that you spent the whole time recruiting selling, selling, selling. But once you’ve got them committed, now it’s a much more relaxed environment when you just get to know them. I said this to the staff, I worked through Friday night in terms of home visits and all. When we got together on Monday, I told them I can’t remember the end of a recruiting year where I felt so good about the kids coming. We knew they were talented, that’s not the issue. But the more you get to know them, the more comfortable you are with their character, their families, their commitment, knowing that they really want to come to Indiana University. That’s something I’m really excited about it.” (more…)

IU makes it official, Kates on board

Indiana released its recruiting class of 2010. Cornerback Andre Kates is listed at the bottom, so he’s apparently signed. We’ll try to get a hold of him and find out what happened with the Lemming show. Coach Bill Lynch is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. to discuss the class.

Highlighting the offense

With help from YouTube, here are highlights of Indiana’s class of 2010 signees on the offensive side of the football.

Kofi Hughes

Antonio Banks

Matt Perez

Xavier Whitaker

Tim O’Conner

Logan Young

Bill Ivan

No available videos for Leneil Himes, Paul Phillips or Cody Evers.

Will Andre Kates sign with Indiana?

I am watching CBS Sports TV (formerly known as CSTV). Right now, we’re watching a feature on New Mexico’s Pit. In a few, Tom Lemming (think he’ll be wearing green and gold today?) will be on, as will Andre Kates.

Kates, a JUCO cornerback, told’s John Decker a few minutes ago he’ll sign with Indiana. He was actually the first commit in the class of 2010 for Indiana, but wavered once other schools became interested.

He visited Miami last weekend and also is interested in Oklahoma State and New Mexico.

11:35 A.M. UPDATE: Still no word on Kates. Actually, not a single signing shown yet. Could be a while. Yikes. has photo of Kates in IU gear. And still no word on TV about him.

NOON UPDATE: Yeah, it does not look like this is happening. They’re switching to some high school football year in review show.

Simpson to Kentucky

Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier Journal has reported that running back Miles Simpson of Simon Kenton High School in Independence, Ky. has chosen Kentucky over Indiana and Illinois. Simpson has rushed for over 2,200 yards and 38 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons.

Indiana has already announced numerous signings, however, including those of Marlandez Harris, Matt Perez, Cameron Cole, Kofi Hughes, Paul Phillips, Cody Evers, Matt Zakrzewski, Brian Williams, Bill Ivan, Logan Young, Drew Hardin, Xavier Whitaker, Pete Bachman, Tim O’Conner, Ishmael Thomas, Ryan Phillis, Chase Hoobler, Antonio Banks, Shaquille Jefferson, Jack Denton, Leneil Himes, and Harrison Scott.

The Hoosiers already had letters of intent from junior college signees Jeff Thomas and Lenyatta Kiles. Defensive back Andre Kates will announce his decison at 11 a.m. on Tom Lemming’s signing day show on CSTV.

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