IU news conference on Greenspan and new NCAA allegation today at 4:30 p.m.

By   |   Thursday, Jun. 26, 2008 - 2:59 PM   |   2 comments

PDF: New allegations against IU

IU will have a news conference at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the future of Athletic Director Rick Greenspan.

According to a source close to the situation, the news conference will also involve discussion of a new NCAA allegation that IU failed to adequately monitor its basketball program.

Watch the Hoosier Scoop for news as it happens.



Rumors at IU

By   |   Thursday, Jun. 26, 2008 - 2:54 PM   |   3 comments

3 p.m. UPDATE: There is a 4:30 p.m. press conference scheduled.

Heading over to Assembly Hall right now, because it appears something is going on. A source close to the situation has told the Herald-Times that there will be some sort of announcement, possibly as soon as today. But no other information is available at this time.

Will update as needed. Stay at heraldtimesonline.com to find out.



When on Rome

By   |   Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2008 - 3:17 PM   |   11 comments

Eric Gordon appeared on Jim Rome’s show yesterday. Fared pretty well. In general, Gordon’s not a very loquacious fella. But he’s always been an honest one.  And this is probably the best interview I’ve ever seen him give. Then again, that’s the one thing any GM can be sure of when he thinks about drafting Gordon: the kid will work to improve in whatever ways he needs to.

VIDEO: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/video?id=3459432



Taber: Gordon to Memphis, D.J. late first round

By   |   Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2008 - 2:44 PM   |   4 comments

Kyle Taber, one of Indiana’s two returning players, gave he Scoop his thoughts on the NBA draft earlier today.

He believes Memphis will swipe Eric Gordon away at No. 5.

“He can really hit from range,” Taber said. “It’s going to be more difficult for him to finish against bigger guys, but Eric’s strong and will try to fight through.”

Taber didn’t have a specific prediction of D.J. White, but said he thought his old front-court mate deserved to go in the first round.

“He’s going to be a really solid role-player for somebody,” Taber said. “Go in, get some rebounds. He’ll always play tough.”



Sam Smith: E.J. at No. 7, D.J. at No. 29

By   |   Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2008 - 12:17 PM   |   4 comments

Sam Smith, one of the most respected NBA writers in the country, has given us his mock draft at the Sporting News’ Web site.

He’s got Eric Gordon going to the Clippers at No. 7.

 7. Los Angeles Clippers: Eric Gordon, G, Indiana. With no star big man and Rose the only true point guard, the combo guard has become the rage of this year’s draft. Some GMs say he’s a smaller version of Dwyane Wade. The Clippers, though, covet Mayo and will be among those clamoring to move up to get him. Perhaps they take a flyer on UCLA’s Russell Westbrook, who is rated a notch below Mayo, Bayless and Gordon.

And he thinks the Detroit Pistons will pick D.J. White with the 29th pick.

29. Detroit Pistons: D. J. White, F, Indiana. He’s a senior and a big body. The Pistons have also supposedly taken a liking to Kansas State’s Bill Walker despite another knee injury.



Gordon works out for Timberwolves

By   |   Monday, Jun. 23, 2008 - 5:23 PM   |   11 comments

Eric Gordon fights through the defense.The NBA Draft is Thursday, meaning general managers everywhere are furiously trying to figure out which players will most help their teams. It also means they are furiously touting players they don’t really want in an effort to convince their counterparts that they do, so that said counterparts don’t pick up on who they really want and draft that guy before they get a chance to.

Yeah.

Anyway, Eric Gordon worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who hold the No. 3 pick in the draft, on Monday.

Gordon’s draft stock has climbed a bit, and one source told the Scoop that he’s once again being looked at the way he was in January. Back then, many talent evaluators had him on par with Memphis’ Derrick Rose and Kansas State’s Michael Beasley.

But all you Indiana fans know how poorly things went from there, and as Gordon struggled through a broken wrist and one of the most bizarre seasons in the history of college basketball scouts saw all the warts to his game.

Now, in the calmer light of the six or seven gymnasiums where Gordon has worked out for various teams, it’s once again evident that Gordon’s mixture of size (or, maybe more precisely, bulk) and athleticism is fairly rare. His ability to score, they’ve known for sometime, is top of the scale. He tested extremely well in all the shuttle drills and jumping tests and bench-pressing and, from what we’ve heard, has been a much more consistent shooter recently.

But, really, it’s impossible to know what team’s are really thinking until it comes out of David Stern’s mouth.

Gordon and about 45 friends and family members will be in Madison Square Garden for the draft on Thursday night.



McGee making visits

By   |   Monday, Jun. 23, 2008 - 4:52 PM   |   7 comments

Brandon McGee fails to dunk late in the game.Brandon McGee, the 6-7 wing who was dismissed from the Indiana basketball team earlier this summer, has been taking visits to schools where he might resume his college career.

Last week he went to Auburn. “There’s a real family environment there, which I liked,” he said on Monday.

The Chicago native has visits planned with Oregon State, where Craig Robinson has taken over for Jay John and is looking to build the program. (The Beavers just lost 2008 recruit Eshaunte Jones, who originally gave a verbal to IU but never signed, opting instead to sign with OSU and then asking to leave when Johns did.)

Most interesting fact about Craig Robinson? He’s Barack Obama’s brother-in-law. But that’s probably not the whole reason McGee is considering the school. It probably has something to do with the fact that Robinson hired Nate Pomeday to his staff. Pomeday played at Northwestern in the late 1990s and has since become been a fixture in the Chicago basketball scene.

McGee said he will also visit Bradley and may listen to a few of the other coaches who are calling him but hopes to make a decision soon.





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