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Interesting words from Mark Carlino on IU

Found this on the Arizona Daily Star’s Arizona blog. It was from Mark Carlino, Matt’s father, and in response to a question about whether Matt could recommit to Indiana.

At this point in time, probably not,” Mark Carlino said. “He knows as much as needs to know about Indiana.”There were some things he felt he had some questions about. The program is going through a major overhaul. The coaches were great. Indiana was offering him anything he could have wanted. Certainly, they didn’t recruit over him. But they were not just rebuilding but building from scratch. At the end of the day, the process was something he thought would take longer.”

There is also a Scout.com report (subscription required) indicating UCLA is in the lead for Carlino. It also suggests Carlino could graduate early and enroll at a college this fall (ala Duke’s Andre Dawkins). That is the first time I have heard this.


Mells leaving, Taylor too

An Indiana University news release this afternoon said Ashlee Mells “will not return” to the IU women’s basketball program next season.

As a sophomore Mells averaged 4.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 27 games, but she also was suspended three games at midseason for behavioral issues.

“We want to thank Ashlee for her contribution to our program and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” IU coach Felisha Legette-Jack said.

This doesn’t really come as a big surprise since Mells has had her clashes with the coaching staff over her two years in Bloomington. Her play as a freshman earned her the nickname “Wild Child,” and she often was turned to for an energy boost off the bench. But it was the inability to harness that energy at times that appeared to create a problem.

UPDATE
In addition to Ashlee Mells’ departure, IU has confirmed that 6-foot-5 signee Marissa Taylor of Chicago has asked for and been granted her release from her letter of intent. Taylor signed with the Hoosiers last fall. This leaves IU room to add some players in the spring signing period or continue to bank scholarships for what would be a very large 2011 recruiting class.


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Indiana-St. Francis Baseball

Indiana’s Micah Johnson, left, Michael Basil and Tyler Rogers face the outfield during the playing of the National Anthem before a game against St. Francis on Friday. James Brosher | Herald-Times

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Bassett plans to turn pro

Former Indiana — and now, apparently, former Ohio U. — guard Armon Bassett has informed his friends on Facebook that he’ll turn pro.

Where Bassett plans to head is anyone’s guess. I haven’t seen his name on NBA mock drafts, but his play in the MAC and NCAA Tournaments most certainly caught many a scout’s eye.

Bassett played a post-grad season at Hargrave Military Academy, then had to sit out a little more than a year after transferring from Indiana. He originally landed at UAB, but left after one semester. He became eligible at Ohio this season after the first quarter of classes, averaging 17.1 points.

Next year would have been Bassett’s sixth season since graduating from Terre Haute South. When I interviewed Bassett last year, he reported to me that he’d just gotten his first ‘A’ in a college course. He was proud. But anyone who has spoken to Armon knows that his dream has been to play professional basketball; I couldn’t even find his major listed on either his IU or Ohio bio.

Now seems like a good time for him to find out if he can make a living the way he’s always wanted to.


Etherington, IU prospects highlight IBCA all-underclassmen team

Austin Etherington, Cody Zeller and a host of other IU prospects were named to the 15-man Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Underclassmen team.

The 15-man roster has Etherington, Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Marquis Teague on it.

Jeremiah Davis, A.J. Hammons and DeJuan Marrero were honorable mention selections.

Matt Carlino was also on the team.


Final thoughts on the state finals


A beautiful day for the beautiful game

[Final]

Indiana 2, Louisville 1

Indiana withstands a late flurry, and Todd Yeagley is successful in his first game as head coach on the field named for his father.

During one scrum, Louisville was called for a foul. Otherwise it would have had an open look at the net. Saved by the whistle.

Then Chris Haffner, whose development could really be a key for this team, marked his man well and was there to stop a header destined for the top left corner of the goal.

[5:25 left, second half]

Indiana 2, Louisville 1

Hello, Joe Tolen.

The redshirt freshman from Evansville just made a run ahead of Will Bruin, who slipped a pass through two defenders and into open space. Tolen, alone at the 18, raced a few feet and slipped a shot under David Stockum.

Other thoughts from the recent stretch:

Tommy Meyer, one of Indiana’s center backs, again pushed forward for a scoring chance on  restart. Makes sense. He’s 6-foot-2.

Nothing really going for either team, though, as we head into the final stretch.

The game has gotten somewhat chippy. Not sure if that’s because these teams are heated rivals or if it’s more a byproduct of the slippery grass. When guys slide tackle, they go about eight yard right now and clearly don’t have much control.

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