ESPN thinks highly of IU targets

ESPN has released its initial 2010 rankings, and the fledgling recruiting source seems to believe a few of Indiana’s targets make the grade, quite literally.

Unlike Scout and, which grade prospects on a star system, ESPN goes old-school and assigns a numeral grade (1-100) to each prospect.

Dominique Ferguson (Lawrence North, Indianapolis) and Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick, Elizabeth, N.J.) each received a 96.

Ferguson is the No. 8 player in the country, and Irving is No. 9.

David Williams, IU’s lone verbal, is the No. 58 small forward and an 83 grade. He’s described as a future role player with that great NBA Draft-coined term — upside. (more…)

Perfect in Italy

The IU women’s basketball team finished with a 4-0 record on their tour of Italy, beating ASD Geas Basket in the finale on Sunday, 77-62.

Jamie Braun led the way with 17 points. Kim Roberson had 12 and Jori Davis 10. The Hoosiers return to Bloomington Monday.

A side note, Roberson is expected to re-pack her bags when she returns to begin a professional basketball career in South Korea.

Baseball Hoosiers win Big Ten Tournament

The Hoosiers’ trend of hot hitting, and powerful pitching led them to a 13-2 drubbing of Minnesota in the final game of the Big Ten Tournament.

The tournament win is the Hoosiers’ first since 1996 and the first under skipper Tracy Smith.

Smith gave the ball to freshman Matt Igel who was dominate in his first start of the season, as his duties were normally called for from the bullpen.

The 13 runs marks the third time in the tournament IU has reached double-digits, with their only time under 10 being a 9-1 win over Purdue on Wednesday.

The win also gives IU an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. When a time and location is set we will let you know.

Baseball Hoosiers one win away from NCAA Tournament bid

Behind a seven run fifth inning, the Indiana baseball team rolled over the Ohio State Buckeyes 13-3 on Friday night in the Big Ten Tournament.

The win secures a spot in the championship series for the Hoosiers, who will get two chances starting Saturday to get one win, and a Big Ten Tournament championship.

A championship would be the program’s first since 1996 and the first under head coach Tracy Smith.

The Hoosiers will face the winner of the matchup set for Saturday morning between Minnesota and the Buckeyes. IU defeated Minnesota 12-3 Thursday night.

Lefty starter Blake Monar was not shaken by an early 2-0 deficit after two innings.  The freshman retired six straight batters in the third and fourth innings as the IU offense awoke to a 3-2 lead.

Then off of numerous singles and a 3 RBI triple by Tyler Rogers, the Hoosiers blew the game open in the fifth and never looked back.

Monar’s final line shows 6 and 2/3 innings worked, three earned runs on five hits and five walks and four strikeouts.

Smith told the Big Ten Network after the game he would wait to talk with his team and find out who they will be matched up against before choosing tomorrow night’s starter. He did say, though, Hoosier ace Eric Arnett might be an option.

We live-chatted the night’s festivities and the replay is available after the jump. Join us for the Hoosiers’ matchup Saturday night at 7:00 as we again gather in conversation. (more…)

The Jordan Hulls Basketball Camp

Jordan Hulls signed with Indiana. He led South to a 4A state championship. He won Mr. Basketball.
Which means he will have his own basketball camp.
The Monroe County YMCA is hosting the Jordan Hulls Basketball Camp during June.
The camp, which will run from June 1-5 (for 6-9 year olds) and June 15-19 (for 10-14 year olds), is for three hours a day and will seek to teach different drills and the game of basketball in a noncompetitive manner, said Matt Osgood, the YMCA’s youth and adult sports director.
And there is, well, the fact that Hulls is the headlining star.
Osgood said the YMCA has done this in the past, for former area stars like Jonathan Holmes and Errek Suhr.
But Holmes and Suhr both hosted camps after their college eligibility had run out. Hulls will start college classes during the month of June, in between the camp and playing for the Indiana Allstars.
NCAA rules allow for Hulls to participate in sports camps or clinics. If he is there coaching, officiating or in a supervisor role, he has to be paid at the going rate. If he is there to lecture or perform a demonstration, he cannot be paid.
Osgood said Hulls will be paid as a part-time staff member, and that Hulls’ father, J.C., has cleared everything through Indiana.
“The last thing I want to do is cause any more trouble for IU,” Osgood said.
Those interested can sign up at the YMCA front desk or online at the YMCA site.
The camp cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers, and will run from 9 a.m.-noon each day.

The Knight coaching tree


Associated Press photo

Two particular developments to note on the Bob Knight Family Coaching Tree.

Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson, an Indiana alum, will head into the final year of his contract without an extension. Woodson has taken the team from less than 20 wins to 47 and consecutive playoff appearances in five years, but Hawks management is taking a wait-and-see approach.

For now, Woodson seems to content to play the party line. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the following:

“I had good meetings [today],” Woodson said. “We had really good meetings. I think we’re all on the same page going forward, and that’s all you can ask for. Sure, we want to feel loved, my staff and myself. We’ve put in a lot of hard work over these last five years. But ultimately, it’s been about my players and the job they’ve done.”

Randy Wittman, another Indiana alum, will be an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Wittman failed in two head coaching stints, at Cleveland and Minnesota, but there is a nice life to be had as a NBA assistant coach — work eight months a year, nice money and you are usually just responsible for developing one or two players.

Wittman told the Washington Post the story of how he was drafted by the then-Bullets and immediately become a Hawk.

Story finds a new home

Malik Story will join Nevada in the fall, the school announced Wednesday.

Nevada coach David Carter told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he sees Story as a versatile player who can just shoot the basketball.

“Malik is really a good shooter,” Carter said. “The biggest thing about him is that he can stretch the floor with his shooting. He can make you guard the 3-point line. He can also play multiple positions. He can play the 1, 2 or 3, but really he’s a shooter.”

Story took 69 3-pointers as a freshman at Indiana, third on the team. He made 17.

He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the year the NCAA requires for all Division I basketball transfers.

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