Ohio State at Indiana, Game 3

UPDATE, End of Game: My apologies. Had some internet issues with my laptop and I’m just publishing this after writing my game story. But basically, madness ensued in the ninth. With two outs and the bases loaded, center fielder T.C. Knipp ripped a pitch into the right center field gap for a triple to tie the game. On the next pitch, shortstop Michael Basil hit a low liner up the middle to score Knipp and give Indiana the victory 10-9 and their second straight series victory to open the Big Ten season. More in tomorrow’s paper. (more…)

Cody Zeller wins Mr. Basketball

David Snodgress | Herald-Times

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Washington’s Cody Zeller is the Indianapolis Star’s Mr. Basketball for 2011.

The Indiana signee gathered 198 of the 283 votes cast by coaches and media. Warsaw’s Nic Moore was second with 21 votes, followed by Pike’s Marquis Teague and Bloomington South’s Dee Davis with 16.

Zeller, who averaged 24.1 points and 13.4 rebounds this season, is the third member of his family to win the award, joining brothers Luke (2005) and Tyler (2008). Cody won three state championships, one with Tyler in 2008 as a reserve and the last two seasons as the centerpiece player.

Zeller, a 6-foot-11 center, had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Washington past Culver Academies 61-46 in the this year’s Class 3A final.

“He’s the total package,” Washington coach Gene Miiller said. “He does everything well. If you were trying to pick a guy to coach, he would be the example.”

Most nights, Zeller was double- and triple-teamed, roughed up and pounded on.

That was nothing compared to the recruiting process. Cody was also considering Butler and North Carolina. Because Luke had gone to Notre Dame and Tyler to North Carolina, there was outside pressure in Hoosier-crazy Southern Indiana to pick Indiana. Cody heard it on a daily basis.

“Of the three boys, it was by far the toughest choice,” said his father, Steve.

Zeller said — and those close to him agreed – that he never felt any pressure to please anyone outside his tight inner circle.

Some Indiana fans expect him to come in and be the piece to rejuvenate a program that has won just eight Big Ten games the last three seasons.

Zeller realizes he alone can’t return the Hoosiers to national prominence.

“I don’t plan on coming in and turning the program around on my own,” he said. “I don’t really feel any pressure to do that. I have a good support system with my family and friends. Those are the people I listen to and they aren’t putting any extra pressure on me.”

Indiana coach Tom Crean agrees.

“Like most great competitors, Cody has enough internal pressure on himself to get better,” Crean said. “The coaching staff certainly isn’t going to put any extra pressure on him. Now, we are going to have to challenge ourselves to raise the level and make him a better player. He has such good footwork and fundamentals already. We’re going to have to be ready to challenge him.”

Video: Hanner Perea during the Shootout

Video: Collin Hartman during Shootout

Indiana Elite dominates, Gary Harris hearing from Kentucky, and other notes from IndyBall

INDIANAPOLIS — The Movement got started in front of a couple thousand Indiana fans and interested onlookers Saturday, as Indiana Elite Team Indiana took the floor with four Indiana commits in the starting lineup.

Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Perea all showed signs of dominance in a 103-63 win against the Hancock County All-Stars.

Yes, the Hancock County All-Stars. These April AAU tournaments, since the NCAA restricted college coaches from attending, have gotten more regional and, thus, early round competition can be poor for the top teams.

But it allowed the four future Hoosiers to put on a show (a fifth, Peter Jurkin, did not travel to Indiana because of an injury). Ferrell scored 29 points, making eight-of-nine 3-pointers, in an aggressive performance from the point guard.

Hollowell scored 13, and both Patterson and Perea pitched in with 12. Hollowell had one highlight dunk, driving baseline and climbing over an opponent, but Perea had a handful as he showed the incredible athleticism that has made him a top prospect.

The team plays again at 5:45 p.m. or so. I’ll report back after that. In the meantime, here are videos from Ferrell and Hollowell.

Other news:

  • Gary Harris said Kentucky has been calling and e-mailing since the end of the high school season. No offer has been forthcoming (Kentucky offers few players, sometimes not until the commit is coming), and it’s hard to know where Harris fits in Kentucky’s plans. Harris didn’t exactly sound overjoyed by  it, staying monotone for most of the interview (video of which I’ll post later). Harris said he is looking at trimming his list, but there’s no set date on that or any real details. Again, continue to be patient with Harris – would not be surprised to see this go into the fall.
  • Watching the Eric Gordon 16s right now. Devin Davis looks stronger, a bit more aggressive on the offensive end. He’s already a guy who attacks the rim on defense. Collin Hartman has been a little lost with his new teammates, and Zak Irvin has had a couple of highlights.

Ohio State at Indiana baseball

End of the Ninth: Ohio State reliever Andrew Armstrong set the Hoosiers down in order in the ninth and Ohio State takes the first game of the series, 6-1.

UPDATE, End of Eighth: Ohio State pulled Drew Rucinski after seven innings for left-hander Andrew Armstrong, and Armstrong almost ran into trouble, surrendering a single and a walk, but he got out of it unscathed and Ohio State heads to the ninth with a 6-1 lead. (more…)

Indiana still interested in Aniefiok, but more interested in teammate Djimde

Indiana isn’t necessarily out of contention for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep guard Maurice Aniefiok, his coach Rob Fulford said Friday, but with three official visits scheduled and Aniefiok having self-imposed an April 25 deadline, it doesn’t appear likely that he will become a Hoosier.

Aniefiok is on an official visit to James Madison this weekend and has visits scheduled to Mississippi and Duquesne the next two weekends. He has not visited Indiana nor does he have a visit scheduled there.

“The last time Maurice and I talked, he said he was only going to take three visits,” Fulford said. “He’s on one now and he has one to Ole Miss next weekend. Unless he switches the last one with Duquesne (I don’t think he’s going to visit Indiana).”

Fulford said he didn’t imagine that Aniefiok would push back his deadline to make a trip to IU. He said the Hoosiers have not made a formal scholarship offer — at least it hasn’t come through the school, he said — and it’s unlikely he postpone his decision to wait for one.

“They’ve all been in here to see him,” Fulford said. “Time’s running out. He’s not going to push back a deadline for people who have been in here and had a lot of time to decide.” (more…)


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