We’ve reached halftime in the game between SYF and the Southern California All Starts Black squad.
So. Cal. leads the game 29-25.
But more importantly, touted prospect Dominique Ferguson has had a slow start. After hitting a 3 in his first attempt of the night, the 6-foot-9 swingman was benched for some time after what has seemed to be lazy defense and noticeably poor shooting.
He currently has the three points, two rebounds and two turnovers.
Jake Kitchell has three rebounds and a steal in about 10 minutes of play.
Xavier Jones is not with his SYF team. We’ll try and find some information on that after the game.
Note: I have collected all of these stats, so they are far from official.
***Correction: Jake Kitchell is not the son of Ted Kitchell as originally stated in this post. I am sorry for the gaffe.
Jake Kitchell said this mistake is prevelant and that he and Ted are second cousins.***
I come to you all from Assembly Hall where the familiar faces of Eric Gordon and D.J. White have been spotted.
OK, sorry for the tease. EJ and D.J. are not actually here, so put the car keys down and come back to the computer.
The duo makes up two of many new posters featuring famous former Hoosiers. EJ is in his Los Angeles Clippers uni, pulling up for a jumpshot. While D.J.’s shows him soaring to the rim for a dunk in his Thunder jersey.
The photographs are part of a mini-redecorating project which Tom Crean discussed under the maximum 140 characters allowed on his Twitter page.
“We have been redecorating the office area and our main visiting area for recruits,” he wrote early this afternoon. “There is never a bad time to make something better.”
Upon arrival at the Hall, visitors and prospects are greeted with signs on the doors from the Indiana coaching staff. The message apologizes for the staff not being able to watch this weekend.
Coming through the doors, the main entrance has a large flat-panel television playing highlights from last season, and clips from the legendary Bob Knight area.
Pouring on the indirect recruiting, a table holding pamphlets for Crean and Co.’s summer camps sit behind the sign-in table.
Now this is top secret so don’t tell anyone, but fellow intern Jeremy and I are planning on posting to the Scoop a few times this evening – I’m sure the majority of which coming during the 9:30 showdown between the SYF Players and the SoCal All-Stars Black.
The game features Dominique Ferguson, Jake Kitchell and Xavier Jones.
Late tonight there will be a video from today’s game, likely featuring Ferguson. And in the morning’s print edition we will have a full story on Ferguson as well as a notebook of various things we witnessed tonight.
So in short, stay tuned.
Tom Crean held a press conference today to update reporters on the summer for him and to, as usually happens when us media types are in the room, answer some questions.
Here are some highlights:
Story misses grade
Though Crean stressed his team made progress academically this semester, the program stands to take a small hit in their Academic Progress Rate, monitored and issued by the NCAA.
This because Malik Story did not meet a 2.6 grade point average, forcing IU to take another blow to its already lackluster APR. It should be mentioned Nick Williams did meet the goal.
Here is everything Crean had to say on the issue:
“Well we have had a very good semester and I am proud of that. In reference to (Williams and Story), it appears Nick has accomplished what he needed to accomplish and it appears that Malik didn’t – which really is not surprising either way. Both are eligible, that’s not the question, but in the form of looking for that 2.6. … We’ll lose a point.”
“But we had some guys really do an excellent job. We have had some guys really continue to build on what they did, and had some guys really pick themselves up academically. All of the grades aren’t in yet, but they are close. I feel they are about 80 to 90 percent of the way in.”
Also discussed was the possibility of Story coming back for summer school to raise his GPA above the 2.6 benchmark, a thought Crean dismissed.
“It has to be important on both ends,” he said. “It is what it is.”
Devan Dumes’ pinkie; offseason workouts
And we will discuss whatever you want to discuss. Promptly at 11 a.m.
I know, I know. We’re all a little lost without …umm…what was that fella’s name? Anyone?
But we must move on. Life goes forward, against any notion we have otherwise.
And here’s a fancy twist: Tom Crean will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m., dead smack in the middle of our chat. I know: the nerve of that guy. Anyway, maybe you could ask a question to me, and I could forward it to Crean and the report back to you.
I wanted to take advantage of the Scoop’s brief intermission to introduce myself and let you all know what’s on the docket for this weekend.
First off, my name is Ryan, and I am one of the underlings brought in by the HT this summer to help contribute to its IU sports coverage. This in exchange for, well, the opportunity to write for the HT this summer.
If you want a quick background on where I come to the HT from, feel free to follow the jump. But for now, let’s talk hoops.
As many of you might know, the adidas May Classic is back in Bloomington this weekend, starting Friday night. Chis Korman will have a preview for you all in Friday’s paper.
Much of the duties for the first night have fallen to the other intern, Jeremy, and myself. We have a few plans for the night, including talking with prospects such as DuJuan Marrero, from the sophomore Spiece Indy Heat team.
The Scoop will be very active all weekend with quick updates and videos of the tourney. We have had meetings discussing who all we should cover this weekend, but I want to know from you, the reader, what prospects from this weekend you all want to hear about.
An excellent sophomore season and very good first month of the AAU campaign seems to have paid off for South’s Dee Davis.
Purdue offered Davis, a 5-foot-10 point guard, a scholarship Tuesday, Davis’ mother, Leslie, said.
Xavier and Ohio each offered Davis over the weekend.
Davis was in West Lafayette on an unofficial campus visit Tuesday. He visited Xavier last weekend.
Internet reports suggest New Mexico has offered Davis, but Davis has not been told that directly by the Lobo coaches (including former Hoosier Steve Alford).
Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee and Memphis are also interested in Davis, who averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists a game for South, which won the 4A state championship in March.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter watched several South games this season live, including a January showdown against Pike. Painter also attended South’s open gym workout last month.
It is believed that Purdue also has interest in Spencer Turner and Erik Fromm, South’s other two major prospects.
Tonight’s even was fairly typical for these sorts of things.
Tom Crean spoke first, apparently so he could make it to his son’s baseball game. He told the crowd that his program is still in the early stages of a rebuilding project. He said the fans were an important part of that because they helped the program overcome the stigma of a 6-25 season. The support makes a big difference, he said.
Bill Lynch spoke of the future and of the past and of how they are intersecting this year. It’s the 125th birthday of the program, but this year represents a new beginning with the completion of the North End Zone project. He said he hopes the new facility will attract top recruits and, ultimately, fans. I wrote about the end of his speech in my story for tomorrow:
But he ended his speech to the crowd, which included former soccer coach Jerry Yeagley and other such luminaries of the IU athletics world, with an anecdote from a graduation celebration held for athletes over the weekend.
Each year, he said, one person is chosen to speak for the group of graduates. Sarah Stockwell, a senior swimmer from Kent, Wash., stood up and told the story of how she answered the ubiquitous question posed to her by the people back home: what’s a Hoosier?
“She always told them, ‘It’s a way of life,’” Lynch recounted, drawing cheers. “And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t you know it would take somebody from out of state to answer that question?’ But she’s right.
We’re going to teach our kids the Hoosier way.”
The setting here next to the DeVault Alumni Center is positively bucolic as about 150 people await the beginning of what’s been dubbed the IU Tailgate Tour.
Tonight, all four of the involved coaches — Tom Crean (men’s basketball), Bill Lynch (football), Felisha Legette-Jack (women’s basketball) and Sherry Dunbar (women’s volleyball) — are expected to address the crowd. I don’t know that what they’ll say will amount to anything more than the usual pep rally hype, but I’ll have updates a little later.
In the meantime, I will listen to the soothing tunes of Clayton Anderson. This can only lead to a Tom Crean Tweet later: “The performance by CLAYTON ANDERSON today was Strong. That’s what we need from our players!”
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