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Offseason to-do list: Tom Pritchard

Tom Pritchard looks to pass the ball against Minnesota. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The fourth player in the series is sophomore guard Maurice Creek. PREVIOUSLY: Christian WatfordVerdell JonesJordan Hulls and Maurice Creek.

2010-11 STATS: 2.5 points (59 percent FG, 34.8 percent FT) and 3.8 rebounds a game. Twenty-three blocks, 94 personal fouls.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: There’s a pretty reasonable case to be made that the 2010-11 season was a success for Tom Pritchard, even if his 2.5 points and 3.8 rebounds a game average say “role player” more than “started 22 games.” But Pritchard was the one big man that had the body to bang down low and was also capable of doing things like setting screens — perhaps the most important role of the 5 in Indiana’s dribble penetration offense.

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Hollowell: “I’m just ready to get it over with.”

Just got off the phone with Jeremy Hollowell and learned the same things everyone else who has spoken with him in the last 18 hours have learned. He’s narrowed it down to Indiana, Cincinnati, Purdue and Ohio State. But here’s what I got from him and part of the story that will run in tomorrow’s paper.

Jeremy Hollowell is looking to get it over with.

The Lawrence Central junior and Indiana target says he’s going to make his college decision before he begins AAU play with the Eric Gordon All-Stars in April. He said he’s narrowed his choices to Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and Cincinnati.

“I’m just ready to get it over with, focus on AAU, just focus on playing and not having to worry about it,” Hollowell said. “Not having to rush at the end and come to a final decision. I just want to know where I’m going and just be ready when the time comes.”

Hollowell said that Cincinnati made the final four because he likes the style of play and likes Big East basketball. Purdue made it because he has a good relationship with the staff and the players, including former North Central star Terone Johnson, now a freshman with the Boilermakers. Ohio State, he said, has been one of his favorites all along, though the Buckeyes apparently haven’t been pushing as hard recently.

“That was my first favorite,” he said. “I just love the campus, love the team. I just always wanted to go there growing up.”
But a lot of his friends and fellow top recruits are going to Indiana, and that seems to be a major selling point for the Hoosiers. He’s close with Austin Etherington, Yogi Ferrell and Ron Patterson, who are all from in or near Indianapolis and who are all committed to play for Indiana.

“They’re trying to push me there a lot,” Hollowell said. “They talk about it pretty often. They’re doing a pretty good job of just telling me about it and just trying to get me to go there. (It’s a factor), just being familiar with them, knowing how they play, knowing what we could do for the team.”

Hollowell, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound swingman, is the No. 39 rated player in the Class of 2012.


Offseason To-Do List: Maurice Creek

Maurice Creek sits next to Guy-Marc Michel during the exhibition game against Franklin. After injuring his knee in January, Creek would spend the rest of the year sitting next to Michel.

Chris Howell, Bloomington Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The fourth player in the series is sophomore guard Maurice Creek. PREVIOUSLY: Christian Watford, Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls.

2010-11 STATS: 8.3 points per game (38.9 percent FG, 31.0 3pt), 2.4 rebounds, 21 assists, 26 turnovers, 4 steals in 18 games.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Creek at least got back on the floor, even if it wasn’t for long and even if he wasn’t as effective when he was there. Tom Crean said repeatedly that Creek’s shattered left knee had been healed, and it was just leg strength that was holding him back. He said after Creek suffered a stress fracture in the right knee that the Oxon Hill, Md. native was very, very close to being his old self. As it was, he was a serviceable role player who could score from the outside, even if he didn’t do it with nearly the efficiency that he did as a freshman.

THE TO-DO LIST:

  • Get healthy. Of course, this is everything. Creek never looked like himself this year. He never had the explosion that he showed as a freshman. Never seemed comfortable making cuts or changing direction. That hurt him on defense. It hurt him attacking off the dribble, and it messed with his jumper. He didn’t have the lift he was used to, so he never seemed able to correctly calibrate it. Nature seems determined to prevent him from ever having huge quadriceps muscles, but he needs to get the leg strength back in his left leg and for his right knee to heal. Once he is healthy, the to-do list will get much longer, but right now it’s tough to tell where he improved from last year because his health has held him back.
  • Get his confidence back. Even throughout the offseason, whenever Creek made any sort of public appearance, statement on Twitter or anything else the public could see, he appeared to be beginning to take ownership of the team. He was crucial in the recruitment of Victor Oladipo and has served as a mentor to the fellow D.C. area native. He participated heavily in what turned out to be the fruitless recruitment of Moses Abraham, and told anyone who would listen that IU was on its way back. But once he got back on the court and recognized he wouldn’t be as empowered to make that happen as he hoped, he retracted to some degree and appeared to defer leadership responsibilities to Verdell Jones and others. Creek appears to be viewed by consensus as the most talented Hoosier, and if he comes back healthy he could also solve Indiana’s leadership issues.

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Offseason to-do list: Jordan Hulls

Indiana guard Jordan Hulls shoots the game-winning free-throws against Illinois. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The second player in the series is sophomore guard Jordan Hulls. PREVIOUSLY: Christian Watford and Verdell Jones.

2010-11 STATS: 11 points per game (48.2 percent FG, 41.4 3pt), 3.3 rebounds, 94 assists, 54 turnovers, 29 steals.

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IU women’s commit JUCO player of the year

Indiana University women’s basketball commit Jasmine McGhee has been named the WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year.

“The WBCA is thrilled to present Jasmine McGhee with the State Farm/WBCA JC/CC Player of the Year award,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said in a press release. “She has had an outstanding season, and is very deserving of this achievement. State Farm is synonymous with excellence, and so is this student-athlete’s performance.”

McGhee had 19 points and nine rebounds Tuesday as second-ranked Vincennes opened the NJCAA national tournament with a 91-66 win over 15th seed Wallace State. The Lady Trailblazers play Northern Oklahoma-Enid in the second round tonight at 9 p.m. You can watch a live stream of the game right here.

McGhee will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 4, in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.


Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge

We did this last year and are going to do it again: join the Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge.

It’s over on HeraldTimesOnline.com. Free to join, and either comment here with your username or send me an e-mail ([email protected]) and I will invite you to the group.

The winner of the overall bracket challenge gets a pretty cool IU gift bag.


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