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To Fred Glass, it wasn’t an idea that seemed to require a lot of imagination.
The basketball-mad state of Indiana has three traditionally strong college programs in major conferences and a fourth that wins like one despite smaller stature. Why wouldn’t all four of them get together in one location to play each other?
“As a pretty big basketball fan, I always wondered why we didn’t have that sort of thing,” the Indiana athletic director said Wednesday.
It did at sporadic years in the 1940s and ‘50s in an event called the Hoosier Classic, and the state’s programs have had various meetings since but never since have Indiana, Purdue, Butler and Notre Dame played in the same venue on the same night. (more…)
Robert Goff has been to Bloomington before, but there was a lot more for the former Broad Ripple star to see this time around.
Goff, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward now going into his sophomore year at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, made an unofficial visit to IU on Monday.
“We were down there for a few hours,” said Jason Knight, Goff’s former AAU coach and recruiting advisor. “He got a chance to meet the coaching staff and become more familiar with them, See the campus. He’s seen all that before,, but he got to see the new facilities, the new practice facilities. Cook Hall is very nice. And he got an opportunity to sit down with some of the academic advisors. He was impressed. Obviously, again, it’s not like he’s totally unfamiliar with IU, but he was impressed with a lot of different aspects.”
Goff was supposed to visit Xavier the next day, but that wasn’t possible because of a family emergency in the Xavier program.
Knight said Goff will try to narrow down his college choices within the week, though he said interest is increasing daily. Knight said Goff now does have a formal offer from Indiana as well as offers from Xavier, Oklahoma Houston, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, Cincinnati, Auburn, and Iowa State among others. In recent days, he’s picked up interest from Kansas, Oregon, Washington State, and Texas.
“More teams are coming to the table,” Knight said. “We’re really going to sit down and try to get it to a manageable number. I don’t know what that number will be. It might be 5-7 teams, but if he’s interested and wants to learn more about some of these teams that are jumping on board, it might be a longer list than that.”
Naadir Tharpe has new scholarship offers from Minnesota, St. John’s and George Mason, plus interest from North Carolina State.
But the 5-foot-11 senior point guard said there has been little communication with Indiana lately.
“I haven’t spoken to them,” Tharpe said. “I really have no idea.”
Tharpe does not have a scholarship offer from Indiana. He was told heading into July by assistant coach Tim Buckley that Tom Crean would be evaluating his play.
Crean watched Tharpe’s first game for the New England Playaz during the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.
“I feel like I played well,” Tharpe said. “I had a lot of games where I showed more scoring than I usually do. Coaches are used to seeing me be what I am, a point guard.”
Tharpe also offers from Marquette, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Boston College, UNC-Charlotte, UNLV and Providence.
Tharpe said he will decide when he gets back to Brewster Academy what official visits to take.
“I am still just open to everybody,” Tharpe said.
Bryson Scott said he thought he would get a scholarship offer from Indiana eventually. He just did not expect it to be last weekend.
The Indiana coaching staff called Scott’s parents and offered the 6-foot-1 Fort Wayne Northop sophomore a scholarship after watching him finish out the month of July.
“I was kind of surprised at first,” Scott said. “I kind of had the idea that they would eventually, but I wasn’t expecting it over the weekend.”
Indiana joins Purdue in having offered the point guard. Ohio State, Scott said, is also showing interest.
Cody Zeller will apparently take three official visits, according to the Washington Times-Herald.
Butler, UNC and Indiana are his final three list of schools.
Obviously, that it is these three is of no great surprise. The thought has been that they led for quite some time.
Dustin is getting on the phone right now. He will update as he gets information.
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