IU women need new assistant coach

Indiana women’s basketball assistant coach Marc Wilson is leaving the program. His contract was not renewed. I’ll have more on this later this week.

While we’re on the subject of women’s basketball, IU recruits continue to garner postseason honors. Sasha Bernard, a 5-foot-6 point guard from Delray Beach, Fla., earned first team all-state honors after averaging 15.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.

Jasmine Davis, a 6-foot-2 forward from Massac County High School in Metropolis, Ill., was an Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-State honoree as well. She set the single season mark in rebounds and recorded the most double-doubles in school history.

Bob Knight is on NBC

From NBC’s new show, “Parks and Recreation.” It’s set in Pawnee, Ind. and it’s about, apparently, the parks and recreation department in the fictional small town. Amy Poehler stars, and I’ve seen one guy in the commercials that I recognize and remember being pretty funny.

But, it is comedy. And Indiana. And that usually equals Bob Knight.

It’s not Jordy, it’s Mr. Hulls

So Jordan Hulls is Mr. Basketball.

We all knew this weeks ago, and I got confirmation on Thursday. But the Indianapolis Star is really high on being the “first” to report it, so we could not publish anything until this morning’s paper.

What was once a really tight race between Hulls, Derek Elston, D.J. Byrd and Stephan Van Treese became an absolute wipeout.

Hulls received 131 votes from high school coaches and members of the media. Rochester’s Bruce Grimm Jr. was next, with 26.

Then Elston with 18, Byrd with 16 and Marion’s Scott Wood with 15. Some 20 other guys received 12 votes or less, and I’d like names on those votes because, for the life of me, I cannot name 20 guys worthy of winning Mr. Basketball after the top five. That’s some funny business.

But, back to Hulls. He took the award like I expected him to, with grace and reverence for what it means to be forever linked to names like Greg Oden, Eric Gordon, Damon Bailey and Kent Benson.

I was amused, this morning, to find out that Larry Bird did not win Mr. Basketball. Steve Collier, of Southwestern, did — he went to Cincinnati and was not drafted into the NBA or ABA. Oops.

A few days ago, I said I voted for Hulls. This is why.


Three IU guys shine at Derby Festival Classic

Maurice Creek

Maurice Creek carried an Indiana flag as he was introduced before the start of Saturday’s Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Monty Howell | Herald-Times

LOUISVILLE — Of the three future Hoosiers, only Maurice Creek started for the Gold team during the Derby Festival Classic on Saturday. Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls came off the bench, and the three appeared only briefly as a trio.

Still, it was a strong night for the Hoosiers.

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They shot the J well; they dunked not as well

Maurice Creek and Jordan Hulls chill.

LOUISVILLE — Three future Indiana players took part in the Night of the Future Stars event at Bellarmine University here on Friday night.

Maurice Creek, a 6-foot-5 guard from Hargrave Military via suburban Washington D.C., led all players with 17 points in the 3-point contest. He hit all five of his “money-ball” shots. This means one of two things: he likes to shoot with a little extra pressure on him or he likes to shoot basketballs that are painted white on the bottom half.

Creek will be joined by Bloomington South’s Jordan Hulls — who remains the favorite to win Mr. Basketball when it is announced on Sunday — in the finals of the 3-point contest tonight. Hulls had 15 points.

Christian Watford, the 6-7 wing from Birmingham, Ala., ended up with seven points in the 3-point contest.


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