IU releases spring depth chart

Along with its spring prospectus, Indiana also put out its first depth chart for the 2010 season. It should be stressed that it is extremely premature, and that most of the reason it’s even being released is for the preview magazines who have to write their pieces shortly after spring games. For instance, pay no attention to the fact that sophomore Adam Follett is listed as the backup quarterback, because it is pretty likely that when the dust settles, that job will go to either Edward Wright-Baker or Dusty Kiel.

But one way or another, it’s a depth chart, and it follows. (more…)

Lynch: “We’re going to be more multiple,” on defense

After Indiana finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring defense last season, IU coach Bill Lynch said Monday that schematic changes will be made to the defense beginning this spring.

“We’re going to be a little bit more multiple,” he said.

What that means specifically, Lynch said, is the Hoosiers will occasionally work in a 3-4 front with its base 4-3. Lynch stressed that it won’t be a wholesale change, and that anyone who attends the first few sessions of spring practice won’t see any use of the 3-4 at all. The Hoosiers don’t have the personnel to run an NFL style 3-4, Lynch said, mostly because they don’t have a truly monstrous nose tackle to put in the middle of the defense.

What they do have, though, is a group of defensive ends who are slightly smaller but more athletic than the prototypes, and who could be just as effective if not more so standing up than they could be coming out of a three-point stance. (more…)

Oladipo, Abraham will play in Derby Festival Classic

Indiana signee Victor Oladipo and prospect Moses Abraham will be among the participants in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic on April 9 and 10 in Louisville.

This is the same all-star game (with a slam-dunk and 2-on-2 tournament the night before at Bellarmine) that Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford played in last season.

The game will be at Freedom Hall.

Also on the roster is old friend Ray McCallum, who is still making his college decision.

Hat tip to Alex Bozich over at Inside the Hall for the rosters.

Anthony Brown #3 Stanford  6’7/180 F
Justin Coleman #21 Louisville 6’5/215 F
Gorgui Dieng #10 Undecided 6’10/210 C
Ryan Harrow #12 NC State 6’/158 G
Tyler Lamb #0 UCLA 6’4/195 G
Nate Lubick #33 Georgetown 6’9/227 F
Russ Smith #24     Louisville 6’2/150 G
Trey Zeigler #32 Undecided 6’5/185 G
Elisha Justice Louisville 5′11/167 G

Moses Abraham Undecided 6’9/235 C
Trae Golden #5 Tennessee 6’2/190 G
Josh Hairston #15 Duke 6’9/195 F
Justin Martin #20 Xavier 6’6/200 F
Ray McCallum #3 Undecided 6’2/175 G
Jordan McRae #1 Tennessee 6’6/180 G/F
Victor Oladipo #23 Indiana 6’5/180 G
Stacey Poole, Jr. #2 Kentucky 6’5/200 F
Dwight Powell #33 Stanford 6’9/215 C
Royce Woolridge Kansas 6’1/175 G

DeJuan Marrero video

Here is a short video from Saturday’s semistate game between Bowman Academy and Monroe Central. Sorry about the relative lack of quality — tried out the wife’s new camcorder and discovered it is better suited for kids’ birthday parties, not fast-paced basketball games.

Anyways, Marrero is No. 1 for Bowman Academy. He’s also the biggest guy on the floor, at 6-foot-5.

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Live from Lafayette Jefferson

Sorry about the lack of in-game updates. The wireless card was not working in the gym.

Gary Wallace defeated Fort Wayne Elmhurst 57-47 in the 3A semistate game, advancing to next week’s state championship against Washington.

Wallace won behind star Branden Dawson’s big effort, with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Dawson was 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-8 from the free-throw line and was dominating for stretches.

In a 185-second stretch, Dawson made a turn-around jumper in the high post; reached high into the air and pulled down a bad alley-oop pass and guided it through the basket; blocked a shot in a one-on-one situation; and grabbed a steal and had a furious dunk with no one around him.

Dawson, a 6-foot-6 forward who is top-20 in the class of 2011, has great athleticism and length. He’s active on offense, guiding his team through sets and serving as a calming presence. On defense, he tended to float. Part of that was Elmhurst just did not get the ball to his man, partly because Dawson appeared to be picking his spots.

Bruce Weber was in the gym. Did not see any other coaches.

Live from Seymour . . .

Barr-Reeve and the other North Central are currently locked in a spirited battle for the right to advance to the 1A state title game and get a shot at Bowman Academy. Barr-Reeve’s Trey Hughes hit a . . . wait for it . . . 3 at the 3rd period buzzer to give his team a 38-32 lead. Cavernous gym isn’t full, but it’s loud.

Park Tudor and IU target Yogi Ferrell will play Forest Park in the second game, which should begin around 6:15.

[5:20 UPDATE]

Despite a late push by North Central, Barr-Reeve holds on for a 59-48 win.

Trey Hughes, son of head coach Bryan Hughes, hit a free throw that put Barr-Reeve up 50-46 with 1:20 left and then fought through leg cramps as his team pulled away on free throws.

[8:30 UPDATE]

Well, that was wild.

While most of the country was watching Kansas lose to Northern Iowa, about 6,000 got to watch Park Tudor and Forest Park battle through four quarters and as many overtimes to decide which team will play at Conseco.

A decisive pull up jumper by Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell finally came with about six seconds left. He curled around a high screen and stopped before entering the lane, rising up to let go of a shot that made it 47-45. Forest Park’s last second 3 fell short.

“It was in slow motion,” Ferrell, who was recently offered a scholarship by IU, said. “As soon as it left my fingers I knew it was good.”

Ferrell finished with a game-high 24 points. His twirling drive through the lane led to a bucket, foul and free throw that tied the game at 42 and sent it into it’s third OT. Ferrell had a chance to end the game in that period but his final shot did not fall.

Earlier, his drive and kick out led to a J.B. Rapp 3-pointer that tied it at 37 before the end of regulation. Reggie Nesbitt sent the game to overtime with a boisterous block of a lay-up created by a well-conceived play to get the ball inside.

“Reggie, he was the man down there,” said Ferrell, a sophomore. “He made the play that kept us in it.”

A Forest Park buzzer-beating 3 had knotted the score at 29 heading into half. But with the Panthers (15-10) sitting in a passive 2-3 zone and the Rangers (19-8) content with holding the ball — since they had no real answer for Ferrell — the final 32 minutes of the game were a grind. Two overtimes featured no scoring at all.

The Panthers, who had a five-game losing streak early in the season but are on a seven-game winning streak now, advance to face Gary Wallace in the 2A final.

Ferrell, a 5-9 guard, carried his team in the first half. He hit three 3-pointers and slashed through the lane and along the baseline for easy lay ups in front of IU assistant Tim Buckley and Michigan head coach John Beilein.

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