Talking Thomas

I’m working on a Whitney Thomas feature for next week, and spent some time on the phone with her father, Will Thomas, this afternoon. Like most everyone else around the IU women’s program, he’s rooting for the Hoosiers to make the Big Dance.

“I’d like for Whitney to get an NCAA bid, even if she only played one game and lost. I’d like to see her make it that far at least. The WNIT is great, but she worked so hard … If it doesn’t happen, we still had a good time,” he said.

Loss in first round ends season

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Teammates Verdell Jones III and Malik Story hug toward the end of the Indiana Penn State Big Ten tournament game at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday, March 12, 2009.

Dumes won’t play

Devan Dumes will not be in the lineup when Indiana plays Penn State later tonight, we have learned.

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The latest on Dumes

Heard from a few sources in Indy this morning that Devan Dumes was at Indiana’s shoot around but did not partake in any vigorous activity.

Heard from an official team source that he is still being evaluated and a final decision on his availability for today’s 5 p.m. game against Penn State won’t be made until much closer to 4 p.m.

Dumes, Indiana’s leading scorer and best on-ball defender, has missed most of the last two games after injuring his knee early in the Michigan State game on March 3.

Thursday Q&A

Just before we head up to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, we’ll hang out with you for our weekly 11 a.m. chat. What’s on your mind today? Drop us your questions and comments, and follow the conversation by clicking here.

AAU and agents

Another interesting story from the Yahoo team of Dan Wetzel and Josh Peter, who’ve been discussed on this blog before.

In this installment, they explore the ways sports agents are attempting to buy influence with AAU coaches.

Specifically, they explore one interaction between a New York-based agency and the So-Cal All-Stars, a prominent program that annualy produces multiple Division I players (including Malik Story, who is mentioned in the story.)

It’s worth a read.

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