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Williams, game one

CINCINNATI — David Williams just made his debut at the Adidas It Takes Five tournament, and it was a rather underwhelming one.

Williams, a 2010 forward that has verbally committed to play at Indiana, was not bad. But he was not particularly good, either.

He was solid on defense, defending in the post, along the perimeter and in the open court.

But, during a 78-70 win against Brookwood Elite, the Atlanta Celtics forward was not a presence at all on offense.

He did not score or have an assist. It’s hard to say, having seen him only this one time, whether or not this is a bad game or a consistent pattern.

Either way, there is an expectation in these tournaments that the elite (like those committed to Indiana) are going to stand out and really make their presence known. Brandon Mobley, a high-level power forward for the Celtics, did just that.

We will see him again at 4 p.m, against a Michigan Mustangs team that features 6-2 guard Keith Appling (a Michigan State commit) and Juwan Howard, Jr.


It Takes 5ive, Part III

When we first journeyed to Cincinnati to cover the It Takes 5ive AAU event — organized by South assistant and Indiana Elite director Criss Beyers — we did so because Kelvin Sampson was making his return to the recruiting trail for the first time in two years.

As it turns out, we rolled onto campus about the same time as Sampson and assistant Ray McCallum. Back then, the question was whether or not McCallum would stay at IU long enough for his son, Ray McCallum Jr., to end up wearing the Hoosiers jersey.

That day, many were upset that Deshaun Thomas — for whom much hype was building in those days — couldn’t make it to Cincinnati. But we spoke with Tyler Zeller, whose comments on Purdue’s coaches seem to resonate more now than they did then (He said the Boilermakers’ coaches were “truthful” and that there was “nothing suspicious about them.” I’ll let you ponder who Zeller compared them to before coming up with that assessment.)

(Here’s an interesting report from about that same time. Notice the three Indiana Elite players IU coveted then; it ended up, of course, signing Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco from that squad).

Which brings us to the 2008 It Takes 5ive event. That was the first time Crean ventured out to an AAU event as the Hoosiers coach. How quickly things had changed for the Indiana program.

What didn’t change was that we followed Crean like gnats at a summer picnic.

The buzz then, as you’ll see from some of the comments on the post linked above, was about a lanky prospect named Christian Watford.

And we wrote stories about how Capobianco and Hulls, both IU commits by then, were envisioning their futures as Hoosiers.

What adventures will be had today? Whatever they are, we hope you’ll be here to read about them.


Happy 4th of July

Enjoy.


Doing the 2010 rankings

Rivals.com and Scout.com have both updated their 2010 rankings for men’s basketball.

You can find the Rivals list here, and the Scout list here.

For now, we’ll go through the list and show you where the top Indiana targets landed.

KYRIE IRVING (PG, St. Patrick’s (Elizabeth, N.J.)) — No. 14 on Rivals, No. 7 on Scout.

STACEY POOLE (SF, Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson) — No. 21 on Rivals, No. 50 on Scout.

DOMINIQUE FERGUSON (SF, Lawrence North) — No. 23 on Rivals, No. 16 on Scout.

JUSTIN COLEMAN (SF, Richmond (Va.) Henrico) — No. 42 on Rivals, No. 20 on Scout.


Examining Rivals, Scout’s 2011 rankings

For today’s print edition (Yeah, we still have that), I talked to Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer and Scout.com’s Dave Telep about the process of rating the top players in the class of 2011.

The two men are responsible for their respective sites’ rankings and go about in different ways. Perhaps because of that, or even despite that, the rankings are very different.

Taking only the top 75 (Rivals did a top 100, but Scout stopped at 75), there are 62 similar names. But even those players have an average difference of just more than 10 positions between the two rankings.

While I had Meyer and Telep on the phone, I took the chance to ask them about some prospects. Here is what they had to say. (more…)


Hugh will chat, too

We’ll have our regular Thursday morning discussion at 11 a.m. today.

Hugh Kellenberger, who put together an interesting story on recruiting services for today’s paper, will also join in the conversation.

Hope you’ll either join us then or submit a question now and check back later for answers.


Indiana gets commitment from RB

Matt Perez, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Park Ridge, Ill. became the ninth player to verbally commit to Indiana’s class of 2010.

He notified the coaching staff of his intentions Wednesday.

Perez’s coach, David Inserra, had no trouble describing his back.

“I think Indiana pegged him with a 4.55 forty (yard dash),” Inserra said. “He is strong, explosive, has great vision and balance and is very quick.”

Inserra said Perez made huge runs and receptions as the team’s featured back in their spread offense, and was a great kick returner. Perez recorded more than 2,600 all-purpose yards with 31 touchdowns in his junior campaign.

Perez and his Maine South team went an undefeated 14-0 on their way to an Illinois Class 8A State Championship, the state’s largest class. In said title game, Perez ran for 119 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns.

Inserra said Perez always performed well in big games.

“I don’t know if I ever saw him tackled by one guy,” he said. “He had a ton of yards after contact. And he was a guy our seniors really looked to. They were always yelling ‘We got Perez.’ That gave them and the whole team a lot of confidence.”

Neither Rivals.com nor Scout.com rank him, though both have profiles in their system.

We hope to get in contact with Perez shortly, so still more to come on this most recent verbal commitment for coach Bill Lynch’s staff.



Scoop Poll:

How many games will IU basketball win in 2014-15

  • 16-19 (45%, 145 Votes)
  • 20-23 (36%, 117 Votes)
  • 15 or less (12%, 38 Votes)
  • 24 or more (7%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 324

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IU vs Eastern Washington men\'s basketball

Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]3100James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]2310Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]1930Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]1720Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]1570Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]1510Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]1430Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]1430Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]1190Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]1220Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]1390Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]1380Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]1630Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]1730Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]1440Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]3420Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]1780Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]1610Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]1300Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]1290Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]1280Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]1190Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]1190Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]990Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]1020Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]1100Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]1170Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]1020Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]1010Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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