NOTE: Posted here is the first of four Indiana basketball reports this afternoon from Chris Korman. The other three are posted below.
One player who has already committed to Indiana’s class of 2009, shooting guard Maurice Creek, will bring with him to Bloomington this weekend a current teammate who could become the sixth player to join that class.
Chris Braswell, a 6-foot-8, 225-poound forward, plays with Creek at Hargrave Military Academy and is, according to HoosierNation.comâ€™s John Decker, one of two players likely to fill out next yearâ€™s freshmen class. The other, 6-11 center Bawa Maniru, visited last weekend.
Marquis Teague, one of the top guards in the class of 2011, will also be in town according to Mike Pegram of InsideIndiana.com. Teague, from Pike in Indianapolis, is the younger brother of Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague.
Indiana athletic department spokesman J.D. Campbell said the department plans to submit its response to the NCAAâ€™s â€œfailure to monitorâ€ charge Friday.
Indiana was originally supposed to turn the document over to the committee on infractions last week, but was given a mysterious nine-day extension.
IUâ€™s response likely will not become a public record until the NCAA has had time to distribute it to all committee members for review.
The committee must rule on the failure to monitor charge â€” which was added after IU had its original hearing â€” before releasing its full public report on the five major violations IU and former coaches Kelvin Sampson and Rob Senderoff are charged with committing.
No timetable for a release of that report has been announced.
Freshman guard Matt Roth has not yet been cleared to work out with the team as he deals with a shoulder injury.
Roth, a talented 3-point shooter, had what his roommate Tom Pritchard described as â€œa little separationâ€ in the shoulder and has been rehabbing for three weeks.
â€œHeâ€™s definitely getting better,â€ Pritchard said Thursday. â€œHeâ€™s definitely working and doing a lot of therapy and stuff. He told me that he wants to play but with his condition, what he has right now, the trainer, Tim Garl, thinks itâ€™s probably not a good idea to start going full-contact right now.â€
This is the fourth of four Indiana basketball reports this afternoon from Chris Korman. It comes from a conversation today with Tom Pritchard.
Few ties to the Kelvin Sampson era in Indiana basketball remain.Tom Pritchard, a freshman forward on Tom Creanâ€™s first team, is one of them.
He committed to Indiana last September, before the university revealed that Sampson had committed more NCAA violations.
Pritchard signed with the Hoosiers in November anyway, and he and one other Sampson recruit, guard Matt Roth, honored their letters of intent.
Through four weeks of conditioning and individual workouts, Pritchard has observed a difference in the IU program he plays for from the one he originally signed up for.
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Here’s a scouting report from a guy who would know, Tom Pritchard.
Pritchard and Jobe face each other every day, all day.
“He just likes to power it. Heâ€™s a power guy. He doesnâ€™t really take that many jump shots, but he can definitely get position and he has a lot of strength in his upper and lower body and when he finishes he finishes strong.”
There’s no getting around the fact that Tijan Jobe is a basketball neophyte, a player who has received about the same amount of coaching so far as your average junior high player in Indiana.
Jobe arrived in the United States four years ago, then bounced through four schools and, according to Mike Burris, his coach at his stop before IU, Olney Central College, he wasn’t consistently schooled in the basics of basketball on a daily basis until about a year ago.
There’s also no getting around the fact that Jobe is 7-foot and 260 pounds.
“I think I can help the team mostly on defense, probably,â€ he said Wednesday. â€œBecause I have a long wingspan. Iâ€™ll make use of that.”
Offensively, Jobe won’t be asked to do much. That’s a reflection of Crean’s offense as much as it is Jobe’s ability. Post players are expected to set screens for and kick the ball out to the guards; it is their duty to spread the floor.
â€œI like facing my back to the basket,â€ he said. â€œThey try to make me face the defender and do some pick and rolls with the point guards and try to make the floor open for everybody.â€
Also, as evidenced by the picture I’ve posted with this blog, Jobe will be able to dunk thunderously. So that’s good.
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