adidas Invitational, Day 1

Hugh Kellenberger and I have journeyed all the way to the North Central side of Indy (at North Central HS) for the first day of the inaugural adidas Invitational. This used to be the adidas It Takes Five tournament in Cincinnati. They had a great set up there, with a bunch of courts all in the same building. It’s not bad here. So far no one has been felled by the heat they must wade through to get to the middle school.

Let me first say that we picked a heckuva day to have massive computer failure. Hugh’s computer is apparently taking a personal day, and my wireless card is no longer acquainted with my MacBook Pro. They must have had a falling out while riding together in the bag.

I’ve now managed to get connected using my phone. Who knows how long this will last. This BlackBerry could spontaneously explode right now and all I would be able to do is shrug. Been that kinda day.

We did manage to Tweet a bunch, and you can see those by going to Hugh’s page or my page.

We’ll have some photos to post, courtesy of Intern Ray, later. And we’ll do a blog wrap up, too.

So far, Cody Zeller has looked fantastic. Austin Etherington struggled a bit but made a clutch defensive play to help Indiana Elite win its first game.

Tom Crean (with son Riley tagging along) has been roaming the gyms. New assistant Steve McClain is now buzzing around. It doesn’t seem like many new names are emerging for Indiana, and the kids they have been recruiting don’t seem to be changing what they’re saying about the process.

Also, it’s true that Indiana is planning on hiring Je’Ney Jackson as its new basketball strength coach. He’s served as an assistant football coach at Southern Miss and Kansas. He was also a football strength coach for the Jayhawks. His tie to the IU situation is apparently McClain; he played football at Wyoming, where McClain was once the head coach.

Crean declined to comment on the hiring today. Larry Fedora, whose staff Jackson is leaving, does not appear to be pleased by the development.

So, it’s been a busy day. We’ll have more as it continues.

Dawson still has IU on list, eyes spring commitment; Harris may trim list

The word on the street for sometime is that Branden Dawson was bound to commit to Purdue, it was just a matter of when.

But the 6-foot-6 senior swingman from Wallace High School in Gary said Tuesday at the LeBron James Skills Academy that he is not nearly as close to a decision as many assume he is. Dawson said that, much like fellow in-state blue-chipper Cody Zeller, he plans on taking all five of his allotted official visits and he doesn’t plan on making a commitment until the spring.

“It will probably be next year, around spring,” he said. “I want to take my time with it. I want to expand my options and just watch, stuff like that.” (more…)

Notes from Day 1 of LeBron Camp

The first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy doesn’t allow for much in the way of reporting. Players aren’t available for interviews, and if you break that rule, you lose your credential. Nike makes this very clear, and the company has shown over the years it’s not afraid of suppressing the media. (You do remember the Jordan Crawford dunk you weren’t supposed to see, don’t you?)

Regardless, Indiana had a pair of in-state recruits at this camp in Branden Dawson and Gary Harris. Both seemed to acquit themselves relatively against strong competition.

The high school players had a two-hour workout on Monday with the first half being all about skill instruction (shooting drills, passing drills, ball-handling drills) and the second consisting of pick-up games. Dawson at times seemed a tad too loose during the skill instruction, but showed off his considerable length and range, moving quickly to spots and making deep jumpers. He also hit a nifty turnaround jumper during a pick-up game that served as his highlight of game action. (more…)

A schedule for this week

Dustin is in Akron today for the LeBron James Skills Academy, along with Gary Harris and Branden Dawson.

But for Chris and I, and I am sure many of you, the July AAU season begins tomorrow, with the adidas Invitational and Hoosier Shootout in Indianapolis.

Here is a schedule I’ve drawn up, similar to the one I did for the adidas May Classic.

Keep in mind that I do have some local prospects (Levi Garner, Desmond Marks, Dee Davis, Spencer Turner) on there, so this is not just IU-specific. But 95 percent of it is, and Davis plays on the 17U Meanstreets team with top-five prospect Anthony Davis, so those games are going to just be fun to watch.

Any questions? Anyone I missed (keep in mind Harris is chilling with LeBron, so I left his D3 Heat team off on purpose)? Leave it in the comments.’s 2011 rankings

Dave Telep and Evan Daniels apparently do not like fireworks and alcohol, because they put out the pre-July 2011 rankings late last night.

Anyways, here they are for the IU prospects:

14 — Cody Zeller

21 — B.J. Young

24 — Branden Dawson

29 — Chane Behanan

40 — Marshall Plumlee

87 — Aaron Thomas

88 — Naadir Tharpe

95 — Jeremiah Davis

Happy Independence Day


Go forth and enjoy, and keep those sparklers far from your noggin.

A Hoosier Morning addendum

Sometimes Hoosier Morning comes out too early, apparently.

First of all, Kentucky is being investigated, according to TMZ. The investigation centers on two current players and two just drafted, and the NCAA is interested in meetings one had with an agent. Yeah, TMZ is an entertainment site. But the source is one interviewed by the NCAA, and remember TMZ gets its stuff right (it doesn’t need the web traffic and it pays sources).

Also, Oak Hill coach Steve Smith just wrote on Twitter that A.J. Hammons is headed to the school. The center, one of the top prospects in the class of 2012, would be leaving Carmel.

And released its top 75 for the class of 2012. Here are where the IU prospects land:

10 — Gary Harris

11 — Hanner Perea

30 — A.J. Hammons

34 — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

35 — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

37 — Jeremy Hollowell

57 — Ron Patterson

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