Caught the end of Winning Time on the re-run, that was fun to watch. Especially the closing interview with Michael Rappoport. Anyway, at 1:25 a.m., we still have no clue what his kid is going to do. All texts and calls to the Abraham camp have gone un-returned. Have had a fun Twitter exchange with Sean Morrison of the IDS and Zach Osterman of Inside The Hall, though, as we all wait up for something that probably won’t happen tonight.
I’m going to give it another hour or so. But I can’t believe that this kid is really sitting at a kitchen table someplace with his mentors and plans on staying up until 4 a.m. if that’s what it takes to make the decision. I’m thinking this comes tomorrow.
If anyone’s waiting up, I appreciate it.
The IDS is reporting that they got a text that says Moses Abraham might be waiting until this morning to make a decision. I, meanwhile, have heard nothing from the Abraham camp despite a call and a text since midnight.
As soon as I hear something, it will go up, of course, but I’m not sure when that’s going to happen.
A source close to the situation says Moses Abraham, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Nigerian senior forward playing at Progressive Christian Academy in Temple Hills, Md., will make his college decision around midnight tonight. The source says Abraham has narrowed his choices to Georgetown and Indiana, and that he will meet with IU coach Tom Crean late tonight. Crean is in the area to watch signee Victor Oladipo and his DeMatha team play for the city championship against Ballou.
The reason for the late decision, the source said, is so Abraham can meet with Ejike Ugboaja, a 2006 Cleveland Cavaliers draftee who still runs camps in Nigeria and introduced Abraham to his guardian and trainer, Joe Boncore. He will fly in from D.C. late tonight.
CORRECTION, 5:30 p.m.
The source says the meeting will actually be by phone. The next NCAA contact period does not begin until Tuesday so any in-person contact would be illegal.
I’ve heard that Tom Crean may be on his way to Seymour for the game tonight.
Not totally sure where Bennie Seltzer has ventured on this gray Saturday, but I think he’s been monitoring Jeremiah Davis of Muncie Central pretty closely.
As someone noted below, Indiana’s coaches are scouring the state of Indiana today according to Tom Crean.
Tim Buckley was in Seymour this morning. Obviously he was here to support South’s Matt Carlino, but he also arrived in time for the Martinsville-Jeffersonville game. His target there would probably be a kid who couldn’t even play: Jeff’s Darryl Baker is one of the better 9th graders I’ve ever seen, but he has missed most of the year with a knee injury.
Tom Crean was in Washington, where he saw 2011 target Cody Zeller score 29 points despite double- and triple-teams in Washington’s win.
Not for spring break.
Who could leave the state this time of year?
We’re headed to bucolic Seymour, where about 8,000 people will cram into a gym (and then the town’s Max and Erma’s) for a day of basketball revelry. First up, we’ll watch that miracle Martinsville team play Jeffersonville. Then, Bloomington South v. Evansville Harrison. Championship game will be at 8 p.m. tonight.
So, after Indiana’s loss to Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, Dustin and I moseyed on over to a party being thrown by the conference. It was a solid time, and we happened to have Inside the Hall’s Zach Osterman with us. We ran into good friends from the IU beat, including the terrific and hard-working IUSTV crew as well as the media relations gang from the university. It was a good time.
At this particular event, the Big Ten Network was doing some work/building some hype for an intriguing project it is working on right now. It will name 50 “Big Ten Icons” and produce shows about these people to run in the Fall. They asked for input, but also gave away bobble-head dolls depicting some of the nominees.
These trinkets were inside unmarked boxes, which were packaged in fancy black bags. As we left the party with a plan to meander through town to see what was what, Osterman grabbed one.
Later, when, with our good friends from the News-Gazette in Champaign, we had taken our seats in a classy establishment, Osterman unpacked his icon.
This is what he found: (more…)
Former Indiana assistant coach Roshown McLeod finally released his statement on his dismissal. It follows.
The following is a statement from Roshown McLeod following his dismissal from the Assistant Coach position at Indiana University.
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Indiana University. It gave me the chance to work with some amazing student athletes over the last two seasons. I wish the best for IU as they move forward.”
There will be no further comment from Roshown McLeod on this subject.
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