Double-secret NBA deal involving D.J. White

By   |   Tuesday, May. 27, 2008 - 4:48 PM   |   16 comments

D.J. White celebrates his 3-pointer.

[5:30 UPDATE]

According to the all-knowing ESPN college hoops guru Andy Katz (you have to be an Insider to read the article and if you aren’t, well, then you’re probably an unloved outcast), White will not, in fact, be in Orlando.

Also, Eric Gordon was voted by the NBA teams as one of the 15 players who will only go through skills, strength, agility and medical testing. This means — perhaps only to the shock of the IU fans who soured on his play last season — that Gordon is basically a lock to go in the first 15 picks.

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According to DraftExpress.net, in an article entitled Word on the Street (fourth note), D.J. White may have received a promise from the Detroit Pistons that they will pick him with the 29th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.

The article also says that White may not participate in the Orlando pre-draft camp this weekend — something we’ve heard but have not been able to confirm. If White does in fact skip out on the workouts, it means he’s received some sort of information that leads him to believe his draft status is secure.

Whether or not that information was an assurance from a team currently playing for the Eastern Conference Finals or simply the advice of his agent is something we’re trying to find out.



Negedu visit set

By   |   Tuesday, May. 27, 2008 - 12:41 PM   |   38 comments

[5:10 UPDATE]

Looks like Negedu has set the rest of his visits.

Here’s the complete schedule.

  • Indiana                 June 3
  • Georgia Tech        June 8
  • Tennessee            June 10
  • Memphis              June 12

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An update on the hottest recruiting drama of the summer….

Emmanuel Negedu, the 6-7 springy forward freshly freed from his letter of intent to Arizona, will visit Indiana on June 3. The Hoosiers are in the running for his services — he’ll begin his college career this fall — along with Memphis, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

As has been reported, Negedu knows the Bloomington area well. The Nigerian native came to the U.S. as part of Mark Adams’ A-HOPE Foundation and spent a lot of time with Adams and his family while not attending Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

So Negedu’s visit will focus on what he doesn’t know: the current IU staff. Kelvin Sampson and his assistants pushed hard to make Negedu a Hoosier, whereas Tom Crean and his assistants have had limited contact with Negedu. So they’ll inevitably pitch him on being a part of the rebuilding project, playing in Crean’s up-tempo system and the chance to play early.

Stay tuned.



Source: Rivers commits to IU

By   |   Monday, May. 26, 2008 - 9:57 PM   |   106 comments

Jeremiah Rivers.

Jeremiah Rivers committed to Indiana this weekend, a source close to the situation has told The Herald-Times.

Rivers, a 6-4 point guard known for his defensive ability, played the past two seasons at Georgetown. He played in all 34 of the Hoyas’ games last year, averaging 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 18.6 minutes per game.

He will sit out next season per NCAA rules and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Rivers is the seventh player in Indiana’s incoming class, and the fifth brought in by new coach Tom Crean since being hired in early April.

Crean knows the Rivers family well; Doc Rivers, Jeremiah’s father and the coach of the Boston Celtics, starred at Marquette and was close to the program during Crean’s tenure with the Golden Eagles.



Hoosiers eliminated

By   |   Saturday, May. 24, 2008 - 6:40 PM   |   4 comments

The Indiana baseball team was unable to stave off elimination for the fourth straight game, falling 11-7 to Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Boilers scored in every inning but the first as the Hoosiers never saw the lead.

Chris Hervey paced the IU offense, going 3-for-4 witht three RBIs. Josh Phegley also was 3-for-4.

Purdue advances to take on top-seeded Michigan, and must beat the Wolverines both tonight and Sunday to win the title.



Tyler Cox Walk-Off Granny

By   |   Friday, May. 23, 2008 - 6:30 PM   |   7 comments

Indiana has made it to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

After blowing a three-run lead in the top of the ninth to go down by one, in part due to an error by shortstop Tyler Cox, the Hoosiers defeated Penn State, 11-8, when Cox belted a grand slam homer with one out in the bottom of the frame.

Penn State had beaten Indiana all five times they had previously played this season.

Indiana will meet Purdue on Saturday at 3:35 p.m., airing on the Big Ten Network. If they win that one, they’ll have to play again Saturday night against Michigan. And because of the double elimination format, a Sunday game is in the works if the Hoosiers are to vie for the conference title.

IU’s ninth-inning rally came off of Nittany Lions’ closer Drew O’Neill, who was in his third inning of work. O’Neill entered the game with a 0.71 ERA and 11 saves in 25 appearances.

In Friday’s opener, Josh Phegley went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs to lead the Hoosiers to a 14-7 win over Illinois. Tyler Tufts went the distance on the mound.



Introducing fans.HoosiersHq.com

By   |   Friday, May. 23, 2008 - 8:30 AM   |   8 comments



Let me take a moment to tell you about a new feature on the site, which we’re calling HoosiersHQ Fans. In computer talk, it’s a social network run through HoosiersHQ. When you first arrive at the page, you’ll be asked to sign up. Then you’ll design your page, and from there can become friends with other members, add pictures or videos to your profile, join groups or post on our message boards. Yes, message boards. We have great discussions here on the blog. And I enjoy reading the comments left on our stories. But until now there was no place for you guys to start your own threads and bring up topics you want to discuss. We’re excited to see where this goes. I hope you’ll take a look at HoosiersHQ Fans sometime soon, and do let us know if you have questions, complaints or suggestions.



Hoosier Baseball Avoids Elimination

By   |   Friday, May. 23, 2008 - 1:04 AM   |   6 comments

Junior leftfielder Chris Hervey went 5-for-5 at the dish on Thursday, scoring three times and driving in two, as Indiana got past Ohio State, 10-8, in 10 innings to stay alive in the Big Ten Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Hoosiers (29-29) now play at noon today against Illinois, a game to be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Andrew Means also scored three times and power hitters Josh Phegley and Jerrud Sabourin each had a pair of RBIs. But the big story was relief pitcher Matt Carr, a redshirt freshman, who entered in the third inning after a rough start by staff ace Matt Bashore and finished the game. Carr gave up two runs in 7 2/3 innings but neither was earned. He is now 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 appearances.

After tying the game in the eighth, the Buckeyes had the bases juiced in the ninth before Carr induced a CLUTCH double 4-6-3 double play that first baseman Brad Henke scooped out of the dirt. Indiana then took the lead on a Means RBI double and Hervey’s fifth hit which scored the speedy Hoosier centerfielder. Carr then got ahead of each batter with an 0-1 count in the bottom of the frame and completed the 1-2-3 inning with just six pitches.

Should they win this afternoon, the Hoosiers will play on the BTN right after against Penn State, which is 5-0 against them this season.





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