Bloomington South point guard Jordan Hulls has accepted IU’s scholarship offer and will join the class of 2009.
Hulls and his family met with Crean at 5 p.m. today on the court at Assembly Hall. According to Hulls’ father, J.C., Crean was “ecstatic” about the commitment.
Hulls, a 6-footer who emerged this spring as a high major prospect due to his work organizing the attack for the loaded Indiana Elite One 17-under team, had been considering offers from IU and Purdue and was hearing from schools such as Duke and Stanford.
But as he talked to his parents — and as his parents talked to Crean — the family decided that the situation at IU was right forÂ Hulls.
“The more we talked about it, the more we liked coach Crean’s energy and his vision for the program,” J.C. Hulls said. “He wants to change the culture, and that’s something Jordan wants to be a part of.”
Mike Burris, the coach at Olney Central, first spoke with Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley about two weeks ago. Buckley had heard about one of Burris’ players named Tijan Jobe, a 7-footer who has been in the United States only four years and played under 20 minutes a game last season.
Buckley wanted to know about Jobe’s upside. Could he play like Ousmane Barro, a 6-10 inside player that spent the last few years at Marquette, screening to make room for Crean’s offense and providing solid defense on the other end?
Burris told him that he thought Jobe, who averaged about four points and four rebounds per game, would excel at the Division I level. He’d be able to play more physically and avoid getting into foul trouble, as he did in the always up-and-down JUCO game.
Buckley requested tape of Jobe. He liked what he saw. He told Tom Crean he needed to watch the tape. Crean eventually did. They invited Jobe, who actually has spent plenty of time in Bloomington with local AAU coach Mark Adams, for a visit. Jobe came on Saturday, but Crean wasn’t in town. So Jobe came back today, and Crean offered him a scholarship.
“Obviously he jumped right on it,” Burris said. “He knows the town, he’s got friends there, he knows about Indiana basketball.”
Since then, Burris’ phone has been ringing non-stop with reporters trying to figure out whatever they can about the newest Hoosier. Burris nows what the fans are thinking: they’re worried that this is a desperation signing; that Crean is looking to sign a big body for the sake of signing a big body.
“Coach Crean’s not going to take a guy who can’t come in a help,” Burris said. “He fills the need for a front-court player who can come in and be a defensive presence and help out on offense.”
Tijan Jobe, the 7-footer from Olney Central, has apparently accepted a scholarship offer from IU and will join the class of 2008.
According to Scout.com, Jobe averaged four points and four rebounds a year ago.
Emmanuel Negedu, the former Indiana Elite forward, will apparently get his release form Arizona and has some interest in playing for Indiana.
Meanwhile, Tijan Jobe, another African who happens to be good buddies with Negedu (from Nigeria) apparently visited Indiana today and may have even chosen to sign with the Hoosiers. The good news: he’s 7 feet tall. The bad news: he apparently averaged three points and three rebounds per game last year at Olney Central Junior College.
More to come on these developing stories.
Maurice Sutton will announce where he’ll play college basketball tomorrow at 3 p.m.
No word on where he’s leaning, although it appears that it is now between Indiana and Villanova.
Maurice Sutton is still waiting for the answer.
And he’s prepared to wait for as long as it takes.
“I move on His terms, to be honest with you,” he told me moments ago. “God hasn’t opened up and led me yet.”
Sutton, a 6-10 center from Maryland, has been praying about the choice he must make. He has narrowed where he’ll play basketball next season to Indiana, Seton Hall and Villanova.
But as the deadline he set — May 21, the end of the spring signing period — approaches, he has no answer. And he will not rush (nor does he have to since he could receive a scholarship even after that date.)
“I’m just going to wait on the answer,” he said. “I’ve put my faith in Him in all things with my life, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
Sutton, who visited Villanova last week and was in Bloomington for the May Classic, has spoken with his parents — his mother is a minister — and coaches about which school fits him best. But ultimately, he said, prayer will lead him to his decision.
Indiana’s baseball team capped a four-game sweep of Michigan State on Saturday with a 14-5 victory, guaranteeing the Hoosiers (28-28, 15-17) a spot in the Big Ten Tournament field, which only includes the top six finishers in the conference.
The team has not played in the conference tournament since 2003 and has not swept a league opponent since 1999.
Josh Phegley put an exclamation point on his already gaudy regular season production with four hits, four runs scored, three RBIs, a double, and a home run. Jerrud Sabourin and Evan Crawford both knocked in three as well, and leadoff man Andrew Means scored three times.
After getting spotted a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, junior pitcher Tyler Tufts proceeded to pitch a gem, going eight innings and giving up just one run.
Phegley finished the season as the Big Ten’s leader in batting average (.436) and RBIs (71). His 45 RBIs in conference play also broke a 12-year old league record.
Sixth-seed Indiana will play No. 3 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event will be held at Michigan’s Ray Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor for the third straight season. Here’s the schedule.
Former Indiana recruit Bud Mackey, who is now incarcerated as he awaits trial on drug trafficking charges, spoke to the Lexington Herald-Leader recently.
It’s worth a read. Mackey’s story is an important chapter in the sociology book that has been written by happenings in Indiana’s basketball program the past few years.
And given the recent news about O.J. Mayo, it’s hard not to wonder what would have happened if an agent had given Mackey $30,000. He probably wouldn’t be where he is today.