The latest on Dumes

Heard from a few sources in Indy this morning that Devan Dumes was at Indiana’s shoot around but did not partake in any vigorous activity.

Heard from an official team source that he is still being evaluated and a final decision on his availability for today’s 5 p.m. game against Penn State won’t be made until much closer to 4 p.m.

Dumes, Indiana’s leading scorer and best on-ball defender, has missed most of the last two games after injuring his knee early in the Michigan State game on March 3.

Thursday Q&A

Just before we head up to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, we’ll hang out with you for our weekly 11 a.m. chat. What’s on your mind today? Drop us your questions and comments, and follow the conversation by clicking here.

AAU and agents

Another interesting story from the Yahoo team of Dan Wetzel and Josh Peter, who’ve been discussed on this blog before.

In this installment, they explore the ways sports agents are attempting to buy influence with AAU coaches.

Specifically, they explore one interaction between a New York-based agency and the So-Cal All-Stars, a prominent program that annualy produces multiple Division I players (including Malik Story, who is mentioned in the story.)

It’s worth a read.

IU women outside looking in?

That’s the prediction of two “bracketologists” right now, and with only a few conference tournaments remaining, not much is likely to change.

Both’s Charlie Creme and’s Jerry Palm list the Hoosiers as one of the last four teams out of the field of 64. That means the Hoosiers are close enough that the committe could surprise the experts, but it looks like heartbreak. Both men have five teams getting in from the Big Ten, with Minnesota one of the last four in the tournament. IU (19-10) and Minnesota (19-11) tied at 11-7 in the Big Ten, but the Gophers won the only head-to-head matchup in Minneapolis.

Other tournaments haven’t gone IU’s way either with third-seeded Charlotte a surprise winner in the Atlantic 10 and Central Florida winning Conference USA as a five seed. That’s at least one and maybe two spots lost that might have gone to IU.

The NCAA women’s selection show airs Monday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Indiana fans are invited to a selection show party with the team at Coaches Bar & Grill from 6-8 p.m. Monday night.

Dumes still questionable

This just in from Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean regarding the status of leading scorer Devan Dumes’ availability for Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament game against Penn State:

“I’m not overly hopeful, but at the same time we’re not ruling him out. We just have to see how he heals up over the next few days and see what happens.”

IU soccer scrimmage

The Indiana men’s soccer team will play its annual indoor soccer scrimmage at the Sportsplex Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the intra-squad game with an autograph session immediately following.

Three IU recruits named to All-Star game

Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford will all play in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic in Louisville on April 11.

Tournament organizers released the names of 20 of the eventual 24 players that will suit up in the game, to be played at Freedom Hall.

Also included are four Louisville recruits (including one-time Indiana recruit Stephan Van Treese) and three Kentucky guys.

Full (as of now) rosters below:

Player College Ht/Wt Position Awards
Tyler Griffey Illinois 6′ 8″/230 F
Jon Hood Kentucky 6′ 6″/190 G
Jordan Hulls Indiana 6′ 0″/170 G
Lakeem Jordan South Carolina 6′ 5″/220 F
Rakeem Jamal Buckles Louisville 6′ 8″/203 F
Brendan Lane UCLA 6′ 9″/205 F
Peyton Siva Louisville 6′ 0″/165 G McDonald’s All-American
Stephan Van Treese Louisville 6′ 9″/225 F
GJ Vilarino Kentucky 6′ 1″/175 G
Raymond Penn Oklahoma St 5′ 9″/150 PG
Elijah Johnson Kansas 6′ 2″/183 G
Lorenzo Brown NC State 6′ 4″/175 G
Noel Johnson USC 6′ 7″/180 F
Daniel Orton Kentucky 6′ 10″/260 C
Maurice Creek Indiana 6′ 5″ /200 G
Michael Snaer Florida State 6′ 4″/185 G McDonald’s All-American
Maalik Wayns Villanova 6′ 1″/190 G McDonald’s All-American
Christian Watford Indiana 6′ 8″/215 F
Erik Murphy Florida 6′ 10″/220 PF
Mike Marra Louisville 6′ 4″/200 SG

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