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Fordham transfer Jio Fontan, with who Indiana had a brief courtship, is enrolling at Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Just spoke to Dan Hurley, the former Seton Hall star who coached Rutgers transfer Greg Echenique at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. Hurley stressed that he doesn’t know much about Echenique’s transfer process. He also said that Echenique’s parents, who don’t speak English, are handling most of it, and Echenique himself does not want to talk about the recruitment publicly.
“It’s just going to be one of these things where this is just going to go on,” Hurley said. “He’s going to take about a week to 10 days and he’s just going to pick a school. There’s not going to be a lot of chatter.”
Hurley did, however, confirm a few points of interest. For one, Indiana is one of the teams involved. Creighton, Maryland, and Miami are also in, though Hurley was not sure if there are other schools.
Also, Echenique’s eye injury will play a factor in the recruitment. He had surgery earlier this season to repair a detached retina, and because of that, he has been advised by doctors not to fly on planes because the increased air pressure can be a problem for the eye.
“That limits his ability to take any official visits to the schools,” Hurley said.
The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder was averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in the season’s first seven games before having surgery.
Witnesses said Christopher Blab, 19, was punched in the face during the altercation outside the University Heights apartments in San Marcos. He fell and hit his head on the concrete. According to police, two of Blab’s friends took him to Central Texas Medical Center before he was transferred to UMC Brackenridge for a severe head injury. He died from his injuries on Sunday.
Christopher’s father, Uwe Blab, played for Indiana and went on to a professional career with the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in the 1980s.
Indiana guard Jordan Hulls shoots two free-throws against Michigan. The Hoosiers, though, have struggled to get to the line and then make the free throws when they do get there. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
In case you missed it, the Indiana women’s basketball team officially announced that Georgie Jones, a 6-2 sophomore, will join the Hoosiers after leaving Marquette. Jones is enrolled at IU and will be eligible to take the court in the second semester next year.
Jones appeared in 37 games, starting 19 at Marquette. She averaged 3.5 points and 4.9 rebounds for her career. With the addition of Jones, the Indiana frontline could look markedly different next season with 6-5 incoming freshman Marissa Taylor joining 6-3 Sasha Chaplin, 6-2 Danilsa Andujar and 6-2 freshman Jasmine Davis, who has yet to play this season due to injury but is practicing with the team now.
For those wondering about departed freshman Sasha Bernard, www.tampabay.com reports she will be transferring to South Florida. The Delray Beach, Fla., native will be much closer to home as all indications are she left IU simply because she was homesick.
The two Indiana players who most often fill in the blank in the question, “How come _____ doesn’t get more playing time?” are freshmen forward Derek Elston and Bawa Muniru. Indiana coach Tom Crean actually addressed the status with both on his weekly radio show Monday night.
The mention of Elston was mostly unsolicited, coming in response to a general question about rebounding.
“We’ve gotta have a lot more out of our five position,” Crean said. “We’re really searching to figure what’s going to help us, and we’re looking for some consistent measures right there, and at the same time I look at it, we’ve gotta get Derek Elston more minutes. He’s had a couple of tough situations where we played four guards against Ohio State, we played four guards against Michigan. So it makes it harder for him. He’s not ready to defend those type of people yet the way we have to defend him. But we’ve still gotta get him on the court because he’s capable of getting rebounds.”
Elston is averaging just 15 minutes per game, but hasn’t played that many since the win over North Carolina Central on Dec. 19. He’s averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, though, and grabbed six rebounds in just 10 minutes against Illinois.
Muniru was brought up by a caller, who asked if Muniru was going to spend this much time on the bench, why he wasn’t redshirted.
“I’m at practice with him every day,” Crean said. “I respect the fact that everybody else isn’t. As we work towards all the time, we are not in a position — I think if you look at our five position the way it is right now, with our front line abilities, there’s nothing that says he’s not going to be able to help us over a period of time. But I mean, we’re with him every day. The learning curve that he has right now is very high. He’s gotta continue to work inside of it and he is. I’ll just go on the premise that I’m there and I know what I’m doing.”
Crean said, though, that with a stronger front line Muniru would have been redshirted.
“If we had the luxury of knowing that we were going to get tremendous production over a period of time consistently over the front line, there’s not a question in my mind we would’ve redshirted him,” Crean said. “But that’s where we sit right now. Again, it’s just a matter of continued work and improving. He’s showing improvement. When I feel that it’s helping our basketball team be better, I’m going to put him out there.”
Indiana added its 25th commitment this weekend when Paul Phillips, a tight end from Georgetown Prep in Washington, D.C., committed to the Hoosiers according to coach Dan Paro.
Phillips is the third member of his family to play Division I football. His older brother Andrew is an offensive lineman at Stanford and middle brother Colter is a tight end at Virginia.
Phillips is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder caught 20 passes for around 350 yards last season, and Paro said he’s effective in both the passing and running games.
“He can do both,” Paro said. “We had a multiple formation offense, and we could split him out wide or we could keep him in tight to block.”
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