Indiana defender Kevin Alston was just taken with the No. 10 pick in the MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution, former home of IU great Pat Noonan. Alston was rumored to be among those considered for the first overall pick, but surprisingly fell to New England.
Teammate Brad Ring was taken by the San Jose Earthquakes early in the second round with the No. 17 pick overall. Ring will join former Hoosiers Nick Garcia and Ned Grabavoy on the Earthquakes roster.
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Thursday at 2 p.m., the annual MLS SuperDraft will take place, televised live on ESPN2.
Indiana’s Kevin Alston is expected to go somewhere between pick Nos. 5-9. Alston is one of the nine underclassmen that are part of the Generation Adidas program. That means guaranteed money for Alston as well as having the remainder of his education paid for. According to IU coach Mike Freitag, Alston was on track to graduate in December of 2009 already. Generation Adidas players were six of the first eight picks in last year’s draft, with part of the reason being that their contracts don’t count against team’s salary budget.
Hoosier teammate Brad Ring is projected to go as high as No. 12. It’s possible, but unlikely, he could slide a few more picks down and out of the first round (15).
Sounds like the latest CBS comedy, right?
No, this one is real.
But, you know, they won’t talk gambling.
“Why Vegas is because Bob and I, and a lot of people, want to really experience what this is really like because we do think, next to being center court, this is the place to be,” PackerÂ said.
The shows, which will air on Fox Sports Net, will start right after the seedings are announced and continue until after the Final Four.
Ben, not Rick . . .
This move has been talked about within IU athletic circles for months…and now has been officially announced.
Here’s IU’s press release:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ Indiana Baseball Head Coach Tracy Smith today announced
the hiring of former Hoosier Ben Greenspan as an assistant coach for the
2009 season. Greenspan will serve as the full-time assistant coach that
oversees hitting and catchers.
After seeing a nine-game winning streak die at Minnesota Thursday night, the Indiana women’s basketball team made sure the losing streak didn’t reach two with an 84-77 win at Penn State Sunday.
In a seesaw second half, Indiana (11-3, 4-1 Big Ten) pulled away from a 73-all tie with two and a half minutes left with eight straight points. All five IU starters were in double figures, led by former North standout Whitney Thomas with 19 points and six rebounds. Amber Jackson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jamie Braun 17 points, Jori Davis 13 points and Kim Roberson 12 points. Andrea McGuirt was the only other Hoosier to score with nine points on three first-half 3-pointers.
For more on the game, visit www.HoosiersHQ.com later tonight.