ScoopTalk: Enter the Ninja V

IU D-Line preparing for another change

Indiana’s defensive line is looking at it’s third different scheme in three years.

Through 2009, the Hoosiers were in a standard 4-3. Last year they mixed 3-4 and 4-3, but even when they were in a 4-3 alignment, they used a stand-up defensive end.

This year, the alignment will be relatively similar, but the technique they will use will be different from anything they’ve ever done.

The new defensive staff is asking its defensive linemen — tackles and ends — to focus on attacking their blockers rather than shooting for gaps. Defensive coaches say the linemen will still be able to make plays, but their stated purpose will be to hold gaps and blockers to allow linebackers and defensive backs more freedom. (more…)

Video: Jeremy Hollowell picks Indiana

Hollowell commits to Indiana

Every long-time friend who committed to Indiana made the school more and more attractive to Jeremy Hollowell.

The Lawrence Central junior swingman wanted to make sure he was picking the right school for him, but he came to realize that the opportunity to play with Ron Patterson, Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin — not to mention Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller — was what made Indiana the right school.

“In Indiana, I see something pretty amazing, and I wanted to make sure I was a part of that,” Hollowell said.

On Thursday, he did, announcing that he had verbally committed to Indiana over Purdue, Ohio State and Cincinnati at a ceremony at Lawrence Central High School.

Before Hollowell came into the conference room where he was making the announcement, coach J.R. Shelt laid out hooded sweatshirts from Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue. When he made the announcement, Hollowell grabbed the Indiana sweatshirt and put it on.

The 6-foot-7, 190-pounder gives the Hoosiers a versatile wing scorer in that class who can score from the post and the perimeter. Shelt said he can also defend every position 1-5, especially if he puts weight on as expected.

Hollowell said Indiana coach Tom Crean envisions him having a similar role to Christian Watford where his versatility will be utilized.

“I’ll be playing guarding multiple positions,” he said. “Guarding different players. I’ll just be playing wherever they need me.”

And he’ll also be recruiting. Just as the players in the 2012 class who committed before him worked hard to get him in the fold, so too will he.

His focus, he said, was obvious. Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris, the No. 24 player in the Class of 2012.

“I think we all know I’m gonna go after Gary Harris pretty hard,” Hollowell said. “… He knows I’m going to come after him hard.”

AUDIO: Jeremy Hollowell

AUDIO: J.R. Shelt

LIVE: Jeremy Hollowell’s decision (Hollowinning: Enter the Ninja V)

Below is Dustin’s Twitter stream as we report live from Lawrence Central at 3:30, when Jeremy Hollowell is expected to announce he will attend Indiana. I have the video camera, so I’ll post video ASAP.

Live Chat, 11 a.m.

Before we head up to Jeremania or Hollowinning or whatever you want to call what’s happening at Lawrence Central at 3:30 p.m., we’ll be here for our regularly scheduled live chat at 11 a.m.

Tom Crean praises Cody Zeller’s mental focus, desire to win

On Saturday, Cody Zeller and the Washington Hatchets will play for their third state title in four seasons.

That Zeller, who signed with Indiana in November, will do so is of little surprise to Indiana coach Tom Crean.

“He’s the most mentally focused kid I’ve ever recruited,” Crean said on Wednesday.

During the fall, Crean was a frequent visitor to Washington’s practices. He was there to recruit Zeller (as was North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Butler coach Brad Stevens) but it also allowed him to see the 6-foot-11 Zeller work.

He watched how Zeller responded to Washington coach Gene Miiller’s coaching. How Zeller worked during drills, and pushed himself through conditioning exercises.



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