Video: Cody Zeller at Shootout

At this point, do I really need to say anything other than Cody Zeller? I didn’t think so.

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Indiana coach Bill Lynch argues a call last season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Willis out for rest of spring

Indiana sophomore tailback Darius Willis, who has been out since the April 3 scrimmage with a rib injury, will miss the rest of spring practice to have ankle surgery.

Willis suffered through the injury for most of the fall, sitting out three games and having his carries limited in several others. He is expected to fine by fall camp, however.

Senior linebacker Tyler Replogle also missed Tuesday’s practice with a head injury. He is expected to return either Thursday or in the Cream and Crimson game on Saturday.

Paterno continues to push expansion talk

The refrain from most coaches on Tuesday’s Big Ten football teleconference, the first and only of the spring practice period, was that conference expansion ideas are above their paygrade. Most expressed their general support of the idea, but said any specific ideas were beyond them.

“I’m certainly supportive of whatever our presidents and our commissioner feel is the right thing,” Indiana coach Bill Lynch said.

Said Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio: “That decision has to be made by people at a much higher level than myself.”

Said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz: “I haven’t given it an awful lot of thought, and part of that is a point you made a minute ago. Not only will I may not have a vote, I doubt I’ll have a vote.” (more…)

Indiana recruiting former Iowa signee Larson

Cody Larson, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward from Sioux Falls, S.D., was visited by the entire Indiana coaching staff on Sunday night according to a source close to Larson who asked to be neither quoted nor identified. Larson signed a letter of intent to play at Iowa, but is reconsidering after the Hawkeyes fired former coach Todd Lickliter. New coach Fran McCaffery released Larson from his scholarship last week.

The source said that Larson has already been offered scholarships by Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Arizona State and Wake Forest. Florida is set to visit Larson in South Dakota on Friday. Ohio State and Arizona are coming in on Sunday and New Mexico will visit next Wednesday.

Lee Taylor, Larson’s coach at Roosevelt High School, said he could not confirm Indiana’s involvement, but that he’s handled calls from dozens of schools who want to get involved.

“Everyone’s calling just to make sure he is in fact release and that he’s still open,” Taylor said. “He’s keeping his options open. He definitely could go back to Iowa. He just feels like he needs to dot all the “I”s and cross all the “T’s” with the new coaching staff.  But he’s getting calls from the ACC, the Pac-10, the SEC. It’s really been all over the map.”

It’s been a strange process for Larson, Taylor said, but it’s also been exciting.

“He didn’t foresee this coming,” Taylor said. “Even as Iowa was struggling, he thought for sure Lickliter would be there. Now’ he’s listening to people again to see if he did make the right decision. The schools calling all have been definitely flattering and he’s humbled about that.”

Taylor said Larson has the skill to play anything from point guard to center at the high school level, but that in college he fits best as a combination small and power forward. As a senior, Larson helped Roosevelt to a fifth-place finish in the state, averaging 19.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and about six assists and two blocks per game, according to Taylor.

“He’s a big-time level player,” Taylor said. “He”s 6-9 and he does everything really, really well. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor. He’s an unbelievable finisher. He’s a great passer. He has an off-the-chart basketball IQ. He has great court awareness. He can step out and shoot from beyond the arc. He was our second-best ball handler. … He’s an unbelievable talent. He has the tools and the body to step in as a freshman and make an impact for a top level program.”

Video: Michael Ramey

Here is a short video of 2012 prospect Michael Ramey. He is a 6-foot-5 guard out of Southport that has exploded. I remember seeing him as a freshman and he was probably 6-foot, tops. Had a great shot, but the size wasn’t there. Obviously, it is now (he told Peegs he had a 35-inch vertical). Tim Buckley has been up to Southport to watch Ramey and teammate Kellon Thomas.

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There is a large crop of prospects in the state of Indiana for Tom Crean and other college head coaches to go after. David Snodgress | Herald-Times


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