Indiana adds a wide receiver

It’s been apparent for most of the offseason that Indiana has been focusing its recruiting efforts on defense and the offensive line, essentially anywhere but the offensive skill positions.

Through Tuesday night when word of offensive lineman Jalen Schlachter’s commitment broke, the Hoosiers had 17 recruits for the Class of 2011 and only two of them were in an offensive skill position — Lawrence Central quarterback Tre Roberson and Columbus North tight end Jake Reed, expected by many to serve as a blocking tight end.

But on Wednesday afternoon, word surfaced that IU had also received a commitment Tuesday night from Jay McCants, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Princeton High School in Cincinnati. He’s the first player the Hoosiers have added in more than two months who will be getting the ball in his hand by design.

“He’s a big possession receiver,” Princeton coach Bill Leach said. “So we just split him out wide and forced teams to match up. He’s got the speed to stretch the field, and he’s a big physical target to. Most of the time, we split hm out by himself, but sometimes we would bring him in and put him in different places to get mismatches. We would move him around and create problems.”


In anticipation of the draft . . .

True, Indiana does not have any players entered in the upcoming NBA Draft.

A former Hoosier will be picked, though. Jordan Crawford has apparently opened eyes with his pre-draft workout tour. Another guy who signed with Indiana but went to West Virginia, Devin Ebanks, has intriguing versatility.

One of Tom Crean’s former stars at Marquette, Lazar Hayward, could be selected, and a couple of Indiana kids — Gordon Hayward and Luke Harangody — are prospects as well.

Well, we’ve just published a little draft primer over on the parent site, and it is worth a look. There’s video of 73 players, as well as a short bio for each one.

I’m warning you now that the first video, for one John Wall, consists entirely of a Kentucky player scoring or assisting baskets against Indiana. WE DID NOT CREATE THIS VIDEO, NOR DO WE SANCTION IT AS SOME SORT OF MESSAGE ABOUT THE STATE OF INDIANA BASKETBALL. The entire primer was provided by a company we contract with for college sports scores and stats.

Indiana adds lineman, commitment No. 17

Indiana is apparently running out of available scholarships, but the Hoosiers are apparently using the ones they have left to land the most sought-after players in the class.

Days after grabbing four-star cornerback Ramon Taylor, the Hoosiers received a commitment from Jalen Schlachter. The three-star lineman from Corunna (Mich.) High School picked the Hoosiers over offers from Wisconsin, Missouri and Central Michigan, according to incoming Corunna coach Chris Curtiss.

Schlachter is listed at 6-foot-6, 273 pounds, but the weight is apparently misleading. He was last measured during basketball season while starting at forward. The constant cardio work cost him some pounds, but he’s been back to the weight room since the season ended, and Curtiss says he’s up to 295 pounds.

“He’s got big, long arms,” said Curtiss, who is taking over as Corunna’s coach this year after several years as the school’s athletic director. “He’s got size 18 feet. He’s huge, he’s big. We’ve had a constant rotation of major college coaches here to see him. Every time they meet him, they say, ‘Man, he’s big.’ These are people who are around big guys all the time and they’re impressed with his size.”

And Schlachter has athleticism and power to go with it. Curtiss said he averages around 10 points and 10 rebounds per game on the basketball team and he’s an all-state shot putter.

“He’s big and he’s physical,” Curtiss said. “He’s a guy that will knock people off the ball. He’s pretty relentless.”

Schlachter is the 17th commitment for the Class of 2011 and either the third or fourth offensive lineman, depending on what the staff decides to do with defensive end/offensive lineman C.J. Robbins. Indiana can sign up to 25 players each season, but must trim the roster to 85 scholarship players by the beginning of the season. The Hoosiers are still oversigned by two players for 2010. They have just 16 graduating seniors, which means they are already overstocked by three players for 2011.

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Victor Oladipo catches rebounds during a shooting drill at the one-day camp IU’s basketball team held on Tuesday in Indianapolis. Ben Corda | Herald-Times


IU holds clinic at Municipal Gardens in Indianapolis; several topics discussed

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Crean said a few weeks ago at a fund raising event at Huber Farms that he wanted to do more community outreach in Indianapolis. It didn’t take him long to prove he was serious.

Just three weeks after contacting program directors at the Municipal Gardens community center on west side of Indianapolis, Indiana held a clinic at the facility that drew 170 young players aged 7-17.

“We finally have an opportunity to have our legs under us a little bit to really be able to branch out and do things that we would want to do in a normal situation,” Crean said. “It’s getting more and more normal for us at Indiana, so we want to be able to really do things that, not motivate, but inspire young people and at the same time, really provide some things for our people to see that they have a real responsibility to give back.”

More on the clinic itself in tomorrow’s H-T. Several other topics were discussed with the media.

— Athletic trainer Tim Garl is serving as the interim strength and conditioning coach as Tom Crean looks for a replacement for the departed Jeff Watkinson. “He did it for Bob Knight all those years,” Crean said. “He did a fantastic job. As Tim will remind you, he won a lot of championships being the strength and conditioning coach, but he’s also as great of a trainer as I’ve ever been around. So I don’t want to take him out of that role by any stretch. But we’re in the process of that and I’m moving forward in that process even this week. We’ll have something done there very soon.”

— Anthony Saccocia, a former graduate assistant at Michigan State, has been hired as Indiana’s coordinator of basketball systems. Drew Adams was promoted from that position during the offseason to director of operations/video coordinator. He replaced Brian Barone, who went to Wisconsin-Green Bay to be an assistant.

— Junior college transfer center Guy-Marc Michel was the only Indiana player who was not in attendance at the clinic. He has been sick for several days according to Crean and stayed in Bloomington.

— Sophomore guard Maurice Creek said he’s at about 70 percent in his rehabilitation from a knee fracture last season. “Sometimes it hurts and stuff like that,” he said. “But that’s the muscle getting stronger. I’ll probably have it ready in a month or two.”

HS coach: Duke, UNC, UVa. in Plumlee’s final three

It appears that Marshall Plumlee has trimmed his list to three and Indiana is not among the schools.

Arden Christ School coach David Gaines told the Asheville Citizen-Times’ Andrew Pearson that Plumlee has met with coaches from Duke, North Carolina and Virginia.

“It sure appears that Duke, Virginia and North Carolina are the three most serious schools that he is considering now,” Greenies basketball coach David Gaines said today.

“He’s met with all three head coaches (recently) and a decision is certainly going to come this summer. He won’t wait until the fall, it could come in July or Marshall might wait until early-August.”

There was a period during the Spring when there seemed to be a lack of communication between Plumlee and the Indiana staff. I talked to Plumlee during the adidas May Classic and he said they had reconnected.

4:35 P.M. UPDATE: Plumlee is denying the report, according to NBE’s Jeff Borzello. He also said he was concerned about the report because he had not “authorized” a statement from his coach.

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Indiana coach Bill Lynch picked up a commitment from a four-star cornerback. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


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