IU women’s commit JUCO player of the year

Indiana University women’s basketball commit Jasmine McGhee has been named the WBCA Junior College/Community College Player of the Year.

“The WBCA is thrilled to present Jasmine McGhee with the State Farm/WBCA JC/CC Player of the Year award,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said in a press release. “She has had an outstanding season, and is very deserving of this achievement. State Farm is synonymous with excellence, and so is this student-athlete’s performance.”

McGhee had 19 points and nine rebounds Tuesday as second-ranked Vincennes opened the NJCAA national tournament with a 91-66 win over 15th seed Wallace State. The Lady Trailblazers play Northern Oklahoma-Enid in the second round tonight at 9 p.m. You can watch a live stream of the game right here.

McGhee will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 4, in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.

Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge

We did this last year and are going to do it again: join the Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge.

It’s over on Free to join, and either comment here with your username or send me an e-mail ([email protected]) and I will invite you to the group.

The winner of the overall bracket challenge gets a pretty cool IU gift bag.

IU football spring game info (pancakes are involved)

Yes, pancakes. And we’re not just talking about a particular sort of successful block. The IU athletic department has released some schdedule details concerning the first spring game of the Kevin Wilson coaching era, and it features a tried-and-true element of past IU springs: a Pigskin and Pancakes component culminating an hour before the 11 a.m. kickoff April 16.

Here is the schedule of events, per the IU athletics web site:

Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. with kickoff at 11 a.m. ET.
Pigskin and Pancakes: 8:30-10 a.m. FREE event

•Located in Knothole Park
•Come and meet, Fred Glass, Indiana Athletics student-athletes and coaches.
Fan festival will be on the West Concourse:

•Kid Zone will be set up with face painters, giveaway and inflatable’s
•Season Ticket holder tent with a special giveaway
•Varsity Club tent where fans can get a picture with the bucket
Get a chance to win great prizes throughout the game and meet Coach Wilson, his staff and the 2011 Indiana Hoosiers for pictures and autographs after the game.

The 2011 Cream vs Crimson Spring Game will be streamed live on the

Jeremy Hollowell says decision coming by start of AAU season

Jeremy Hollowell, a Lawrence Central junior, wrote on Twitter moments ago that he’ll make a college decision before the start of the AAU season.

Talkin it over with my mom: I will be making my college decision before the start of AAU season

I Want to go in Aau settled knowing where im going not having to worry about it just focused on winning games having fun!

Hollowell will play for the Eric Gordon All-Stars this season, like he did a year ago. The 17U schedule is not up on the program’s site, but the 16U program will be at the IndyBall Shootout in Indianapolis starting on April 8.

That gives Hollowell about three weeks to make a decision. Of those currently involved with Hollowell, Indiana has been around the longest (at one point, he said it was between Indiana and Ohio State; he then backed off on OSU). The No. 39 prospect in the country, a 6-6 small forward who could easily slide down to guard, has also been pursued by Illinois and Purdue.

Offseason to-do list: Verdell Jones

Indiana’s Verdell Jones runs down the tipoff to start the second game against Illinois. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. The second player in the series is junior guard Verdell Jones.

2010-11 STATS: 12.5 points per game (44.8 percent FG, 29.8 percent 3Pt), 3.3 rebounds, 89 assists, 83 turnovers.


Hoosier Morning

Tom Crean watches the Illinois game at Champaign. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Crean taking Turner gig very serious

When he hasn’t been out recruiting this week, Tom Crean has spent his free time diving into the massive binder Turner Broadcasting gave him to study for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, who also works as an analyst for CBS and will apparently be in the Turner studio for the early rounds, posted on his Twitter account Monday that Crean would be part of Turner’s studio team. Crean said after his radio show Monday that he will be in studio Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

“Really when I haven’t been recruiting, it’s been a lot of our film evaluation and it’s been studying and preparing certain things to make sure I understand teams,” Crean said. “Sitting on the plane this morning and sitting on a plane this afternoon, rather than take a nap, I’m sitting there studying and trying to make sure I’m prepared.” (more…)


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