(Haven’t slept much this week; don’t really know what might come out.)
Hope to see you there.
In a move that he first hinted to me last week in Akron, Ohio, Dominique Ferguson is leaving Lawrence North.
What makes this story so interesting is the fact that Lawrence North coach Jack Keefer just continues to throw insults and accusations at the people around Ferguson, namely Dr. James (Doc) Dye, who runs the SYF Players organization.
When I called Keefer on June 12, the day after Ferguson was a no-show at the Indiana Seniors vs. Juniors All-Star Game in New Albany, he referred to SYF as the “mafia of the AAU” and told me I had to call Dye to find out why Ferguson was not there. Keefer said Dye was the one with a hand in Ferguson’s pocket, and knew what was going on.
Keefer was at it again Wednesday, telling Indianapolis sports talk radio host JMV that Lawrence North was better without Ferguson, that he was pulled out of classes (including at least one final) he needed to go play in AAU tournaments this spring and that Ferguson is a good kid who is being used.
Well, then. This is certainly not your father’s Indiana high school basketball.
It should be noted that while Ferguson, who rescinded his commitment to Kentucky when Billy Gillispie left, lists Indiana, Arizona, Florida, Louisville, Texas, Duke, DePaul and Tennessee among the schools interested in him, he only has offers from a few schools. Indiana is not among them.
The Big Ten Conference announced the game times and ESPN channels for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge today.
Indiana will play host to Maryland at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. ESPN2 will have the game.
Wake Forest vs. Purdue and Michigan State vs. North Carolina get the ESPN nods for the second night of the Challenge. Virginia Tech vs. Iowa will follow the Hoosiers and Terps.
Harrison Scott, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from New Albany, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to join the Indiana football team’s incoming class of 2010.
He is the 10th player to do so.
More on this story as it develops.
And this video, courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com:
Kenny Kaminski, a 6-7 forward from Medina (Ohio) in the class of 2012, is beginning to receive some interest from Indiana.
Assistant coach Tim Buckley watched Kaminski play for Team Pride (Michigan) on Friday during the Kentucky Hoopfest.
What Buckley saw was a skilled big man that scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer, in a win.
“We’re getting a lot of exposure and our team is playing well together,” Kaminski said. “It’s always good to know someone is watching, but I try not to think about it and just go out there and play my game.”
In addition to Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan State are interested in Kaminski, who said he can play small or power forward, depending on matchups.
Kaminski did visit Indiana’s campus earlier this summer.
“I really liked it,” Kaminski said. “I liked the location, Assembly Hall is great and I also like coach Crean a lot and how he brought back the Indiana program.”
When Darryl Baker almost single-handedly led Team Southern Indiana to a come-from-behind victory in the closing seconds Friday at the Kentucky Hoopfest in Louisville, it was easy for some in the crowd to forget one thing.
Baker is only 14 years old, and his teammates and opponents are all two years older.
Baker, who scored a game-high 24 points, is a 6-foot-1 point guard with incredible finishing skill. Down 54-49, he found a teammate in the corner for a 3; tipped an inbounds pass that went off the opponent’s hand and gave Baker the ball back; was fouled, missing the first free throw and making the second; and then picked up another loose inbounds pass and got off a finger roll that just rolled off the rim.
Baker, who will play at Jeffersonville, said he is not paying attention yet to recruiting.
“I just play ball,” said Baker, who did attend Indiana’s Elite Camp.
Baker did say Indiana, North Carolina and Connecticut were the schools, among others, that he would like to be recruited by.
As expected, a crazy day full of basketball action in the debut of this national AAU tournament.
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