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And we will discuss whatever you want to discuss. Promptly at 11 a.m.
I know, I know. We’re all a little lost without …umm…what was that fella’s name? Anyone?
But we must move on. Life goes forward, against any notion we have otherwise.
And here’s a fancy twist: Tom Crean will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m., dead smack in the middle of our chat. I know: the nerve of that guy. Anyway, maybe you could ask a question to me, and I could forward it to Crean and the report back to you.
I wanted to take advantage of the Scoop’s brief intermission to introduce myself and let you all know what’s on the docket for this weekend.
First off, my name is Ryan, and I am one of the underlings brought in by the HT this summer to help contribute to its IU sports coverage. This in exchange for, well, the opportunity to write for the HT this summer.
If you want a quick background on where I come to the HT from, feel free to follow the jump. But for now, let’s talk hoops.
As many of you might know, the adidas May Classic is back in Bloomington this weekend, starting Friday night. Chis Korman will have a preview for you all in Friday’s paper.
Much of the duties for the first night have fallen to the other intern, Jeremy, and myself. We have a few plans for the night, including talking with prospects such as DuJuan Marrero, from the sophomore Spiece Indy Heat team.
The Scoop will be very active all weekend with quick updates and videos of the tourney. We have had meetings discussing who all we should cover this weekend, but I want to know from you, the reader, what prospects from this weekend you all want to hear about.
An excellent sophomore season and very good first month of the AAU campaign seems to have paid off for South’s Dee Davis.
Purdue offered Davis, a 5-foot-10 point guard, a scholarship Tuesday, Davis’ mother, Leslie, said.
Xavier and Ohio each offered Davis over the weekend.
Davis was in West Lafayette on an unofficial campus visit Tuesday. He visited Xavier last weekend.
Internet reports suggest New Mexico has offered Davis, but Davis has not been told that directly by the Lobo coaches (including former Hoosier Steve Alford).
Virginia, Indiana, Tennessee and Memphis are also interested in Davis, who averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists a game for South, which won the 4A state championship in March.
Purdue head coach Matt Painter watched several South games this season live, including a January showdown against Pike. Painter also attended South’s open gym workout last month.
It is believed that Purdue also has interest in Spencer Turner and Erik Fromm, South’s other two major prospects.
Tonight’s even was fairly typical for these sorts of things.
Tom Crean spoke first, apparently so he could make it to his son’s baseball game. He told the crowd that his program is still in the early stages of a rebuilding project. He said the fans were an important part of that because they helped the program overcome the stigma of a 6-25 season. The support makes a big difference, he said.
Bill Lynch spoke of the future and of the past and of how they are intersecting this year. It’s the 125th birthday of the program, but this year represents a new beginning with the completion of the North End Zone project. He said he hopes the new facility will attract top recruits and, ultimately, fans. I wrote about the end of his speech in my story for tomorrow:
But he ended his speech to the crowd, which included former soccer coach Jerry Yeagley and other such luminaries of the IU athletics world, with an anecdote from a graduation celebration held for athletes over the weekend.
Each year, he said, one person is chosen to speak for the group of graduates. Sarah Stockwell, a senior swimmer from Kent, Wash., stood up and told the story of how she answered the ubiquitous question posed to her by the people back home: what’s a Hoosier?
“She always told them, ‘It’s a way of life,’” Lynch recounted, drawing cheers. “And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t you know it would take somebody from out of state to answer that question?’ But she’s right.
We’re going to teach our kids the Hoosier way.”
The setting here next to the DeVault Alumni Center is positively bucolic as about 150 people await the beginning of what’s been dubbed the IU Tailgate Tour.
Tonight, all four of the involved coaches — Tom Crean (men’s basketball), Bill Lynch (football), Felisha Legette-Jack (women’s basketball) and Sherry Dunbar (women’s volleyball) — are expected to address the crowd. I don’t know that what they’ll say will amount to anything more than the usual pep rally hype, but I’ll have updates a little later.
In the meantime, I will listen to the soothing tunes of Clayton Anderson. This can only lead to a Tom Crean Tweet later: “The performance by CLAYTON ANDERSON today was Strong. That’s what we need from our players!”
What I like most about Andre Kates, the first player to commit to join the Indiana football program as part of the 2010 class, is that he called us.
On Friday afternoon, he found the phone number for the local newspaper in a town he’d never been to and called to tell them he was coming.
Jim Gordillo eventually spoke to Mr. Kates and put together the following story.
So far, Andre Kates’ life out of high school has emulated his new position on the football field.
The 6-foot, 193-pound freshman cornerback at Erie Community College, who announced Friday his verbal commitment to Indiana as a part of the incoming group of 2010, had to backpedal the moment he graduated from high school in 2006.
His plans changed dramatically after committing to Florida, but now, he is charging forward with his life and picking off a Big Ten scholarship instead. He intends to sign a letter of intent in February.
Indiana won out over a number of big time programs, Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina, Miami (Fla.), Baylor, Memphis, Maryland, Illinois, Clemson, sight unseen. He was persuaded in part by by Hoosier assistant coach Joe Palcic, current IU defensive back and Florida transfer Jerimy Finch and the chance to come in and play right away, an important factor for the JUCO transfer with just two years of eligibility. North Carolina and Florida were the only schools he’s visited.
Bloomington South point guard Dee Davis has been offered a scholarship by both Xavier and Ohio.
Davis visited Xavier this weekend on an unofficial campus visit, and was told by the coaching staff he was their top priority at the point guard position, his mother, Leslie, said.
The Musketeers are expected to have four open scholarships for the class of 2011, and have yet to take a commitment. The Atlantic 10 school recently promoted assistant coach Chris Mack to head coach (replacing Sean Miller, who departed for Arizona) and then hired Pat Kelsey as associate head coach.
Kelsey, then at Wake Forest, visited Bloomington in April to watch Davis, Erik Fromm (also a Xavier recruit, though he has not been offered) and the rest of the South Panthers during an open gym workout.
Ohio, who sent two coaches to the same workout, has also offered Fromm.
Davis has an unofficial visit to Purdue scheduled for later this week.
Indiana is also recruiting Davis (he has taken a visit to the campus), as is Virginia and a host of other schools. Schools can begin directly contacting Davis and the rest of the class of 2011 on July 15.
Davis averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists a game for the Panthers as the team’s primary point guard and best on-ball defender. He was named MVP of the state tournament.
A press release for you….
ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today the complete field for the 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off, to be held Nov. 19-22 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, located in the cosmopolitan Hato Rey district of San Juan.
The field for the third annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off will include Boston University, Dayton, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Villanova. UAB, which had been previously announced as part of the field, will be unable to participate due to a scheduling conflict.
Four of the eight teams announced reached the 2008-09 postseason. Villanova and Dayton played in the NCAA Tournament, with the Wildcats reaching the Final Four and the Flyers advancing to the second round. George Mason and Kansas State played in the National Invitation Tournament.
“The Puerto Rico Tip-Off continues to develop into a premier basketball tournament, as this year’s field represents outstanding conferences from around the country,” said Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President and General Manager, ESPN Regional Television. “We’re looking forward to this event, in its third year, showcasing such quality competition and a memorable experience for the fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff on and off the court in the great destination of San Juan.”
The 2009 O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off will feature 12 games in three days, Nov. 19-22. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 22.
In November 2008, Xavier defeated Memphis, 63-58, in the championship game. Both teams were eventually ranked in the top 10 in the polls later in the season. Miami (Fla.) won the inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off in 2007.
Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the O’Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.PuertoRicoTipoff.com <http://www.PuertoRicoTipoff.com> .
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