Boncore: “I know (Crean) is upset and thinks something else is going on. It’s not.”

Joe Boncore sounds exhausted. Moses Abraham’s guardian’s phone has been blowing up for the last 24 hours, and some of the voices he’s heard on the other end of the phone have apparently been explosive.

But Boncore says that many of the conclusions of impropriety that some may have drawn from Abraham’s commitment to Georgetown are incorrect. Abraham simply made a difficult decision, he said, and it was one that even surprised him.

“As soon as he got off the plane we went and had Chinese food,” Boncore said. “He told me he had great time, it’s  fantastic, it’s the best place he’s seen. I said, ‘Well, are you going to commit to Indiana?’ He said, ‘No, I’m gonna go with Georgetown.’  I said, ‘well why?’ He said ‘It’s a smaller school. I’ve only been here four months, and the only people I know are here. … I want you to call the Indiana coaches. I don’t want to let them down.'” (more…)

Carlino on IU, Crean, Bloomington South and AAU

I’ll say this about Matt Carlino: he’s a gym rat.

Drove by the Bloomington South gym earlier and noticed a car with Arizona plates. Went inside and Carlino was playing pick-up with a host of people, including Spencer Turner.

I sat down with Carlino for five minutes and asked him about a lot of things. Below is what he had to say.


“I just wasn’t 100 percent on Indiana and I just felt like I had to open up my options and see what else is out there. … I just wasn’t 100 percent sure. I was back visiting my family in Arizona last week. It was rough on them this year getting out for games. When I go to college, it could be a factor on where I play.”


“Not in particular, right now.”


“There have been schools that have contacted people around me and shown interest in the last couple of hours.” (He declined to name schools because he had not personally talked to them.)


“It doesn’t affect it at all. I am going to be here next year and we’re planning on having a good season next year.”


“I talked to coach Crean yesterday after school and he already had known. My dad had talked to coach Buckley. He had already kinda known I was second-guessing my decision. He was great about it. They’ve always been great. It’s a thing I had to do with myself on what my decision and where I end up was. He just told me the things I need to improve on and that he hoped the best for me.”


“For right now, it’s not (an option). I like IU a lot. But right now, coach Crean said — he told me that he doesn’t need any players there that aren’t 100 percent committed to the program and everything, and obviously he knew I was thinking that way. He told me that it was good for me to tell him now, instead of being there and having those kind of thoughts. He respected my decision.”


“I am just going to go out and play. If a coach likes what you’re doing, he’s going to notice it. You just have to play the way you play. I am just going to come out and play.”


“I am sure we’ll be fine. When a lot of good players play together, they usually make each other better.”

Live from Sembower, Indiana vs. St. Francis

UPDATE, End of Game

Chris Squires put a runner on but struck out two batters in the ninth to close it. Indiana wins 7-3. More later.

UPDATE, End of Eighth Inning

Second baseman Jerry Kleman and center fielder Sterling Mack (both late-inning replacements) got singles, but Indiana left the eighth scoreless. Still the Hoosiers lead St. Francis 7-3 going to the eighth inning. Chris Squires is coming into close for Indiana.


Bloomington South coach expects Carlino back

Bloomington South boys’ basketball coach J.R. Holmes said he has been told by the Carlino family that Matt will be back at South next season.

“They told me this doesn’t change his situation here,” Holmes said. “Until he moves, I assume he’ll be here. If he moves. Right now, they’re both telling me he’s not. This is their home.”

Matt Carlino decommitted from Indiana late Thursday and is no longer being recruited by the Hoosiers.

Holmes said he advised the Carlinos to speak with Crean about their concerns and not let it come out through the media or on the Internet.

“If he’s not real 100 percent sure in his mind, to voice those concerns to coach Crean,” Holmes said. “My understanding is that coach Crean was really good in the meeting. It’s a situation that worked out the best it can.”

Holmes encourages his players to not commit to a college until it does not matter who calls tomorrow. While he was not coaching Carlino when the junior committed to Indiana, he said Carlino is not sure who he wants to call.

“Who is going to call tomorrow you that you like better?” Holmes said. “He has no answer. … I just think, from my understanding, it’s part of being a kid. It still maybe IU at the end.”

Carlino averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists this season for South, his first since moving from Gilbert, Ariz. last summer.

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Carlino reopens recruitment

Matt Carlino, a junior guard at Bloomington South High School and verbal commitment to Indiana, has reopened his recruiting according to his father Mark.

Mark Carlino confirmed a story reported on the recruiting website late Thursday night. He said he wanted Matt to handle any other questions himself, but that he had already gone to bed for the night.

Carlino originally committed to Indiana in August 2008. He transferred to South this year from Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., near Phoenix. He averaged 13.3 points per game and 4.3 assists this season at South, which went undefeated until the regional finals when it lost to Jeffersonville.

“Coach (Tom) Crean and his staff have been great to me,” Matt Carlino reportedly told “However, I feel I committed too early, and although I like Indiana, I felt it would be good to explore other options.”

Carlino, listed at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, was ranked the No. 122 recruit in the nation by

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