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Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee, two of the top targets for Indiana in 2011, both can now claim offers from Florida.
Inside The Hall had the report on their Twitter feed. That Alex puts the pajamas-wearing, basement-living blogger stereotype to shame — he’s been out reporting all week.
Florida head coach Billy Donovan and assistant Richard Pitino both watched Zeller and Plumlee’s AAU team, Indiana Elite One, in Cincinnati. Pitino was at Friday’s morning game.
I haven’t caught up with Plumlee yet, but I talked to Zeller on Monday and he reported four offers at the time.
Former Indiana lefty Matt Bashore signed with the Minnesota Twins over the weekend and is expected to be sent to the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League.
Bashore went 7-5 with a 4.07 ERA and for the Hoosiers in 2009. He struck out 108 and walked 30 in 98 innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out nine in seven scoreless innings against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament, which the Hoosiers went on to win for the first time since 1996.
Bashore joins Hoosiers Eric Arnett, Evan Crawford, Joey O’Gara, Josh Phegley and Kipp Schutz as 2009 MLB draftees that have signed with pro teams.
Jordan Crawford, the former Indiana guard who is now with Xavier, made himself a legend for 80 high school kids Monday night.
During a pickup game at the LeBron James Skill Academy, Crawford dunked on the man who calls himself King.
“Everyone saw that,” said Marquis Teague, a point guard from Pike who is considered one of the best players in the 2011 class, to Chris Korman. “You couldn’t miss it. Jordan just came through the lane and spooked it. Nobody expected it. He just snuck in and threw it in.”
Michael Gilchrist told CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish that, “It happened, and it was bad.”
So you want to see this, right? A two-handed dunk on the best basketball player in the world, by a little-known player from Xavier?
Well, you’re not going to.
Parrish reported a little while ago that those filming Monday’s pick-up game between James and a group of college players were told to hand over the film.
The freelance photographer who was one of those affected said James went to a Nike official and said something to him. Immediately after that conversation, the same Nike official went around to the videographers.
So, for the record, that is Jordan Crawford 1, LeBron James 0.
AKRON, Ohio — Dominique Fergsuon, a 6-foot-8 forward from Indianapolis, may not be back next season at Lawrence North.
Ferguson was rattling off a list of the tournaments he is scheduled to play in during the rest of the summer and said it would be time for school once he is done.
I asked if that meant Lawrence North, which Ferguson has attended for the last three years.
“I don’t know,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson declined to discuss specifics, namely what school he would attend or why.
“I can’t really say,” Ferguson said. “They’re all really good coaches. It is just personal reasons.”
The former Kentucky commit has stirred up the Indiana gossip mill since he announced he was back on the open market.
Namely, by missing the second Indiana Senior-Junior All-Star Game in New Albany.
Ferguson said he had a hyperextended knee, and was unable to sit in a car for two hours, much less play.
Doc Dye, who runs the SYF Players organization (which Ferguson plays AAU ball for), said the day after the game that he decided to take precaution with Ferguson, and it was his fault that no one called the junior all-stars coaching staff.
AKRON, Ohio — Marquis Teague didn’t mind all the drills he went through at the LeBron James Skill Camp.
“You start to realize that those are the things that make your game better,” he said Tuesday. “It’s not just about going out and playing.”
Besides, Teague is one of many seconding the recent chatter that American players aren’t learning the fundamentals.
“Our game is so much about athleticism, and we rely on it too much,” he said. “There has to be more detail work with coaches.”
Feeling comfortable with a coach will be a major factor as Teague, a 6-foot-2 point guard who is one of the top ten players in the class of 2010, tries to decide where to attend college. He said Tuesday that his list is now down to Louisville — long considered a favorite because Rick Pitino coached Teague’s father — Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue and Wake Forest (where his brother Jeff, recently drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, played two seasons.) Other schools, most notably Kentucky and Maryland, have tried to convince Teague to take visits but he said that his goal is to whittle down the current list to find the school he is most comfortable with.
Location matters for Teague. He wants to be near home and said that one advantage Indiana has is that it would keep him in state and allow his parents to watch him play. Indiana coach Tom Crean has tried to sell Teague on playing in front of Indiana fans with other Indiana players.
“He’s staying on all of us, working us hard,” Teague said. “He always talks about keeping the best players in the state, about closing the borders, about representing the state well.”
Teague will, like most players, monitor which coaches watch him this month. In August, his family may make more campus visits.
“My family needs to feel comfortable about the situation,” he said. “My dad hast talked to the coaches a lot but my mom hasn’t had that chance. So we have to do that.”
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