When we first journeyed to Cincinnati to cover the It Takes 5ive AAU event — organized by South assistant and Indiana Elite director Criss Beyers — we did so because Kelvin Sampson was making his return to the recruiting trail for the first time in two years.
As it turns out, we rolled onto campus about the same time as Sampson and assistant Ray McCallum. Back then, the question was whether or not McCallum would stay at IU long enough for his son, Ray McCallum Jr., to end up wearing the Hoosiers jersey.
That day, many were upset that Deshaun Thomas — for whom much hype was building in those days — couldn’t make it to Cincinnati. But we spoke with Tyler Zeller, whose comments on Purdue’s coaches seem to resonate more now than they did then (He said the Boilermakers’ coaches were “truthful” and that there was “nothing suspicious about them.” I’ll let you ponder who Zeller compared them to before coming up with that assessment.)
(Here’s an interesting report from about that same time. Notice the three Indiana Elite players IU coveted then; it ended up, of course, signing Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco from that squad).
Which brings us to the 2008 It Takes 5ive event. That was the first time Crean ventured out to an AAU event as the Hoosiers coach. How quickly things had changed for the Indiana program.
What didn’t change was that we followed Crean like gnats at a summer picnic.
The buzz then, as you’ll see from some of the comments on the post linked above, was about a lanky prospect named Christian Watford.
What adventures will be had today? Whatever they are, we hope you’ll be here to read about them.
Rivals.com and Scout.com have both updated their 2010 rankings for men’s basketball.
For now, we’ll go through the list and show you where the top Indiana targets landed.
KYRIE IRVING (PG, St. Patrick’s (Elizabeth, N.J.)) — No. 14 on Rivals, No. 7 on Scout.
STACEY POOLE (SF, Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson) — No. 21 on Rivals, No. 50 on Scout.
DOMINIQUE FERGUSON (SF, Lawrence North) — No. 23 on Rivals, No. 16 on Scout.
JUSTIN COLEMAN (SF, Richmond (Va.) Henrico) — No. 42 on Rivals, No. 20 on Scout.
For today’s print edition (Yeah, we still have that), I talked to Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer and Scout.com’s Dave Telep about the process of rating the top players in the class of 2011.
The two men are responsible for their respective sites’ rankings and go about in different ways. Perhaps because of that, or even despite that, the rankings are very different.
Taking only the top 75 (Rivals did a top 100, but Scout stopped at 75), there are 62 similar names. But even those players have an average difference of just more than 10 positions between the two rankings.
While I had Meyer and Telep on the phone, I took the chance to ask them about some prospects. Here is what they had to say. (more…)
We’ll have our regular Thursday morning discussion at 11 a.m. today.
Hugh Kellenberger, who put together an interesting story on recruiting services for today’s paper, will also join in the conversation.
Hope you’ll either join us then or submit a question now and check back later for answers.
Matt Perez, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Park Ridge, Ill. became the ninth player to verbally commit to Indiana’s class of 2010.
He notified the coaching staff of his intentions Wednesday.
Perez’s coach, David Inserra, had no trouble describing his back.
“I think Indiana pegged him with a 4.55 forty (yard dash),” Inserra said. “He is strong, explosive, has great vision and balance and is very quick.”
Inserra said Perez made huge runs and receptions as the team’s featured back in their spread offense, and was a great kick returner. Perez recorded more than 2,600 all-purpose yards with 31 touchdowns in his junior campaign.
Perez and his Maine South team went an undefeated 14-0 on their way to an Illinois Class 8A State Championship, the state’s largest class. In said title game, Perez ran for 119 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns.
Inserra said Perez always performed well in big games.
“I don’t know if I ever saw him tackled by one guy,” he said. “He had a ton of yards after contact. And he was a guy our seniors really looked to. They were always yelling ‘We got Perez.’ That gave them and the whole team a lot of confidence.”
We hope to get in contact with Perez shortly, so still more to come on this most recent verbal commitment for coach Bill Lynch’s staff.
From IU media relations:
The Indiana baseball team has added a righthanded pitcher to its incoming 2009 class, as Alex Herz (Boulder, Colo.) signed on to join the Hoosiers, head coach Tracy Smith announced today. The 6-foot-7 hurler will come to Bloomington after a solid senior campaign at Boulder High School.
“Alex is going to be fun to work with in our program,” head coach Tracy Smith said. “He is a smart kid with a solid work ethic. You take those ingredients and match them with a projectable body, and the sky is the limit for a pitcher like him. We are very much looking forward to Alex wearing the Hoosier uniform.”
Herz was the team MVP for Boulder in 2009 as he led the team to the state playoffs for the first time in five years. On the mound, Herz went 2-1 with a 2.32 ERA, a .216 batting average against and over a strikeout per inning. He also was a standout at the plate, hitting .439 with four home runs on the
Herz, who also served as team captain for Boulder, was named first team all-region and earned a spot in the league all-star game. The righthander played four years of baseball at Boulder, earning two letters, and also played three years of basketball for the Panthers.
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