Derek Elston, who played at Indiana from 2009 through 2013 and professionally the last two seasons, has returned to the program as the director of player development, the program announced today.
Elston, a Tipton native, has been in the role for about a week now. The full release from Indiana on his hiring is available below:
Class of 2016 five-star St. Stephen’s Episcopal, Texas forward Jarrett Allen is one of top uncommitted players left on the board nationally.
The 6-foot-10 forward recently announced his list of eight finalists, which includes Indiana. The Hoosiers are joined by Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Texas as schools still in the mix for Allen.
With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we begin our look at Indiana’s roster with Thomas Bryant.
After back-to-back losses to Northwestern and Iowa, the Hoosiers concluded the 2014-2015 regular season against Michigan State in Bloomington on March 7. Indiana dropped a third straight that day, and some Indiana fans booed as the Hoosiers got down by double digits in the second half.
But a hard fought comeback almost forced the game into overtime. And that made an impression on a high school senior sitting behind Indiana’s bench that Saturday afternoon — Huntington Prep’s Thomas Bryant.
One of the top shooting guards nationally in the class of 2017 got his first up close look at Indiana basketball over the weekend.
Eudora, Kansas guard Mitchell Ballock, rated the No. 49 prospect in his class by the 247Composite, was in Bloomington from Friday until Sunday for an unofficial visit.
The freshman guard play in last season’s Big Ten was exceptional. The conference welcomed three McDonald’s All-Americans and several other players who made instant impacts.
Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell was the second pick in last June’s NBA draft. Maryland’s Melo Trimble led a turnaround season for the Terps in College Park. James Blackmon Jr. scored the third most points ever by an Indiana freshman.
One of the other newcomers who made a strong first impression in the Big Ten but who isn’t talked about as often is Robert Johnson.
Indiana didn’t waste any time getting straight to work Friday, the first day of official practice for college basketball programs across the country.
The Hoosiers, who open the regular season six weeks from today, took the floor in Cook Hall for a pair of practices. The first began at 6:30 a.m. this morning and the day wrapped up with a late afternoon session in which Tom and Dick Van Arsdale, who played for IU from 1962 to 1965, observed and spoke to the team afterward.
The fourth college basketball yearbook published this fall, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was released this week.