Five Big 10 newcomers to watch in 2007-2008

  • 07/24/2007 12:01 am in

Eric GordonEven with the realization that we’re around 80 days from Midnight Madness tipping off across the Big 10, it’s never too early to start talking about the year to come.

As the countdown to October 12 (yes, I’m already counting) continues, Inside the Hall will break down the conference piece-by-piece each week.

Our first stop on the countdown to October is breaking down the top five newcomers to watch in 2007-2008. Here are the names, in no particular order:

– Corperryale “Manny” Harris, 6’4″, guard, Michigan

Harris is the type of player who will thrive under new head coach John Beilein’s style of play. An aggressive offensive player who loves to make things happen, Harris can score the ball with the best of them. He’s got a knack for making tough shots when they count the most. He was Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan this past season, beating out the likes of Durrell Summers, Darquavis Tucker and Kalin Lucas. If the Wolverines are to find themselves back in the NCAA tournament, Harris will be front and center in leading the charge.

Eric Gordon, 6’4″, guard, Indiana

Gordon is a scoring machine who can attack the basket and get to the foul line or burn you from beyond the three-point arc. His range is truly unlimited. Ranked by some analysts as the top player nationally in the class of 2007, Gordon was both a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand All-Star. Projected to slot in immediately as a do-it-all guard for the Hoosiers, Gordon will likely be a frontrunner for Big 10 Player of the Year.

E’Twaun Moore, 6’3″, guard, Purdue

Under the tutelage of former East Chicago Central coach Pete Trgovich, Moore developed into an all-around leader on the floor. It all came together in March when he led his team to the 4A state championship, knocking off Gordon and Indianapolis North Central. An intelligent player who has a genuine feel for the game, Moore can bury the three, defend and handle the ball. Expect him to be the top contributor amongst the stacked recruiting class coach Matt Painter is bringing to West Lafayette.

Kalin Lucas, 6’0″, guard, Michigan State

As quick as they come in the class of 2007, Lucas loves to penetrate and get others involved. And even better for Lucas, he’ll have plenty of weapons to choose from. Look for him to immediately battle incumbent point guard Travis Walton for playing time. He’ll fit in perfectly with Tom Izzo’s desire to push the ball up the floor and should be a four-year standout for the Spartans.

Kosta Koufos, 7’0″, center, Ohio State

The departure of Greg Oden to the NBA opens immediate minutes for Koufos and he’ll take full advantage of the opportunity. Not your prototypical 7-footer, Koufos can run the floor and hit the mid-range jump shot. Possessing an array of offensive moves, Koufos is said to be nearly unstoppable from 15 feet in. He’s an unselfish player who prides himself on positioning while playing defense and excellent footwork on offense.

10 others to watch:

Indiana: Jamarcus Ellis

Illinois: Demetri McCamey

Michigan State: Chris Allen and Durrell Summers

Ohio State: Evan Turner and Jon Diebler

Purdue: Jajuan Johnson and Scott Martin

Penn State: Talor Battle

Wisconsin: Jon Leuer

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  • Chris Allen is the kid to watch for from MSU. Lucas will make a bigger impact down the road but Chris will make an immediate impact in this conference. Bank on it. Kid has unlimited range.

  • Chris Allen is the kid to watch for from MSU. Lucas will make a bigger impact down the road but Chris will make an immediate impact in this conference. Bank on it. Kid has unlimited range.

  • I am gonna go with Allen from MSU as well. And its Corperryale “Manny” Harris. Not Corperryal.

  • I am gonna go with Allen from MSU as well. And its Corperryale “Manny” Harris. Not Corperryal.

  • Big A

    Fellas, thanks for the correction on Coperryale. Sorry about that. Interesting take on Allen. This incoming class from the Big 10 is so loaded, you can’t go wrong with any of these guys. Should make for a very interesting and fun year to watch.

  • Big A

    Fellas, thanks for the correction on Coperryale. Sorry about that. Interesting take on Allen. This incoming class from the Big 10 is so loaded, you can’t go wrong with any of these guys. Should make for a very interesting and fun year to watch.

  • Todd Walling

    Michigan State appears to be reloading once again. It looks like they have hit the elite status in recruiting.

  • Todd Walling

    Michigan State appears to be reloading once again. It looks like they have hit the elite status in recruiting.

  • Todd Walling

    Michigan State appears to be reloading once again. It looks like they have hit the elite status in recruiting.

  • Sky Walker

    Eric (E.J.) Gordon will step onto the court at Assembly Hall in Bloomington and immediately become the best scorer in the Big 10. IU’s rise back to the elite of college basketball be be directly tied to All-American potential and skill level of Indianapolis Freshman Eric Gordon at Indiana.

  • Sky Walker

    Eric (E.J.) Gordon will step onto the court at Assembly Hall in Bloomington and immediately become the best scorer in the Big 10. IU’s rise back to the elite of college basketball be be directly tied to All-American potential and skill level of Indianapolis Freshman Eric Gordon at Indiana.

  • Joe B.

    If summer leagues are any indication, I have to agree that Allen is the favorite among the incoming Spartans to have the most significant impact this season in the B-10 as a freshman.

  • Joe B.

    If summer leagues are any indication, I have to agree that Allen is the favorite among the incoming Spartans to have the most significant impact this season in the B-10 as a freshman.

  • Doug

    E’twaun Moore is screwing up going to Purdue. Indiana’s Eric Gordan and him could dominate. We would win for sure. Good luck for IU with a new coach, too!

  • Doug

    E’twaun Moore is screwing up going to Purdue. Indiana’s Eric Gordan and him could dominate. We would win for sure. Good luck for IU with a new coach, too!

  • Doug

    E’twaun Moore is screwing up going to Purdue. Indiana’s Eric Gordan and him could dominate. We would win for sure. Good luck for IU with a new coach, too!

  • Big A

    Sounds like a lot of you Spartan fans are high on Chris Allen. We’re actually working on a feature about the Spartans and are going to talk to a beat writer that covers the team. I’ll make a note to ask him about Mr. Allen.

  • Big A

    Sounds like a lot of you Spartan fans are high on Chris Allen. We’re actually working on a feature about the Spartans and are going to talk to a beat writer that covers the team. I’ll make a note to ask him about Mr. Allen.

  • Chris

    Yep, you gotta check out Allen. He is lighting it up in the summer leagues in Lansing. He is going to be a very special player. The Spartans are going to be loaded once the 3 freshmen learn to play defense (an Izzo requirement to see the floor).

  • Chris

    Yep, you gotta check out Allen. He is lighting it up in the summer leagues in Lansing. He is going to be a very special player. The Spartans are going to be loaded once the 3 freshmen learn to play defense (an Izzo requirement to see the floor).

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    Why do you waste your time with this blog?

  • You have a stupid blog

    Why do you waste your time with this blog?

  • Big A

    Apparently you’re interested enough to read it. That’s a good enough reason for me.

  • Big A

    Apparently you’re interested enough to read it. That’s a good enough reason for me.

  • bootsie white

    sources say purdue has the best freshman class in the league.

    keep an eye on Mister Painta.

  • bootsie white

    sources say purdue has the best freshman class in the league.

    keep an eye on Mister Painta.

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  • madtowntom

    Jon Leuer may have the most potential of the three incoming Badger freshman, but he will not have anywhere near the impact of Keaton Nankival in the next two years. In fact there is a good possibility he will redshirt next year because there is very little PT available for him.

  • madtowntom

    Jon Leuer may have the most potential of the three incoming Badger freshman, but he will not have anywhere near the impact of Keaton Nankival in the next two years. In fact there is a good possibility he will redshirt next year because there is very little PT available for him.

  • Newt

    Eric Gordon….who the hell is that? lmao

  • Newt

    Eric Gordon….who the hell is that? lmao

  • tdmd

    Greg Hill should be on this list. Going to have a huge impact in Big 10 play.

  • tdmd

    Greg Hill should be on this list. Going to have a huge impact in Big 10 play.

  • Yo, Allen iz goings to be sic this year. He is the reel deal and i cant wait to sea him hoop it up this year. My parents,Trevor and Mel have seaon ticketz and take me to all games. Oh, any Tool fans here? I love Tool they rock hard ! but my parents dont let me go to the concertz cause i cant drive but this really cool girl at JCC burns some Tool cd’s for me.

  • Yo, Allen iz goings to be sic this year. He is the reel deal and i cant wait to sea him hoop it up this year. My parents,Trevor and Mel have seaon ticketz and take me to all games. Oh, any Tool fans here? I love Tool they rock hard ! but my parents dont let me go to the concertz cause i cant drive but this really cool girl at JCC burns some Tool cd’s for me.

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  • Newt

    Painter got a great class because Mike Davis had already quit recruiting….he’ll never get class that good again. Write it down….

  • Newt

    Painter got a great class because Mike Davis had already quit recruiting….he’ll never get class that good again. Write it down….

  • MikeS

    I like Gordon at IU and Manny at UM but MSU is bringing in 3 very good freshman. My friends in E.Lansing are saying Allen’s summer play is very impressive but don’t forget about Durrell Summers. Many are saying Summers has the highest ceiling. MSU will be loaded over the next several years- especially with Roe coming in next year.

  • MikeS

    I like Gordon at IU and Manny at UM but MSU is bringing in 3 very good freshman. My friends in E.Lansing are saying Allen’s summer play is very impressive but don’t forget about Durrell Summers. Many are saying Summers has the highest ceiling. MSU will be loaded over the next several years- especially with Roe coming in next year.

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