Hoosier Hysteria kicks off the season

  • 10/13/2007 9:39 am in

hysteria.jpgNearly 13,000 fans packed Assembly Hall Friday night to kick off what many of us hope will be a season that leads to San Antonio. In short, here’s what we learned:

  1. DeAndre Thomas should be given a big hand. The man has dropped 58 pounds since arriving in Bloomington and his ultimate goal is 275. Amazing.
  2. Expect a lot of “Er-ic Gor-don” chants this season.
  3. Armon Bassett can shoot the rock. He knocked off Gordon to win the three-point contest. But don’t be fooled, Armon said he thinks Gordon will lead the Big Ten in scoring this season.
  4. Jordan Crawford is an athletic freak and can jump over a ball rack with ease.
  5. The Hoosier fans love NY area recruits. A prominent sign appeared in the Hall that said “IU loves NY” and had the names of Lance Stephenson, Dexter Strickland and Kevin Jones.
  6. Eli Holman is good to go and we heard it straight from the mouth of Kelvin Sampson.

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts from Hoosier Hysteria. Which player impressed you the most during the 10-minute scrimmage? Which recruit seemed to be having the best time? What are your thoughts on DeAndre Thomas and his new slimmed down physique?

Thanks to ITH reader Robert who took this video of Jordan Crawford’s dunk that won the slam dunk contest:

(Note: The Big Ten Network has some video from Hoosier Hysteria that you can check out by clicking here.)

And finally, here are a few links from around the Web for more Hysteria coverage:

– Indiana basketball puts on a show {Indy Star}

– A detailed recap of the evening’s festivities {The Hoosier Scoop}

– Hysteria tips off season for Hoosiers {IUHoosiers.com}

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  • Zach

    The crowd was great last night–easily the most packed I’ve seen Hoosier Hysteria/Midnight Madness in my four years here.

    All the recruits were right to the left of where I was sitting tonight, and they were definitely loving the attention as they ALL got their names chanted by the crowd at one point.

    Eli Holman is definitely going to be my favorite player; he seemed to be eating this all up last night. He looked great in the scrimmage and drills. He’ll be a huge presence for us on both sides of the court this season–that was absolutely huge to hear he’s cleared tonight by Sampson.

    And what I saw on here earlier this week about DT being an x-factor for the Hoosiers could be true–seeing him on campus and last night, he’s slimmed down BIG TIME from when I first saw him at the Adidas May Classic. He had no problem running the court in the scrimmage; I don’t think his weight will be a concern at all.

  • Zach

    The crowd was great last night–easily the most packed I’ve seen Hoosier Hysteria/Midnight Madness in my four years here.

    All the recruits were right to the left of where I was sitting tonight, and they were definitely loving the attention as they ALL got their names chanted by the crowd at one point.

    Eli Holman is definitely going to be my favorite player; he seemed to be eating this all up last night. He looked great in the scrimmage and drills. He’ll be a huge presence for us on both sides of the court this season–that was absolutely huge to hear he’s cleared tonight by Sampson.

    And what I saw on here earlier this week about DT being an x-factor for the Hoosiers could be true–seeing him on campus and last night, he’s slimmed down BIG TIME from when I first saw him at the Adidas May Classic. He had no problem running the court in the scrimmage; I don’t think his weight will be a concern at all.

  • 04grad

    Brandon McGee impressed me the most last night, as well as DeAndre Thomas.

    Strictly because of his weight loss, everyone should have been impressed by Thomas from the beginning. Then he showed how he can run the floor, as well as get off the ground to dunk and go after rebounds. He should be a big help down low for the Hoosiers this year as well as a crowd favorite.

    I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed with McGee as I was, since he got probably the least attention of all the incoming players. During the scrimmage he stepped out and hit a 3 as well as went inside for a dunk and played pretty well otherwise. People might be surprised by the amount of minutes he could see this year.

  • 04grad

    Brandon McGee impressed me the most last night, as well as DeAndre Thomas.

    Strictly because of his weight loss, everyone should have been impressed by Thomas from the beginning. Then he showed how he can run the floor, as well as get off the ground to dunk and go after rebounds. He should be a big help down low for the Hoosiers this year as well as a crowd favorite.

    I wasn’t expecting to be as impressed with McGee as I was, since he got probably the least attention of all the incoming players. During the scrimmage he stepped out and hit a 3 as well as went inside for a dunk and played pretty well otherwise. People might be surprised by the amount of minutes he could see this year.

  • kelin

    I was very impressed with Jamarcus, cause I can see him just fitting in any and everywhere on this team. At one point he ran the point guard position, I saw him grab a couple of off. rebounds….he just does all of the little stuff.

    KS may very well have to find some time for B-MAC. He is active.

    I am glad to see the excitement come out of two reasonably quiet people ….EJ and Jamarcus, JE really opened up during the introductions.

    Finally, AJ ratliff should be worried cause Jordan Crawford is a PLAYER.

    As I wrote in my other post, I think it was Ebanks who was really enjoying the festivities quite a bit along with D.Elston….I saw a lot of current players mingling with him and strickland. K.Jones is BIGGER than I thought and he would fit in great at IU.

  • kelin

    I was very impressed with Jamarcus, cause I can see him just fitting in any and everywhere on this team. At one point he ran the point guard position, I saw him grab a couple of off. rebounds….he just does all of the little stuff.

    KS may very well have to find some time for B-MAC. He is active.

    I am glad to see the excitement come out of two reasonably quiet people ….EJ and Jamarcus, JE really opened up during the introductions.

    Finally, AJ ratliff should be worried cause Jordan Crawford is a PLAYER.

    As I wrote in my other post, I think it was Ebanks who was really enjoying the festivities quite a bit along with D.Elston….I saw a lot of current players mingling with him and strickland. K.Jones is BIGGER than I thought and he would fit in great at IU.

  • Tim

    That crowd was larger than 13,000, I’m estimating ~15,000. The place went nuts whenever DJ and then Sampson were introduced. You also had to love Ellis urging the crowd on for more when he was introduced and then he just stood there a basked in the cheers.

    Believe it or not, I was impressed with the every single player. Some observations from HH:

    – DJ is fit and built this year, stronger than we’ve ever seen him.
    – Armon is bigger and somehow more athletic this year. Plus, he won the 3pt contest in 4 straight rounds.
    – Anyone who doubted DeAndre’s mile time when Hutch posted it should quite down. Most athletic 299lb player I’ve ever imagined. He’s quick and can jump at that weight, what if he loses 20 more pounds like is his goal?
    – Everyone of the freshman is physically bigger and stronger than I thought. Eric, I’d seen of course, but Jordan looks almost as strong as him. Brandon and Eli look strong for freshmen too, but as bigs, especially Eli, they still need to get stronger.
    – Brandon McGee really impressed me. I was under the false impression he was coming in here raw, ala Joey Shaw, and might redshirt. But he looked better in the scrimmage last night then Shaw did at points last year when he was a rs sophomore.
    – Eli Holman is just a freak. He is 6-10 with the athleticism of a wing player. And he doesn’t really jump, he sort of floats off the ground like Drexler. He did all these amazing athletic things last night and never looked like he was even trying. Plus, he just never stops grinning, got to love that kid.
    – Eric may have disappointed last night since he didn’t cure cancer or bring world peace. Actually though, he missed his first dunk in the “layup” line, but on his second attemp he threw down a behind the head dunk so vicious I think the rim actually cried. His intensity in the game is just at a whole other level, more than DJ, Wilmont, even Coverdale. But as soon as play stops, he is a calm as Guyton or Strickland, it’s amazing. Let’s hope that intensity infects the whole team.

    It was a fun night, and a great start to the basketball season, which I hope doesn’t end for a long time and without a few championships first.

  • Tim

    That crowd was larger than 13,000, I’m estimating ~15,000. The place went nuts whenever DJ and then Sampson were introduced. You also had to love Ellis urging the crowd on for more when he was introduced and then he just stood there a basked in the cheers.

    Believe it or not, I was impressed with the every single player. Some observations from HH:

    – DJ is fit and built this year, stronger than we’ve ever seen him.
    – Armon is bigger and somehow more athletic this year. Plus, he won the 3pt contest in 4 straight rounds.
    – Anyone who doubted DeAndre’s mile time when Hutch posted it should quite down. Most athletic 299lb player I’ve ever imagined. He’s quick and can jump at that weight, what if he loses 20 more pounds like is his goal?
    – Everyone of the freshman is physically bigger and stronger than I thought. Eric, I’d seen of course, but Jordan looks almost as strong as him. Brandon and Eli look strong for freshmen too, but as bigs, especially Eli, they still need to get stronger.
    – Brandon McGee really impressed me. I was under the false impression he was coming in here raw, ala Joey Shaw, and might redshirt. But he looked better in the scrimmage last night then Shaw did at points last year when he was a rs sophomore.
    – Eli Holman is just a freak. He is 6-10 with the athleticism of a wing player. And he doesn’t really jump, he sort of floats off the ground like Drexler. He did all these amazing athletic things last night and never looked like he was even trying. Plus, he just never stops grinning, got to love that kid.
    – Eric may have disappointed last night since he didn’t cure cancer or bring world peace. Actually though, he missed his first dunk in the “layup” line, but on his second attemp he threw down a behind the head dunk so vicious I think the rim actually cried. His intensity in the game is just at a whole other level, more than DJ, Wilmont, even Coverdale. But as soon as play stops, he is a calm as Guyton or Strickland, it’s amazing. Let’s hope that intensity infects the whole team.

    It was a fun night, and a great start to the basketball season, which I hope doesn’t end for a long time and without a few championships first.

  • Mike M

    I agree with the ’04 grad. Mcgee was better than I expected. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a lot of minutes. DT is going to be fun to watch.

  • Mike M

    I agree with the ’04 grad. Mcgee was better than I expected. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a lot of minutes. DT is going to be fun to watch.

  • kelin

    I don’t think EJ has an off switch when he is on the court. When he picked JE pocket at midcourt last night it was as if he took the game as serious as an actual game and wanted to lock him up defensively…..in a pick up scrimmage game

  • kelin

    I don’t think EJ has an off switch when he is on the court. When he picked JE pocket at midcourt last night it was as if he took the game as serious as an actual game and wanted to lock him up defensively…..in a pick up scrimmage game

  • leight

    i thank you for goimg to all the games but why does it cost
    so much money to go too games and cable is blackout
    the games here in town of bloomington indiana cable need to be
    with us not so far away thank you on this why is basketball
    and football pay for all of the sports on indiana university
    campus here and why does the big ten network just want
    basketball and not the other sports that we have here
    to be on tv or cable can we go for free again too
    and why sdoes we have a band to play here in the football
    place too see thank you

  • leight

    i thank you for goimg to all the games but why does it cost
    so much money to go too games and cable is blackout
    the games here in town of bloomington indiana cable need to be
    with us not so far away thank you on this why is basketball
    and football pay for all of the sports on indiana university
    campus here and why does the big ten network just want
    basketball and not the other sports that we have here
    to be on tv or cable can we go for free again too
    and why sdoes we have a band to play here in the football
    place too see thank you

  • the night was just amazing. as everyone said, jordan crawford and brandon mcgee were both amazing athletes. eli is going to be an absolute beast around the basket, and ej will be ej. i’ve never seen anyone jack up a 3 with more ease. it’s just looks so natural for him.

    the best part of the night for me was when the players were introduced. before coming out, when they were all inside the tunnel, the players started an eric gordon chant. then, when dj was introduced, the place went NUTS, and all the players got on their knees and started bowing to him. it was great to see.

  • the night was just amazing. as everyone said, jordan crawford and brandon mcgee were both amazing athletes. eli is going to be an absolute beast around the basket, and ej will be ej. i’ve never seen anyone jack up a 3 with more ease. it’s just looks so natural for him.

    the best part of the night for me was when the players were introduced. before coming out, when they were all inside the tunnel, the players started an eric gordon chant. then, when dj was introduced, the place went NUTS, and all the players got on their knees and started bowing to him. it was great to see.

  • river

    I was highly impressed with how talented and quick Jordan Crawford looked last night. After hearing from a lot of the players that he was the most improved, he really convinced me as well.

  • river

    I was highly impressed with how talented and quick Jordan Crawford looked last night. After hearing from a lot of the players that he was the most improved, he really convinced me as well.

  • kelin

    I think I saw Tom Pritchard there last night also…he was in IU gear and he is a BIG BOY…..I cannot get a feel from Mike White just yet, I love his size, his athletic ability but I am not sure where he will fit in but he does give depth and play D. Ahfeld is a great dancer…..youtube that!

  • kelin

    I think I saw Tom Pritchard there last night also…he was in IU gear and he is a BIG BOY…..I cannot get a feel from Mike White just yet, I love his size, his athletic ability but I am not sure where he will fit in but he does give depth and play D. Ahfeld is a great dancer…..youtube that!