Jordan Hulls gets Indiana offer

  • 05/07/2008 12:37 pm in

th_23666_recruiting_122_1173lo.jpgJohn Decker over at Hoosier Nation is reporting that IU offered a scholarship to Bloomington South point guard Jordan Hulls, who is a member of the 2009 class, last night at Assembly Hall.

Hulls plays for the Indiana Elite AAU team alongside Bobby Capobianco, Stephan Van Treese, Jordan Prosser, Ray McCallum Jr., Colt Ryan, Mason Plumlee and D.J. Byrd.

Purdue and Duke are also showing interest and the 6-0, 170 lb. Hulls grew up a fan of the Blue Devils and Coach K. He’s also got offers from Evansville, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio and Vermont, but with the recent interest from IU, Purdue and Duke, those schools are likely out of the picture.

Hulls had a coming out party on the national scene a few weeks ago when he played against one of the top guards in 2009, John Wall, at a tournament in Pittsburgh. Friend of the blog and Courier-Journal recruiting writer Jody Demling, wrote about that performance a few weeks ago:

Bloomington (Ind.) South High School guard Jordan Hulls will never forget his recent visit to Pittsburgh, playing in an AAU basketball event for the Indiana Elite team. The 6-foot Hulls – a senior-to-be – had quite a performance, helping the team to the 17 & under title and in the process going from mid-major prospect to a hot name.

In fact, he blew up.

Hulls hit five three-pointers and had a number of other solid plays, including a behind-the-back pass in a game against North Carolina guard John Wall, considered the top Class of 2009 point guard. Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski were both among the coaches in the stands at that game.

Hulls seems to be high on Duke and would likely jump at an offer to play in Durham, but there will also be pressure to stay at home and don the candy striped pants. He’ll either end up as a fan favorite at Assembly Hall or end up as another Duke player that nobody can stand (J.J. Redick, Greg Paulus, Steve Wojciechowski, Jon Scheyer, Bobby Hurley). Let’s hope it’s not the latter.

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  • This kid is going to Duke. I don't want another guard anyway…..you can't win with a team that has 9 players 6-4 and under….its just not going to happen in the Big Ten. Go 6-8 and bigger.

  • the gaurds may be good…..but they won't snag the boards or score in the post….or even be a threat in the post to open things up on the outside…….no more gaurds

  • msdiu81

    I agree. We need bigs at this point. We basically only have 2 scholarships left to offer the 08 and/or the 09 class since we have 3 returning, 5 signed for 08 and 3 committed for 09. If we don't lose a scholarship due to NCAA sanctions we will have one more for 09 when Taber graduates. We need a couple of bigs right now. Go IU!!

  • woodpecker

    IU needs SVT!!!!

  • ricbraun

    We have plenty of scholarships since we will have 3 left to offer to the 09 class, so we shouldn't be just focusing on bigs. Yes, we need bigs, but we could always use quality guards as well. Say we get SVT to go along with Elston and Capobianco and we will already have Pritchard here, that is 4 quality big men with 2 more scholarships left. Are you going to use those 2 on just big men? No, you will use them on the best available players, which might be guards. Guards obviously don't score in the post, but they handle the ball and if you don't have good ball handlers and passers, you could have the best big men in the world but they won't be getting the ball because there is no one good enough to get them the ball. Guard play wins championships, it holds true every year. When you need a bucket late in the game, 99% of the time it is a guard making the play. Besides, we are not at a point right now where we can get picky, we need as many good players as possible

  • Wood,

    Was that you that emailed about trying to find the link to sign up? Looks like you found it alright.

  • woodpecker

    yes but the APR rolling academic requirements may cause the team to lose a scholarship or 2 in the coming years, depending on Holman, Bassett, Ellis and Thomas's academic performance. I think that the players leaving could affect this in a big way but I'm not sure.

  • woodpecker

    hehe, yes! I finally clicked reply and there it was.

  • dale11

    After watching so many great players from Indiana leave the state, I'd take this kid in a heartbeat.

  • golfing1

    Just cause he blew up during one tournament doesn't make him all that…….. I hope he goes to Duke and we can recruit better options….

  • B_MD

    First, we don't know that the four bigs you mentioned are all going to be quality. Second, if we add 3 to the '09 class and probably 1 more to '08, that's 12 scholarships in two classes. I think/hope that by the '10 class Crean will really have this going and have more quality recruits wanting to come to IU, but isn't there a worry that all the scholarships will be tied up?

    I love what Crean has done under horrible circumstances, but honestly this years class is below average if you base it on a normal year and next years (so far) is decent. I'm worried that by '10 when we have the chance to start really brining in great classes that all of the scholarships will be taken, and mostly by 6'2″ shooting guards.

  • topgun24

    He's played well in more than one tournament. It's just their Indiana Elite team is stacked. Hulls' job on that team is to distribute the ball. Which is exactly what he would do if he comes to IU.

  • woodpecker

    I like what Crean has done in such a short time, and the players he is signing will in all probability be here for 4 years. I do not want any players coming to IU just because they have to go to school. The big names will come it is just a matter of time, and I can see Crean cleaning house in state in the coming years. I just want kids that will play hard and wear the jersey with pride.

  • B_MD

    But that's my point, in time big names will want to come, but will we have all of our scholarships tied up when that happens?

    Also, I've hear a lot about “I want players that will be here 4-years and kids that play hard and wear the jersey with pride”. Of course I want kids to play hard and wear the jersey with pride, but that's the coaches job to instill that. I want kids that are big time and will get us back to consistently competing for national championships.

    Look at UNC, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Memphis. Those rosters are littered with 5 and 4 star kids whose main hope is probably to leave early. They simply reload every year with big time recruits and those are the programs that are consistently in the top 10 and Final Fours. That's where i want IU to be.

  • B_MD

    Just want to make clear that I also am impressed with what Crean has done so far, I don't want that to be misinterpreted.

    I just worry about the scholarship numbers available in a few years when we might have better recruits available.

  • JerryCT

    I am in no position to 2nd guess Crean, players leave early, transfer, get hurt etc. I live in Big East country and Crean's recent style on offense at Marquette was 4 handlers ( points and wings ) w 1 Big using dribble drive , up tempo and kicks and pops. The trouble is with lack of size on defense. Butler was pretty good w lack of size.

    Still, as usual, its hard to argue against B_MD

  • woodpecker

    I totally agree with you, Davis let an NBA all star team out of the state when he was here . Crean will fix that, I'm sure. I hope.

    IU has lost it's identity, IMO. when teams come to Assembly Hall they need to leave knowing that they have been in a war! Bob had that at IU up until the mid 90's and i hope Crean will bring it back.

  • woodpecker

    I think next season IU will be forced to play 4 guards at the same time quite often.

  • he's good, but unless he lights the world on fire during his senior year, that offer from duke ain't coming. hulls isn't even one of the top five '09 prospects in the state. playing well in one tournament doesn't suddenly take you from MAC-attention (toledo, ohio, WMU) to durham.

  • JerryCT

    We might even do well for awhile that way but lack of versatility will eventually enable the B-10 team s to game plan for us and kick our butts consistently

  • B_MD

    I'm with you.

  • JamesHardy

    Don't forget the most hated Dukies of all….

    Laettner and the TRAITOR Josh McRoberts!

  • Maybe he'll end up going to Duke, but then see that he doesn't fit into the system there and transfer out, like Taylor King. I mean, it's not like Duke isn't guard heavy, as well.

  • You're assuming that attention from K won't automatically vault him to the top of the list, as it seems to do so often. I heard an interview on the local radio a couple months ago about how McDonald's all-americans sometimes only become McDonald's all-americans only because either Duke or UNC or both are interested in the kid.

  • Strangely enough, UNC has retained players at a pretty high rate over the past few years. Yeah, they have three guys testing the waters this year, but if two of them aren't back (probably all three), then I'd be very, very surprised.

  • You know…it's tough to tell who hates McRoberts more…the anti-Duke crowd or the Dookies themselves.

  • B_MD

    I've stated this before, but I think if you look at recent trends the schools that have been winning titles are the schools who brought in a bunch of kids that were projected as “1 and done”, but for some reason stayed until their junior year. UNC with May, McCants and Felton, Kansas recently with Rush, Arthur and Chalmers and there are other examples. Even Florida, although their “big three” weren't considered one and done, all three could have left before they did.

  • woodpecker

    Yep, the teams that have juniors and seniors on the roster playing big minutes arethe teams that have been rockin and rollin in the NCAA tourney. Could oyou imagine Butler with just one ” big time stud” on the team in the last few years??

  • B_MD

    Definitely, upperclassmen still win in college basketball. The key is having juniors and seniors that were big time recruits and whether it was an early career injury or whatever they decided to stay.

    Similar to DJ staying at IU, except UNC and those schools have 7 DJ White's not just one.

  • JamesHardy

    Don't forget the most hated Dukies of all….

    Laettner and the TRAITOR Josh McRoberts!

  • Maybe he'll end up going to Duke, but then see that he doesn't fit into the system there and transfer out, like Taylor King. I mean, it's not like Duke isn't guard heavy, as well.

  • You're assuming that attention from K won't automatically vault him to the top of the list, as it seems to do so often. I heard an interview on the local radio a couple months ago about how McDonald's all-americans sometimes only become McDonald's all-americans only because either Duke or UNC or both are interested in the kid.

  • Strangely enough, UNC has retained players at a pretty high rate over the past few years. Yeah, they have three guys testing the waters this year, but if two of them aren't back (probably all three), then I'd be very, very surprised.

  • You know…it's tough to tell who hates McRoberts more…the anti-Duke crowd or the Dookies themselves.

  • BGleas

    I've stated this before, but I think if you look at recent trends the schools that have been winning titles are the schools who brought in a bunch of kids that were projected as “1 and done”, but for some reason stayed until their junior year. UNC with May, McCants and Felton, Kansas recently with Rush, Arthur and Chalmers and there are other examples. Even Florida, although their “big three” weren't considered one and done, all three could have left before they did.

  • woodpecker

    Yep, the teams that have juniors and seniors on the roster playing big minutes arethe teams that have been rockin and rollin in the NCAA tourney. Could oyou imagine Butler with just one ” big time stud” on the team in the last few years??

  • BGleas

    Definitely, upperclassmen still win in college basketball. The key is having juniors and seniors that were big time recruits and whether it was an early career injury or whatever they decided to stay.

    Similar to DJ staying at IU, except UNC and those schools have 7 DJ White's not just one.