Roundup: Adidas May Classic

  • 05/11/2008 7:10 pm in

roundupia2.jpgThe Adidas May Classic took place this weekend in Bloomington and here are some notes from the event compiled from around the Web:

— Indiana Elite, led by Bobby Capobianco (IU), Jordan Hulls, Stephan Van Treese, Colt Ryan, D.J. Byrd (Purdue) and Mason Plumlee (Duke), won the 17-and-under title with a 80-63 win over the Michigan Mustangs. The Hoosier Scoop has a detailed recap as does Hoosier Nation.

Demetrius Walker, a 6-4 guard, 200 lb. guard from San Juan Capistrano (CA) told reporters that Indiana is his favorite and was planning to visit with Tom Crean this weekend. However, Walker’s team changed their travel arrangements, so his meeting with Crean will have to be rescheduled, according to Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop. Walker is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals and is in the 2009 class.

— Maurice Sutton told a group of reporters that he was really enjoying himself in Bloomington and based on his comments, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t end up a Hoosier. His unofficial visit will take place Monday before he flies home to Maryland. He is scheduled to visit Villanova next weekend before making a decision. That could change if Sutton decides to commit before he leaves town. Terry Hutchens had a nice piece on Sutton in Sunday morning’s Indianapolis Star and Jody Demling heard rumors that Sutton is close to a commitment to IU.

— Apparently IU is involved with Leonard Washington and quite frankly, this comes as surprise given Washington’s questionable academic reputation. He’s already reclassified from 2007 to 2008 and was reportedly involved in a couple of fights last summer at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. Jody Demling has some quotes from Washington here.

— Although Jeremiah Rivers hasn’t officially announced that he will transfer to IU, the Washington Times report likely is legitimate and Indiana looks to be in good position with the former Georgetown guard.

— Bobby Capobianco was very impressive during the AMC according to one observer I spoke with and his play this spring should help him skyrocket up the national recruiting rankings. Being committed to Indiana won’t hurt, either. Capobianco will be a fan favorite in Assembly Hall with his intensity on both ends of the floor.

— Jordan Crawford and Brandon McGee helped with score keeping for some of the games at Assembly Hall. Barring unforeseen circumstances, both figure to return next season.

— Chris Korman had a brief scouting report on Christian Watford and Jody Demling of the C-J listed Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis and Alabama as the schools most involved for his services. No word on if Watford, a Birmingham (AL) native, has any future visits lined up to Bloomington. He’ll visit Louisville and Kentucky before heading back to Birmingham, according to Demling. Watford is the No. 47 player in the 2009 class on Rivals.com.

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  • BTOWN40

    I don't believe Walker is until 09. Watch his 3 star turn into a 4 over the summer tournaments and his senior year in high school.
    The star system is overrated Charlie Miller, Andre Patterson, and Neil Reed were 4 and 5 stars look how that turned out.
    Crean looks to be more of a system guy, finding the right pieces to the puzzle. I say give him 3 yrs to get what he needs and trust that he can have success. Oh I also think Coverdale was a 3 star and he didn't turn out to shabby of a college career

  • BTOWN40

    Everyone keep an eye on OJ Mayo situation at USC. Let's see if the NCAA will do anything at all with their program.

  • BTOWN40

    Everyone keep an eye on OJ Mayo situation at USC. Let's see if the NCAA will do anything at all with their program.

  • BTOWN40

    Everyone keep an eye on OJ Mayo situation at USC. Let's see if the NCAA will do anything at all with their program.

  • JerryCT

    I agree w everyone's feeling about players w size BUT I donot agree about the need for 5 stars.

    What we need right now is STABILITY in our program so if you are a “one & done” I think it sets us back. I look at what other schools are interested in a player and disregard the stars and all our recruits have some really good coaches looking at them.

    ALso , ALL players regardless of stars behind their name need to do some serious development in college and Crean appears tobe goood at that. Too bad Gordon could not have developed his game while in college

  • JerryCT

    I agree w everyone's feeling about players w size BUT I donot agree about the need for 5 stars.

    What we need right now is STABILITY in our program so if you are a “one & done” I think it sets us back. I look at what other schools are interested in a player and disregard the stars and all our recruits have some really good coaches looking at them.

    ALso , ALL players regardless of stars behind their name need to do some serious development in college and Crean appears tobe goood at that. Too bad Gordon could not have developed his game while in college

  • JerryCT

    I agree w everyone's feeling about players w size BUT I donot agree about the need for 5 stars.

    What we need right now is STABILITY in our program so if you are a “one & done” I think it sets us back. I look at what other schools are interested in a player and disregard the stars and all our recruits have some really good coaches looking at them.

    ALso , ALL players regardless of stars behind their name need to do some serious development in college and Crean appears tobe goood at that. Too bad Gordon could not have developed his game while in college

  • woodpecker

    exactly!!

  • woodpecker

    exactly!!

  • woodpecker

    exactly!!

  • hoosiergal

    I am very curious about this situation especially considering the Reggie Bush situation also. Though I would be the first to say that I expect Indiana to run a clean program, I get a little bent out of shape with the NCAA charges against Indiana over phone calls and so far have turned a blind eye to USC and their “paid”amateurs.

  • hoosiergal

    I am very curious about this situation especially considering the Reggie Bush situation also. Though I would be the first to say that I expect Indiana to run a clean program, I get a little bent out of shape with the NCAA charges against Indiana over phone calls and so far have turned a blind eye to USC and their “paid”amateurs.

  • hoosiergal

    I am very curious about this situation especially considering the Reggie Bush situation also. Though I would be the first to say that I expect Indiana to run a clean program, I get a little bent out of shape with the NCAA charges against Indiana over phone calls and so far have turned a blind eye to USC and their “paid”amateurs.

  • well 3 star players can turn out to be players like guyton, cheaney, and so on we end up being better than any 5 star players. I'm just saying once these scholarships are used thats it for a while, so lets get a well rounded team. I understand he had to field a team this year, but really with the addtition on Sutton in the midst we will have a team that will compete….so lets be patient now and get some size.

  • well 3 star players can turn out to be players like guyton, cheaney, and so on we end up being better than any 5 star players. I'm just saying once these scholarships are used thats it for a while, so lets get a well rounded team. I understand he had to field a team this year, but really with the addtition on Sutton in the midst we will have a team that will compete….so lets be patient now and get some size.

  • well 3 star players can turn out to be players like guyton, cheaney, and so on we end up being better than any 5 star players. I'm just saying once these scholarships are used thats it for a while, so lets get a well rounded team. I understand he had to field a team this year, but really with the addtition on Sutton in the midst we will have a team that will compete….so lets be patient now and get some size.

  • B_MD

    Ben,

    I'm with you totally, what has been lacking from IU in recent years is the NBA/Major Conference size. A lot of the best teams have SF around Elston's size.

    I've also heard a lot of comments about Crean's style of play being guard oriented and like you said “totally based on guards”, but is that maybe because he hasn't had the best big men? I'm sure if he had a legit/top big man he would love to utilize him.

  • BGleas

    Ben,

    I'm with you totally, what has been lacking from IU in recent years is the NBA/Major Conference size. A lot of the best teams have SF around Elston's size.

    I've also heard a lot of comments about Crean's style of play being guard oriented and like you said “totally based on guards”, but is that maybe because he hasn't had the best big men? I'm sure if he had a legit/top big man he would love to utilize him.

  • BGleas

    Ben,

    I'm with you totally, what has been lacking from IU in recent years is the NBA/Major Conference size. A lot of the best teams have SF around Elston's size.

    I've also heard a lot of comments about Crean's style of play being guard oriented and like you said “totally based on guards”, but is that maybe because he hasn't had the best big men? I'm sure if he had a legit/top big man he would love to utilize him.

  • B_MD

    I agree for the most part. Let's hope that the '08 and '09 classes restore some stability and get us headed in the right direction, then for the '10 and beyond classes we look to step it up a notch recruiting wise.

    To your point about how else is recruiting the players we're interested in, my hope is that we get to the point that guys committing to Indiana have the following after their name, “Player X chose Indiana over offers from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.”

    Then we'll be the elite program we all consider Indiana to be.

  • BGleas

    I agree for the most part. Let's hope that the '08 and '09 classes restore some stability and get us headed in the right direction, then for the '10 and beyond classes we look to step it up a notch recruiting wise.

    To your point about how else is recruiting the players we're interested in, my hope is that we get to the point that guys committing to Indiana have the following after their name, “Player X chose Indiana over offers from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.”

    Then we'll be the elite program we all consider Indiana to be.

  • BGleas

    I agree for the most part. Let's hope that the '08 and '09 classes restore some stability and get us headed in the right direction, then for the '10 and beyond classes we look to step it up a notch recruiting wise.

    To your point about how else is recruiting the players we're interested in, my hope is that we get to the point that guys committing to Indiana have the following after their name, “Player X chose Indiana over offers from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.”

    Then we'll be the elite program we all consider Indiana to be.

  • hoosierfan27

    Stars don't matter at all, look at the NFL draft. Numerous players were selected in the first round that were 2 or 3 star recruits coming out of high school. It's all about player development which Crean is known for. Everything I've seen lately says that Walker will be at least a four star recruit by his senior year, but who really cares.

  • hoosierfan27

    Stars don't matter at all, look at the NFL draft. Numerous players were selected in the first round that were 2 or 3 star recruits coming out of high school. It's all about player development which Crean is known for. Everything I've seen lately says that Walker will be at least a four star recruit by his senior year, but who really cares.

  • hoosierfan27

    Stars don't matter at all, look at the NFL draft. Numerous players were selected in the first round that were 2 or 3 star recruits coming out of high school. It's all about player development which Crean is known for. Everything I've seen lately says that Walker will be at least a four star recruit by his senior year, but who really cares.

  • hoosierfan27

    I hate USC as much as any team other than Purdue, but it doesn't seem like the university was the one paying him. The payments and gifts have been going on for 4 years. This started with the all the Mayo hype back when he just started high school.

  • hoosierfan27

    I hate USC as much as any team other than Purdue, but it doesn't seem like the university was the one paying him. The payments and gifts have been going on for 4 years. This started with the all the Mayo hype back when he just started high school.

  • hoosierfan27

    I hate USC as much as any team other than Purdue, but it doesn't seem like the university was the one paying him. The payments and gifts have been going on for 4 years. This started with the all the Mayo hype back when he just started high school.

  • hoosierfan27

    What are you worried about? The 09 class includes Creek-4 star, Elston-4 star, Bobby C-3star (probably going to move up), maybe Walker who's a hell of an athlete . All of them will be solid four year contributors along with all the players from the 08 class. Could you have imagined we would be in this good of shape after the year ended so terribly? I love his recruiting philosophy.

  • hoosierfan27

    What are you worried about? The 09 class includes Creek-4 star, Elston-4 star, Bobby C-3star (probably going to move up), maybe Walker who's a hell of an athlete . All of them will be solid four year contributors along with all the players from the 08 class. Could you have imagined we would be in this good of shape after the year ended so terribly? I love his recruiting philosophy.

  • hoosierfan27

    What are you worried about? The 09 class includes Creek-4 star, Elston-4 star, Bobby C-3star (probably going to move up), maybe Walker who's a hell of an athlete . All of them will be solid four year contributors along with all the players from the 08 class. Could you have imagined we would be in this good of shape after the year ended so terribly? I love his recruiting philosophy.

  • hoosiergal

    Considering Bush and now Mayo, a “lack of institutional control” appears appropriate.

  • hoosiergal

    Considering Bush and now Mayo, a “lack of institutional control” appears appropriate.

  • hoosiergal

    Considering Bush and now Mayo, a “lack of institutional control” appears appropriate.

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  • tberry

    Washington is nothing but a dumb thug. IU should steer clear of him. He will be a better fit at Memphis!!!

  • tberry

    Washington is nothing but a dumb thug. IU should steer clear of him. He will be a better fit at Memphis!!!

  • tberry

    Washington is nothing but a dumb thug. IU should steer clear of him. He will be a better fit at Memphis!!!

  • BTOWN40

    DITTO

  • BTOWN40

    DITTO

  • BTOWN40

    DITTO

  • BTOWN40

    DITTO