Maurice Sutton and Emmanuel Negedu

  • 05/19/2008 12:52 pm in

msutton.JPGThose of you waiting on the edge of your seats for a decision from Maurice Sutton won’t have to wait much longer. Sutton could decide between Indiana, Villanova and Seton Hall as early as tonight.

Here’s what his high school coach, Lewis Howard, told Adam Zagoria:

“He’s down to three. We’re going to know something later tonight or early in the morning. Villanova went great. He was just there for one day. He loved Indiana. Indiana was great, too.”

I’m still not sold on Sutton being much of an impact player next season, but the Hoosiers need interior depth and the big man from Maryland could be the best available talent left on the board. One person I talked to told me that Sutton would probably be about as far along in terms of development as Eli Holman, minus the defensive prowess.

Moving past Sutton, one piece of news that has generated quite a buzz is the possibility of Emmanuel Negedu getting a release from Arizona and Indiana making a play for his services. Negedu’s comments to Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline indicate that he wants out of his LOI, but so far, Lute Olsen isn’t biting:

“I do not picture myself at Arizona anymore. I told him I want my release. He told me ‘Come visit again and see if we can change your mind and make this better. But I do not need to visit again. I need a release. Nothing can make me change my mind from getting a release. I’m strong on my decision.”

Parrish mentions Tennessee and IU as possible suitors for Negedu in his article, but there’s nothing to discuss here unless Olsen obliges with his request for a release. Here’s a highlight reel of Negedu from YouTube.

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  • ooo, I can't wait til tonight(or tomorrow) for Sutton's announcement!
    As for EN, how likely is it for Lute O to not let him out of his LOI? Is it possible for a coach to not release a recruit if the player requests it?

  • Olsen doesn't have to let Negedu out of his LOI. However, normally if a player requests a release, the school will grant it. If he wasn't released, he would either have to return to high school for another year or sit out a year and lose a season of eligibility.

  • Ryan_T

    If we nab these 2 guys for next season, how many open scholarships does that leave for 2009?

  • jgongora86

    Coach Olsen has to realease Negedu. In the world of ugly recruiting, it would look bad if a coach looked after his own interests and not of the athlete. Other college programs can use that against him and with his age he would have a more difficult time attracting big time prospects. IMHO.

  • ricbraun

    Am I the only one that doesn't care if this kid comes to IU? Sure we need a big man, but if he isn't that good what does it matter? I would rather save the scholarship so we can go after better players next year and not settle on someone who won't be an impact player next year (if ever). Will IU be much better next season if we have Sutton than if we don't have him? No, they won't

  • cojames

    How can you call a kid who is rated in the top 50 in his class not an impact player? Also how could he not have an impact in a front court that only features 2 post players (one of them being a freshman this year?) I think could would fit well into Crean's offense and would have more of an immediate impact (offensively and defensively) than Sutton.

  • Why do you say that? the guy is 6-11, he can't help but be an impact

  • B_MD

    I think he was referring to Sutton.

  • One thing to keep in mind is that Olsen might not care: He's old, just lost his entire coaching staff and he's likely entering his final few seasons in Tuscon.

  • JerryCT

    Sutton averaging 18-12-9 , a state championship and ranked in the top 30 at his position I think Crean can take the chance on his development.

    Will he choose IU however ? This will be tough against Villanova. Although orignally from Newark Seton Hall already has a big man so I think they would be out. 'Nova however has a stable and good team to put around him and its closer to home than IU. He gets PT either way but maybe he wants to win now vs later.

  • cojames

    Thanks for the clarification, makes a little more sense now. My bad ricbraun.

  • ricbraun

    I was indeed referring to Sutton, I don't know anything about the other kid. And just because he is tall does not make him good, or that he will have an impact. Ben Allen was tall, but he had no post skills (or any other skills for that matter), so he had no positive impact when he was in. A big man who has no skills is not good just because he is big, there is actually nothing worse than a big man with no skills. Him being on IU next year will have no affect on our record and he will not make us a better team, so to me, I would rather save the scholarship for a good player

  • cojames

    I can see where you are coming from in that instance. I too believe that Sutton will be more of a project type (I believe more raw than Holman and with less of a ceiling) and won't have much affect (if any) on our team, so it may be better off for us to either lose out on him or wait and try to recruit one of the better available big men for next years class. Although he seems like a good kid (Crean's type of attitude) we are still in the rebuilding process so it doesn't make much sense to waste a scholarship.

  • jgongora86

    good point. I don't think it would tarnish his legacy, but it would be a pathetic thing to do.

  • JerryCT

    I guess one thing to keep in mind is that last year's Crean team had only 2 inside players taller than 6'6″ who averaged more than 10 minutes of PT , together the avg was 15min. To me this means we need to start getting used to most of the team being under 6' 6″ but w great passing, handling, quickness etc . That said if Sutton cannot run or handle he does not fit anyway no matter how tall he is.

  • Kelin Blab

    Good point JCT, Yes we want big guys but if that isn't creans way of doing things then we will deal with it. I don't want big players just to have them….Now as far as Negedu…I want him in an IU uniform…

  • woodpecker

    Crean will be on WNDE 1260 tommorow (tues) sometime between 3 and 6!! Hopefully he will have some good news.

  • hoosierfan27

    The thing is that next year we're not going to be that good anyway. If we wait until next year it allows us to go after walker, watford, and a better center. I'm just not sold on Sutton yet. His weight really scares me playing in the Big 10. Its going to be a couple years before he has an impact. We need to go hard after Negedu he's a beast.

  • hoosierfan27

    I don't think Crean tries to build teams like that. It just seems to happen with his up tempo style of play. I think any coach would tell you he needs players over 6-6 to be successful.

  • Negedu’s legal guardian is a Nigerian living in Bloomington.

  • Kelin Blab

    The people on this site are some good damn fans to come up with legal guardian information of a potential recruit……….I love ITH and the crew….that is so so money.

  • Kelin Blab

    After reading about Sutton on Hoop Scoop the kid seems to have his head on straight and comes from a good family faith and foundation. I will give the kid a chance, given the things and kids this program has had to deal with in the past…………Mo Sutton…welcome to IU.

    If you choose Seton Hall remember at one point they wore spandex uniforms
    If you choose Villanova the last decent big man from there was Ed Pickney

  • tberry

    I see Maurice Sutton ending up at Villanova because he raved about how he love his visit and Coach Jay Wright while only saying the IU visit was just “Awright.”

    Emmanuel Negedu will probably follow ex-AZ Assistant Pastner who recruited him for AZ and is now at Memphis. The only hope IU has with Negedu is if he comes to Bloomington because he has familiarity here because of his AAU Bloomington Team and/or because a fellow African Jobe has already committed to IU.

  • tberry

    I see Maurice Sutton ending up at Villanova because he raved about how he love his visit and Coach Jay Wright while only saying the IU visit was just “Awright.”

    Emmanuel Negedu will probably follow ex-AZ Assistant Pastner who recruited him for AZ and is now at Memphis. The only hope IU has with Negedu is if he comes to Bloomington because he has familiarity here because of his AAU Bloomington Team and/or because a fellow African Jobe has already committed to IU.