Donnie Hale drawing interest from Hoosiers

Arguably the best player in the 2010 class from Southern Indiana and a good bet for a double-double nearly every time out, New Albany’s Donnie Hale is on the radar for the IU coaching staff.

The 6-8 Hale was one of several prospects in attendance for last Sunday’s game with Minnesota and came away impressed despite the Hoosier loss.

“They’re always working hard and Tom Crean’s a great coach,” Hale told Inside the Hall. “He’ll get their program turned around.”

Although the Hoosiers haven’t offered a scholarship, the coaching staff has been in contact with Hale and his high school coach, Jim Shannon.

“They send letters in the mail and they talk to my coach,” Hale said of the IU staff.

Besides Indiana, Hale is hearing from Purdue and Xavier, who have both offered scholarships and is also getting looks from Virginia, Kentucky and Penn State.

After losing Indiana All-Star Braydon Hobbs to graduation, New Albany hasn’t missed a beat and is off to a 12-0 start and a No. 2 ranking in Class 4-A. Hale, the MVP of the Hall of Fame Classic last season as a sophomore, is a big part of the success.

“Donnie’s inside presence has given us a good one-two punch so far,” Shannon said recently. “He’s playing better than he’s ever played.”

  • JerryCT

    Anybody on ITH seen him play ? If so how badly do we want him ?

  • JerryCT

    Anybody on ITH seen him play ? If so how badly do we want him ?

  • dale11

    Sounds good to me. 6' 8″ , leading him to to an undefeated season so far. Go get him hoosiers. i would hate to see purdue lock up another indiana kid that iu is recruiting,

  • dale11

    Sounds good to me. 6' 8″ , leading him to to an undefeated season so far. Go get him hoosiers. i would hate to see purdue lock up another indiana kid that iu is recruiting,

  • Dale

    He would be the 4th 6'8ish white kid we would have (Pritchard, Elston, Capo). Would he bring anything different to the team than them? I don't know the answer to that because I haven't seen enough of these recruits play, but it's just something to keep in mind.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    I've watched him play last season, but haven't gotten a chance to see him play this year yet. He's reportedly improved quite a bit after playing with a 17 & under Spiece team over the summer. I know he's working on improving his perimeter game as well.

    As far as the interest from IU goes, the scholarship situation in 2010 is tight and it's hard to say whether IU could overtake Purdue or Xavier if they do decide to offer.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    I watched him last season, but haven't gotten a chance to see him play this year yet. He's reportedly improved quite a bit after playing with a 17 & under Spiece team over the summer. I know he's working on improving his perimeter game as well.

    As far as the interest from IU goes, the scholarship situation in 2010 is tight and it's hard to say whether IU could overtake Purdue or Xavier if they do decide to offer. Both of those schools seem to be at the top of his list.

  • DJW

    I'm surprised Louisville/Pitno hasn't recruited this kid yet.

  • DJW

    I'm surprised Louisville/Pitno hasn't recruited this kid yet.

  • jgongora86

    I think we should give a full out blitz on joshua smith, Harrison Barnes, and Kyle Iriving. We don't get any of them ( and I know it will be very difficult), save those scholarships for the 2011 class ( which is way loaded). I like Donnie hale but I think with limited scholarships its should be superstar or bust in the 2010 recruiting game plan.

  • jgongora86

    I think we should give a full out blitz on joshua smith, Harrison Barnes, and Kyle Iriving. We don't get any of them ( and I know it will be very difficult), save those scholarships for the 2011 class ( which is way loaded). I like Donnie hale but I think with limited scholarships its should be superstar or bust in the 2010 recruiting game plan.

  • JerryCT

    Smith has said UL, UCLA and Washington are his top choices now and does not mention IU as even in the 2nd tier. Demling also has a nice article on Justin Gant of Terre Haute .

    I agree about the superstar strategy but Smith is not going to be one of them

  • JerryCT

    Smith has said UL, UCLA and Washington are his top choices now and does not mention IU as even in the 2nd tier. Demling also has a nice article on Justin Gant of Terre Haute .

    I agree about the superstar strategy but Smith is not going to be one of them

  • Kelin Blab

    Anyone making the Hulls V Teague matchup tonite…should be a great atmosphere despite Indiana having class basketball! (Had to get my anti-class basketball jab in)

  • Kelin Blab

    Anyone making the Hulls V Teague matchup tonite…should be a great atmosphere despite Indiana having class basketball! (Had to get my anti-class basketball jab in)

  • student

    Nah they're scooping up better Indiana players.

  • student
  • Hoosier_Hound

    Should be a great game, if you go give us a recap and some insight about Hulls and Teague. As for myself, I was going to go to the Princeton v Ev. Memorial tonight but the snow/ice storm has canceled that game. Hopefully they will reschedule the game so we can see it before the sectional.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Should be a great game, if you go give us a recap and some insight about Hulls and Teague. As for myself, I was going to go to the Princeton v Ev. Memorial tonight but the snow/ice storm has canceled that game. Hopefully they will reschedule the game so we can see it before the sectional.

  • Ryan_T

    o rly?

  • Ryan_T

    o rly?

  • Kelin Blab

    Guys I know this is a Donnie Hale thread…BUT….

    Let me Recap Teague V. Hulls

    1. Class basketball sucks, game was somewhat crowded but should have been sold out

    2. Here me WELL…..if we do not get Teague at IU, DO NOT fret, cry, or break a sweat…Good player….would take Hulls 10 out of 10 times…for many reasons

    3. There is no question Jordan Hulls is a D-1 top knotch prospect. He has handle, fundamentals, smarts, jumps shot, toughness and I could go on. NO one on the court could stay in front of him nor stop him…and YES he could average 25 if he wanted too.

    4. Screw the star, peegs, nation rating…..Hulls was clearly the BETTER player tonite. WHen I left Pike was down by 30!

    5. Teague is a good talent, but too much one on one, too much yapping at his teammates and South….and to finalize it, got a technical for whing about a foul that was his 5th foul.

    6. Play a 2-3 zone on Pike and NONE of them can score!

    7. If we get Hulls, we could get at least one of his teammates davis, spencer, or hell their big man…..I would take all of them.

    8. Rivers may start at PG next year, but Hulls is easily his backup and will take over when rivers leaves. The kid can flat out play.

    9. Finally the best thing I like about hulls is his decision making….I cannot express that enough

  • Kelin Blab

    Guys I know this is a Donnie Hale thread…BUT….

    Let me Recap Teague V. Hulls

    1. Class basketball sucks, game was somewhat crowded but should have been sold out

    2. Here me WELL…..if we do not get Teague at IU, DO NOT fret, cry, or break a sweat…Good player….would take Hulls 10 out of 10 times…for many reasons

    3. There is no question Jordan Hulls is a D-1 top knotch prospect. He has handle, fundamentals, smarts, jumps shot, toughness and I could go on. NO one on the court could stay in front of him nor stop him…and YES he could average 25 if he wanted too.

    4. Screw the star, peegs, nation rating…..Hulls was clearly the BETTER player tonite. WHen I left Pike was down by 30!

    5. Teague is a good talent, but too much one on one, too much yapping at his teammates and South….and to finalize it, got a technical for whing about a foul that was his 5th foul.

    6. Play a 2-3 zone on Pike and NONE of them can score!

    7. If we get Hulls, we could get at least one of his teammates davis, spencer, or hell their big man…..I would take all of them.

    8. Rivers may start at PG next year, but Hulls is easily his backup and will take over when rivers leaves. The kid can flat out play.

    9. Finally the best thing I like about hulls is his decision making….I cannot express that enough

  • sheronwilkerson

    I live in NA and attend many games and there is nothing to get that excited about yet, he plays against inferior competition so you never know how good he is (only played 5 teams with winning records). The best team they have played is Jeff and they are not that great.

    Southern Indiana is just not up to par with the Indys central and northern schools . He might be good but I will reserve my opinion until I see what he does against good teams in the Tourny.

  • dale11

    Good stuff, Kelin.

  • dale11

    Good stuff, Kelin.

  • Kelin Blab

    Dale I believe Alex is going to get some video up soon, not to gush any further but, you will really like jordan hulls……he is 6ft tall but ask Teague/Pike if it made difference……

  • Kelin Blab

    Dale I believe Alex is going to get some video up soon, not to gush any further but, you will really like jordan hulls……he is 6ft tall but ask Teague/Pike if it made difference……

  • Boilerfan

    Matt Painter has wanted Donnie Hale for a long time, but Purdue got 3 commitments to fill its 3 spots before Hale decided. Unless Hale were to spend a year in prep school or something, someone would need to leave for Hale to get a scholarship. He had time to choose Purdue when the scholarships were filling up since I believe that he was Painter's first offer, but obviously wasn't in a rush to commit to the Boilers. I doubt that he will end up at Purdue, but I would love to have him since Painter has targeted him.

    I understand that Crean has not offered anyone in the 2010 class yet, since it is not clear that IU will have a scholarship available. It would be a shame to see him leave the state since neither PU or IU had a scholarship to offer.

    Regardless, I think that Crean is doing a great job rebuilding the IU program.

  • Boilerfan

    Matt Painter has wanted Donnie Hale for a long time, but Purdue got 3 commitments to fill its 3 spots before Hale decided. Unless Hale were to spend a year in prep school or something, someone would need to leave for Hale to get a scholarship. He had time to choose Purdue when the scholarships were filling up since I believe that he was Painter's first offer, but obviously wasn't in a rush to commit to the Boilers. I doubt that he will end up at Purdue, but I would love to have him since Painter has targeted him.

    I understand that Crean has not offered anyone in the 2010 class yet, since it is not clear that IU will have a scholarship available. It would be a shame to see him leave the state since neither PU or IU had a scholarship to offer.

    Regardless, I think that Crean is doing a great job rebuilding the IU program.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Kelin is correct: I'll have video up of Hulls, Teague, Darwin Davis Jr and Spencer Turner hopefully by early next week.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Kelin is correct: I'll have video up of Hulls, Teague, Darwin Davis Jr and Spencer Turner hopefully by early next week.

  • Unknown

    Kelin is you really say that he is a one on one type of player (Teague) then i would have to agree with you…that is why Louisville wants him, all Pitno dose is recruit high 5 stars that play great one on one basketball. In my own opinion i would like to see Coach go after LaDontae Henton – 6-5/- Lansing, MI SF, or Jeremiah Davis – 6-3/195 Muncie, IN PG, or Justin Gant – 6-8/190 Terre Haute, IN PF or Kendall Griffin – 6-4/175 Avon, IN SG…..they are all good plays ….any comments

  • Kelin Blab

    Boiler…

    It was interesting last night Painter and his staff came to the Pike game, more than likely to see teague and probaly some of the Bloom. South kids. I also saw McCarthy from Louisville but was somewhat surprised to not see anyone from IU……

  • Kelin Blab

    Boiler…

    It was interesting last night Painter and his staff came to the Pike game, more than likely to see teague and probaly some of the Bloom. South kids. I also saw McCarthy from Louisville but was somewhat surprised to not see anyone from IU……

  • JerryCT

    Re: Hulls Videos

    We always get offensive highlights in these things. They usually tell me nothing since most shots are uncontested and not at crucial times in a game etc. EXAMPLE: how many contested ROth shots were in his highlights and how good is Roth on contested shots ? Same could be said for Willliams and Story.

    I hope we can see some defensive highlights like on ball pressure, contesting shots at different places on the floor, difficulty in screening him etc.

    In my opnion defense next year will determine who plays and how many minutes or in what situations.

    Therefore if making a case for Hulls playing time next year then I hope you give us some defensive video.

    We see this year how we fear our defense inside( Pritchard fouling, Taber immobile, Williams too small ), so we collapse to help, then cannot defend the perimeter or stop the ball at point of attack eg Pargo, Teague , Jackson ( ND ) etc I fear this might be the theme today as it was last time against OSU

  • JerryCT

    Re: Hulls Videos

    We always get offensive highlights in these things. They usually tell me nothing since most shots are uncontested and not at crucial times in a game etc. EXAMPLE: how many contested ROth shots were in his highlights and how good is Roth on contested shots ? Same could be said for Willliams and Story.

    I hope we can see some defensive highlights like on ball pressure, contesting shots at different places on the floor, difficulty in screening him etc.

    In my opnion defense next year will determine who plays and how many minutes or in what situations.

    Therefore if making a case for Hulls playing time next year then I hope you give us some defensive video.

    We see this year how we fear our defense inside( Pritchard fouling, Taber immobile, Williams too small ), so we collapse to help, then cannot defend the perimeter or stop the ball at point of attack eg Pargo, Teague , Jackson ( ND ) etc I fear this might be the theme today as it was last time against OSU

  • Taskmaster75

    Hmmm, I think it would actually be wise to redshirt Hulls next year in my opinion.

  • Taskmaster75

    Hmmm, I think it would actually be wise to redshirt Hulls next year in my opinion.

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry-

    From a defensive standpoint, when you hold a team to 50 points in there gym and they average about 75, the kids were playing D. Hulls fits very well into south's team defensive scheme…from full court pressure, man, and zone. I don't think that will be an issue for him. He is very well coached………

    But also Jerry…..seriously…who wants to see defensive highlights? C'mon man…have a heart.

    The knock on hulls was not defense but can he compete against the upper echelon PG's and he proved it at least for one night…….

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry-

    From a defensive standpoint, when you hold a team to 50 points in there gym and they average about 75, the kids were playing D. Hulls fits very well into south's team defensive scheme…from full court pressure, man, and zone. I don't think that will be an issue for him. He is very well coached………

    But also Jerry…..seriously…who wants to see defensive highlights? C'mon man…have a heart.

    The knock on hulls was not defense but can he compete against the upper echelon PG's and he proved it at least for one night…….

  • JerryCT

    Kelin- You are right. Highlights are to entertain and thats what offense does.

    I guess I am saying that many of us cannot see Hulls play and we are excited about him…….so much so we cannot get enough video.

    Still, to conclude about any player I NEED to know defensive skills since its more than 1/2 the game…..ie alot of offense starts w defense

  • JerryCT

    Kelin- You are right. Highlights are to entertain and thats what offense does.

    I guess I am saying that many of us cannot see Hulls play and we are excited about him…….so much so we cannot get enough video.

    Still, to conclude about any player I NEED to know defensive skills since its more than 1/2 the game…..ie alot of offense starts w defense

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Kelin is correct: I'll have video up of Hulls, Teague, Darwin Davis Jr and Spencer Turner hopefully by early next week.

  • Unknown

    Kelin is you really say that he is a one on one type of player (Teague) then i would have to agree with you…that is why Louisville wants him, all Pitno dose is recruit high 5 stars that play great one on one basketball. In my own opinion i would like to see Coach go after LaDontae Henton – 6-5/- Lansing, MI SF, or Jeremiah Davis – 6-3/195 Muncie, IN PG, or Justin Gant – 6-8/190 Terre Haute, IN PF or Kendall Griffin – 6-4/175 Avon, IN SG…..they are all good plays ….any comments

  • Kelin Blab

    Boiler…

    It was interesting last night Painter and his staff came to the Pike game, more than likely to see teague and probaly some of the Bloom. South kids. I also saw McCarthy from Louisville but was somewhat surprised to not see anyone from IU……

  • JerryCT

    Re: Hulls Videos

    We always get offensive highlights in these things. They usually tell me nothing since most shots are uncontested and not at crucial times in a game etc. EXAMPLE: how many contested ROth shots were in his highlights and how good is Roth on contested shots ? Same could be said for Willliams and Story.

    I hope we can see some defensive highlights like on ball pressure, contesting shots at different places on the floor, difficulty in screening him etc.

    In my opnion defense next year will determine who plays and how many minutes or in what situations.

    Therefore if making a case for Hulls playing time next year then I hope you give us some defensive video.

    We see this year how we fear our defense inside( Pritchard fouling, Taber immobile, Williams too small ), so we collapse to help, then cannot defend the perimeter or stop the ball at point of attack eg Pargo, Teague , Jackson ( ND ) etc I fear this might be the theme today as it was last time against OSU

  • Taskmaster75

    Hmmm, I think it would actually be wise to redshirt Hulls next year in my opinion.

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry-

    From a defensive standpoint, when you hold a team to 50 points in there gym and they average about 75, the kids were playing D. Hulls fits very well into south's team defensive scheme…from full court pressure, man, and zone. I don't think that will be an issue for him. He is very well coached………

    But also Jerry…..seriously…who wants to see defensive highlights? C'mon man…have a heart.

    The knock on hulls was not defense but can he compete against the upper echelon PG's and he proved it at least for one night…….

  • JerryCT

    Kelin- You are right. Highlights are to entertain and thats what offense does.

    I guess I am saying that many of us cannot see Hulls play and we are excited about him…….so much so we cannot get enough video.

    Still, to conclude about any player I NEED to know defensive skills since its more than 1/2 the game…..ie alot of offense starts w defense

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