Nasty elbow doesn’t derail Hulls’ quest for perfection

  • 02/27/2009 3:24 pm in

I’ve gotta be honest: Jordan Hulls is the recruit I’m most excited about for next season.

It’s not that I necessarily think he’s the best player of the six incoming recruits, but I can’t think of one thing I don’t like about this guy. He’s smart, hard-nosed and knows how to win. Translation: He’s exactly what Indiana has been lacking in recent years and desperately needs.

Despite the fact that he was just a few miles down the road at Bloomington South, the old IU staff showed no interest. Apparently, he wasn’t in the three-way calling rotation for Sampson and Rob Senderoff.

Enter Tom Crean.

Just as Hulls was beginning to garner some attention from schools like Duke, Purdue and Stanford, Crean put the hard sell on and Hulls bought in. And since that time, he’s done nothing but show that he’s more than deserving of a scholarship to play at Indiana.

Last night at Decatur Central, Hulls took an elbow to the nose in the second quarter that resulted in blood and medical attention. He didn’t return until late in the third quarter and still managed to put up 21 points as Bloomington South completed a perfect regular season. This, my friends, is the kind of performance people will talk about and remember for a long time.

Dominic, an ITH reader who was in attendance last night, sent me the following note:

I was at the game last night and he got busted up Hansbrough style. I saw him mouth to the coach that “it’s broke.” I then heard his dad say that it was indeed busted. He was in the locker room for most of the 3rd quarter but came back in the fourth to finish off Decatur Central. This kid can’t get here fast enough.

For clarification sake, Hulls does not have a broken nose. Although according to what I’ve read, the elbow was violent enough that it’s hard to believe his nose isn’t broken. Broken or not, it would have been easy to mail it in and sit out the rest of the game, but Hulls would have none of that. He told The Bloomington Herald Times afterwards that “20-and-0 is something that can only be tied, not broken.”

Dominic is right. He can’t get here soon enough.

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  • CM

    I've seen him play at South and I'm beginning to believe IU is getting someone special in Mr. Hulls. His carriage is just so confident. He knows exactly what he wants to do with the ball at all times; he's in complete control. His shot has this weird little hiccup to it, but it goes in. I'm not nearly wise enough to know if that minor element is something that slows down his release and would get stuffed in college. But, like I said, it goes in.

    I didn't see the Detroit Country Day game, but he destroyed a team full of high D-1 talent.

    PT will be a challenge, though. Point guard will be a loaded position for IU next year with Rivers becoming eligible and Jones being much taller and a year wiser. It'll be interesting to see how he fits into the rotation.

  • jgongora86

    I've seen a lot of footage of him through various websites and I'm not joking, I think he can become a poor man's Steve Nash. He has the uncanny ability to drive down the hole and knows when to shot or pass. He can also shoot the three well enough to keep defenses honest. If I were Coach Crean I would red shirt him so he could build more muscle and have him play against Rivers at each practice scrimmage so he can learn how how to play great defense.

  • jgongora86

    Also I've a lot of people compare him to Tom Coverdale. I think thats way off. I think he can become a lot better than coverdale, because Hulls is fast enough to drive down the hole, and will be ( not there yet) a better shooter.

  • plane1972

    In only the brief clips that I have seen of him online, he reminds me of Bobby Hurley. I may be way off base with that comparison, but it would be absolutely phenomenal if he turned out to be a floor general who could be consistently counted on to nail a timely dagger from the perimeter like Hurley did.

  • Kelin Blab

    First off…why is Dumes playing at Decatur Central?

    I am really torn on hulls for this reason….I ABSOLUTELY love the kids game….but we have rivers and we have an fast improving VJ so what do you do?

    On one hand he is a different type of point than rivers and VJ, on the other hand, the pg position is crowded…BUT I want the kid on the court ASAP. This is why crean makes the big bucks………

  • jgongora86

    Rivers is a short term solution. If Hulls red shirts ( and he really should), he will become our floor general. I like Vj but I only see his future as a power sub in the pg and sg position.

  • sarah

    broken septum and dislocated nose…………will have it fixed after state tournament………..hulls that is.

  • MikeyD

    all u ever report are his points. can he make passes…get rebounds…set picks…play defense. can we get some more well rounded info on the kid? he sounds great…on offense…but is that it?

  • In the words of the mighty Winston “the wolf” Wolfe, before we start sucking each other di*k, lets take a hard look at the facts. The best team that Decatur Central beat was Franklin Central who didnt beat anyone important at all, not even close.

    The bottom line is that Southern Indiana, where I am from, is absolutely terrible when it comes to high school hoops. I am from Clark county, home of Jeffersonville, and the hoops here is f-ing pitiful. It is full of 2-A and 3-A schools that cant play. New Albany and B-town south will play in the 1st round of the Seymour regional then we may find out if any of these teams are worth a crap.

    Keep that in mind Hoosier fans. I pray that Hulls is worth the hype. Hopefully Donnie Hale is too, but Hale seems to be typical wannabe from New Albany, he kind of reminds me of ole Lancey Stemler.

    Tell me how good he is after he faces someone that can play, then we should offer him a scholarship

  • Mikey,

    He's an outstanding passer, as I referenced in the scouting report I wrote last summer: http://www.insidethehall.com/2008/07/14/scoutin

    He's not afraid to get in there and scrap for rebounds and he loves to do the little things it takes to win. If there's any question on whether he can compete at a high level, he absolutely dismantled Marquis Teague a couple of weeks ago and he's considered one of the five best sophomores in the country.

  • BobbyDigital

    I completely agree about the level of competition in some of the public leagues and that's what makes the summer tournaments even more relevant. I don't know much about Hale, but Hulls more than held his own on the AAU circuit. He got the best of D-1 talent day in and day out.

  • Kelin Blab

    Not sure if you have seen Hulls play but making jumpshots is not his problem….

  • Jack Sikma

    Jordan Hulls = Brody Boyd w/o the jumper. Let’s not get too excited.

  • MikeyD

    Thanks a lot. I was hoping that was the case. No disrespect, as you should know that this is the first site I go to each day after my email and weather. I like that there Blab feller…among others. Butler is on ESPN right now…too funny.

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  • ChiTownHoosier

    Phenomenal. This kid is exactly what we need. On top of that, another great Indiana kid going to Indiana.

  • Kelin Blab

    Mikey thanks….if I had to give you some more insight to how Hulls plays, I would say he is an ideal Bob Knight type player…in Bobs hey day….tough, fundamentally sound, plays both ends…and passes well with both hands. The state tourney is coming up….get out and see him play.

  • MikeyD

    thanks blab. i know you are high on the guy. i just wonder how he might defend a lanky long fast guard.

  • Jack Sikma

    I've seen Hulls play quite a bit actually. I should have said he doesn't have the excellent jumper that Boyd had in HS. Hulls jumper is going to need a lot of work to be effective at the college level.

  • Jack Sikma

    Sorry, I should have said “Boyd without the excellent jumper”. I've seen Hulls, and that jumper is fine for HS but it needs work to make it in the college game.

  • ChiTownHoosier

    Phenomenal. This kid is exactly what we need. On top of that, another great Indiana kid going to Indiana.

  • Kelin Blab

    Mikey thanks….if I had to give you some more insight to how Hulls plays, I would say he is an ideal Bob Knight type player…in Bobs hey day….tough, fundamentally sound, plays both ends…and passes well with both hands. The state tourney is coming up….get out and see him play.

  • MikeyD

    thanks blab. i know you are high on the guy. i just wonder how he might defend a lanky long fast guard.

  • Jack Sikma

    I've seen Hulls play quite a bit actually. I should have said he doesn't have the excellent jumper that Boyd had in HS. Hulls jumper is going to need a lot of work to be effective at the college level.