The latest on Will Yeguete and Moses Abraham

  • 03/09/2010 12:24 pm in

The recruiting buzz lately, as most of you know, has orbited around adding a big man to the 2010 recruiting class.

The two most-prominent names being mentioned thus far are Will Yeguete (pictured), a forward from Florida with an impressive offer sheet, and Moses Abraham, a D.C. product that IU entered late for but seems to have made up ground on in a short time.

Yeguete was on campus this weekend for the Northwestern game, and I got the chance to catch up with his coach, Aubin Goporo, who said the visit made a good impression on Yeguete.

“He said the visit went very well,” Goporo told Inside the Hall on Monday night. “He enjoyed his time.”

Yeguete, a native of Meaux, France, who has lived in Florida for the last two years, will take all of his visits before making a final decision on where to sign. Goporo said Yeguete hasn’t set a firm date to announce his commitment yet and has taken three visits thus far. Yeguete has offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech and Indiana, among others.

With effective post play still at a premium in IU’s rotation, Goporo said he believes Yeguete will “make an impact in his freshman year, no question about it.” He described Yeguete as a well-rounded player who can play facing the basket or with his back to it, and sees the court and moves the ball well.

“The kid is a hard worker, and the kid enjoys a challenge,” Goporo said. “(He) understands the game really well.”

Goporo did say he wasn’t sure how much IU’s tradition, a strong Tom Crean selling point, would matter to Yeguete.

“He’s looking for somewhere that he’s going to fit in well,” he said.

On Moses Abraham: I’ve been e-mailing back and forth with his adviser, Joe Boncore. Abraham was unable to make a scheduled visit to IU for the Northwestern game due to illness, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to get to Bloomington before he makes his decision, which Boncore said will come Sunday. Boncore added that Roshown McLeod’s departure will have no effect on Abraham’s decision.

Update: Our good friend Dustin Dopirak of the Herald-Times reports that Abraham won’t visit IU, but that the Hoosiers are still in consideration. So there you go.

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  • BaseballBuc

    What is this I am hearing about a possible JUCO John Wilkins? According to peegs IU is back on his radar.

  • HoosierChan77

    If you have the inside scoop on WY dont be shy come with it. We all just need to relax and let CTC do his thing for atleast 2 more years. If hes not producing then we are in trouble!

  • Kelin Blab

    Quick rundown….
    + Played one year in juco.
    + Crean recruited him at Marquette along with Kansas, PU, and some other big schools.
    + Orignally from France, dad lives in Gary, Indiana
    + Long, athletic, 6'9, probaly could help immediately

  • Hardwood83

    Ok, I'm sold-sign him up!

  • BaseballBuc

    Thanks. The more I read about him, the more I like him. I hear he needs to add some beef but he is a really good shooter (which we need). Rated as a high mid-major prospect and low high-major prospect. But right now we need anybody over 6'7'' that can rebound and dunk. Also, he says in an interview that Iowa State has recruited him the hardest, so he may be leaning toward them.

  • marsh21

    I say save it as well unless they could get a big time player which doesn't look possible.

  • Hey Andrew, I totally agree that the bigger reason IU wasn't mentioned is probably more due to the fact that the others were more expected to be there and missed, while nobody expected IU to make the tourney. That's a legit point and probably the real reason.

    I also agree on Mike and Mike's knowledge of college basketball and how much they pay attention to it. I disagree though in what their commentary means. They speak for the casual fan, and IMO the casual fan is more the pulse of what the nation feels. The die-hards will always be there and always know IU is a major program, but the casual fans don't care much about IU right now, and the casual fan is the far larger group and the group that really counts, since as I mentioned the die-hards will always be there.

    No worries, didn't think you were calling me out, you definitely made interesting points.

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is an interesting quote from Crean about recruiting……I think the Kyrie Irving thing taught him a lesson…..

    “If it takes a kid a long time to say yes, he isn’t worth the yes. There are always signs.”

    “When you stop trusting your instincts,” Crean said. “When you start worrying about when is the right time for that player to make a decision and then making the decision, you leave yourself open to a lot of potholes.”

  • tberry

    If these guys want to make a real difference, there will be no place better than Indiana!!!

    Any great player has areal chance to be a team changer!!!

  • aerialM

    anyone have any insights on Brandon Mobley? He's a 2010 guy I hear practically nothing about. It seems like he might be higher on us than we are him, but in the end, a 6'9 athletic PF is a 6'9 athletic PF…from what I can gather, he's taken no visits but has us among South Carolina & Cincy as his top choices. Why doesn't he get any mention when we're talking about potential 2010 bigs? Any ideas?

  • plane1972

    Bruce Weber learned this lesson with Eric Gordon. You always have to have a Plan B, and in recruiting you probably need Plans C and D.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Mobley eliminated IU a long time ago…..

  • Taking anything Mike & Mike say on the morning as anything other than hot air being let out of a deflating balloon is your first mistake. Not only are they a Zoo Crew, but they're also two puppets dangled by the strings of the World Wide Leader, spewing out whatever it is the puppetmaster has told them to talk about.

    Not only that, but Greenberg has had a long-standing dislike of Indiana's basketball team. Throughout the entire tournament in 2002, he was nearly apoplectic talking about how Indiana shouldn't be where they were.

    So, if they aren't talking about Indiana, I'd have to say, it's a good thing.

    For what it's worth, here in Triangle-land, the talking radio people (who are also now controlled by the World Wide Leader) still consider Indiana to be a top-five job, a place dripping with basketball tradition, and a team that will eventually figure it out, right the ship, and take their place back among the elite of college basketball.

    Hope that talks you back from the ledge a little bit.

  • zosterma

    beckrw: Boncore told me flat that McLeod's departure would not affect Abraham's decision.

  • zosterma

    beckrw: Boncore told me flat that McLeod's departure would not affect Abraham's decision.

  • Kelin Blab

    My thoughts are….if we don't land either of these guys, shut it down for 2010, get another kid for 2011 or 2012

  • valpohistory

    There really hasn't been any movement out of Mobley. He was taking a serious look at IU when David Williams was still committed to IU because they play AAU together. I'm pretty sure he might be going to prep school, or at least it feels like I've heard as such, I could be wrong though. No one knows if he's eliminated IU yet because you never hear anything about the kid

  • I'm not on a ledge. I like what CTC is doing and think he'll have us back in the national spotlight soon, hopefully sooner than expected if he can do what we all hope with the '11 class.

    As I said above, I agree with everyone that Mike and Mike are not the pulse of college basketball. They focus 90% of their time on football and baseball. I get it. They pay attention to college basketball for about three weeks. But, they do represent the casual fan in this country. Most fans fall into this casual fan category so what they think may not be totally educated, but it does represent the pulse of what most think across the country.

    Also, I don't think it really matters if sports reporters or talk show hosts in Indiana or triangle-land still think IU is an elite program, of course they're going to think it. What matters is if the casual fan thinks it, or the sports talk people in Texas, Florida, NY or other parts of the country, that's when you're elite, not when your already die-hard fans think you're elite.

  • Triangle land = Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.

    If they still think you're elite in that area, then you're elite.

    Florida and Texas are football areas.

    New York's focus is on professional sports.

    And why does the casual fan's opinion matter? The “casual fan” is only going to regurgitate what the World Wide Leader tells them. Which means that you do worry exactly what Mike & Mike and everyone else who dangles from the ESPN's strings say.

  • Triangle land = Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill.

    If they still think you're elite in that area, then you're elite.

    Florida and Texas are football areas.

    New York's focus is on professional sports.

    And why does the casual fan's opinion matter? The “casual fan” is only going to regurgitate what the World Wide Leader tells them. Which means that you do worry exactly what Mike & Mike and everyone else who dangles from the ESPN's strings say.

  • tberry

    We need a really BIG man…not 6'9' but BIG!!!

  • Missed the Triangle-Land…my bad 🙂

    The casual fan is all that matters in sports, or even business in general for that matter. Why do you think we have jumbo trons telling us when to cheer, dancers, mascots and people flinging t-shirts into the stands during timeouts at most sporting events. Why is there a kiss cam and family night at most arenas? It's certainly not to attract people like you and me to basketball. It's to attract the casual fan that could go either way. People like you and me are invested regardless.

    You might not like Mike and Mike or ESPN, but millions more listen to them than to what people in Triangle-Land think. The small group of die-hards might still think Indiana is elite (myself included), but for the most part, the casual observers (a far far larger group) probably don't.

  • BaseballBuc

    You are right, he didn't play last year, but he played 1 year of JUCO the year before. Which would of been 07-08

  • beckrw

    Actually I was thinking it might have been the other way around: that Abraham's “sick day” at IU (read nixing) may have been the straw that broke the camel's back with Crean as it relates to McLeod's effectiveness on the recruiting trail. Clearly, no one kid's decision is going to get an asst. fired, but Crean brought up “looking at the clock” and “indecisiveness” on his radio show as it relates to McCleod. Both traits likely factored into his dismissal and given the timing of events, I wonder if Abraham's “sick day” wasn't a catalyst to what probably were some heated discussions between Crean and McLeod, and ultimately the latter's dismissal…

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is an interesting quote from Crean about recruiting……I think the Kyrie Irving thing taught him a lesson…..

    “If it takes a kid a long time to say yes, he isn’t worth the yes. There are always signs.”

    “When you stop trusting your instincts,” Crean said. “When you start worrying about when is the right time for that player to make a decision and then making the decision, you leave yourself open to a lot of potholes.”

  • tberry

    If these guys want to make a real difference, there will be no place better than Indiana!!!

    Any great player has areal chance to be a team changer!!!

  • aerialM

    anyone have any insights on Brandon Mobley? He's a 2010 guy I hear practically nothing about. It seems like he might be higher on us than we are him, but in the end, a 6'9 athletic PF is a 6'9 athletic PF…from what I can gather, he's taken no visits but has us among South Carolina & Cincy as his top choices. Why doesn't he get any mention when we're talking about potential 2010 bigs? Any ideas?

  • plane1972

    Bruce Weber learned this lesson with Eric Gordon. You always have to have a Plan B, and in recruiting you probably need Plans C and D.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Mobley eliminated IU a long time ago…..

  • Taking anything Mike & Mike say on the morning as anything other than hot air being let out of a deflating balloon is your first mistake. Not only are they a Zoo Crew, but they're also two puppets dangled by the strings of the World Wide Leader, spewing out whatever it is the puppetmaster has told them to talk about.

    Not only that, but Greenberg has had a long-standing dislike of Indiana's basketball team. Throughout the entire tournament in 2002, he was nearly apoplectic talking about how Indiana shouldn't be where they were.

    So, if they aren't talking about Indiana, I'd have to say, it's a good thing.

    For what it's worth, here in Triangle-land, the talking radio people (who are also now controlled by the World Wide Leader) still consider Indiana to be a top-five job, a place dripping with basketball tradition, and a team that will eventually figure it out, right the ship, and take their place back among the elite of college basketball.

    Hope that talks you back from the ledge a little bit.

  • Kelin Blab

    My thoughts are….if we don't land either of these guys, shut it down for 2010, get another kid for 2011 or 2012

  • valpohistory

    There really hasn't been any movement out of Mobley. He was taking a serious look at IU when David Williams was still committed to IU because they play AAU together. I'm pretty sure he might be going to prep school, or at least it feels like I've heard as such, I could be wrong though. No one knows if he's eliminated IU yet because you never hear anything about the kid

  • I'm not on a ledge. I like what CTC is doing and think he'll have us back in the national spotlight soon, hopefully sooner than expected if he can do what we all hope with the '11 class.

    As I said above, I agree with everyone that Mike and Mike are not the pulse of college basketball. They focus 90% of their time on football and baseball. I get it. They pay attention to college basketball for about three weeks. But, they do represent the casual fan in this country. Most fans fall into this casual fan category so what they think may not be totally educated, but it does represent the pulse of what most think across the country.

    Also, I don't think it really matters if sports reporters or talk show hosts in Indiana or triangle-land still think IU is an elite program, of course they're going to think it. What matters is if the casual fan thinks it, or the sports talk people in Texas, Florida, NY or other parts of the country, that's when you're elite, not when your already die-hard fans think you're elite.

  • Andrew

    Very much agree with what you're saying about the die hard vs casual fan. Good points below too about the jumbotrons, etc.

  • tberry

    We need a really BIG man…not 6'9' but BIG!!!

  • Missed the Triangle-Land…my bad 🙂

    The casual fan is all that matters in sports, or even business in general for that matter. Why do you think we have jumbo trons telling us when to cheer, dancers, mascots and people flinging t-shirts into the stands during timeouts at most sporting events. Why is there a kiss cam and family night at most arenas? It's certainly not to attract people like you and me to basketball. It's to attract the casual fan that could go either way. People like you and me are invested regardless.

    You might not like Mike and Mike or ESPN, but millions more listen to them than to what people in Triangle-Land think. The small group of die-hards might still think Indiana is elite (myself included), but for the most part, the casual observers (a far far larger group) probably don't.

  • BaseballBuc

    You are right, he didn't play last year, but he played 1 year of JUCO the year before. Which would of been 07-08

  • beckrw

    Actually I was thinking it might have been the other way around: that Abraham's “sick day” at IU (read nixing) may have been the straw that broke the camel's back with Crean as it relates to McLeod's effectiveness on the recruiting trail. Clearly, no one kid's decision is going to get an asst. fired, but Crean brought up “looking at the clock” and “indecisiveness” on his radio show as it relates to McCleod. Both traits likely factored into his dismissal and given the timing of events, I wonder if Abraham's “sick day” wasn't a catalyst to what probably were some heated discussions between Crean and McLeod, and ultimately the latter's dismissal…

  • Indiana_Knight

    Shut it down? That's a little ridiculous don't you think? Our returning core, the return of Creek, and the addition VO and Sheeney most likely won't make the NCAAs but they could get us back to postseason play. The addition of a skilled, natural post player would make an NIT berth a reasonable expectation and an NCAA berth an unlikely but tantalizing dream.

  • Andrew

    Very much agree with what you're saying about the die hard vs casual fan. Good points below too about the jumbotrons, etc.

  • Indiana_Knight

    Shut it down? That's a little ridiculous don't you think? Our returning core, the return of Creek, and the addition VO and Sheeney most likely won't make the NCAAs but they could get us back to postseason play. The addition of a skilled, natural post player would make an NIT berth a reasonable expectation and an NCAA berth an unlikely but tantalizing dream.

  • Kerwin4two

    Yuegete will sign with Florida

    http://www.onlygators.com/04/19/2010/florida-ba

  • Kerwin4two

    Yuegete will sign with Florida

    http://www.onlygators.com/04/19/2010/florida-ba