Around the Hall: July 1, 2010

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on, kids.

+ Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star interviews 2011 commitment Austin Etherington. (Indianapolis Star)

+ Adidas Nations posted interviews with three IU prospects, Cody Zeller, Peter Jurkin and Yogi Ferrell, on its Facebook page. (Zeller, Jurkin, Ferrell)

+ Andy Glockner profiles former IU guard and IPFW head coach Dane Fife. (SI.com)

+ Michigan coach John Beilein announced that Laval Lucas-Perry has been dismissed from the team. (UMHoops)

+ Iowa forward Brennan Cougill has been deemed academically ineligible for next season. (ESPN College Basketball Nation)

+ Evan Daniels reports that D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera will miss the month of July with a MCL injury. (Scout.com, subscription required)

+ Hugh Kellenberger writes that Bloomington South junior-to-be T.J. Bell is headed back to Illinois. (Herald-Times, subcription required)

+ Scout.com ranks Devin Davis and Basil Smotherman as four-star prospects in its 2013 rankings. (Scout.com)

Quotable (recent tweets from Tom Crean):

“Frankly some of the assistants we go against I wouldnt let valet my car. They either would lose the keys or drive away with it.” – June 29, 3:18 PM

“In all honesty there are some Head coaches that would be the same way. The ones that wake up on 3rd base and think they hit a triple kill me.” – June 29, 3:20 PM

“A tough situation for Jeremiah tonight. Tim Garl told me he had a bad ankle sprain. That really deflated him. He is down. He felt good” – June 29, 8:41 PM

“A team picture of the last few days of unofficial visits would be a bigger seller than a John Grisham novel!” – June 30, 9:22 PM

  • psvirsky

    Hey – what was up with VO's tweets last night?

  • CutterInChicago

    Calipari: The Devil Wears Zegna: http://bit.ly/bmGQAz

  • Kelin Blab

    Bloomington South will never take another transfer again. Carlino, now TJ Bell. I think the competition was too tough for Bell and could not stand not being the big fish in the 2012 class in this state.

  • http://www.prinsportsblog.com BGleas

    That was a great read, thanks for posting!

  • eph521

    I think the line that says it all in the article is:

    “The devil has always been able to tempt the unwary by appealing to their vanity.”

    How true…

  • eph521

    I noticed on the Star, which originally reported Crean's tweets, that many people were bashing him for saying what he said. Now I realize the Star's commenters tend to go overboard and like to hate/bash… but I was a little surprised at the uproar.

    Crean made two comments – only two – and surrounded those two comments with his normal tweets full of enthusiasm and positive energy. I think his tweets about the 'other' recruiters and coaches show his tenacity and passion… and although it may have been wiser to keep those thoughts to himself, I actually am glad to know he's got that fire. You go CTC.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    I wouldn't characterize the Star republishing Crean's tweets as reporting (nor do I consider it reporting when we post them), but that's just me.

  • eph521

    You're right Alex. I should have said where I first read about the tweets. My bad.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    On a totally unrelated note to this thread, if anyone is interested in helping moderate the comments section, please let me know at alex@insidethehall.com.

  • Kelin Blab

    I believe those tweets are in response to what other coaches are telling recruits about IU and Crean. I think there is some pressure building on other in state schools to land some of these kids soon before the IU train gets going again. Time may be running out as it seems Cook Hall, Austin Etherington, McClain, and Crean/Staff seem to be gaining some ground within the borders….

  • MillaRed

    Here we are heading into season three and aside from cleaning house upon his arrival CTC has not been in a position to let anyone go outside of the transfers. Another great sign it's all moving in the right direction.

    I give him a lot of credit for keeping these kids in class, focused while out of class, and keeping the team together. I see the transfer rumors have quietly been put to bed for Elston & others.

  • GFDave

    Coach is very enthusiastic about the unofficials. Peegs reported them to include Zeller, DS-R, Jurkin and Perea I think. That they keep coming for open gym is great. Need to start getting some committments. Man, I hope July gets busy.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Open gym was Yogi, Zeller, Perea, Etherington, Obij Aget and also Luke Zeller was there.

  • FWHoosier

    Nice, though brief, article on Fife. He is doing good things at IPFW. I would love to see him build the program into an annual contender for the conference title and make the tournament, even if they are just first round fodder for the #1 seed. I always love seeing 5-6 Indiana schools in the NCAAs. In spite of the W-L records, IPFW has come close to making the conference tournament championship a couple of times. His teams seem to really step it up in big games and have played Michigan State and Wisconsin close for long stretches. If he can lock down Nic Moore against some of the bigger schools, it would be huge for the progam. Nic could make a real impact for Fife and be the star of the program. Go Mastodons!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I'm hoping that whatever coaches (assistants under Painter, Matta, Webber?) are badmouthing IU recruits learned of Crean's thoughts (via Twitter) at some point. I agree, maybe he should have kept it to himself, but perhaps this was Crean's way of telling those coaches that he found out what they–and/or their assistants–had been saying. I see it as firing a warning shot across the bow of those that speak ill of Crean/IU. Indeed, go CTC!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Perhaps it's my profession, but I'd rather have a team with a 3.0 GPA and miss the tourney than a team with 2.0 GPA and an elite eight appearance (Oh hey John, didn't see you standing there… well, this is awkward). Now, I think and hope that a coach can have in-class and on-court success–and I think CTC will do both–but I'd probably say that Crean tweeting the team's GPA was my favorite IU moment from the past 2 years (if we had beaten Purdue, then maybe GPA would be favorite moment #2).

  • GFDave

    thx

  • eph521

    One commenter on another forum had a good suggestion for what Crean was getting at with the 'third base' and 'triple' tweet. He thinks Crean was referring to coaches who have inherited programs that are already established and perhaps clicking on all cylinders, yet pat themselves on the back for leading such a strong program… compared to Crean inheriting a disaster and rebuilding into something special again (which he's doing). The commenter may be onto something…

  • Taskmaster75

    Maybe a certain coach at Kentucky? Hmmmmmm

  • Taskmaster75

    Indeed, Dane Fife has turned that program into something that's, well, kinda relevant in that conference, which is more than than could say when he got there. Give him a few years to get a few more recruits interested, and you could see another Indiana school in the NCAA picture.

  • MillaRed

    The team G.P.A. continues to get overlooked IMO. It's a major step in this looooooong and painful process. As I look back on dirty Sampson and everything that was going down, I still cannot believe what these kids were (not) doing in the classroom. An opportunity of a lifetime and they flushed it all down the drain while on his watch.

    Never thought it was possible at Indiana. Very glad the current kids can see what others did not.

  • Uncle Joey

    Crean is supposedly buddies with Cal, so I'm not sure he'd sling mud his way.

  • marcusgresham

    First time I've heard of Aget, but I see Rivals lists him as an IU recruit. Looks like an athletic big guy. How strong is the interest?

  • Taskmaster75

    That's what I believed, but who else could Crean be talking about?

  • IUMIKE1

    I was wondering the same thing. Wonder if he is talking about JR's bad ankle sprain but it sounded a little more serious than that. CTC tweeted that it was a very bad sprain though. Maybe VO was playing bball at the same place and they thought it might be broken and was at the hospital to have it X-rayed. If that is not it I hope everything is alright. We want nothing but positive things happening to kids while they are at IU.

  • IUMIKE1

    Any article that speaks the truth about pUKe is a really good read.

    Thanks for the link.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I can't comment about how high his interest is, but I can provide you with two factors as to why he's interested in us: he plays for Indiana Elite AAU team and I'm assuming he's involved with A-HOPE(?), which are two relatively strong connections to the state/IU.

    And not that this would ever happen, but how boss would it be if we got Jurkin AND Aget?!! Two 7-footers that can run the floor? We would probably be the only team in the nation taller than UCONN. I know, I know, it's not going to happen, but seriously, two guys over 7' tall on the same team… tell me that wouldn't be awesome. The 2012 class would be an insane lineup: DSR, Patterson, Perea, Aget, Jurkin.

    Again, I know that it's not going to happen, but I believe we need to land one of the following 2012 guys: Jurkin, Aget, Hammons. Just one. I know that 7-footers aren't as important as wings that can drive the line in Crean's offense, but I'm guessing he obviously wants one of those guys (and I'm wondering what in the world he'd do with two). C'mon Crean, work some magic!

    (Do you love how I didn't really answer your question but went on a wishful-thinking rant instead? You're welcome.)

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Didn't IU have two 7-footers on last year's team? I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Ha ha, true enough.

    I think, however, that Aget and Jurkin could easily take Jobe and Bawa in a pick-up game (provided that Jobe doesn't elbow both of them unconscious). I also think Aget or Jurkin might be able to be our starting center right now (provided that they gain ~20 pounds … put them on the DeAndre Thomas “diet” of mayo and whole milk smoothies). Granted, I haven't seen Guy in person, but I've seen video of all three and the two high schoolers seem more coordinated/athletic. I'm not sure if their wingspan is as freakish, but they can catch the ball when it's thrown to them and they don't appear to be confused about the game 90% of the time–kinda like the two 7-footers on last year's team.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    And maybe I should've specified that the 7-footers posses tangible/visible talent…?

    You've learned me real good Alex, reeeeal goooood. I'm gunna be more pacific from now on. (God, that hurt to type…)

  • marcusgresham

    And who could forget the Dynamic Duo of Eggers and Mandeville? (I know, Robbie Eggers was probably an inch or two shy of 7'.)

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