Around the Hall: Gordon shines in Team USA win

  • 08/15/2010 9:08 am in

FEBRUARY 9, 2010: Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Final score Clippers 99 Jazz 109. Clippers # 10 Eric Gordon.Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.

+ Eric Gordon strengthened his case for a spot on Team USA by scoring 15 points in a 98-51 win over China on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

+ Gordon tells the Los Angeles Times he has a good shot of making Team USA’s final roster.

+ Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com writes that the battle for the final spot on Team USA might be Gordon vs. Stephen Curry.

+ Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times reports that Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers freshman-to-be James Blackmon Jr. took an unofficial visit to Indiana.

+ According to Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch, the Big Ten single plays for basketball this year will be the same as last season with a reversal of venues. Translation: IU gets Michigan State once (road) and Penn State once (home).

+ Tom Crean recently welcomed Sam Alford, Steve Alford and Calbert Cheaney to Cook Hall.

+ UMHoops has highlights of Yogi Ferrell from adidas Nations.

+ Eamonn weighs-in on Tom Izzo’s recruiting explosion at ESPN’s College Basketball Nation and Matt Norlander writes on The Dagger at Yahoo that Izzo is winning the offseason.

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  • JerryCT

    Of all the items the Yogi clips are to me the most interesting. Except for maybe JR you can see what we are missing in our guards in terms of CTC’s core offense. He would be a great compliment to Jurkin, VO, Sheehey et al. He seems to be able to get anywhere on the floor whenever and wherever.

  • BaseballBuc

    I heard Jeremiah Davis is headed to Huntington Prep Academy. Anyone have any insight on this?

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    He is going to Huntington Prep, don’t know why….the high school game in Indiana is in trouble with all of these kids leaving. It can’t be all grades. Nor do I understand the parents who are allowing this. If it is basketball related I think that is crazy….if it is grades, I blame the parents, kid, and school….in that order. (And this is coming from a teacher)

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    Jerry I agree with you about Yogi. Yogi committing to IU would be the best thing to happen for a jurkin or zeller as he puts constant pressure on the defensive player to keep him out of the lane, respect his mid range game, or his 3ball….. He is very active and herky jerky on the court. I can see why he is a priority and it would not stun me if he became a hoosier, especially if zeller commits that would be our big three from Indiana Elite.

  • Diesel

    Today marks 2 very important events:

    1) The start of Colts football
    2) The return of the voice – Don Fisher (unfortunately it comes alongside Mark Herman)

  • Bleeding Crimson

    OK, It’s official…we have to keep coach Izzo out of the state of Indiana. I’ll drive the patty wagon and hold the keys…who’s with me. Coach CTC need to start 2013 & 2014 and wrap’em up before Izzo takes them away. What a beast. It just goes to show that class and following the rules are still the best way to go pUKe.
    Alex, to you have any inside info on this past weeks visits by the recruits?
    BC

  • Why would the USA want Russell Westbrook ahead of Gordon, when you already have Rondo and Rose? Gordon provides much needed shooting, which this team is lacking. To me the last spot should be between Westbrook and Curry, not Gordon and Curry.

  • Azur Allen

    a couple of observations:
    a) peter jurkin is a FREAK athlete. i dare anyone to name another 7′ true center who could make this play (raw speed and hops off the sprint), aside from Dhow at 1:25-1:32: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1hEESiTA1o
    not bynum, gasol, haywood, hibbert, thabeet…anyone.
    b) someone needs to evaluate kiwi gardner (not necessarily offer him a scholly but take a look at him). he’s 5’7…but he jumps almost as high as spud webb, IMO quicker than yogi ferrell, and has handles and dishes like AND1. plus…he outplayed marquis teague and his team, with him as the star player….beat teague’s spiece team by FIFTY. that’s right….FIFTY. so here’s a kid with only 1 high major offer…who kills teague’s team by 50….and what do we hear about him? at least take a look at him…sheesh
    c) why do we need zeller AND perea? why not one or the other. while i’d love to have both, don’t they both play the same position, so one of them would be relegated to the bench? or are they both gonna take time at center as well? i don’t want a griping hoosier, but realistically, from an outsider’s perspective…why would they BOTH want to be competing against each other for the same position. why not have someone like dejuan blair, i mean morrerro as a backup to zeller or perea, who might be more accepting of his role, whereas a 5 star would have a legit gripe about being on the bench?

  • BaseballBuc

    I heard it was strictly basketball related. But that could be a cover up for something. Maybe he realizes he needs another year of development. Reclassifying into the 2012 class may not be a bad idea for him.

  • Anonymous

    Let me count the reasons you NEED BOTH Zeller and Perea: 1) depth, 2) practice intensity, 3) injury insurance, 4) NBA draft insurance, 5) Center and PF, 6) fast tempo constant substitution, 7) fouls, 8) rebounds, 9) blocks, 10) different offensive strengths, the list goes on…

  • Anonymous

    I agree.

  • Anonymous

    Izzo is a great coach. But other than Dawson, and he will be great, not one of his last 5 recruits is a guy I want over the recruits IU is working on right now for 2011-Zeller and Young to go with Etherington; 2012-Perea, Yogi and one more from the State of Indiana from our long list to go with Jurkin.

  • Anonymous

    Where is this school? What does it offer?

  • Anonymous

    The kids all think that they are ready for the NBA now. But the colleges don’t even want them now until they polish their game, get stronger, improve on academics, clean up their behavior records, etc. So to keep up the pretense of being “super-stars”, they have to leave home and high school for the “big-time” of national prep schools. The only problem is that only a few of these schools really offer academic and character development. The others just field all-star teams that may or may not develop team basketball skills.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    + Agree with you about Jurkin, will be a top 5 center in 2012 and a top 50 player
    + Kiwi Gardner, after VO is my favorite youtube player. You are being nice to what he did to Speice team, saw the highlights on youtube….they had no answer for him, lucky to lose by 50
    + Agree with Outoftheloop, having perea and zeller in practice and off the bench would be great. You could find away to work them in. Perea still needs some offensive game polish as well

  • JerryCT

    You probably knew this already but other clips just did not show enough full court for me to gauge his speed with the ball . Another thing is that he moves naturally into positions that even I could see the “triangle” set up for offense.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    Surely you have heard of this school, it is the school that produced OJ Mayo….

  • BaseballBuc

    School is in West Virginia, I believe.

  • Anonymous

    Jerry I just don’t get any reference to JR while talking about Yogi. JR is a proven commodity, for 2 years at Georgetown and 2 full years at IU. He is a potentially great defender/energy athlete, who has not focused on his strengths for the benefit of the team. He can never be THE PG because he does not make good decisions with the ball, he does not recognize his own limitations offensively and he forces wild rushes at the rim that he can not make with no passing options. He can not hit the 3 or pull up jumpers. I give him credit for focusing on the FT at the end of last year and really improving his % there. If he decides to embrace the team and lead Will and Vic as attacking defenders and fast break offensive go-getters, then he can help IU win lots of games this season. If he pouts or insists on his own importance as the PG, then he will be no help.

  • Anonymous

    I get it. So he will study to be an NCAA cheat for one year and then flee to the NBA. The problem is J Davis is not an NBA talent.

  • Young Kelin Zeller

    WV is a basketball hotbed by the way, I think they made a movie about it….

  • Bryan

    Off topic – Evan Daniels of Scout just tweeted that Ron Patterson has committed to IU

  • CutterInChicago

    Just saw that. Peegs reporting that Ron apparently told him that Jeremy Hollowell may be joining him…. could be a HUGE week for the Hoosiers

  • Bryan

    God I hope so. Really starting to feel like recruiting is gaining momentum.

  • Anonymous

    No, you’re confused—that was called “HOOCH Dreams” and it was about moonshine

  • JerryCT

    I agree , that was what the “maybe” was for. I considered him a “freshman” last year on offense due to the radical change in style between Princeton and our DD

  • Plane1972

    You might want to go back to the tape and watch Westbrook’s mid-range game pick apart the World Champions in the first round of the playoffs before you dismiss him for EJ. The Thunder didn’t win, but it wasn’t because of Westbrook. He may not be the bomber EJ is, but he’s got everything else on him, at this point in their development. Plus, they want him for Durant’s game, which is the only reason Jeff Green was there for so long.

  • I understand that, but this isn’t about one series against LA, this is about how the team fits in an international competition. Westbrook is a point guard, with limited range, and will be behind Rondo and Rose, who have similar styles but are even better at it, especially Rondo. Plus, the team has Billups, who can step in at the point should an injury or something happen to Rondo or Rose.

    This team desperately needs long-range shooting, as that has plagued the US in world competitions over the last 10 years. Both Gordon and Curry provide the ability to stretch the floor, plus although Westbrook is a good defender, so is Gordon, so you don’t lose anything there either.