No shortage of visitors expected for IU-Michigan

When IU (3-0) and Michigan (4-0) kick-off Saturday at 3:30 on ESPNU, Tom Crean and his staff are expected to be in the midst of hosting one of the most impressive list of visitors on a single weekend since Crean’s arrival in Bloomington.

According to their Twitter accounts, Hamilton Heights’ Austin Etherington (pictured), Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris, Lawrence Central’s Jeremy Hollowell and LaPorte La Lumiere’s Hanner Perea will all be in attendance on unofficial visits.

(Edit: Cody Zeller will also be in Bloomington, according to a message board post by Mike Pegram on Peegs.com. Zeller is scheduled to take his first official visit, to Butler, next weekend.)

Park Tudor’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, a frequent visitor to Bloomington, could also attend but homecoming at his high school may prevent that from happening.

Ferrell and Perea were both in Bloomington last weekend for IU football’s 35-20 win over Akron.

Also expected: 2012 Detroit Pershing guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker, 2013 Jeffersonville guard Darryl Baker, 2013 Warren Central forward Devin Davis Jr, and 2013 Heritage Christian guard Basil Smotherman.

2014 commit James Blackmon Jr. will be participating at the John Lucas Basketball Resources Midwest Invitational Camp in Louisville this weekend.

  • Bryan

    And here’s where a viable football crowd helps out basketball recruiting. Lots of other schools use their football program as a way to get prospects in other sports to get a firsthand look at how the fans get behind their teams, as well as show off a nice glimpse of on-campus life. I’ve not been to a football game in a while, but I can’t imagine that anyone would have wanted to show off football Saturday’s to prospective recruits when I was a student.

  • Gustin

    Let’s not forget the non Indiana recruits in the event they decide to accept an offer from CTC. I really like what I have read about Wanaah Bail, Dorsey-Walker, etc. Any recruit that our coaches like and extend an offer to ought to be shown some level interest and support here, in addition to the Indiana born players. Go IU!!!

  • Gustin

    Let’s not forget the non Indiana recruits in the event they decide to accept an offer from CTC. I really like what I have read about Wanaah Bail, Dorsey-Walker, etc. Any recruit that our coaches like and extend an offer to ought to be shown some level interest and support here, in addition to the Indiana born players. Go IU!!!

  • Anonymous

    I like the Bluiett offer. I only saw that one short video of him, but he looked like a smooth athlete with a smooth jumper with nice size. Let’s get another commitment!

  • biggesthoosierfanalive

    Is it too out of the question for all of them to commit this weekend??? Hopeful and wishful thinking, I know. HA

  • Diesel

    If Cody goes to UNC, I’m blaming Rabjohns…

    Interesting to listen to CTC on the Dan Dakich show today. He spends 13 most mostly talking about recruiting. Also, DD says that Cody is leaning UNC. Tyler wants him at UNC, but Luke and Brad Stephens are apparently buds so Luke wants him at Butler, and Mom and Dad Zeller want him to go to IU.

  • http://twitter.com/amr120402 Anthony Ritter

    Call me crazy but I think we will get at least one commit this weekend. Just a gut feeling. Either way it’s exciting that all these guys are interested ( and some committing). A few months ago I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me we’d be in this position.

  • Casey B.

    Well considering Dakich guaranteed Cody would be at IU a month or two ago, I take less and less stock in what he has to say with each amendment he makes to his take on the situation.

    I’m honestly at the point where I don’t believe a damn word of anyone’s supposed inside information — because I really don’t think there’s any to be had. I truly believe he’s considering all three schools for distinctly different sets of reasons.

    For as close-to-the vest as the Zeller family has played Cody’s recruitment, I don’t see them risking that very calculated diplomacy by tipping their hand to anyone — even a friend.

    Just my take — but I’ve literally read he’s going to IU, leaning towards UNC and strongly considering Butler all in the same day.

    Someone’s gotta be wrong.

  • marsh21

    Crean is going nuts on the recruitng trail gents! He is a beast and doesn’t slow down. Once the W’s return IU will be difficult to beat in recruiting.

    Purdue and Butler will always be competitive but IU is starting to recruit on a level that could win championships. He very well could be worth the $2+ bills we are paying him.

    Go Crean!

  • Anonymous

    I can see big players like Hanner and Zeller having a little more time to commit. But I don’t see a player like Yogi having all the time in the world to make a decision. There are much more guards out there and if Crean offers a couple and they accept then there may not be room for Yogi. Take Dorsey-Walker for example; if he was to accept a scholarship then how many more guards would there be room for on the team.

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    The Bluiett offer is money! He is a very very nice player, teammate of Blackmon and Lyles, can’t hurt either. Another hometown kid and IU is in on him first…..Crean is on fire!

  • Diesel

    To fully clarify, Dakich did say his opinion was still that Cody would go to IU, but presently he was a lean to UNC. Take it for what it’s worth. Do you have someone to reference on your IU, UNC, and Butler comments or are you just trying to make a point? Do I care what HoosierABC123 on some recruiting blog says he heard about where Cody might be going? Not really.

    But am I interested in what a former IU player, former IU coach, friend of the Zellers, and current AAU coach who understands the recruiting process from experience on every side (player, college coach, AAU coach, and father), honestly I am interested. But I’m not taking it to the bank. Thanks for your reply and I appreciate your opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Allan Houston was from Louisville, but other than that you’re right. I didn’t read the ESPN story, so I don’t know what was in it, but if they rated Kentucky as a better basketball state than Indiana it was written by a moron. Come watch the high school all-star series between the two every year; it’s not even close.

  • Anonymous

    Allan Houston was from Louisville, but other than that you’re right. I didn’t read the ESPN story, so I don’t know what was in it, but if they rated Kentucky as a better basketball state than Indiana it was written by a moron. Come watch the high school all-star series between the two every year; it’s not even close.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Aceman, for the record..i don’t know this guy and we’ve never discussed this subject.

  • Anonymous

    I will be at the football game this weekend. I go to support the football team and Coach Lynch. However, tt is just as important to the basketball program with its recruiting to see a full and active football stadium. Coach Buckley was driving a golf cart around during the Towson game with none other than Blackmon. They were having a ball! Coach Buckley stopped and chatted with several tailgaters. This makes a huge impression on a kid.

    EVERYBODY GET YOUR TAILS TO MEMORIAL STADIUM THIS SATURDAY! LET’S SHOW THESE KIDS WHAT IU IS REALLY ABOUT. THIS THING CAN REALLY SNOWBALL ON BOTH FRONTS!

    GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!!

  • Marquisimo

    I just heard DDakich say earlier this week that Cody Zeller will go to IU…and he has been saying that consistently for quite some time…NO WAY Zeller leaves to go to UNC

  • Casey B.

    Thanks for the clarification. Interesting that he maintains Cody will go to IU but is currently leaning towards another school.

    And no — I’m not referencing credible inside information regarding IU, UNC and Butler — but rather, pointing out that it seems like I’ve read fan posts claiming inside information has given them the ability to predict where he’ll go.

    Certainly, Dakich has more clout in the world of Indiana sports — no argument from me. My point simply is that, even with his connections, I don’t think anyone outside of the Zeller family has enough information to make claims about where Zeller’s going or leaning. It’s very possible he, himself doesn’t even know.

    Essentially, I can’t wait until he can actually sign somewhere, so we can get this show on the road.

  • Gustin

    You should have been at IU when the freight train, Anthony Thompson, played. He was a truly amazing player…obviously. Our QB, Schnell (I believe his name was), was also pretty good. And, we had a couple of really good linemen on that team. Football was exciting during those years.

  • Kelduck

    New Castle freshman Bryant McIntosh will also be a guest.

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