Around the Hall: 2012 class ranked No. 1 by ESPN

  • 05/25/2011 9:46 pm in

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

It appears Tom Crean was asked about job security during an IU tailgate tour stop today in South Bend. Crean’s comment on what was likely a question on if he’s feeling any heat: “I would sure hope not. Based on what we walked into three years ago. I certainly don’t see it that way.” IU Athletics Director Fred Glass chimed in as well, “I get that we want to be back where we belong as basketball royalty. I think we have the absolute right guy to take us there.”

ESPN released an early look at the 2012 recruiting class rankings and Indiana took the top spot.

Jason King of Yahoo! Sports breaks down the top newcomers in the Big Ten and writes that no freshman in the country will be counted on more heavily than Cody Zeller.

Penn State is turning to Eddie Fogler to assist in finding a replacement for Ed DeChellis. East Carolina’s Jeff Lebo, Duquesne’s Ron Everhart, Drexel’s Bruiser Flint and Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Rob Jeter are potential candidates.

Michigan State guard and Indiana native Russell Byrd is having foot surgery again and will miss four months.

John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus chimes in on the Big Ten’s proposal to increase monthly stipends to athletes to cover the full cost of attendance. Our old friend Eamonn Brennan also addressed the proposal over at the World Wide Leader.

The Big Ten fared the best of the six major conferences in the latest APR data released by the NCAA.

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  • This just made my night!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if this early recognition helps or hinders our chances with a couple of recruits in the 2012 class.  Regardless, it is nice to see…even if it does or doesn’t stick.  Our 2012 class is going to be great no matter its final ranking.

  • N71

    I think an advantage we’ll have is the 2012 guys will come in somewhat as a unit that are familiar with each other and learned the same style growing up (Peter and Hanner not so much).  If Kentucky hasn’t been busted yet they will go down the list and pay off the top 5 to come to Lexington again and have the #1 class.  No school in the country though will be able to have their own wearing “Indiana” for example across their chest.  UNC, Duke, UK, KU will all have guys from all over the country (hopefully with no more Indiana guys) and we’ll have guys that all grew up next down, down the street, or in the next town over wearing “Indiana”.  1+1 can equal 3.

  • Anonymous

    Most of our guys already wear Indiana on their chests “Indiana Elite” except for Ron Patterson.  I hope there isn’t anything wrong happening with he and his teammates.  I hope it is solely based on the Coach of the team and not any animosity between him and the rest of the guys because they’ll have to play together again at THE IU. 

  • He’s still playing for Indiana Elite, it’s just a different team within the program. The move had nothing to do any animosity.

  • He’s still playing for Indiana Elite, it’s just a different team within the program. The move had nothing to do with animosity.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Fred Glass that we absolutely have the right guy for the job in Crean.  He has all the strengths you could ask for from a head coach and is turning the program around slowly only because it takes a few years when you recruit with integrity.  Once the 2012 class arrives we will finally have a team solely made up of players he’s recruited.  Now if that season is a huge failure the questions of job security become a legitimate topic. 

  • mrhoosierboy

    I love Trey Lyes in the above pic………holding his ears cause The Real Assembly Hall is rockin!!!!

  • base

    So then why did he leave his teamates hanging and change teams?

  • I’ve already addressed this plenty of times.

    You could ask the same question when he left his original team (Indiana Elite One) to join Indiana Elite Team Indiana before the spring.

    Or you could ask why Jeremy Hollowell left the Eric Gordon team to play for Indiana Elite a week before the first spring tournament.

    The reality is that these are high school kids and I don’t think they owe anyone an explanation as to what AAU team they play for. To imply that he left anyone “hanging” gives it a negative connotation. His relationship with Indiana and all of the 2012 kids hasn’t been affected by this. And I’ve talked to enough people about it to feel confident in saying that.

  • Anonymous

    He better play with earplugs, because if he thinks the Hall is loud now wait until we start winning again!  Hopefully, by the time he steps on campus, that difficult transition will be over, and the transition back to the top of the Big Ten will be in full swing. That building will be nuts!

  • We would have no need to ask why Hollowell or Patterson switched TO team Indiana.  It is obvious – to play with their future teammates!

    I am one of the many (I assume) that is very curious and potentially concerned about him leaving his future IU mates.  You are right that he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation, but that doesn’t change how I feel.

  • You might not have had a reason to ask, but only because he was moving to play with IU recruits. Which was something every IU fan was excited to see. That was pretty obvious based on the crowds that have showed up so far this spring.

    However, the “left teammates hanging” theory (which I totally disagree that he left anyone hanging) could have been applied when Patterson and Hollowell left their respective teams to join Elite. No one did because everyone assumed it would benefit Indiana.

    My point is that some are up in arms because this is viewed as a negative, but Patterson made the best decision for him and it has no effect on his commitment to Indiana. 

  • MillaRed

    I’m not sure if the IU Nation is still a nervous wreck post-Sampson or not, but what is with all of the negativity?

    This ranking won’t stick
    Buss is playing with another team
    We don’t have the top two Indiana kids

    Good grief peeps. Let’s be happy where we are right now.

    #1 2012 Ranking in the land
    Cody & company are on campus
    APR scores are perfect

    What else do we want right now? We’re starting to sound like we will never be happy. Perk up peeps!

  • MillaRed

    I’m not sure if the IU Nation is still a nervous wreck post-Sampson or not, but what is with all of the negativity?

    This ranking won’t stick
    Buss is playing with another team
    We don’t have the top two Indiana kids

    Good grief peeps. Let’s be happy where we are right now.

    #1 2012 Ranking in the land
    Cody & company are on campus
    APR scores are perfect

    What else do we want right now? We’re starting to sound like we will never be happy. Perk up peeps!

  • The fact that we are number one is great.  Yes it may change, but the momentum is in the right direction. 

     I think Jurkin is the sleeper.  He is fairly quick and is a defensive stopper.  The basketball IQ will come and I hope people are pt with his development.  You can’t teach his length and athletic agility.  Patterson is also under rated.  However the key in this class in Yogi.  He and CZ together will be special. CZ will have pressure on him this year and will succeed if we can keep at least two scorers on the floor with him.  Look for Mo Creek to have a break out year.  CWat and JH will benefit immensely from CZ as well.  The key is staying healthy….and we are due for some luck in that area.

      I’d be interested to see what other people think about the extra money athletes would recieve along with their scholarships.  I do think this will help IU and the Big Ten since the package that Student athletes receive will be better than mid majors.  Also think this may help to discourage athletes from trying to game ths system and permits those with real financial hardships to enjoy college just like their peers from more wealthy backgrounds.

  • Plane1972

    News article on ESPN regarding Mark Adams, Indiana Elite and A-Hope. Troubling connections being made.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=6587668

  • Anonymous

    I sure hope that Adams hasn’t done anything that will keep Perea from being eligible.  Why does it seem IU is always a target for the media?  It wouldn’t take much digging on Calipari from an inexperienced reporter to discover enough dirt to ban him from the NCAA.  Instead they are going after A-Hope.  I’ve had enough of the drama and just want to see some Hoosier basketball.

  • fergrad

    I made a comment about this on espn.com.  It’s not a lot more than an article inferring shadiness from a college programs ties to a closely based AAU program.  It’s largely crap.

  • Anonymous

    No link to the big Outside the Lines Report on ESPN.com about Indiana Elite/A-Hope/IU situation with recruits? I just spent my lunch hour reading this and wondering if the other shoe is going to drop on this someday.

  • MillaRed

    The disturbing factor for me is, this is a so-called 5-month ESPN investigation right? And the story breaks the same day IU has a #1 2012 class?

    This writer is a punk. I for one call for all to never read his stuff again. Are we a target? Good grief how about a bulls eye?

  • MillaRed

    I wrote him an email calling him pathetic. Wouldn’t mind if everyone joined in.

  • Anonymous

    Did the same just a little more colorful in the wording.