Notebook: Zak Irvin, Glass talks patience and more

  • 07/28/2011 9:19 pm in

Joe and I will hit the recruiting trail once again beginning Friday in Fort Wayne for the Spiece Gym Rats Basketball National Championships. A few of the players expected to participate according to the schedule released include Gary Harris, Trey Lyles, James Blackmon Jr., Jaquan Lyle, Trevon Bluiett and Demetrius Jackson. This will be the AAU final event we’ll cover this summer, but until that coverage gets underway, here are some news tidbits and notes from Thursday:

2013 Hamilton Southeastern wing Zak Irvin is down to two schools: Butler and Michigan. Our friend Dylan Burkhardt over at UMHoops confirmed the news with Irvin on Thursday morning. Irvin told Burkhardt that he plans to decide on a school before summer ends. If John Beilein and staff can successfully land Irvin, it’ll be Michigan’s third commitment from Indiana in the past 12 months (Glenn Robinson III and Austin Hatch are the other two). Seniors Zack Novak and Stu Douglass are also Indiana natives.

Despite the focus being on football at the Big Ten media days in Chicago, athletic director Fred Glass was asked about the patience of basketball fans in Bloomington according to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star. Here was his response:

“I think there is a lot of enthusiasm as people see the light at the end of the tunnel. One the great untold stories has been the patience of ‘Hoosier Nation.’ We’re still second in the conference in attendance. It’s just been ridiculous how people have stuck with us through competitive challenges – except that it’s Indiana. That’s what people do. If you’re doing things the right way, people are going to give you space to do it the right way. Quick answers often end up in quick crashes. I like that people are passionate and care and they definitely see the light.”

ESPN.com is running a “summer buzz” series featuring the 25 most intriguing college programs and Indiana will be featured next Friday.

Oklahoma and the NCAA have come to an agreement that the Sooners are guilty of two major violations, but Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports wonders if the school’s self-imposed sanctions will satisfy the NCAA. Our old friend Eamonn writes that Oklahoma’s damage control may not be enough. Both violations occurred during the recruitment of Tiny Gallon, who left Norman after one season.

— Finally, Indiana has been releasing player photos via Twitpic that were taken in Cook Hall for next season’s yearbook. You can take a look at Cody Zeller donning the candy stripes for the first time at this link.

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

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  • eph521

    Second in attendance in the B10, given our record the past few years, that says it all. Indiana basketball fans are something special. Hard to imagine how strong the support will be once the team starts winning again.

  • eph521

    Second in attendance in the B10, given our record the past few years, that says it all. Indiana basketball fans are something special. Hard to imagine how strong the support will be once the team starts winning again.

  • eph521

    Second in attendance in the B10, given our record the past few years, that says it all. Indiana basketball fans are something special. Hard to imagine how strong the support will be once the team starts winning again.

  • eph521

    Second in attendance in the B10, given our record the past few years, that says it all. Indiana basketball fans are something special. Hard to imagine how strong the support will be once the team starts winning again.

  • IUeconAlum

    Could ITH fill in Hoosier country about Jay McCants (2011) and Jason Spriggs (2012)? Both of these men are football players but are also probably good enough to be solid practice players and wouldn’t be surprised to see these guys on the IU bench. Spriggs shows up on rivals.com as one of our basketball commitments too. Thanks.

  • There’s a guy named Tiny Gallon?  Sounds like an evil villain sidekick from the Captain Planet universe.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t imagine the NCAA will give Oklahoma much leeway, given that they just had sanctions with Denimshirt about 6 or 8 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    That is what I picked up out of this whole thing too.  I loved Glass’ answer, it was right on point.  We are itching to win but are happy its being done the right way and understand it takes time…This year our Hoosiers I think turn that corner as a tournament team and it will only get better from there!

  • Anonymous

    That is what I picked up out of this whole thing too.  I loved Glass’ answer, it was right on point.  We are itching to win but are happy its being done the right way and understand it takes time…This year our Hoosiers I think turn that corner as a tournament team and it will only get better from there!

  • Anonymous

    That is what I picked up out of this whole thing too.  I loved Glass’ answer, it was right on point.  We are itching to win but are happy its being done the right way and understand it takes time…This year our Hoosiers I think turn that corner as a tournament team and it will only get better from there!

  • Anonymous

    And the best part, there was nothing “Tiny” about that guy…I think he was pushing 275 lbs

    Word play can be fun!!!

  • Glawton12

    That Zak Irvin news is kind of a bummer.  I know IU is pretty heavy at the wing position, but still.

  • base

    Great info from Jaquan, Alex. Nice!

  • base

    Great info from Jaquan, Alex. Nice!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Just sucks if he goes to a B10 competitor.  I’d rather see him end up at Butler (hate to say it). 

    I would love for us to go after Trevon Bluiett, especially if he grows another couple inches to about 6’7.  I think with his strength and knack for the ball that he would make a strong 3-4 combination guy with his skill set because he can really rebound the ball.  If he stays at around 6’4-6’5 then I’m afraid he’d have to hone his skills a bit to be a big time wing.

    I’d be crushed at this point if Gary Harris ends up at a Rival school because he’s showed lately that he is a dominating offensive force who can also play good D and rebound the basketball.  Target number 1 in my opinion!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Just sucks if he goes to a B10 competitor.  I’d rather see him end up at Butler (hate to say it). 

    I would love for us to go after Trevon Bluiett, especially if he grows another couple inches to about 6’7.  I think with his strength and knack for the ball that he would make a strong 3-4 combination guy with his skill set because he can really rebound the ball.  If he stays at around 6’4-6’5 then I’m afraid he’d have to hone his skills a bit to be a big time wing.

    I’d be crushed at this point if Gary Harris ends up at a Rival school because he’s showed lately that he is a dominating offensive force who can also play good D and rebound the basketball.  Target number 1 in my opinion!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Just sucks if he goes to a B10 competitor.  I’d rather see him end up at Butler (hate to say it). 

    I would love for us to go after Trevon Bluiett, especially if he grows another couple inches to about 6’7.  I think with his strength and knack for the ball that he would make a strong 3-4 combination guy with his skill set because he can really rebound the ball.  If he stays at around 6’4-6’5 then I’m afraid he’d have to hone his skills a bit to be a big time wing.

    I’d be crushed at this point if Gary Harris ends up at a Rival school because he’s showed lately that he is a dominating offensive force who can also play good D and rebound the basketball.  Target number 1 in my opinion!