Around the Hall: Watford breakout, APR rule, more

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

+ Our old friend Eamonn Brennan, now of ESPN.com, writes that Christian Watford is poised for a major breakout next season in the World Wide Leader’s expert roundtable.

+ Jason King of Yahoo! Sports breaks down the top ten players in the Big Ten for next season and Christian Watford makes the list.

+ The NCAA’s new APR rule, which requires teams to carry an APR score of 930 to be eligible for postseason play, is being met with a mixed response.

+ ESPN released updated rankings for the 2014 class and both Trey Lyles and Jaquan Lyle made the top 25. MaxPreps updated its 2012 rankings and three Indiana commitments are in the top 52.

+ 2013 Wisconsin big man Luke Fischer will take a visit to Indiana in late August according to Zach Osterman of Inside Indiana. Osterman also has a nice feature on Derek Elston and his improving health.

+ Former Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers signed a six-month contract to play for KK Mega Visura in Serbia.

+ Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated looks at five sophomores that are poised to breakout in the 2011-2012 season.

+ After a dust-up that occured on the Zakk and Jack Show on Thursday, IU football coach joined the Dan Dakich Show a few hours later and was met with kudos from the former IU player and coach.

+ Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com has a feature on IU football commitment Gunner Kiel and how he arrived at his decision to become a Hoosier.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V4JKXWBWNM3XGVNBS3Y6EKWJNA joshua

    Coach Wilson gained my respect. I know I’m nobody, but I am an IU fan. Congratulations to Zakk and Jack you just lost every IU listener you had. In this area that’s more than you two idiots can afford. I personally couldn’t listen to you two before this interview.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V4JKXWBWNM3XGVNBS3Y6EKWJNA joshua

    Coach Wilson gained my respect. I know I’m nobody, but I am an IU fan. Congratulations to Zakk and Jack you just lost every IU listener you had. In this area that’s more than you two idiots can afford. I personally couldn’t listen to you two before this interview.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V4JKXWBWNM3XGVNBS3Y6EKWJNA joshua

    Coach Wilson gained my respect. I know I’m nobody, but I am an IU fan. Congratulations to Zakk and Jack you just lost every IU listener you had. In this area that’s more than you two idiots can afford. I personally couldn’t listen to you two before this interview.

  • Bryan

    All these stories lately on the team improving over the summer are making it hard for me to keep my expectations for this season well grounded.  I know other teams across the country work on their games over the summer too, but it’s hard to not be sucked in by thoughts of the team making a big leap this year.

    Also, as one of the tens of people actually listening to Zakk and Jack live when Kevin Wilson was being interviewed, I have to say I was fully expecting to listen to another cringe inducing interview where someone gets to laugh at our program.  Not that we have a great history, or even a mediocre one, but it gets old listening to outsiders recount how bad we are.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go, Coach Wlson! That’s what you call smash mouth talk radio. The coach doesn’t take crap from anyone, and I bet the players won’t either. Ironically, that segment is getting more positive publicity for IU football than a kiss-ass response from the coach ever would have received.

    Lets hope a healthy Elston has a breakout season, too. That might push IU bball over the edge and into the big dance a year early. We can always hope, right?

  • Anonymous

    I liked Bill Lynch, but obviously CKW is bringing some real fire to the IU football program. It’ll be nice to actually be excited in the fall.

    As for Luke Fischer I hope that IU can land him.  With Anya a long shot I think IU should be focused on getting him

  • Anonymous

    didn’t know Sack and Jack(azz) had that many listeners for the re-runs even. Hope they get a pink slip from the station.

  • Bryan

    Honestly I caught it by mistake.  The local show in Louisville was having technical difficulties and threw it to the Fox feed while they were sorting things out.  So yeah, if that was a sampling of their best work, I can’t imagine them lasting too long.

  • MPmike

    I see that there are IU haters out there who are ranking committed IU recruits low in the rankings. Trey Lyles was rated #1 to #5 now #8. Blackmon was rated #7 to top 25 now not even in the top 25. Look at Ron Patterson from the top 75 to out of top 120. Why didn’t Yogi and Jeremy H. get any higher in the rankings from their outstanding summer play? I can go on and on from every committed player in each class. I hope this doesn’t keep high school recruits from committing early from the fear of lower rankings.

  • Anonymous

    Rankings don’t mean anything.  Just because they are ranked lower doesn’t mean they are going to be different players.  They will get the respect they deserve if they earn it in college.  Also, I don’t think someone would not commit for fear of falling in the rankings.

  • Anonymous

    Rankings don’t mean anything.  Just because they are ranked lower doesn’t mean they are going to be different players.  They will get the respect they deserve if they earn it in college.  Also, I don’t think someone would not commit for fear of falling in the rankings.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the writer is correct about Watford. However..unless the coaching staff has taught this kid to pump fake in close..he’s going to continue to get stuffed. He is slow to elevate. And if Crean keeps running that stupid “elbow” play where Watford is allowed to dribble all around the key trying to get to the basket( usually losing the ball or getting stuffed)..not much is going to change. Having Zeller will help Wat….but he is one player where I have not seen the evidence of good coaching…to help maximze his talents. Good luck Wat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V4JKXWBWNM3XGVNBS3Y6EKWJNA joshua

    I agree. There’s no way anyone can convince me that Yogi isn’t a 5 star recruit. All he did was lead his team to a state championship as a junior. All he did this last week, was lead a high school all-star team to a third place finish on national tv and set up his teammates with some of the easiest buckets they’re ever gonna get. There can’t be a better point guard in that class.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I agree but don’t care.  It’s just a lack of respect for our program right now and that will soon change when these underrated recruits come in, turn things around, and dominate the Big Ten for decade! 

    If you aren’t still being pursued by Duke, UNC, pUKe, KU, or OSU then you aren’t going to gain in the rankings.  Since they’ve already committed to IU and therefor aren’t on the beloved radars of the aforementioned schools, they are dropping and that’s fine with me because it just means we’ll be overlooked and under appreciated as we’re kicking a**es all over the country.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think he’s going to be very good on offense this year with the addition of Zeller and a much improved team, BUT, I really really hope they have taught him to play defense with some intensity and less like a matador!

  • Eliabel

    Luke Fischer would be nice, but I want Derek Willis. That might be a long shot too because UK and Louisville seem to be the favorites, but that would be a great steal if we could get him. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell ya..he made a beliver of me at the games in LA. He’s small and looks fragile..needs to hit the weight room..but he is a PLAYER. He’s gonna break some noses with his passes if the big guys aren’t on their toes. Quality person and player.

  • Carlgoiu

    I think this is great.  This way they won’t be thinking they are the next great NBA player.  Hopefully, they will take the Patterson approach and this will motivate them to play above expectations.  Either way, 3 players in the top 52 in the country is more talent than we have had in a long time.  Maybe not since the Calbert Chaney class.

  • Marsh21

    Oh my I couldn’t have said it better and have said the same thing many times.  This actually scares me that our fan base can see this clearly but our coaching staff is either not communicating this to Watford or the kid doesn’t listen.

  • Marsh21

    Oh my I couldn’t have said it better and have said the same thing many times.  This actually scares me that our fan base can see this clearly but our coaching staff is either not communicating this to Watford or the kid doesn’t listen.

  • Marsh21

    Oh my I couldn’t have said it better and have said the same thing many times.  This actually scares me that our fan base can see this clearly but our coaching staff is either not communicating this to Watford or the kid doesn’t listen.

  • jgon86

    I have a random question:  I hear Texas A&M might be joining the SEC and that there might be a domino effect.  If we are talking about adding Maryland, how come we don’t talk about adding UNC?  Would add to the basketball lore and thought their football program is going through tough times, we all know they will recover?  Just a thought.  

  • MillaRed

    We seem to discuss more about what Watford isn’t rather than what he is. If I recall correctly, he was not a top ten recruit noted for tremendous defensive ability. Not many are. Frankly, our individual and team defense was terrible across the board last season.

    However, that was “last” season.” I try to give everyone a clean slate, especially one of our best players moving forward. CWat will finally be an upperclassman. I’m sure he knows more than anyone what his weaknesses are, and has done everything this offseason to improve upon them.

    I’m a CWat fan and I think he will be a very good, if not 2nd team ALL Big Ten candidate this season.

  • MPmike

    I agree with all of the above comments. I believe that the class that Mike Davis had (D.J. White, Robert Vaden, James Hardy, A.J. Ratcliff were all ranked in the top 75) was the best since C.C’s class back in 89′

  • Anonymous

    Also had Josh Smith in that class but he went pro.

  • MPmike

    Oh, I forgot about Josh. Thanks, What a class.

  • MPmike

    That’s the IU haters that I was commenting about earlier.

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