2011 Early Signing Period: schedule, player capsules

The early signing period for the 2012 recruiting class began Wednesday and all five of Indiana’s verbal commitments signed National Letters of Intent with the Hoosiers.

Hanner Perea signed this morning at La Lumiere in La Porte, Peter Jurkin this morning at United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell this afternoon at Park Tudor, Ron Patterson this afternoon at Broad Ripple and Jeremy Hollowell this evening at Lawrence Central.

Here’s a capsule for each recruit in the class:

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell

Guard, 5-10, 170-pounds, Park Tudor (IN)
ESPN: 4-star (33); Rivals: 5-star (17); Scout: 4-star (32)
Expert opinion: “He’s very quick. He’s going to be a different look for some of the other point guards in the Big Ten because his speed and tenacity are his best attributes. He just wants to get into you. He’s a fearless kid.” – Dave Telep of ESPN.com

Commitment coverage: Yogi Ferrell makes the call for Indiana, Video: Yogi Ferrell talks IU commitment
Video: 2010 adidas Invitationalvs. Forest Park, Spiece Run ‘N Slam, vs. Connecticut Basketball Club, vs. Dream Vision
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Jeremy Hollowell

Forward, 6-7, 195-pounds, Lawrence Central (IN)
ESPN: 4-star (58); Rivals: 4-star (48); Scout: 4-star (36)
Expert opinion: “The biggest thing with him is that he’s turning the corner from prospect to player. The tools are there as a perimeter and even post up guy down the road.” – Dave Telep of ESPN.com

Commitment coverage: Hollowell becomes IU’s fifth commit in 2012 class, Transcript, video: Jeremy Hollowell press conference 
Video: IndyBall, Denver Double Pump, Jr-Sr All-Star Exhibition, vs. Connecticut Basketball Club, adidas Invitational Super Pool
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Peter Jurkin

Center, 7-0, 205-pounds, United Faith Christian Academy (NC)
ESPN: 3-star (NR); Rivals: 3-star (NR); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Expert opinion: “I think with Peter Jurkin defensively, you look at a guy like Baye Moussa Keita at Syracuse, who kind of carved out a role with his length and his ability to protect the rim. I think that’s what you want Peter Jurkin to do.” – Dave Telep of ESPN.com

Commitment coverage: Peter Jurkin joins Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class, adidas Nations: Quick chat with new IU commit Peter Jurkin

Ron Patterson

Guard, 6-3, 200-pounds, Broad Ripple (IN)
ESPN: 3-star (NR); Rivals: 3-star (131); Scout: 3-star (NR)
Expert opinion: “I think Ron Patterson, it’s really up to him. I think he’s a talented kid who can shoot the ball and be a good defensive player. It’s just about, again, carving out a role for himself. If Ron Patterson can carve out his role, there’s no question he can have a nice career at Indiana.” – Dave Telep of ESPN.com

Commitment coverage: Ron Patterson joins Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class
Video: Denver Double Pump, Spiece Run ‘N Slam, adidas Invitational
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Hanner Perea

Forward, 6-7, 205-pounds, LaPorte La Lumiere (IN)
ESPN: 4-star (47); Rivals: 5-star (16); Scout: 4-star (31)
Expert opinion: “Athletically and physically, he’s in an upper tier of guys. There won’t be a whole lot of guys in the Big Ten who look like him.” – Dave Telep of ESPN.com

Commitment coverage: Hanner Perea joins Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class
Video: Denver Double Pump, Spiece Run ‘N Slam, Jr-Sr All-Star Exhibition, adidas Invitational Super Pool, Vincennes Jamboree 
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  • HoosierSmitty

    What a fantastic class. Can’t wait for them to make it official. Great way to get me more pumped for Friday’s opener. The Movement is in motion.

  • Anonymous

    For what it’s worth, word around the Indy Star newsroom is that Gary Harris may be deciding tonight and it’s between Purdue and MSU.  Obviously no sources or anything and Harris has done a great job keeping his thoughts on the matter private, but in the past these types of newsroom rumors have been true (they had several of the Movement players to IU weeks in advance of a decision)

  • jaywiz

    love the pic of yogi. cant wait to see it on tv.

  • Anonymous

    I think he is going to purdue. I really don’t think the kid wants to be far from home. I also think the only reason he is going to purdue is because we don’t have room for him. Congrats boilers, we let you have one. It is apparent to me that Coach Crean didn’t feel he had a role with the fantastic players he has coming next year. I won’t speculate as to whether he signed Remy Abell for that reason, though many have said something to the same effect.

    Now that that’s out of the way…I cannot wait for these kids to get here. I love what these players can do on the court on both sides of the ball. Indiana will have the most complete and deepest team in the Big Ten next year, and for many years after. Teams will NOT want to play at Assembly Hall the next few (hopefully way way more) years with the explosiveness IU will have on the floor. Fans at Assembly Hall will be blowing ear drums! My hat is off to Coach Crean and staff for getting these guys. Welcome to the best 4 year stretch of your lives Ron Patterson, Yogi Ferrell, Peter Jurkin, Jeremy Hollowell, and Hanner Perea! We can’t wait to cheer you on! HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!!

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    4 out of 5 in those jerseys …we recuited an sll star team …

  • Anonymous

    How is it apparent to you that CTC didn’t feel that GH has a role on the team next year? If a player like GH is out there you go get him and make room for him.

    If GH goes to Purdue then Painter can tell all the recruits that CTC might get the quantity in terms of players but he gets the best quality of players in Indiana. If he’s not coming to IU, please go to MSU or UK.

    As for “the movement” guys, I agree with everything you say and look forward to their time in Bloomington

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    I’m betting on Purdue too. IU will be fine without him. Patterson is just as if not more tenacious than GH. The match up of Buss vs GH for years to come will be great.

  • Anonymous

    Harris and his family have been too quiet to believe their choice has leaked.  But honestly I am afraid he may not end up at Indiana making PU a likely destination based on proximity and his relationships with players like Ronnie Johnson.  He has said that he wants to decide and sign his letter of intent during this signing period.  With our five guys scheduled to sign that leaves no room for Gary until someone transfers next summer.  Just not sure he wants to sit by with that on his mind for his entire senior year despite the fact CTC committed to having a spot for him.

  • Chum4hoosiers

    I look for yogi to be top 15 in the nation when its all said and done. Also look for hollowell to be a solid 5 star by seasons end. Possibly both being McDonald’s All-Americans.

  • Anonymous

    Unless the recruit is an obese, one-legged, blind, syphillitic, agorophobe with lobster-claw hands, never EVER again type the phrase “please go to UK.”

  • MillaRed

    The most exciting class I’ve seen coming to IU.

    Harris will not be good enough in the next two years to be a thorn in our side. He”s no John Wall or Derrick Rose. He is likely one and done and the NBA will develop him into a better player. Regardless of where he ends up, I am not concerned about how it affects IU hoops. We are just plain loaded.

    Something tells me two years from now he will be an afterthought in college hoops and will be a pretty good pro.

  • Anonymous

    Well it’s purely speculation, but my feeling is that if Coach Crean thought Gary had a major role on this team, he wouldn’t have offered to so many guys. Maybe he felt that Hollowell and Buss fit in better with Yogi. Maybe he thinks Gary is going to be a one and done or maybe he just felt that a different program or offense would be better for Gary. I’m not sure, but again I just feel like he thought the other players would be better for the team or he wouldn’t have offered to other guys. Totally my opinion obviously.

  • Anonymous

    I agree about the class we have….best I’ve seen in a long time.  I disagree about Gary being a thorn in our side.  If he goes to Purde, he’ll be “the guy” day 1.  We play them a couple times a year, with the rivalry growing again (homegrown talent will do that), Gary will be a darn good player.  I’d rather he came to IU and was never an afterthought.  Icing on the cake he is not, he’s the best of all of these kids in potential and talent right now (our boys will be just fine however).  He is a very talented player and to have everybody write him off cause he may not come here….that’s crazy.  We get him, we’re making a deep run in the tournament real soon.  Maybe we will without him as well, who knows.

  • Anonymous

    I see where you are coming from and it makes sense so thanks for clarifying. I think the more valuable assets IU has the better no matter who they already have. Kind of like Bobby Knight telling Portland to draft MJ to play center if they needed on that badly.

    I figured GH going to UK would mean we’d only see him once a year. I’m not sure I want to see him tearing up the conference on a weekly basis. I definitely don’t want him going to Purdue for recruiting purposes.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Hanner Perea’s recruit profile has been updated to reflected a signed letter of intent: http://www.insidethehall.com/recruit-profile-hanner-perea/

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Peter Jurkin’s profile has been updated as well: http://www.insidethehall.com/recruit-profile-peter-jurkin/

  • unclekerfuffle

    Marcus:

    It’s not good to keep your emotions pent up inside.  Go ahead and let it out–how do you really feel about the Lexington cesspool?

  • MillaRed

    No one is saying we didn’t want Harris. That he is not good. Fact is it didn’t work out. Nothing personal. Our class is already loaded.

    With that being said, if he goes elsewhere, I’m not convinced he is in the mold of a top 5 NBA draft pick that will single handedly knock IU out of the Big Ten tourney.

    For one, we are LOADED and PU is not. Secondly, I don’t think he will be around long enough to haunt us.

  • Anonymous

    wouldn’t it be cool if they decided to chase the perfect season and have back to back championships?

  • MillaRed

    Yes I will say the same thing, if Harris comes to IU he will not be a thorn in our side.

    I don’t think it’s a major loss because I love what we have coming. The scholly numbers didn’t work. So where is the stress?

    Who is downplaying his potential? He will be very good, as will Hanner, Yogi, Zeller, Hollowell, Sheehey, VO and Patterson.

    The reality is, it isn’t IU. People have not realized that for months. Let the healing begin brother. And good luck to Gary wherever he ends up.

  • MillaRed

    Sounds like a girl I dated in the army, minus the syphilis. I think.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Welcome Hanner! Can’t wait to see to see syrsee you in candy stripes!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    See you* dang auto correct

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with everything Nick spelled out here, I think besides the immense talent he brings, there is another aspect of losing this kid.  Nothing personal Milla, I like your posts and usually agree with you.  You aren’t the only one with this attitude about the situation, it seems to be the overall attitude among a lot of us Hoosier fans.

    Listen, if I’m a potential recruit and I see nothing but love from the fans (which Gary has been shown to be sure) then that has to be another positive in evaluating where to go.  I just think with our program being in the state that it is (we haven’t won anything yet) that being nonchalant about a top 10-20 kid coming or not shows an arrogance that we shouldn’t have just yet.  I think he’s on the level of an Eric Gordon as far as talent….not saying he is Eric Gordon, just similar in ability.

  • MillaRed

    Is it possible that it comes down to the simple fact Gary waited longer than the others on his decision? We already have 5 commitments. Where do we put him?

    I realize anything is possible but did we really want to shake up the roster to the extent multiple players need to be moved? Is any one player worth that right now?

    I love GH. No doubt about it. But this just did not work by the numbers. Is it unfortunate? Maybe. But I am so happy with the incoming class it just doesn’t bother me.

  • MillaRed

    Spider I am being realistic. Not saying you are not. But in my eyes the facts are simple.

    HE IS NOT COMING. (sorry, just making a point)
    We have 5 commitments. And I like them a lot.
    To grab Harris someone leaves. And I like everyone we have.
    We are going to be good with our without GH.
    He waited longer than everyone else to make a decision. He did what was best for him. And in turn, the spot IU had for him was gone.
    He is not Eric Gordon. I repeat, he is not Eric Gordon. He is not.
    He will not be at any college long enough for us to have lost something immense, nor hurt us immensely.

    There is a decently sized contingent ITH that is very sour about this GH loss. I am not part of it. Three years ago we were scrapping for a 3-star recruit. Those days are over. I will no longer weep for a single player when we have so much to be thankful for right now.

    That’s all I’m trying to say Spider. Hope it makes sense.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I don’t know the personality of Harris at all. My thought is that if Harris is a team player and wants to be one part of a great team for multiple years to come, he might choose IU. To win championships, you need depth and IU will have it. On the other hand, if Harris wants to be the main man and possibly turn pro after one year, he will choose a different school.

    Either way, his choice will speak volumes about the kind of person he is and what his goals are as a player. With or without him, IU is back!

    In the meantime, I’m really happy with our committed recruits and the fact that they committed so early speaks volumes about the type of players they are. Exactly the type of die hard Hoosiers we need!

  • Anonymous

    I totally understand where you are coming from cause I’ve been thru the thought process from both sides as well.  I think we just have a difference of opinion on his talent level and the state of our program as well as the long term ramifications of his decision not to come to IU.  Besides, he hasn’t made his decsion just yet!!!!  We are loaded with talent with the 2012 class, another top 10 kid would not bother me in the least.

  • Anonymous

    Right, same here. I thought about this same possibility as well (Gary’s timetable on a decision being a factor I mean). Who knows what Coach’s thinking was regarding Gary? I don’t know, but I’m ecstatic to get the kids we are getting, and I back Coach Crean and his staff 100% right now.

    As for painter being able to say “IU gets quanitity, purdue gets quality” if they get Gary Harris, I would disagree. Coach Crean has 2 Indiana Mr. Basketball winners on his team right now, and one of the kids coming in this year may very well win it. painter hasn’t gotten one since he’s been there, and I think glenn robinson was the last one to even go to purdue. Even if Gary does win Indiana Mr. Basketball, painter will have one and Coach Crean would have two.

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    Living in Louisville I just hope he goes anywhere but Kentucky , I would never hear the end of it . Especially after they just got Teague . If he dosent come home to Indiana , I hope he goes to MSU , At least he would go to Izzo , and Purdoo wouldnt feel like they gained on in state recruiting .

  • Anonymous

    Just to make a point, Harris plays a position where IU is already loaded.  For this reason, he is nowhere near as important a get as Ferrell, for instance.  

  • BEAT KENTUCKY

    I really think Peter is grateful and proud to be a Hoosier , After seeing him at Hysteria . I hope he stays healthy , eats alot of steaks , and hits the weights , he’ll need it . Nice to have a shot blocker . And Hanner will just be fun to watch , probally the most atheletic recruit we have ever had . We need to order more rims for cook hall today ! Welcome both of you to the Hoosier nation .

  • cdog

    The PU 2012 class is currently ranked 16th before Harris.  If they sign Harris, they could be boarderline top 10.  As much as we would like for them to endure what we have over the last three season, it is not going to happen anytime soon and probably never under Painter.  We need to focus on beating PU on the basketball court and that will be our measuring stick.  That is the beauty of a major college rivalry.  Championships ride on them.  By the way, once the five recruits sign today, the Harris communication can end.  I just hope he goes to MSU.

  • Anonymous

    But Painter did get Donnie Hale….oh, I get your point.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had the feeling that Harris was gonna choose PUke this entire year. I believe my gut is right on this one. That’s ok Hoosier nation! We will be loaded at every position. Buss is the type of guy who can lock down Gary Harris and frustrate him throughout the game. Ronnie CANNOT guard yogi! Hollowell is an elite talent who’s only knock was his motor and effort. He didn’t seem to have these problems at the end of he summer. He scored at will. Cody’s leadership and skill as a big man. Purdue will not have the depth, level of talent at EVERY position. Gary going to purdue just makes this a semi-fair contest in years to come. Not gonna hurt recruiting in the state at all. We got 4/5 of the top five in the state. Two of which could be mcdonalds all Americans (yogi is for sure.) I’d love to have Gary but I’m not by any means sweating it. Oh yeah, Gary Harris IS NOT on the same level as Eric Gordon was as a high school senior. Watch the tapes of the two again before we say something crazy like that. GO BIG RED!!!

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Yogi Ferrell’s recruit profile has been updated to reflect his signed LOI: http://www.insidethehall.com/recruit-profile-kevin-yogi-ferrell/

  • MillaRed

    I guess the thing I am having a hard time getting across is more than any recruit discussed here, he is the one most likely to be one and done. Etwaun Moore was there for 4 years and he never made a deep tourney run. Will GH be better than Moore was as a senior?

    If you told me he would be there for 3 years, I would look at this a lot differently.

  • Bryan

    Glad to see this class start to officially sign.  Never had any doubts that they wouldn’t, but it always feels better to talk about signed recruits versus verbal commitments.  This is starting to feel like the light at the end of the tunnel for the program
     
    Its a shame the numbers likely won’t work out for Gary Harris though.  With the oversign in place with the 5 coming in, we’re already looking at a numbers issue at the end of the season.  Not that this is a bad thing, I’ll take figuring out a logjam of quality players over the previous annual tradition of “can we find the most obscure big man that no one else has signed” anyday.

  • MillaRed

    I don’t think he’s going there anyway but I get it. I was kinda rooting for MSU too.

  • Anonymous

    Winning Mr. Basketball doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best player in the state. If Painter gets GH he will have received a commitment from the highest ranked recruit in the state for this year. I’m not saying their recruiting class is better at all but you can be for certain that he’s going to use that in the future if it comes to it.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Ron Patterson’s profile has been updated to reflect his signed LOI: http://www.insidethehall.com/recruit-profile-ron-patterson/

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I can’t decide I would rather I would want him in the B1G or pUKe.  Either we we have to endure the defensive style or give coack slimball another great class.  I sick of pUKe getting top classes year in and year out.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    If he is as good as everyone predicts, then he will probably be a one and done.  It’s hard to build team chemistry on one and dones.  I’ll take our class without GH and be happy.  If we get him I’m still just as satisified and we will probably be back to the #1 class.  But if he leaves after one year then?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I really don’t think he would worry about a spot and/or PT.  He will play and there will be a roster change but is it really worth it for a one and done.  Maybe when our 2012 class is jr’s than that is a game changer but next year I don’t see him getting us a banner?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I think the ramifications would be short term not long term.  CTC has already put together future classes that look really good and we can only take so many players out of the state.

  • Bkelt00

    Fans are the only ones concerned with oversigning, every school does and it happens all the time, it gets worked out to get a kid the school wants. Hell UL talked their best player into becoming a walk-on

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Jeremy Hollowell’s profile has been updated to reflect his signed LOI: http://www.insidethehall.com/recruit-profile-jeremy-hollowell/

  • Kelin Blab

    Glad to see all of these commit and sign. It is a sign of how far this program has come and it lays to rest the Jurkin to prep school nonsense.

  • cooper

    Glad they all signed. Just saw the B10 only got 1 top 10 recruit…yikes

  • Bobby_Knucks

    Time I’ll tell. Pat Graham, Greg Graham, Chris Reynolds, Todd Leary, Calvert Cheaney and Matt Nover was the best class ever. Right up there with Lyndon Jones and Jay Edwards class.

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