Around the Hall: Ferrell’s impact, an early top ten

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

+ DraftExpress has a detailed scouting report on Yogi Ferrell from the McDonald’s All-American game and offers perspective on how his speed and ball handling will impact next year’s Indiana team.

+ Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star tabs an early stab at a top ten for next season.

+ IU assistant Steve McClain is in the mix for the coaching vacancy at SMU, according to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com.

+ Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel recaps Ron Patterson’s performance at the IBCA Top-60 senior workout.

+ Indiana is among the 16 schools still in the mix for 2013 DeMatha big man BeeJay Anya.

+ Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger has a decision to make after the Buckeyes’ loss to Kansas in the national semifinals on Saturday.

+ Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com chimes in on the hiring of Bruce Weber by Kansas State.

+ The announcement of John Groce as head coach was met with favorable feedback from several of Illinois’ recruits.

  • FKIM01

    Welcome to IU, Isiah Thomas 2.0.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I like that Yogi is considered a guy who could be an impact player on the defensive end in college. Obviously we haven’t seen him play a lot of one on one, so that’s good news.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I like that Yogi is considered a guy who could be an impact player on the defensive end in college. Obviously we haven’t seen him play a lot of one on one, so that’s good news.

  • Benhyoung14

    Top 5 is definitely realistic.  Michigan and UNC seams a little hight, but you never know.

  • Bucky

    Slightly off topic, for what it’s worth:  Luke Fischer was named only honorable mention for the Wisconsin all-state team, which means he wasn’t considered among the top 20 players in the state.  And in the championship game, which I attended, the other team’s front line was 6’5, 6’1, and 6’0.  One of Luke’s teammates was a strong 6’7, however. 

    I’m glad he’s coming to IU, and I think he’ll be a good player for us.  He’s smart, a good passer, and has been well-coached.  He really understands where he’s supposed to be on the court, and what he’s supposed to do.

    He’s not the next Cody, but as I said last week, even Cody wasn’t the next Cody when he was a junior in high school. 

  • Bucky

    Slightly off topic, for what it’s worth:  Luke Fischer was named only honorable mention for the Wisconsin all-state team, which means he wasn’t considered among the top 20 players in the state.  And in the championship game, which I attended, the other team’s front line was 6’5, 6’1, and 6’0.  One of Luke’s teammates was a strong 6’7, however. 

    I’m glad he’s coming to IU, and I think he’ll be a good player for us.  He’s smart, a good passer, and has been well-coached.  He really understands where he’s supposed to be on the court, and what he’s supposed to do.

    He’s not the next Cody, but as I said last week, even Cody wasn’t the next Cody when he was a junior in high school. 

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think UNC might be slightly high, but they do have a lot of returning talent that had been relegated to the bench or injured, plus a pretty good class. As far as Michigan goes, they certainly aren’t all that deep, but they’re first 5 are certainly a very formidable bunch if Burke returns (if not, they might not be top 15).

    My real hangup with all 3 of the lists that Hutchens writes or references is that Arizona isn’t in his top 10, peegs’ top 15 or collegehoops.net’s TOP 30. If Josiah Turner is anything like he was supposed to be out of high school, then they have 3 top 50 combo guards, and (according to ESPN) 3 top 10 frontline guys. That team is top 15 to me, but I don’t see how they’re NOT top 30.

  • walton

    Thanks for the links!

  • stroot

    Just curious, how many of those top 20 were seniors?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Right, that’s what I’m thinking. I’d say the all state team is usually going to be senior heavy. From what I’ve seen of Luke, he’s definitely top 5 in Wisconsin and might even be 2nd best behind Sam Dekker.

  • Kevin

    I know it doesn’t really matter, but these guys are going to be VERY fun to watch at the beginning of the year, putting up 100s against some mid-majors.

  • Bucky

    Good question.  1st team, one junior.  2nd team, one soph and two juniors.  4th team, one soph and one junior.  So 14 of the 20 were seniors.

    Don’t get me wrong – I like Luke, and think he’ll do well at IU.  But he wasn’t even the best player on his own team.  That was Zak Showalter, who reminds me of a 6’3 Will Sheehey.  Some say he got his points because he was the coach’s son, but he’s good.

    Someone else I believe Crean has watched is a 6’8 freshman named Stone Diamond (for real).  Had 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 14 blocks in one tournament game. 

  • DarkSouth

    Oh, to be listening in on conversations in a Manhattan, Kansas bar a year from now…

  • RecruitGuy

    Louisville #1? i dont know about that, losing two of their best scores and only getting one average recruit. way to high

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t think anyone would’ve had them that high 2 weeks ago, but a FF appearance can make a lot of people change their minds. I certainly see Louisville as more likely than Duke, which another story had

  • Hoosierfan88

     Their seniors may be leading scorers, but the best players on that team are underclassmen. They will start 3 former McD’s All-Americans (Siva, Behanan, and a healthy Blackshear) along with a very good big in Dieng. Louisville will be very good, possible #1. However, if Wat ends up staying, I think we will be better.

  • IUJack

    If KU had shot their free throws like they did against Baylor, we lose by 3.  If KU had shot their free throws like they did against Louisville, we win by 3.  If KU had shot their free throws like they did against Kansas, we lose by 3.  Anyway you look at it, we were their best opponent.  Just wish we could have defended the free throws better.  ;-)

  • IUJack

    If KU had shot their free throws like they did against Baylor, we lose by 3.  If KU had shot their free throws like they did against Louisville, we win by 3.  If KU had shot their free throws like they did against Kansas, we lose by 3.  Anyway you look at it, we were their best opponent.  Just wish we could have defended the free throws better.  ;-)

  • Joepop

    Diamond stone

  • Derbus

    It’s UK,  fyi.

    Now, which ITHer said “Yogi needed to get stronger?”   I don’t see it necessary.

  • Bucky

    Ha, you’re right, I had it reversed. 

    Still, I hear he’s a multi-faceted player, who likes to eat carats.  Tough on the glass, too.

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