Notebook: Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam Day 1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The 19th annual Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam Classic tipped off Friday night and Inside the Hall was there to get our first look of the spring at Trey Lyles, Jaquan Lyle and Trevon Bluiett as well as check in on a new 2014 name on the recruiting radar.

Here are our notes and observations from the opening night in Fort Wayne:

Blackmon on the road to recovery: Class of 2014 Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr., who tore his ACL on Feb. 7, told us that he is currently rehabbing three to four times a week, and is about two weeks away from doing running and jumping exercises.

Blackmon said that his rehab activities range from doing weight training to pool exercises, and also noted that he’s roughly a month away from returning to non-contact basketball activities. He noted that he intends to be ready for the start of his junior season at Bishop Luers.

Bluiett taking his time: Trevon Bluiett, who landed an offer from Indiana in the fall of 2010, said that he doesn’t plan to make a commitment until sometime around the start of his senior year of high school.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore said he has heard from Indiana often in recent weeks, as well as Florida, Notre Dame, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. He scored 12 points in a 108-67 Spiece Indy Heat win over I-90 Elite.

Bluiett indicated that he expects to receive an offer from Michigan on the coaches association recommended contact date of June 15th.

Lyle picks up new offer: Jaquan Lyle told us he picked up an offer on Friday from Providence and added that he hopes to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky soon. The Evansville Bosse sophomore had 13 points, three assists and two rebounds in a win over I-90 Elite.

Harris injured, but planning IU visit: Malek Harris, a 2014 forward from Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois, told us he’s planning to take an unofficial visit to Bloomington later this month.

Indiana began recruiting the 6-foot-7 Harris after the Nike Spring Showdown in April. He’s already got offers from DePaul, Iowa, Miami (OH) and interest from Purdue, Illinois, Louisville and Nebraska.

Indiana offers top 2014 prospect: Per multiple reports, including this one from Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Tom Crean talked with 2014 forward Noah Vonleh on Friday night and offered a scholarship to the five-star prospect. Vonleh was also offered by North Carolina this week.

Robinson planning unofficial visit: 2013 Team Takeover and Paul VI guard Stanford Robinson confirmed to us on Friday night via text message that he’ll take an unofficial visit to Bloomington on May 14.

Alex Bozich and Joe Eberhardt contributed to this report.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Fischer/691470077 Steve Fischer

    We make lots of offers but with our new exalted status as one of the best and most fun programs, we have piles of interest.

    To potential recruits- you don’t want to be the poor schmuck ending up at Purdue, not because you were especially dumb, or had no game but because you were indecisive and let opportunity pass you by.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidFeigel David Feigel

    I’d like to go back to Evansville Hoosier, this is just too personal lol…
    This Vonleh kid… Woah. If we landed him, we might actually have the number one class. UK would HATE that.

    Sorry, I’m a little upset with them lately.

  • http://twitter.com/Cehlerding Christian Ehlerding

    The most impressive player in the first game was by far Bryson, words can’t describe how much I wish he was coming to IU, but JaQuan and Trevon were also very impressive.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    That’s what happened to me. ;)

  • WisconHoosier

    * I read a recent Sun Times story about Malek Harris, which called him a top 15 player in the class.

    * It wasn’t clear whether they meant top 15 nationally, or top 15 in Illinois.

    * He averaged around 10 pts 8 rbs per game this past season, but in a recent tournament, he played all 5 positions, and was very good.

  • RainCityHoosier

    I got a bad feeling about Lyle. That kid is a scoring machine; he can flat fill it up. I just have a sinking feeling he’s going to buy into Calipari’s voodoo.

  • spiderman0551

    Yesterday was the first time I saw him play. Very hard nosed, very talented but for a guy who is supposed to be a point guard, he sure doesn’t like to pass much. Very physical, got in the other teams head, drove the lane hard, played lock down defense at times. I think he took away from Lyle and Lyles as well as the other 2 big kids, he rarely passed to them so they were left standing waiting for the rebound or deflected ball. That being said, I’d love to have him too.

  • SCHoosier

    I think Lyle’s future may be determined by IU continuing success. He’s young..has time to look at his options. If he wants to be part of an ongoing winning program (that’s where Crean is going with all this) then IU..and staying home make sense. Or he may chose to make his own way in the b-ball world. He’s a talent..but not a life or death get at this point…the way Crean is turning up potential talent. He’s a homey though and we should go there first.

  • Hoosier4life67

    not sure I like the idea of a kid who is selfish and doesnt work well with his teammates. But he’s young so maybe he’ll figure it out.

  • Hoosier4life67

    not sure I like the idea of a kid who is selfish and doesnt work well with his teammates. But he’s young so maybe he’ll figure it out.

  • spiderman0551

    Yeah I would hope, if I were a Boiler fan, that Painter could tame him a little with that. He’s not very tall, maybe 6 foot, but he’s put together pretty good so I think he can handle the physical style. Sneaky athletic too. AAU isn’t the best style of ball to judge a kid off of either. I need to catch a High School game or two also. My Dad saw him and though he was really good also.

  • spiderman0551

    Yeah I would hope, if I were a Boiler fan, that Painter could tame him a little with that. He’s not very tall, maybe 6 foot, but he’s put together pretty good so I think he can handle the physical style. Sneaky athletic too. AAU isn’t the best style of ball to judge a kid off of either. I need to catch a High School game or two also. My Dad saw him and though he was really good also.

  • http://twitter.com/Cehlerding Christian Ehlerding

    I’d much rather have him than James but that’s biased since i’ve seen him play every game of his high school career.

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