Indiana offers 2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead

  • 08/10/2013 12:17 pm in

Indiana may still be recruiting guard James Blackmon Jr., but they have started a search for his replacement in the 2014 class.

On Friday night, just over 24 hours after Blackmon Jr. announced he would reopen his recruitment, the Hoosiers offered a scholarship to Brooklyn, N.Y. guard Isaiah Whitehead.

Whitehead, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound combo guard, is ranked 35th in the 2014 class, according to ESPN.com. Whitehead also has offers from Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, St. John’s, Syracuse and UCLA.

Whitehead has said recently he plans to commit in the fall, by November, so Indiana is getting in quite late. But the Hoosiers have had success in such scenarios lately, landing 2013 forward Troy Williams after other schools had spent considerably more time recruiting him.

With the offer to Whitehead, Indiana is now recruiting four 2014 guards hard. The others are Australian point guard Dante Exum, Robert Johnson and Louisville decommit Quentin Snider. Snider has not yet been offered by the Hoosiers.

We will have more on this developing story.

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  • Ole Man

    We may have some excellent talent, but we don’t have the “most talented team we’ve ever had”; not as yet.
    Last year’s team was a great team; they meshed and complimented each others strengths; and offset, much of the time, each others weaknesses.

    Remy’s points about Crean are valid. You may not want to hear them; but they are valid.
    CTC is a big, thick skinned man, so it doesn’t hurt him.

    As to what CTC is selling, I think he needs to tone down the evangelism and focus on character-building and basketball.
    Otherwise, Oral Roberts and Liberty are always looking for coaches.

  • Ole Man

    Whitehead wants to play PG in college. He’s stated that very strongly.
    We already have an excellent backup to Yogi in Stanford.
    I agree on Goodluck, but I think we’re outta luck on him.

  • Ole Man

    Too bad you gave up on a kid for being a kid.

  • Ole Man

    I thought this was a well thought out comment.
    It didn’t trash CTC, but simply stated some facts.
    Yet, 8 koolaid drinkers gave it a thumbs down.

  • Ole Man

    Hey, corey, we don’t need “g.d.” in your comment. Totally unnecessary and offensive.
    We don’t need the swearing at all, in any form.
    Show some class.

  • Ole Man

    I don’t know. Why did Remy leave?

  • Ole Man

    You’re wearing those cream and crimson colored glasses he spoke of.

  • Ole Man

    They’re all willing when they first sign.
    So we need to stop that nonsense patter.

  • Ole Man

    Speaking of negative, Ken.
    You’re ripping a Hoosier fan that obviously loves Indiana as much as you do.
    Why? Because his opinion differs from yours?
    Move to Kentucky and root for them.
    You’d be perfect.

  • Ole Man

    NC…ignore these mutton-heads.
    They’re like attack dogs.
    Also, there must be a lot of truth in what you say, and it stings; so they have to get on you.
    Personally, I find it refreshing that you’re not a “clone” poster.
    Not sure everything you’re saying is correct; but neither is anyone else posting on here always correct.

  • Ole Man

    Move to KY. You’d fit right in.
    He has a right to say anything and post here.
    Who made you board monitor?

  • Ole Man

    Wow! After reading through all these comments; and posting a few myself, I have to get something off my chest.

    A. If somebody posts something you think is “negative” and you react strongly, you’re giving credence to that post as having some truth. Back off. Generally that poster loves the Hoosiers as much as you do. Responding back with more “negativity” aimed at the person is not classy, nor the type of behavior I would associate with most Hoosier fans. You want to be snide and snarly, move to KY. You’d fit right in.

    B. CTC has done wonders bringing this program back. CTC does not walk on water. He may have a bad year once in a while. Too early to tell, but this might be one of them. We forgave Bobby for that and I’m sure CTC gets the same allowance from true Hoosier faithful.

    C. If someone points out some “flaw” they think is in the program, they are not being “negative”. They are worried, maybe. They are hopeful, but unsure, maybe. After all, we are only two years removed from debacle. It takes time for all those bad memories to fade and heal.

    D. A few posters on here think they are God’s gift to ITH. Sorry, you’re not.

    E. A few posters on here attempt to speak rationally about what they perceive are flaws; and almost always get hammered. I salute you! (I’m somewhere in the middle–sometimes cheerleader, sometimes head hunting.) Thanks for posting. I get tired of all the rah-rah. It makes me stop and think and reconsider. And I appreciate that.

    F. That is all, hammer away! I’ve been a Hoosier fan longer than most of you have been on this earth. Words, even mine, are after all just words.

  • Ole Man

    Some folks play critic.
    You play cheerleader.
    It all balances out!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t have a problem with the lack of spelling (even though it kind of undermines your ability to get your point across). However, I do have a problem with the character assassination of 17-year old kids that you probably have never met and definitely are not close enough to tell whether or not they “r all about themselves” or whether or not “they have huge egos” or whether or not “they R not into integrity/character.” They chose to decommit from IU, I don’t think that instantly makes them lacking in character.

  • Daburns0

    Then what is the answer you are looking for? You sound like you know. I assume that they realize they want something else. That could be a number of things. They could include money, less emphasis on school, better climate, playing with friends, don’t like our coach, who knows. My “cream and crimson” view makes me believe that we need IU guys. Coach Knight didn’t get them in the end. Collier, Recker, etc didn’t have that desire. They were more into being rock stars. We don’t need those type of players. We need these 365 a year players. And if your not willing to buy into that, then IU isn’t the place for you. That is what he is saying.

  • Daburns0

    What are you talking about? IUGRADUATE gave a very direct response, that was very civil. You are the jerk on here calling everyone attack dogs and mutton-heads. So to avoid being a clone, I must make statements that are overly negative and exactly like yours? hmmm….

  • r

    I suppose you are right. I just prefer to root for my favorite team, rather than bashing it. I guess I have always thought that is what a fan does. It is sort of odd not to cheer on your favorite team, or at least it seems odd to me.

  • Benhyoung14

    Has anybody thought to consider that the team is stacked, and any recruit is prolly considering that and playing time?

  • r

    Yeah, the size is nice. I would like to hear more about his attitude and personality though. I believe in team chemistry, and would hate to see someone join the team if he feels (or worse, vocalizes) he is better than everyone else. IU will likely employ a lot of substitutions, so anyone with a sense of entitlement may not acclimate well. I am not suggesting Whitehead has that sense, but only wondering about a couple comments I read. Again, reporters are often guilty of taking someone’s quotes out of context…or misquoting entirely…so this is certainly not an accusation. I am merely asking for more info, if anyone has read or heard more.

    On a side-note, what chances are there that ITH can give more updates on the current roster? I would like to know how the freshmen are settling in and adjusting, how the upperclassmen are taking on more leadership and honing their skills, etc. Last year there was a buzz about the veteran leadership and how they were taking underclassmen under their wings…working with individuals on specific skill sets. Is it not allowed to show video clips of individual and group workouts?

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    They were not into being rock stars. They were tired of Bobby berating the hell out of them, he was a tyrant. Alford was kicked out of practice by Bobby multiple times & almost quit the team, only to be talked into returning.

  • Tucson Hoosier

    That’s a pretty flippant stance to take over a decision that could have major ramifications for the entire program. Not only does his decision pull us back as a program, but his timing may have cost us some recruits. Perhaps I should not have singled him out, as
    he is just a kid being a kid (I agree with you there), but his decision making institution, whether that be his father, coach, mentor, should know the affect this will have on the program making this decision at this point in time.

  • Ole Man

    I simplified what you just said.
    They’re kids. When they sign, the love IU. Things change. It’s a relationship.
    What is an IU guy? That’s another overused phrase.
    Blackmon, if he changes his mind, will be an IU guy.
    Lyles, when he first signed was an IU guy.
    Don’t deny the truth of those statements.
    We all saw the posts.

  • Ole Man

    Did I single out anyone by name? You must think you’re guilty, or why else would you jump at me??
    To answer you directly, dig your grave a little deeper.

  • Ole Man

    Good response. I do the same thing. And sometimes, like almost every fan, I ask WHY WHY WHY???
    But, I appreciate what you said.

  • Ole Man

    Agree with your well written statement. I was just thinking about what I was like at 17; and I sure didn’t have the distractions that he has.

  • semohoosier

    The post i replied to suggested Whitehead would not come to Indiana because we didn’t have good enough results i just wanted to know why the players we have came when the results were worse .And i believe Remy left for playing time which means we are getting. better players.I do like to read opinions and comments but some seem way to negative i would have a hard time getting out of bed if i thought that way about things that suck in my life .Just my opinion.

  • gerald

    I, for one think its pretty obvious the answer to getting kids to commit and win championships is hidden somewhere on this message board…

  • gerald

    one of my all time favorite basketball books

  • gerald

    just because someone strongly disagrees with someone else doesnt mean there is truth to either individuals opinion. if i tell you 2+2 = 5 and you yell at me that doesnt make my math any better.

  • calbert40

    hahahaha!!! So true.

  • AKA Hoosier Daddy

    If you would take the time to read the entire post and not fly off the handle there are a lot of things CTC has issues with such as my post suggest”big emphasis on Reading the entire post”. You say so what CUSE beat us with the zone that’s saying we didn’t want the national championship any way if so then why are you even posting on our great page?? A reality check says where the he11 is our 2014 class? well JBJ decomm-Trey lyles decomm- theo pinson..lost in the end again -jared sina ..lost-jaquan lyle(Indiana player) LOST to Uof L and who do we have….ummm ummm …NOBODY that’s NOBODY there’s your REALITY CHECK. If you remember CTC got the recruits when IU was hot at the beginning of the year so why did he slow the team down???? Good thing we had those cupcake games or we might not have a any recruiting class…I believe its a combo of issues for Tommy Crean that we are loosing recruits and if you can’t see that then you are BLIND but!!! the recruits that we are not getting aren’t blind so audios recruits.Didn’t Boehim take Ron Patterson for that’s another RECRUIT GONE!!!!! RIGHT BACK ATCHA GROUCH!!

  • AKA Hoosier Daddy

    I feel your pain and CTC has the talk but not the walk and your post is dead spot on!!! His in game decisions are terrible and I thought when he got the 2013 recruiting class IU was on the upward trail but that’s not the case.Im just not feeling the Tom Crean show anymore.This is a major year for IU and CTC better get his azz in gear the recruits are seeing exactly what we see and it does look bleek.:(

  • JT

    So calling people mutton heads is classy? I don’t think you are on here to debate, I think you are looking just to argue.

  • Ole Man

    I generalized with the term “mutton heads”; did not aim it directly at anyone. If you’re insulted by the term, then you must think it fits.
    Also, swearing and taking the Lord’s name in vain is not the same; but you know that.
    Lastly, your post does exactly what you accuse me of doing.

  • r

    I am not blind…no tactile writing system for the visually impaired on my Android device. I am so glad I am not blind, as I would hate to not witness proof you are wrong in the form of Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams, Luke Fischer…and the future class of 2014.

  • r

    And, if my memory serves me well, Indiana was hot all season…hence the longest time spent ranked #1 in the nation. If you truly think the “cupcake” games were most impressive for incoming recruits, then you missed an entire BigTen season that was loaded with impressive victories. If you have a chance to see some reruns, I hope you can at least catch the Michigan and Michigan State games. I’m sorry you missed them…it was more exciting seeing them live.