Roundup: Exum to NBA, Nebraska dismissal, more

  • 01/28/2014 10:13 am in

As expected, class of 2014 Australian guard Dante Exum will skip college and declare for June’s NBA draft.

In a statement to ESPN.com, Exum said he will sign with agent Rob Pelinka, who represents Kobe Bryant and former IU standout Eric Gordon.

Indiana was heavily involved in Exum’s recruitment and even had him on campus for an official visit last January for the Minnesota game, but it became clear in recent months that he was leaning heavily toward the draft.

ESPN.com, DraftExpress.com and NBADraft.net all project Exum to be taken in the top five.

Nebraska dismisses Biggs

The Omaha World-Herald, citing two sources, reported late Monday that Nebraska has dismissed junior point guard Deverell Biggs for disciplinary reasons.

Biggs, who missed Nebraska’s win over Minnesota on Sunday, was the team’s second leading scorer in Big Ten games at 10.8 points per game.

According to the World-Herald’s report, Biggs has had several issues while in Lincoln, including a driving-while-intoxicated charge during his redshirt season, another minor traffic violation and also multiple skipped film sessions this season.

Indiana plays at Nebraska, which is 2-5 in the Big Ten but 9-1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, on Thursday.

Other notes and links:

· Class of 2016 Gill St. Bernard School (N.J.) guard Tyus Battle will visit Syracuse on Saturday for its game with Duke according to multiple media reports. Battle has a scholarship offer from Indiana and visited Bloomington last fall.

· Indiana is the Big Ten’s eighth based team if you look at efficiency margin, according to UMHoops.com.

· Rosters for the McDonald’s All-American game will be announced on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. If James Blackmon Jr. is selected, it will mark the fourth straight season the Hoosiers have landed a McDonald’s All-American.

· Speaking of Blackmon Jr., he’s now up to No. 33 on the all-time state scoring list. With 61 more points, Blackmon Jr. will pass Steve Alford for 25th all-time. The Marion senior has 2,056 career points and is averaging 36.2 points for the 9-3 Giants.

· Class of 2016 Taylor County (Ky.) point guard Quentin Goodin will take an unofficial visit to Bloomington on Sunday for the Michigan game, according to his father, Chris. Goodin is the No. 33 player nationally in the 2016 class according to the 247Composite and has offers from Indiana, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, among others.

· The Omaha World-Herald takes a look at Noah Vonleh, who is improving rapidly according to Tom Crean.

· Cody Zeller talks about his favorite NBA cities and life in the league in his latest rookie diary on SI.com with Matt Dollinger.

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  • Hoosier Hall

    I figured Exum would go pro. No real surprise but there always was a small glimmer of hope… Blackmon should make the McDonald’s game, he is a scoring machine.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Wow – JBJ will be passing Alford on the state scoring records. It makes me smile to reflect back on the days where we didn’t assume players would go pro early, or at least before their Junior years. I remember being shocked that Isiah Thomas went pro after his Sophomore year.

    Anyway, good luck to Exum. And I look forward to our current team maturing and adding sharpshooters

  • Kyl470

    Exum going to pro shouldn’t surprise anyone. It was reported two weeks ago that he was interviewing agents to hire. I hope this draft gets loaded with as much talent as possible to try and possibly sway Vonleh to stay another year. It’s a long shot, but one can hope.

  • Hardwood83

    That was my first thought as well, muddy the water. I hope everyone and their brother declares!

  • inLinE6

    I like these types of roundups. You guys are amazing. Saved me a lot of time.

  • kyle jenkins

    Nice work ITH. Good stuff!

  • N71

    With Exum’s decision what’s our outlook for the 2014 class, we have the 3 guys already but Luke’s departure was a curveball. I see us mentioned with several guys, all forwards/centers but don’t feel I have a handle on the list and how likely we are to land one. Any insights out there?

  • BeatWisconsin

    A little off topic – but has anybody noticed that, when Stan shoots free throws, he puts his off hand (right for him since he is a lefty) way up on top/front of the ball? The off hand should be at the side of the ball, not out in front/on top. I watch him line up and think “no chance” this is going in with that off hand so involved. I wonder if he shoots his jump shots like this as well? Seems odd that something like this is not corrected in High School or AAU for a highly ranked player. Thoughts?

  • Alford Bailey

    I’m going to see JBJ friday nite. Can’t wait to see the kid in person.

  • Old Man

    Danta just saved us the heartbreak of losing him after one year! Thanks. We need more 3 and 4 year players.

  • IUMIKE1

    The only real surprise would have been if Exum, “didn’t” enter the draft. Never really held out any hope that he would be hoopin’ for the Hoosiers and that was also the reason why it didn’t bother me as well when they said who was on his, “list”, of schools.

  • PDXHoosier

    I think Dante would have made us title contenders. He is that good.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Well, there goes that 0.00001% chance… 😉

  • SCHoosier

    He has an ugly stroke at the line..coaches ought to be on that.

  • iuoiu

    He’s shooting 51% from the line so yeah he has some things that have to be changed. Unfortunately making the changes in mechanics needed to fix this is not something you can really do mid-year. I’d expect it to be worked on this off season *a lot*.

    He’s already a great slasher who can get to the bucket with ease. Once he adds a legitimate jumper he’s going to be tough to deal with. And I’m not talking about becoming some great outside threat – just getting to the “proficient” category is going to be enough to make him great.

  • iuoiu

    I loved Delray – he was smooooth.

  • iuoiu

    I know he keeps looking better and better even as we play in conference but I still think he’s staying no matter who declares. I may be just dead wrong but I get the feeling his plan is to play 2 years and go.

  • HoosierPat

    I really don’t think we need Exum. Would it be nice to have him? Absolutely. But we have a plethora of guards and wings either returning or coming in the class of 2014. If we add another player to the class, I’d like to see a big man to add depth to the front court. We don’t know if Vonleh will come back. Plus Hollowell, Perea, and Davis have been inconsistent this year. I think some added depth to the front court could make next year’s team legitimate title contenders.

  • hard to define “need”. But I think we would have won more games and go deeper in the NCAA tournament with Exum than without.

  • David Macer

    Hope the weather cooperates for you. I miss seeing young HS players competing.

  • yimyames

    He also has great vision and passing skills. I’ll have no problem with him taking over in a year or two.

  • Ole Man

    Over on the forum (something you may want to consider), there has been mention of a couple of 3 stars that IU is looking at, but nothing concrete. Primarily PF and a small center.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    I noticed the same thing and told my kids “this is how you shouldn’t shoot free throws.” Wonder why the coaching staff doesn’t force him to change it.

  • Dagwoods

    Delray was a bust at IU, but he sure thrived under Pitino’s system at Providence!

  • ScoopGeoff

    I hate to write this, but I hope they cross Cimino off their list. He’s a Maine kid who shipped off to prep school after his soph year. Played for my college coach at a premier private school up here before he transferred and I saw him a lot (and talked to my old coach about him a lot)… He is not super athletic and softer than Charmin…. Hate to say that about a Maine kid, but it’s true. He has a high skill level, but I just don’t see how he’ll ever compete physically in the B1G.

  • N71

    Any scoop on Myles Turner? IU is listed as one of his 25 schools which would give us a 4% chance all things being equal.

  • marcusgresham

    I remember a quote from Sam Alford about Steve. “When he was a freshman they booed me every time I put him in the game and when he was a senior they booed me every time I took him out.”

  • marcusgresham

    …and that head of Jehri curl was glorious!

  • IUMIKE1

    LOL….well played !

  • PDXHoosier

    I think his only official visit was to IU, and nobody else was really even recruiting him early (even UNC, his father’s alma mater was late on him).
    i was super pumped until I actually saw him play and realized he is too good not to go to the NBA. At least nobody else will get him for a year