Around the Hall: Blackmon Jr. tops list of incoming Big Ten freshmen

  • 04/10/2014 9:57 am in

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

· James Blackmon Jr. tops the list of incoming Big Ten freshmen according to Tom Dienhart of BTN.com.

· Indiana signee Robert Johnson lived up to his billing and was named the All-Metro player of the year in Richmond.

· The Hoosiers have expressed interest in Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson along with Washington, San Diego State, Arizona, Iowa State, New Mexico and others.

· Indiana is mentioned with Canadian class of 2014 big man Link Kabadyundi according to Hoops Hype Canada.

· The official IU Athletics YouTube account has highlights of Will Sheehey’s play in the 2014 Reese’s All-Star Game.

· Austin Etherington is scheduled to visit Butler, Missouri State and potentially New Mexico.

· Class of 2014 Morgan Park (Ill.) forward Josh Cunningham will take his fifth and final official visit this weekend.

· Dan Hanner of RealGM is out with his way-too-early projections for the 2014-2015 season.

· Despite multiple reports otherwise, the father of Michigan guard Nik Stauskas maintains that his son is undecided on the NBA.

· The Washington Post evaluates Maryland’s roster for next season following three transfers that were announced this week.

· Penn State freshman guard Graham Woodward has decided to leave the Nittany Lions program.

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  • downtownhoosier10

    anybody seen tape on kabadyundi?

  • Dee McDonald

    Was just about to type the exact same thing…maybe Alex can help on this one.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    After the whole Blackmon Jr. saga and the ups and downs the whole way, on a scale of 1 to Wat Shot, how loud is Assembly Hall gonna be the first time that kid’s name is announced? Or the first time he drains a big three?

    The whole thing ended the way it should have and James is going to find Indiana was the right “home” for him all along.

    Can’t. Wait.

    On a side note, sure would like to see the tall guy over his left shoulder also donning the IU logo at some point…..

  • N71

    Heck, the bald guy over his right shoulder would do at this point.

  • JetpackJunky

    I got it! It’s not terrible. He fouls out pretty quickly.

    On youtube watch?v=0g5EAqr5PPY

    Just put it back together so that it doesn’t have to wait for approval.

    See #22 dark blue jersey.

    1:02 Nice turn around jumper from about 9 feet out despite being called for travel.
    1:51 dunk after sprinting past the opponent’s big man. Note one of the 1st back on defense after the dunk.
    3:02 Put back.
    3:33 lol Drills an opposing guard with moving screen without a call from official.
    4:46 lol–louder Gets a whistle for a moving screen. Has to sit. Nothing more to see on this video.

  • CreanFaithful

    Where in the world did you get that video?

  • JetpackJunky

    Btownbanners thread on Link. I also copy and pasted their summation of it.

    It’s moderately better than nothing. I like how shaky it is, makes me feel like I’m in a J.J. Abrams movie.

  • Gregory Spera

    Just read this comment on the Maryland article linked above:

    “Guys, 2014-2015 is NOT a make or break year for Turgeon. Unfortunately, performance (wins and losses) has nothing to do with whether he is retained. That brain surgeon (aka AD Kevin Anderson) game him an 8 year deal and, with the Athletic Department’s malfeasance, they are not in a position to pay his salary after they fire him. They can’t pay one coach; let alone two coaches at the same time. If he didn’t have that contract, would he be back after another incredibly disappointing year? He shouldn’t but, that said, he is not going anywhere so we better just get used to him . . . like it or not!”

    Sound familiar? And Turgeon hasn’t made the Tourney yet in three years with the Terps. I swear these coaches’ contracts have become “too big to fail.”

  • Miamihoosier

    If we can just have every kid transfer who doesn’t pan out, then why not use all available scholarships every year? I keep reading everyone saying we should “save them” for 2015, but in the last 6 years, any player who didn’t pan out just left. That being said, why not take the Canadian kid. Likely he’s the next Bawa Muniru, but on the off chance he could play, let’s get him…what’s the worst that could happen? We send him to play at DePauw in 2 years?

  • is that dane fife in the black jacket on the far right?

  • FinEndNow

    Are we allowed to steal Jon Horford from Michigan? He is transferring. Wonder if he isnt going to be open to attending another Big Ten school. He’s 6-10 250. We could use him. He’d probably start… But seems like an incredibly far stretch.

  • Alford Bailey

    AD’s are scared to death that they might actually have to something like hire a new coach that they allow these mediocre coaches high jack the program with huge contracts. There are only about 5 coaches in cbb that deserve these ridiculous deals.

  • nice find. The kid has size, but he looks really raw. His reaction time is really slow too. The rebound at 3:02 was first grabbed by a much smaller player even though he was in perfect position for it. On a positive note, I like his ability to run the floor at his size. It’s hard to turn down a kid with that kind of size. I’d be happy if we got him, but I’m not drooling over this kid either.

  • Alford Bailey

    Isn’t that Spaulding?

  • JetpackJunky

    They have a pretty nice recruiting class coming in though right? 5 4-stars or something?

    I agree about coach contracts being too big to fail. I think it partially comes out of the fear that someone else is going to buy them out so you want to give them as much to buy-out as possible. ADs need to focus on who could really be paying for any given coach.

  • drewheck

    It probably won’t be allowed

  • drewheck

    Yes in the too right corner

  • drewheck

    That’s what I’m thinking besides mo creek and Remy abell as all of the transfers have been nonfactors in terms of productivity why not

  • Alford Bailey

    I just think if he was interested in IU he would of signed here. Was Crean showing much interest?

  • Alford Bailey

    Big Ten conference opens an office in NYC. How long before Indy loses it’s B1G tourney rotation to the big apple area?

  • Alford Bailey

    After reading the Maryland article sounds like fans aren’t to pleased with the move to the B1G. Also Terps fans opinion of Turgeon sounds a lot like many IU fans opinion of Crean.

  • Alford Bailey

    5 official visits by Cunningham and IU isn’t one of them? Why do we still think we are in the mix?

  • Outoftheloop

    Fans are not very bright and mostly like to “vent” (does that sound a bell for you). Those who post the most scandalous attacks get the most publicity. If you think that you are getting a “real pulse”, you are misguided.

  • Outoftheloop

    My understanding of the rule is that if he has “graduated in good standing with the university” and will study in a graduate program not offered by the university he now attends (and this may be tough as U of MI has more graduate programs than IU), he does not need a “release” or anything else. So yes IU could land him if he would like to move to Bloomington!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that you are mistaken.

  • Outoftheloop

    If you hire a new coach you have to give them at least 4 years to try to do the job! If you won’t, then why would they want your job? You need the (new) coach, he already has a job. Your naivete is sublime.

  • Outoftheloop

    See the above post.

  • marcusgresham

    “…on a scale of 1 to Wat Shot…”

    You, Sir, are a genius.

  • marcusgresham

    Still doesn’t add a player over 6’8″, though. As good as he may be, doesn’t he basically play Troy Williams’ spot?

  • ForeverIU

    He didn’t make an “official” visit, but he was in Bloomington for the Ohio State game I’m pretty sure.

  • Snookafly

    I hope not. If he’s sitting in the middle of our recruits, he’s up to no good.

  • ForeverIU

    Yes Raymond Spalding.

  • ForeverIU

    Marial Shayok was offered an IU scholly. 6-7 205 lb SG for 2014. Interesting. Previously signed to Marquette. Is this confirmed?

  • Alford Bailey

    “Fans are not very bright”. Yea, you’ve helped me realize that

  • Shaggy_C

    It would make sense, honestly. Why should Penn State, Maryland, and Rutgers always have to travel to the Midwest? However, I do think Indy is a better venue than Chicago, at least in terms of the proximity of the fieldhouse to downtown. If they were going to axe one, I would lean toward Chicago.

  • N71

    Ugh…if the size of the crowd was any indication there doesn’t seem to be much of a following for this guy which is often a clue although I’m no genius. When the crowd is that small they should be able to turn down the volume of the horn so it doesn’t blow off the wigs of the 2 old ladies in the top row.

  • JetpackJunky

    Yes. How does that explain 8 year deals like the one we’re talking about with multiple million dollar buy outs? No one ever said anything about shorting initial coaching contracts to under 4 years.

    You can even look at the Crean situation, it’s been 6 years and he has an extension for another 6. Is that just to give him 4 years to do the job?

  • BillD

    I don’t know and is why I posed the question. We were 1 of 7 final schools. I think only Butler would be the next closest in proximity, then IU.

  • BillD

    He was offered right before his Freshman season started so somewhere between then and last year Crean may have stopped showing much interest. I thought it might be good to have another top Indiana basketball player stay in state to play college ball.

  • N71

    Nope, it’s the dude from Rascal Flatts. You can see that James Blackman Sr. recognizes him and Mark Patrick is in Jr’s ear talking about all the stars that come to IU games, like the famous Irish dancer that’s dating Tom Crean’s son in the forefront.

  • Outoftheloop

    Interesting.

  • Outoftheloop

    Hey, I am in the group!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes and no. He got 6 years to do the “job” (it was a really big job!), and he did it brilliantly! But then you reward success with a raise and an extension. So resurrecting an entire program and in the fourth year going to the Sweet Sixteen requires the “add-ons”. You don’t want someone else to hire your coach when he is “hot”! It is simple “contract leverage” and negotiation. It is no longer “easy” to “make the dance”, 32-38 teams out of 330. The program is really clean academically and ethically; The Indiana and national recruits are interested. The cupboard is NOT bare. The kids are generally good citizens and students. You lose 3-6 games you really should have won (one to the NCAA Champion on a last second play), your record is 17-15 not 20 or 23 wins. So what idiot thinks it is a good idea to fire the coach?

  • JetpackJunky

    First, why did you put quotation marks around random words? What are you quoting them from?

    Also, 64 teams “”make the dance””. That’s why the first round is called the “round of 64”.

    Finally, that you don’t want someone else to hire your coach is exactly what I said was the reason for these contracts that you were disagreeing with.

  • Snookafly

    A wing that rebounds okay but can’t shoot– sounds like close to 6 players on this year’s roster.

  • Brian Goodman

    1. Mack’s not leaving he blatantly stated it, and 2. If Yogi couldn’t convince him the first time around I don’t see him being able to do it when he’s actually committed to another school

  • Brian Goodman

    68

  • Brian Goodman

    At the same time I’d rather let the B1G get MSG than the new “Big East.” It’s a joke that that conference gets to call themselves the big east and play at MSG for their conference tourney

  • JetpackJunky

    Drat. I knew that, I always overlook play-ins. Thanks.

  • Or they could host it at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That would be awesome as it’s like 3 blocks from my house. MSG is busted.