IU recruits prevail in 2015 Derby Festival Basketball Classic

  • 04/11/2015 10:25 pm in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Future Indiana teammates Juwan Morgan, O.G. Anunoby and Thomas Bryant were teammates in Saturday’s 2015 Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall, prevailing 127-119 over a team featuring four University of Louisville signees and McDonald’s All-American Diamond Stone.

Bryant, who finished with 19 points and six rebounds, won the MVP for the Purple team. He hit eight of his 13 field field goal attempts, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers.

Morgan had 12 points and six rebounds while Anunoby, who was voted the game’s “fan-favorite” by the 5,150 in attendance, had 12 points and four rebounds.

Afterward, both Bryant and Morgan talked about the experience and their futures in Bloomington with reporters and both media sessions are available after the jump:

We’ll have game highlights and a full photo gallery from the game in the coming days.

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  • TN Hoosier

    Wow, I think we’ve got a really good group of guys coming in. All three are going to be valuable assets for the team.

  • Ms hoosier

    I really like the fact thatTB hit 3of 6 from behind the arc we got a well rounded big man

  • Brklynhoosier

    Is OG shy? Why doesn’t he do any interviews?

  • Dean Olson

    Of course I really like TB, talented guy with a lot of heart and confidence, but you gotta love Morgan. Guy seems like such a passionate, scrappy guy, I’m excited to see him work and develop these next few years.

  • Mark Hinton

    Man, you’ve got to love this. GO HOOSIERS

  • Jeremy

    Expectations are high.

  • Ron Swanson

    It feels good to have them high again

  • SCHoosier

    Love the personalities of TB and JM…..ready to do what it takes. Families can be proud of them and I’m sure the same thing can be said for O.G.

  • JBishop0425

    I have to say Juwan Morgan is a very well spoken individual, seems like a great kid.Can’t wait to see him in the candy stripes.

  • VAHoosier

    From TB: “They were missing peices and they made the tournament… that shows heart.”

    Well said. I’ve as frustrated as anyone, at times, with the program and specifically with CTC, and it is hard to maintain perspective sometimes. But considering the outside expectations for this team last fall, and what the team had to go through and what it lost (most notably with our best rebounder going down for the season), I think we should be proud of the Hoosiers.

  • To TB, paraphrasing: “Do you have Yogi’s cell number?” “Yeah, I do.” “If you could talk to him, what would you say?” “Come back, one more year. I really want to play with you and Troy.”

    Yes, TB, that’s what we all look forward to.

  • hoosier93

    I’m wondering the same thing. But not too worried about it.

  • Brklynhoosier

    My only real concern is making sure he’s comfortable. I’m thinking of another couple shy guys from small-towns — one from Germantown, WI, one from French Lick — who found the Bloomington experience overwhelming at 18-19. At least OG knows Juwan coming in…

  • Lance76

    Very classy that TW and RoJo took the time to go watch them all play. Can’t help but think that the chemistry formed will help the team next year. All the recruits play impressed me in different ways, even though the video feed was a scrambled.

  • William Anderson

    Very well put.

  • SilentBob

    Get any interviews from OG that you’re waiting to post? Lol. Actually don’t it adds to the mystery haha.

  • marcusgresham

    Troy and Stan were there last year, too.

  • hoosier93

    I think there is a better presence now than there was with Fischer. This team has been through a lot. And Larry Legend… well… Indiana could have had a couple more undefeated seasons.

  • IUBizmark

    I love that Juwan embraces the hustle aspects of the game. We need that as much as we need offense and shooting and flash. Juwan, be a leader by example for this team and show everyone that they can take up their hustle to your level. Bring it!

  • Bill Graham

    So TB surprised me a bit he’s gets up and down alright I still stand firm that he’s not as athletic as a giddens or zimmerman type but he’s seemingly more athletic than stone. Also he’s got a nice looking shot the 3 three’s that he missed were rushed.
    Juwan played okay mainly just right place right time.
    O.G. is that dude. He’s so versatile. He really is like a sheehey-oladipo combo. Can easily see him being 7th or 8th man next year (but i’m not gonna argue depth because people get way to analytic early on).
    The only weak link in this team next year is the D. Offensively we are set. I anticipate a flashback to the early 2000’s where we win games but really struggle to hold on to leads (which makes sense given our league and our D). If we get Thon then we should def be a top 5 team…but I’m not sure on him yet… he has Kentucky (ughh) written on him and he quoted something like “IU there’s just a feel there,”….”Oh Kentucky there’s a real feel there.”
    Either way we should finish at least top 3 in the BIG next year.

  • Bill Graham

    also. dream season: Iu wins the BIG, Butler wins the BIG East, Notre Dame wins the ACC, and Kentucky finishes last in the SEC

  • IUMIKE1

    Really liked the first and last things you listed ! lol