Around the Hall: Crean on Izzo, top 100 NBA players, more

  • 09/12/2016 8:47 am in

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

Tom Izzo was inducted to the Naismith Hall of Fame over the weekend and Tom Crean wrote a piece on the Veritcal about what he’s learned from the Michigan State coach:

In those years together, there are so many lessons learned. Never once did Tom walk into the office after a victory and say to anyone, “We tricked them! We outsmarted them!” He never had that moment. Every day, he was hungry and determined and afraid we would lose every game. For everything he has done, Tom still acts surprised at his success. He’s never taken it for granted. He’s never eased back.

Something else that stays with me now at Indiana University: Tom Izzo never let the sun go down on a problem. He never let it wait until the morning. If there was an issue, he corrected it. If it meant bringing a player back in the middle of the night, he did it. If we had to stay in the office until 3 a.m., we stayed. He never went to sleep on an issue.

Sports Illustrated is ranking the top 100 NBA players for the 2016-2017 season and ranked Cody Zeller at No. 94 and Victor Oladipo at No. 74:

To be big, mobile, and active goes a long way in the modern NBA. Those underlying qualities alone make Zeller a helpful team defender—quick enough to cover the necessary ground and long enough to contest shots at the rim. Those strengths are mirrored, too, on offense through the speed of Zeller’s rolls and the strength of his finishes. Zeller doesn’t command the ball nor could he do all that much with it if he did. Most of his modest scoring comes by diving through open space and making himself available. Its an endeavor more of persistence than creativity, yet on balance it offers just the kind of dependable, straight-line action that many NBA offenses need. In lieu of the spectacular, Zeller operates fills a predictable lane with solid, two-way play.

Is free agency coming to college basketball? Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com examines the possibility:

Free agency could be coming to college sports.

Well, it wouldn’t exactly be free agency, according to the lawyer in charge of two cases that could become a game-changer in college athletics, one that would enable players to transfer without having to sit a year.

“Free transferring is more appropriate,” said Steve Berman, the managing partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and lead attorney of a case involving a pair of ex-college football players against the NCAA.

Illinois sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands will be out for eight weeks with a broken hand:

Ilinois sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands will miss eight weeks after breaking his right hand on Wednesday.

Coleman-Lands had surgery on Friday, according to a release sent Saturday by the school.

Illinois suffered a string of preseason injuries last season that stretched into the season and hampered the Illini for much of the year.  Coleman-Lands suffered a stress fracture in his left leg last July that caused him to miss much of the preseason.

Iowa landed a pair of recruits this weekend in Luka Garza and Jack Nunge:

The University of Iowa basketball program entered the weekend with one basketball commitment for the class of 2017.

It ended the weekend with three.

Jack Nunge and Luka Garza, both 6-foot-10 and both rated as four-star prospects by some recruiting services, both said they will play for the Hawkeyes after visiting the campus over the weekend.



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  • N71

    Dang it, didn’t realize we lost Garza to Iowa. Saw Jordan Tucker at TIS (3rd street) on Saturday scoping out IU paraphernalia.

  • Justin Smith was visiting this weekend, not Tucker.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    the free agency thing is intriguing. apparently transfers right now are going on at a higher rate than i thought. so what’s the impact of immediate eligibility? does it open the floodgates? i’m assuming the mid-majors suffer the most, essentially becoming farm league teams for the major schools? and i’m guessing that’s the reason for the rule in the first place?

  • N71

    That explains why he didn’t respond to my, “hey Jordan, how’s it going” and the odd look I got from members of the IU coaching staff.

  • SilentBob

    I really hope that doesn’t go through. And honestly couldn’t sitting out a year improve the academic oppurtunities of the player by providing another year of eligibility? Most transfers don’t go pro, I wouldn’t want this if I was a transfer honestly.

    I suppose they could still request a red shirt, but honestly would they? Players want to play, and don’t always recognize their own limitations. And it’s gonna make recruiting just a whole new mess.

    If their gonna change anything, just strike down the in conference transfer rules.

  • marcusgresham

    If he signs elsewhere it’s your fault. lol

  • SilentBob

    On net though, it could flow both ways. As players like Stan Robinson, Jeremy Hollowell, Javon Bess, Marvin Clark, etc could immediately become eligible for their new schools. As far as play is concerned

  • marcusgresham

    As near as I can recall from people I know who’ve seen Nunge play, this isn’t a great loss to IU.
    I know as a sophomore he was still logging JV minutes despite being 6’9″. Now, big guys take a while to get their coordination so I may end up being totally wrong.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    yeah i see what you’re saying, and i could be way off. i’m thinking mostly of players like mcdermott from creighton, or the two guys from wichita st. not necessarily those specific players, but those in general who were certainly good enough to go to more prominent basketball schools. there probably aren’t that many, but may be a whole lot who think they are good enough.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    great point. you probably won’t hear tim miles arguing about free agency when they go from the top down. i doubt he’d have a problem with TB wanting to transfer to neb. haha!

  • SilentBob

    Right? Lol! But seriously that’s where it can get really murky, cause in a sense a coach has to re-recruit his own team.

    It all really depends on your point of view. If you think colleges should function even more as businesses then I can see why people would be for it. I’m all for the rights of the student athlete, but I don’t think a lot of them realize this is a safety net for them too by providing an extra year of scholarship.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    no doubt, valid points can be made for both sides of the argument. my guess is college sports will continue to become more and more businesslike. it’s even filtering down to the HS level. just last week we learned about a prep school in cali that may or may not actually exist.

  • SilentBob

    I feel you, and ideally that’s who it would benefit. A kid like Van Fleet who wants to prove himself in the ACC or something. But we all know we got these scum bags out there, that I don’t have to name, that’ll sell these kids false promises and screw their careers for a last minute place holder.

    I know their legally adults, but it’s still school. And they’re still learning and growing. I just don’t want to see anymore kids getting taken advantage of.

  • SilentBob

    Yepp I find it hard to stomach most days as an outsider. But I don’t know each individuals situation, nor do I know what’s best for other people’s children. I just hope this is what Paul wanted to, and that his parents truly did their due diligence thinking it over. I find that hard to believe considering the timing, but not my place.

  • inLinE6

    Were we even recruiting him?

  • TomJameson

    As far as the free transfer rules go, I think it’s NOT an “all one way or another” kind of situation. For a graduate transfer like Max, it would not make sense to sit out a year, so they currently have that part right. Transferring between Divisions (D1/D2) a player doesn’t have to sit out a year, again, correctly so (IMO).

    The sitting out a year part of the current transfer rules only impact those players whom want to transfer during their “normal” 4-year scholarships. D2 players getting “poached” by a D1 school to meet a 1-2 year need at a specific position MAY be getting close to a problem, but I don’t think it needs to be addressed with a sweeping change like this article is talking about.

    Transfers have been increasing a lot in the last 5 years or so, but I think the current rules are handling it all just fine. Don’t like the restrictions on where the player can transfer, that doesn’t seem fair to me.

  • sarge

    Ouch!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice!!! At least you’re honest!

  • RDD#76

    Yeah no kidding!!

  • John D Murphy

    Stone him!