Annual Indiana junior-senior All-Star exhibitions tip off tonight at New Albany

  • 06/06/2017 10:52 am in

The annual Indiana junior-senior All-Star exhibition games will tip-off Tuesday night at New Albany and the event will be full of prospects on the IU recruiting radar.

Class of 2018 prospects Robert Phinisee (McCutcheon), Eric Hunter (Tindley), Damezi Anderson (South Bend Riley) and Musa Jallow (Bloomington North) will all play for the juniors in the first of two exhibition games.

Phinisee, Hunter and Anderson will also participate in Thursday’s exhibition at Plainfield as all three were named core junior all-stars.

The state’s top prospect, Romeo Langford, will not participate as he’s currently out of the country. Langford was named a core junior all-star. Other core junior all-stars include Mekhi Lairy (Evansville Bosse) and Aaron Henry (Ben Davis).

Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes, a UCLA signee, headlines the roster of the Indiana All-Stars.

Other notable Indiana All-Stars include Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese (Butler), Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams (Louisville), Crown Point’s Sasha Stefanovic (Purdue) and Castle’s Jack Nunge (Iowa).

The girls exhibition will tip at 6 p.m. ET and the boys will follow. Admission is $6.

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  • TomJameson

    Would love to watch that game. To everybody going … be sure to take notes and share. 🙂

  • John D Murphy

    Funny that it is at New Albany and Romeo isn’t going to be there.

  • Arch Puddington

    “Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes, a UCLA signee, headlines the roster of the Indiana All-Stars.

    Other notable Indiana All-Stars include Cloverdale’s Cooper Neese (Butler), Fort Wayne Snider’s Malik Williams (Louisville), Crown Point’s Sasha Stefanovic (Purdue) and Castle’s Jack Nunge (Iowa).”

    Sheesh. I know it’s a dead horse, but there is such a sad,sickening story in these two sentences. Five power conference players from our fair state — including two 5-stars — none of them coming to IU. Throw in Jaren Jacskson, yet another 5 star leaving the state, and you have one of the biggest whiffs in the history of IU basketball.

    I know, what’s done is done, no use crying over spilled milk, etc. I’m still crying, cause that’s a LOT of milk. I’ll probably keep crying until Archie gets this epic losing streak with top Indiana talent turned around.

  • BruceA

    Was thinking the same thing as I read the article. Hopefully AM can change this trend!

  • Arch Puddington

    I believe he will, although even next year will be tough given his late start on some of these guys. They do all still seem to be genuinely open, though, so we’ll see.

  • gman

    Even AM can’t make them come if they choose not too…

  • HoosierHeel

    Brilliant insight

  • HoosierOne

    I’ve seen Damezi Anderson play a few times and he’s a great player. He can hit the three ball, has good handles, and was dunking all over the place. He’s a little thin but when he bulks up he’s agin going be a force. I would love to see IU get him.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    it leaves no doubt that something wasn’t right, bridges were irreparably burned. we didn’t need the previous staff to acknowledge it to know it was a fact. looking ahead, i think we have good reason to believe that AM is going to right that ship. not to be insulting, but the contrast in personalities imho is going to make a difference with potential recruits. and i got the impression there was a lack of trust, especially in the last few years. AM, on the other hand, just doesn’t seem like the type to spew bs sales pitches. just being honest, i’m looking forward to having a coach for whom i don’t have to make (or hear) excuses.

  • AndyCapp

    Your last sentence alone is worthy of MAJOR upvotes!

  • John D Murphy

    Certainly not. But Arch Puddington put into words what at least some of us thought reading the article, that it really shines a bright light on the continuing trend of top instate talent not being landed by the state’s flagship tradition-rich basketball program. Of course they will never all come to IU, but the fact that for several years, none have is likely more than a cycle or coincidence. Different people weight the problem differently, but most acknowledge it has been an issue.

  • Tailgate

    I tell ya what though, I don’t see how CAM could recruit our back yard any worse than CTC did his last couple years. It’s just such a shame that Fred Glass gave Crean that ridiculous contract extension in the first place. I applaud the hiring of CAM, but I think Glass should have been booted out the door right along with Crean when you look at the other incidents involving the Curt Miller and Kevin Wilson. Add those disasters with the drinking and drugging culture he oversaw at IU under Crean, and it just starts to make sense why kids didn’t want to risk it by committing to IU and all its baggage. Oh, and of course you have the ridiculous instances, like for example: Fred Glass making the final decision to play the NIT game on the road @ GT just due to students not being on campus??? Yea, Glass should have been walking out the door with Crean!.. But that’s just my opinion.

    But yea, CAM clearly has the respect of coaches and players alike that CTC never had. CAM was able to bring in this coaching staff while they already had promising careers elsewhere. And the way these kids and highschool coaches are talking about CAM and his staff makes it clear that he already has more respect from the people than CTC ever did.

  • Clint Johnson

    I agree. The “Northern” game is at Plainfield too. You have people like Sasha Stefanovic’s fans, McLaughlin’s fans, and Damezi’s fans, and Kyle Mangas’s fans, among others that would love a “Northern” exhibition game.

  • Arch Puddington

    Right all around. Every reason to think the program will immediately become more coherent and more fundamentally sound in all ways – recruiting, press conferences, play on the floor, all of it.

  • I was going to say basically the same thing, but then saw that you already said it. And it needed to be said. It’s a freaking tragedy.

  • The question is: why did they choose not to come to IU? There are hints and allegations that no longer matter, and plenty of signs that Archie is changing things.

  • Even as it was, firing Crean brought some heat. Imagine if FG had fired him a few years before — the pitchforks would have been out. Personally, I think FG did a fine job of managing things, and we’ll look back on his handling of the Crean firing and Archie hiring as being well-executed, particularly compared to the train wreck we’re bound to see at OSU.

    tl:dr: These things aren’t easy or simple to do.

  • iugradmark

    Like many things with Crean, this was a fixable issue but I also think he was too stubborn to address it. If he didn’t have the relationships, he could have hired an assistant with deep roots to help in the state. As the years went on, he seemed to focus more on out of state kids and often lower ranked talent. Even with one of the larger recruiting budgets, he and the assistants were not having the success that a program like IU should have been having. In some ways, his best work was early on getting Cody, Yogi, and Vic when he was selling more of what Indiana could rebuild to v. when he had been here for a while.

  • William Stephens

    For my part, it’s time to put down the knives. Tom Crean is gone, let him live his life and don’t belittle him for everything. He did a very favorable job with IU. I know it wasn’t what everyone wanted but he gave his all, he and his family were very honorable people and I for one appreciate his work. Remember many people disliked Coach Knight and he won three NCAA Titles! I am strongly hoping Archie can take us forward and recruit Indiana better, play defense better, and win big. But Crean is gone….drop it!

  • Tailgate

    Glass did a “fine job” on what? The CAM hiring? I agree. But you surely aren’t saying that Crean deserved that ridiculous contract extension, right??? It’s not like Crean was going anywhere anyways. That contract extension seems like a move a mid-major (like Dayton) would do to try and keep a great coach (like CAM) around. To handcuff us with an 8 year contract for a Sweet 16 appearance is a bit much, don’t ya think?

  • Well, first, as I said, it was likely the right thing to do _at the time_. Hindsight, as usual, is 20-20. Second, obviously, we weren’t actually handcuffed by the extension. Crean is gone and Archie is in place — the extension didn’t get in the way of anything.

  • Tailgate

    Exactly. That’s what all these outsiders to the program weren’t seeing. All these people around the country talking about how shocked they were at the Crean firing didn’t see the bigger picture. They simply looked at what Crean did to revive the program, but they weren’t seeing what we were seeing. Crean slowly lost ground in recruiting the state year after year until it was virtually non-existant. And then his last recruiting class is mediocre at best. And when you look at all the talent going elsewhere right in our own backyard, it really puts it in to perspective how dire it really was. If our own Hoosier kids don’t want to give us a look, why would others? At the end of the day, it’s just great to have doer, instead of a talker.

  • Tailgate

    Lol if you say so.

  • Tailgate

    I see many great recruits for the 2017 class that a great coach could have had a chance at… But it worked out in the end.

  • Okay, that’s an argument and not just snark. Thanks. So, in response: what I’m saying is that when FG gave Crean the extension, it was likely the right thing to do. IU wasn’t going to fire Crean _at that point_, and without an extension there was no chance whatsoever at getting any decent recruits. Who wants to go to a program where the coach is so obviously on the hot seat?

    Now, in hindsight of course, it didn’t matter. Crean didn’t get those recruits anyways, and we know how things turned out. But FG didn’t make that decision with the benefit of hindsight.

    In the end, the extension was irrelevant. It didn’t stand in the way of FG firing Crean and hiring Archie. I’m sure FG fully understood his options when he gave it to Crean, and knew that it didn’t actually limit his future options.

  • John D Murphy

    You really can’t speak about anyone returning without discussing TC. It is also difficult to discuss recruiting or how the defense will perform or rebounding or turnovers. It isn’t reasonable to expect people to redact TC from conversations around IU basketball. Most posters on this sight are respectable when mentioning TC. Comparisons and criticisms will decrease over time but you’re just going to have to live with them for awhile…especially this off-season.

  • marcusgresham

    Sean East is also playing, as is Chyna Anthony in the girls’ game. They’re both New Albany grads.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d give him some credit on the football team, too. Wilson appeared to be headed in the right direction, but when things were exposed he was out pretty quickly and Tom Allen looks to be a damn good hire. He’s done pretty well with the baseball coaches of late, too.

  • Tailgate

    Ok, so my point is, Crean did NOT deserve an 8 year contract IMO. Much less with those insane buyouts. Glass cuffed us to Crean for NO REASON. He wasn’t going ANYWHERE. I felt that it was unnecessary when it was first signed.. And I feel it was unnecessary now. That’s just the truth. Most people will tell it like it is, most of us were counting down the days until the next buyout decrease. Everyone wants to say, “oh, but he brought us back from the Sampson mess”… But let’s be honest, Crean said it himself: IT’S INDIANA. IU was NEVER going to stay down. Our expectations should have never dropped as low as they did in the first place. IT’S INDIANA. An 8 year contract for a sweet 16 appearance??? At INDIANA??? I tell ya, I have no proof, but in hindsight I was DEFINITELY questioning Glass on that one. An extension and salary raise was called for, but IMO, IU was bound to get back to the tournament regardless . And to be honest, it took too long to get back to the tournament IMO. 8 YEAR contract extension for a sweet 16 appearance after it took him what, 4-5 years to get there? I guess. But again, my opinion is that he SHOULD have gotten a contract extension at the time, but only HALF that at best. He should have gotten 4 years, not 8. And if you think he deserved an 8 year contract with those ridiculous buyouts, that’s your opinion.

  • Tailgate

    Yea baseball for sure. And I like the Allen hire as well. But the thing that bothers me is that Glass knew about the issues with Wilson all along. Like, his 2nd year is what I’ve read.

  • Tailgate

    I love the two hires in basketball amd football tbough. I’m happy with the way we’re going. But I’m just saying that there’s been A LOT of controversy surrounding IU since Glass has been hired. That’s a fact.

  • Arch Puddington

    Hints and allegations?

    “If you’ll be my bodyguard
    I can be your long lost pal
    I can call you Betty
    And Betty when you call me
    You can call me Al”

  • I usually get these sorts of references, but it’s been a really long day and I’m not picking up what you’re throwing down.

  • Arch Puddington

    Surprising! The song “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon refers very conspicuously to “hints and allegations”, then breaks into the refrain. The refrain is what I quoted.

    Just another reminder of how unbelievably old I am. That song came out in 1986. Good song, though.

  • I’m getting pretty old myself, so much so that a long day makes me miss things like this. But I’m with you now.

  • IUMIKE1

    I got it. LOL

    Signed : Older than dirt and a guy that remembers that there was a Simon & Garfunkel before there was a Paul Simon. smh

  • TomJameson

    John, you and William both have good points. I submit, to both of you, that the real path is somewhere in the middle. Yes, comparisons and criticisms are going to happen (still do with RMK), but a hard knock on Crean does not have to come out of the blue and does not have to be so stark and all condemning. Some points really are being beaten into the ground. Repeating the same thing, over-and-over-and-over … becomes very annoying.

    Crean did a lot of good for the program. His players loved him so he did something good there as well. But he just couldn’t quite get IU BB to the next step for a multitude of reasons. Okay, there we are. 🙂
    But now it’s Archie’s turn (not cam-shaft, or am-mornings :-). Arch shows tons of promise, and I’m firmly on his bandwagon. But let’s be honest here, this is his first major program up from a mid-major school. His recruiting will be different because more talented players will be accessible to him. He’ll have the money/resources that a top-10 program can provide. This is a lot of new for Arch, as well as us.

    I, personally, think Archie (his preferred nickname since childhood) will shoulder the load and bring this program back to its rightful place as an elite school. But that’s not the only outcome that could happen. Will be interesting to see how things are in five years.

  • gman

    I felt the pain just like the rest of us IUBB fans about that, but I also felt that Coach Crean did recruit the top instate guy’s and they decided not to come to IU for probably many reasons which in my humble opinion it couldn’t have been all on Crean… I myself hope that Coach Miller will in fact bring IUBB back to it’s rightful place in CBB, which is on top. I will cheer from now until I am no longer able to for all that is Indiana University…

  • gman

    I don’t have that answer, Mark… I hope Coach Miller is able to get every recruit he wants. As it should be IMHO… I am all in with Coach and the IUBB program… I wish him nothing but great success… Maybe next year I can sleep better after an IUBB game…

  • I’m excited to see the team play, for sure. I think we’re in on the ground floor in the development of the next HOF IU coach. I wasn’t there at the very beginning with RMK, but I have a feeling we’re seeing the same kind of thing today.