HD Video: James Blackmon Jr. at NBPA Top 100 Camp

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Class of 2014 Marion (Ind.) guard James Blackmon Jr. had a big week at the 2013 National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp as he was named to the camp’s 10-man All-Star team.

Inside the Hall has compiled close to three minutes of footage of the future Indiana guard from NBPA Top 100 camp games played at Paul Jones Arena on the campus of the University of Virginia in the embedded media player below:

Rising 2014 forward Devin Robinson on Indiana’s radar

061513bcxCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Class of 2014 Christchurch, Va. forward Devin Robinson is one of the fastest rising players in the country and Indiana has taken an interest in his recruitment.

Robinson, who has grown three inches over the last year and now stands 6-foot-8, was one of the early standouts at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia’s Paul Jones Arena.

Having just arrived back in the country from the adidas Eurocamp in Venice, Italy, Robinson talked about the booming interest from several schools.

“It’s really exciting, I’m very blessed. It just started picking up. I blew up last year and then I kind of mellowed out in the high school, nobody really saw me,” he said. “And then I got back on the summer scene, had a chip on my shoulder, just had to go hard again and now I’m starting to get more schools.”

Georgetown, Virginia Tech and VCU are the three schools who have already received unofficial visits from Robinson, but he reeled off a long list of schools who are also in the picture for his services.

“Miami, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, UConn, Florida State, Rutgers, Boston U, Xavier, Cincinnati, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State,” Robinson said. “It feels good that I’m finally getting noticed by the other schools around the nation.”

The interest from Indiana is coming primarily from Tom Crean, according to Robinson.

“They’ve shown a pretty high interest right now,” he said. “Coach Crean has been texting me lately and calling me a lot. I have high interest. I don’t have an offer yet.”

The pitch from Indiana thus far has centered around the program’s player development. Two Indiana players — Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo — are expected to go in the lottery later this month in the NBA Draft.

“They just talk about how they can develop me into a great player like Victor Oladipo,” Robinson said. “He likes taking low key guys and making them work hard and just get to the next level.”

Robinson, who has a similar build to former IU forward Christian Watford and also has a game that resembles Watford’s at times, ran through the strengths and weaknesses of his game.


HD Video: 2015 guard Perry Dozier talks recruiting, Indiana

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Perry Dozier is one of the top 25 prospects in the class of 2015 according to ESPN.com. The five-star shooting guard from Columbia, S.C. is hearing from several high major schools at this early stage in his recruitment, including Indiana.

Inside the Hall caught up with Dozier at the NBPA Top 100 Camp to get his thoughts on the experience of the camp, Indiana and more. Watch and listen to his comments in the embedded media player below:

2014 guard JaQuan Lyle trims his list to four schools

CHARLOTTSVILLE, Va. — On the first day of NBA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle announced he has narrowed his list of schools to Indiana, Louisville, Tennessee and Florida.

Lyle had previously been considering Illinois, UCLA and Ohio State.

The Evansville Bosse senior-to-be talks about narrowing his list as well as his plans for scheduling visits in the embedded video player below:

Freshman Focus: Devin Davis

061313hfcsw“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s six incoming freshman. Over the last week and a half, we’ve examined the impact each freshman can have for the Hoosiers next season. Today, our series concludes with Devin Davis. 

When Devin Davis’ high school season ended at Warren Central in February, he didn’t wait long to get back to work and begin preparing for his freshman season at Indiana. Davis took about a week off to rest, then got right back to work.

“His dad said [Devin] will call him at odd hours and say, ‘Dad, I wanna get in the gym,'” said Matt Green, Davis’ AAU coach with the Eric  Gordon All-Stars. “You used to have to tell him to go work out. It’s not that way anymore.”

When Indiana’s basketball season begins next winter, Davis won’t be relied upon to score many points or take many shots. The offense won’t be run through him.

But that doesn’t mean Davis, who was the first in the 2013 class to sign with Indiana, won’t make an impact for the Hoosiers as a freshman next season.

“One of the areas he fits in is being that high energy guy off the bench that can come in and maybe provide that spark,” Green said. “He can defend different positions, rebound the basketball. There’s always time for those types of guys.”

Davis, a 6-foot-6 forward who is unranked by ESPN.com, will arrive on campus on Sunday to begin working out with his new teammates and preparing for his collegiate career. During the offseason, Davis has spent time working with Eric Gordon Sr. on ways to get by his man and score at the rim, along with a number  of other areas of his game.

“He’s worked on his ball handling, just different ways to score the basketball, being able to attack the basket,” Green said. “He’s definitely been working on his jump shot, trying to extend his range and how his form is so he can shoot it at a high level.”


Freshman Focus: Troy Williams


“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s six incoming freshman. Over the next couple of weeks, we will examine what kind of an impact each player can have for the Hoosiers next season. Today: Troy Williams. (Photo via 247Sports)

When Troy Williams transferred from Phoebus High School to Oak Hill Academy before his senior year of high school, he was very much an unpolished basketball player with ridiculous athleticism.

“He was a freak athlete that I felt when I got him didn’t have a real great feel for how to play,” said Oak Hill coach Steve Smith. “I thought, ‘Man, he takes some bad shots, forces up stuff.'”

Smith knew he had plenty to work with in Williams, but it wasn’t always easy to get him to understand how things worked at Oak Hill. Williams had come from a public high school were he was the unquestioned star. He could take any shot he wanted, and he didn’t have to work particularly hard to earn those shots.

At Oak Hill, one of the premier prep schools in the country, it was different. Whereas Williams’ fall months at Phoebus would be spent almost entirely on the basketball court, he was required to work on his body away from the gym much more at Oak Hill.

The team had to run the mile on a daily basis in addition to their weight lifting and speed and agility work during the offseason.

“He wasn’t the most motivated guy when he first got here,” Smith said. “He did it, but at first it was like, ‘Wow, we have to do this all the time?’ He wasn’t used to that. He hadn’t done that before.”

The good thing for Williams is the wake-up call came during his senior year of high school and not his freshman year of college. The 6-foot-6 forward arrived on campus Tuesday and now should have a much better understanding of what it will take to get regular minutes at the collegiate level.


2014 guard JaQuan Lyle says relationships are strongest with Crean, Pitino

071712It’s been a busy couple of weeks for class of 2014 Evansville Bosse guard JaQuan Lyle.

On June 1, Lyle worked in a stop at Indiana while in town to watch a friend compete in the state track meet and followed that up with an unofficial visit to Louisville on June 9. In between, Lyle participated in practices and a pair of exhibitions for the Indiana Junior All-Stars against Kentucky.

Speaking after the Indiana Juniors dismantled Kentucky 86-73 on Saturday at St. Xavier, the five-star guard said that out of the head coaches recruiting him, he has the best relationship with Tom Crean and Rick Pitino.

“They just care about you as a person first before they care about you as a player,” Lyle said. “That’s what I really like and I think that’s what I really need.

“Coach Crean is a great person. He cares about you as a person and that’s what I really like.”

Indiana was the first school to offer Lyle in late 2010 and are one of the final seven schools he’s considering along with Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, Illinois, UCLA and Florida.

He said he plans to follow up his most recent visit to Bloomington with another unofficial next week after he returns from the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I just went over, talked to Coach Crean, watched film and watched them workout,” he said of the June 1 visit. “Pretty much just talked to them and had fun. I’ll probably take another visit this month, like an actual unofficial and play up and down with them.”

The next couple of weeks for Lyle will be full of travel as he’ll play in the Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star exhibition games, attend the NBPA Top 100 Camp, the Nike point guard Skills Academy, the LeBron James Skills Academy and play in front of college coaches at the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

In early May at the Hensley Memorial Spiece Run-N-Slam Classic, Lyle talked about making a fall decision, but said in Louisville that he doesn’t have a definite timetable.